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Following Mama's example
Alma Wells of Auburn, who has hosted televised cooking shows on Bowling Green's WBKO and on WTVF in Nashville, has produced a cooking video and cookbook to inspire people to return to the kitchen.
Wells is co-owner of Mama's Seasoned Products, which sells a line of five Southern-style coating mixes and dry rubs for frying, baking or grilling chicken and fish. The company buys the cornmeal and flour for its products in nearby Hopkinsville from Siemer Milling Co., which buys wheat and corn from Kentucky producers including Robey Farms in Logan County.
The recipes in Fresh Fare: Mama's Seasoned Southern Style Comfort Food, are from Wells' mother, who is the "Mama" in Mama's Seasoned Products.
The cookbook and products are available at Mamaseasoned.com; by mail at Kevin's KWA Inc., P.O. Box 144, Auburn, Ky. 42206, or by calling (270) 542-6499 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbara Harper-Bach will sign copies of Thanking The Ping: The Canning Clinic Cookbook from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Circle. She will be at My Favorite Things, 2721 Old Rosebud Road, on Nov. 4 and 5.
Harper-Bach's latest book teaches the art of canning and preserving, and includes recipes for condiments and recipes with home-canned ingredients. It's $30. Go to Bluegrasscookingclinic.com.
Hats off to Family Day
Family Day was a national celebration Monday, but it's something we can observe every day.
Family Day was launched by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in 2001 to remind parents that frequent family dinners make a difference. Parental engagement fostered at the dinner table can be a simple, effective tool to help prevent substance abuse in kids. Learn more at Casafamilyday.org/familyday.
Dinner time is even more special when the children are involved in the meal preparation. Gooseberry Patch, a publisher of family friendly cookbooks, has a great book that will encourage youngsters to cook. Here's a recipe from Kids in the Kitchen:
Texas straw hats
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, finely diced
2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
1 tablespoon water
1 bag (15 ounces) corn chips
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded lettuce
1/2 cup tomato, chopped
1/4 cup sliced black olives.
Crumble ground beef in a skillet. Add onion and stir well using a wooden spoon. Cook beef mixture over medium heat until no pink remains and onion is tender. Drain. Return beef mixture to skillet and add taco seasoning and water. Stir well and simmer for 15 minutes. Cover the bottoms of 4 plates with corn chips. This is the bottom of the "hat." Use an ice cream scoop to put seasoned beef and onion mixture atop chips on each plate. This makes the top of the "hat." Divide cheese, lettuce, tomato and olives equally among all 4 servings. Serve with salsa and sour cream on the side.
Bake, take and toss
The next time you take a dish to a friend or a potluck dinner, take it in a stylish new disposable paper pan.
Chinet Bakeware is designed for one-time use and can be used in ovens or microwaves. The pans will not burn or warp in heat up to 400 degrees.
They are available in 1.5-, 2- and 3.5-quart sizes in square, rectangular and oval shapes. The cost is $4.99 for packs of multiples. Go to Mychinet.com.