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  • Recipes to help wow your mother on her special day

    If you bet on the horses this past Saturday and I hope you won. I don’t recall the track ever being that muddy before.

    The upside is the sun came out on Sunday and I could work in my garden. My goal is always to have at least half in the ground by Derby. Mission accomplished.

    My 5-year-old has a raised bed garden that he planted and will water and watch. I think it’s important for him to understand where food comes from, how much work is involved, and how much better it tastes.

  • Derby helps promote Kentucky proud

    The Kentucky Derby elevates the Commonwealth to a global stage. The Derby – as well as the Kentucky Oaks and the run-up to Thoroughbred racing’s biggest weekend – also gives Kentucky Proud foods a chance to shine.

  • Do you complain about politics but still tune in to all bloviators?

    At a recent book club gathering, while discussing J.D. Vance’s bestselling Hillbilly Elegy, we fell to talking politics.

    Our fall came unexpected. Book club has always been sacrosanct, a space carved out once a month for literature, fun, good friends and conversation. For, let’s be honest, a night out with wine and cheese.

    That’s not to say we spend every minute of the night talking about the book we (were supposed to have) read. But politics? Politics have always been a big fat no.

    Until Hillbilly Elegy, where we could not avoid it.

  • Lay out your garden plans before starting to work

    Happy May. Let the gardening begin. Instead of just going shopping for plants and then coming home to plant them, may I suggest you lay out a garden plan first? It kind of forces you to think about how much stuff you need. It also helps if you pick your varieties, especially if you grow corn and tomatoes to can.

    I have varieties of tomatoes that can be harvested in as little as 55 days, some that take 90 days, and some in-between. That allows me to harvest throughout the season and not be inundated with tons of ripe ones all at once. You can do the same with corn.

  • California to Kentucky! What was I thinking?

    It was not easy taking one week to drive across the country with my husband, three children, two cars, one dog, piles of suitcases, blankets and toys to arrive at our new home in Kentucky. By the time we hit Oklahoma it was our fourth day on the road. I honestly started questioning how many more days I could drive in a row, or if we would ever reach our destination.

  • Do you complain about politics but still tune in to all bloviators?

    At a recent book club gathering, while discussing J.D. Vance’s bestselling Hillbilly Elegy, we fell to talking politics.

    Our fall came unexpected. Book club has always been sacrosanct, a space carved out once a month for literature, fun, good friends and conversation. For, let’s be honest, a night out with wine and cheese.

    That’s not to say we spend every minute of the night talking about the book we (were supposed to have) read. But politics? Politics have always been a big fat no.

    Until Hillbilly Elegy, where we could not avoid it.

  • Celebrating Cinco De Mayo

    This week is Cinco De Mayo which is a great reason to try your hand at making Queso dip. Queso simply means cheese in Spanish. You will taste the difference immediately when you make homemade versus store bought dip.

    HOMEMADE QUESO DIP

    1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded

    1 cup cheddar, shredded

    ¼ cup of canned green chilies, drained

    ¼ cup roasted red peppers, drained and chopped

    2 tablespoon butter

    1 garlic clove, minced

  • On Extension, UK giving us the shaft

    Column as I see ’em …

    I wasn’t aware until recently that the University of Kentucky is going broke.

    Please forgive my ignorance because while I don’t venture into the city very often, it would appear when I do that the state’s namesake university is humming along nicely. Not only does the construction of new buildings and such go on in perpetuity, the school certainly isn’t shy about hefty tuition increases each and every year.

  • Cattle ear tags help with fly reduction

    Cattle receiving insecticide-impregnated ear tags take their fly control system with them. Ear tags have provided a popular option to control the horn fly, a blood-sucking insect that hits producers with a $1 billion bill for losses and control costs each year. In addition, the tags can reduce face fly numbers on cattle.

  • How to turn your brown thumb green

    In the fall I call it peeping; in the spring I call it leaving. The ornery kid in me really wanted to start this paragraph with “I’m leaving”, but thought better of it.

    Actually, I’m just really enjoying watching the trees get their leaves on.