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It is good to be back writing about food after a five-month hiatus. I had a rough fall, developing a serious illness and spending over 30 days in St. Thomas Hospital, having surgery in November and spending the holiday season trying to build my strength. I never could have made this journey …

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Preserving food was once a necessity. Decades past, a well-set winter table depended on the fruits (and vegetables) of summer. Women and their daughters, sisters and friends crowded together on back porches to peel peaches and apples, snap beans and shuck corn.

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Everyone should make a trip to the South Carolina shore. I had forgotten the enchanting feel of driving under the live oaks draped in Spanish moss. I did not forget, however, the feel of my toes in the sand and the cool waves hitting my feet as I walked along the beach.

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I love this time of year. The cool mornings and blue sunny skies are heavenly. The best thing about May is that our farmers market is open. I love reconnecting with friends there and seeing the new vendors.

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Happy New Year! Our holiday season was really low key, which was our plan. I needed to gear down, rest and stay around my home, then the cold set in.

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One of our longest family traditions is our annual Christmas baking. For the past 25 years, my mom and I have been packaging our homemade goodies and delivering them to friends and neighbors.

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Last month when I ended my column, I said that this month I was going to cook for new friends and talk about old finds. My phone immediately started lighting up with texts from my inner group asking me what was wrong with my old friends; they didn’t think I needed any new friends. Don’t feel…

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I feel very fortunate to have great kids in my life. My husband and I don't have children so our nieces and nephews play a big role in our lives.

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For most of us, these past few weeks of basketball have been so exciting. We have a group of friends who gather at our house starting at SEC tournament time. What a fun past few weeks it has been and, much to our surprise, continues on to next weekend.

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I don't know about any of you all, but the holidays went way too fast and furious this year. I thought I might have time to read a book. Well, that didn't happen. I wanted to catch a couple of new movies. We never had time for that either.

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We celebrated our “big chill” weekend recently. Six of my husband’s childhood friends came to visit. Tony is an only child, so these friends are his family, and, lucky for me, I feel the same way.

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Vacations are fleeting. I always hope that I can keep the memories fresh in my mind, but I find the minute I go back to work and get into my daily routine I forget how great it was to be floating in the ocean and spending the entire day on the beach. My family and I enjoyed our vacation over…

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I collect recipes. There, I said it. I am hopelessly addicted to cookbooks and food magazines. I love piling up in my favorite chair and cutting out new recipes or presentation ideas or a new way to arrange flowers. I do have a method to my madness. I have binders to hold all of my ideas tha…

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Now it is spring. There is not a more spectacular place in which to welcome the season than in Western Kentucky. I can almost watch my lilac bush bloom in real time, and our trees are bursting with leaves. And this is Derby week in Kentucky. We get to show off our state in all its glory and …

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On a recent trip to New York, my friends and I started a very cold Thursday morning discovering the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and has long been an immigrant working-class neighborhood and very ethnically diverse.

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I love the New Year. It offers the opportunity to forget the past and make a clean start. There is an old Southern adage that says, "Peas for pennies, greens for dollars and cornbread for gold. Eat poor on New Years, and eat fat the rest of the year."  

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I don’t know about you, but my life has been in overload the past few weeks. My mom had a total hip replacement two weeks ago, there was a major event at church, my mother-in-law, Polly, fell and is in rehab in North Carolina, I am working a show and I have interviewed for a new job (the fir…

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I guess we all look forward to Friday. It usually signifies the end of a work week and the beginning of our weekend. When I was traveling for a living, the feeling I had as I rounded Trinity Lane onto Interstate 24 was freeing. I had about an hour’s ride home. Just enough time to process the…

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When I was growing up in the early ’60s in Charlotte, N.C., the things I remember about our house was the thick orange shag carpet in the den, our kitchen full of avocado green appliances and the “treat” of having a TV dinner.

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On a sunny Tuesday morning on Sept. 11, 2001, I stepped on a plane out of Nashville to fly to North Carolina to one of my best buddies’ funeral. My dear friend, Tom White, had died very suddenly a few days before, and what a sad day it was for me.

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Summer has officially arrived! As I begin to write this article, I am sitting on my porch on a beautiful Tuesday. There is no humidity and the wind is blowing cool air. This is what you would call a “chamber of commerce” kind of day. As I finish this article, days later, I am locked inside m…

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I am at the age when a lot of my girlfriends are having milestone birthdays, the ones with a zero or 5 in the mix. I am right in between one, so I am off the hook this year for a big celebration. This past month, my friend Kathryn turned, well, you know, a milestone birthday, so in celebrati…

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We love our traditions in Kentucky and there is none bigger than the Kentucky Derby. At about 6 p.m. this Saturday, the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby will happen, rain or shine, sleet or snow.

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In the mid-’60s, my family moved from Knoxville, Tenn., to Charlotte, N.C. It was a great move for me and holds many good memories. I fell in love with the state, so naturally many years later I fell in love with a boy from North Carolina.

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I moved to Mobile, Ala., in 1979, just weeks before Hurricane Frederick blew into the city. It was not the best welcome to the Gulf Coast, but one that I will never forget. I also know this was the time in my life when I fell in love with food. I worked in a restaurant and got to know the mo…

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Happy New Year! I love the beginning of a new year. It is a time of renewal, a time to plan and think about all the possibilities the future can bring. I think about new things I want to learn this year and also about the traditions that my family holds dear. One of our yearly rituals is the…

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Happy holiday season! This time of year comes with so many blessings that I have to stay focused on that instead of the daunting task of getting everything on my lists accomplished.

  • 0

Ready or not, here comes the holiday season! If you are like me, it seems to sneak up every year. The stores begin earlier and earlier each year with the decoration displays, and I have to admit I love it! I especially enjoy the entertaining aspect of the season, whether it be planning a fam…

  • 0

In the summer of 1997, I was lucky enough to travel to Italy to visit my sister and brother-in-law, who were there for the summer. My brother-in-law, Eric, was studying Italian architecture as he was finishing his master’s program at Cornell University.

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Since I was a little girl, I have been collecting menus, first from my parents then later from my own adventures. If you have ever traveled with me you will know that I have so much fun in a new restaurant scoring the menu. I have met people from all over the world and shared common stories …

Inquiring Reporter

Author Name: Mary D. Ferguson

Mary D. Ferguson is a staff writer and columnist for the Kentucky New Era. Her column runs every Friday. .

Phone: 270-887-3230

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In Plain Sight

Author Name: Jim Coursey

James B. Coursey is a contributing columnist for the Kentucky New Era, with Christian County Historian William T. Turner. This column runs each month in the Living section. He can be reached at jbcourseydesign@aol.com.

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Ducks in a Row

Kentucky New Era columnist

Author Name: BETSY BOND

BETSY BOND is a professional organizer/consultant from Hopkinsville. Her column runs the fourth Thursday of the month. For more information, check out her Web Site at www.thats-neat.com or call 270-439-7080..

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What's on the menu

Author Name: Margaret Prim

Margaret Prim runs a clothing business from her Hopkinsville home and enjoys entertaining for friends and family. Her column runs the first Wednesday of every month. If you have questions or comments about her column, email them to living@kentuckynewera.com.

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It is good to be back writing about food after a five-month hiatus. I had a rough fall, developing a serious illness and spending over 30 days in St. Thomas Hospital, having surgery in November and spending the holiday season trying to build my strength. I never could have made this journey …

  • 0

Preserving food was once a necessity. Decades past, a well-set winter table depended on the fruits (and vegetables) of summer. Women and their daughters, sisters and friends crowded together on back porches to peel peaches and apples, snap beans and shuck corn.

  • 0

Everyone should make a trip to the South Carolina shore. I had forgotten the enchanting feel of driving under the live oaks draped in Spanish moss. I did not forget, however, the feel of my toes in the sand and the cool waves hitting my feet as I walked along the beach.

featured
  • 0

I love this time of year. The cool mornings and blue sunny skies are heavenly. The best thing about May is that our farmers market is open. I love reconnecting with friends there and seeing the new vendors.

  • 0

Happy New Year! Our holiday season was really low key, which was our plan. I needed to gear down, rest and stay around my home, then the cold set in.

  • 0

One of our longest family traditions is our annual Christmas baking. For the past 25 years, my mom and I have been packaging our homemade goodies and delivering them to friends and neighbors.

  • 0

Last month when I ended my column, I said that this month I was going to cook for new friends and talk about old finds. My phone immediately started lighting up with texts from my inner group asking me what was wrong with my old friends; they didn’t think I needed any new friends. Don’t feel…

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  • 0

I feel very fortunate to have great kids in my life. My husband and I don't have children so our nieces and nephews play a big role in our lives.

  • 0

For most of us, these past few weeks of basketball have been so exciting. We have a group of friends who gather at our house starting at SEC tournament time. What a fun past few weeks it has been and, much to our surprise, continues on to next weekend.

  • 0

I don't know about any of you all, but the holidays went way too fast and furious this year. I thought I might have time to read a book. Well, that didn't happen. I wanted to catch a couple of new movies. We never had time for that either.

  • 0

We celebrated our “big chill” weekend recently. Six of my husband’s childhood friends came to visit. Tony is an only child, so these friends are his family, and, lucky for me, I feel the same way.

  • 0

Vacations are fleeting. I always hope that I can keep the memories fresh in my mind, but I find the minute I go back to work and get into my daily routine I forget how great it was to be floating in the ocean and spending the entire day on the beach. My family and I enjoyed our vacation over…

  • 0

I collect recipes. There, I said it. I am hopelessly addicted to cookbooks and food magazines. I love piling up in my favorite chair and cutting out new recipes or presentation ideas or a new way to arrange flowers. I do have a method to my madness. I have binders to hold all of my ideas tha…

featured
  • 0

Now it is spring. There is not a more spectacular place in which to welcome the season than in Western Kentucky. I can almost watch my lilac bush bloom in real time, and our trees are bursting with leaves. And this is Derby week in Kentucky. We get to show off our state in all its glory and …

featured
  • 0

On a recent trip to New York, my friends and I started a very cold Thursday morning discovering the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and has long been an immigrant working-class neighborhood and very ethnically diverse.

featured
  • 0

I love the New Year. It offers the opportunity to forget the past and make a clean start. There is an old Southern adage that says, "Peas for pennies, greens for dollars and cornbread for gold. Eat poor on New Years, and eat fat the rest of the year."  

featured
  • 0

I don’t know about you, but my life has been in overload the past few weeks. My mom had a total hip replacement two weeks ago, there was a major event at church, my mother-in-law, Polly, fell and is in rehab in North Carolina, I am working a show and I have interviewed for a new job (the fir…

featured
  • 0

I guess we all look forward to Friday. It usually signifies the end of a work week and the beginning of our weekend. When I was traveling for a living, the feeling I had as I rounded Trinity Lane onto Interstate 24 was freeing. I had about an hour’s ride home. Just enough time to process the…

featured
  • 1

When I was growing up in the early ’60s in Charlotte, N.C., the things I remember about our house was the thick orange shag carpet in the den, our kitchen full of avocado green appliances and the “treat” of having a TV dinner.

featured
  • 0

On a sunny Tuesday morning on Sept. 11, 2001, I stepped on a plane out of Nashville to fly to North Carolina to one of my best buddies’ funeral. My dear friend, Tom White, had died very suddenly a few days before, and what a sad day it was for me.

featured
  • 0

Summer has officially arrived! As I begin to write this article, I am sitting on my porch on a beautiful Tuesday. There is no humidity and the wind is blowing cool air. This is what you would call a “chamber of commerce” kind of day. As I finish this article, days later, I am locked inside m…

  • 0

I am at the age when a lot of my girlfriends are having milestone birthdays, the ones with a zero or 5 in the mix. I am right in between one, so I am off the hook this year for a big celebration. This past month, my friend Kathryn turned, well, you know, a milestone birthday, so in celebrati…

featured
  • 0

We love our traditions in Kentucky and there is none bigger than the Kentucky Derby. At about 6 p.m. this Saturday, the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby will happen, rain or shine, sleet or snow.

featured
  • 0

In the mid-’60s, my family moved from Knoxville, Tenn., to Charlotte, N.C. It was a great move for me and holds many good memories. I fell in love with the state, so naturally many years later I fell in love with a boy from North Carolina.

  • 0

I moved to Mobile, Ala., in 1979, just weeks before Hurricane Frederick blew into the city. It was not the best welcome to the Gulf Coast, but one that I will never forget. I also know this was the time in my life when I fell in love with food. I worked in a restaurant and got to know the mo…

featured
  • 0

Happy New Year! I love the beginning of a new year. It is a time of renewal, a time to plan and think about all the possibilities the future can bring. I think about new things I want to learn this year and also about the traditions that my family holds dear. One of our yearly rituals is the…

featured
  • 0

Happy holiday season! This time of year comes with so many blessings that I have to stay focused on that instead of the daunting task of getting everything on my lists accomplished.

  • 0

Ready or not, here comes the holiday season! If you are like me, it seems to sneak up every year. The stores begin earlier and earlier each year with the decoration displays, and I have to admit I love it! I especially enjoy the entertaining aspect of the season, whether it be planning a fam…

  • 0

In the summer of 1997, I was lucky enough to travel to Italy to visit my sister and brother-in-law, who were there for the summer. My brother-in-law, Eric, was studying Italian architecture as he was finishing his master’s program at Cornell University.

featured
  • 0

Since I was a little girl, I have been collecting menus, first from my parents then later from my own adventures. If you have ever traveled with me you will know that I have so much fun in a new restaurant scoring the menu. I have met people from all over the world and shared common stories …

Garden Corner

Author Name: Kelly R. Jackson

Kelly R. Jackson is the Christian County Extension Agent for horticulture. He can be reached at 270-886-6328 or visit Christian County Horticulture online at www.christiancountyextension.com.

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Marsha Parker

Author Name: Marsha O. Parker

Marsha O. Parker is the Christian County extension agent for family and consumer sciences. She can be reached at 270-886-6328.

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