Recipe Corner

Pork Chops with Mushroom Cream Sauce 4 boneless pork chops2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oilsalt and pepper6 Tbsp. butter2 lbs. Crimini mushrooms,tough ends removed, cut in half3 garlic cloves, minced1 cup dry white wine1 cup heavy cream1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard2 Tbsp. fresh thyme, minced Pat pork chops dry with a paper towel and salt and pepper them generously. In a […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 12, 1939

Household questions Correct table height: For a person below or above average stature, the following test will determine the best height for a kitchen table. When a worker, standing erect, can place the palms of her hands on the table without stooping, the height of the table is correct. Use for leftovers: Leftover pieces of soap may be made into […]


What a ride this year has been… and it’s only Jan. 5. Show of hands: how many of us have already bailed on at least one of our New Year’s resolutions? Have you seen the meme that says, “2022 can also be pronounced 2020, too?” In spite of that, I have to admit, I began 2022 with a bit more […]

What to read this month

A fantastic read for New Year’s resolutions, Messy Minimalism by Rachelle Crawford provides a workable way to declutter your life without the pressure of perfection. With practical strategies targeted at making your life easier, not harder, soon you’ll have more time for everything else on your to do list! Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins will have you on the edge […]

Wiffle ball

Sean of the South

It was the night after Christmas, and Birmingham was quiet. I was on a walk through a neighborhood, watching street lights wink on at dusk. The sunset was neon pink. There were sirens in the far-off. A distant train sounded its horn; two long, one short. There were people walking dogs, old ladies watering ferns, and children riding scooters. And […]

Recipe Corner

This makes an easy weeknight meal. Serve the meat with your favorite taco or taco salad fixings. -Jenna Wood Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Meat 12 oz. tub salsa from the refrigeratedsection1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chickenbreasts¼ cup homemade taco seasoning(or 1 packet store bought) Add all ingredients to a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Shred the […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 4, 1978

Fish Tales – fishing resolutionsby Gary Lyle Crider This is the time of year for everyone to make New Year’s resolutions, so I have a few to pass along for fishermen. Some of these are good and some maybe not so good. Use your own judgment as to whether you might want to keep them. I will not go on […]

That new-car smell

It is hard to believe that we are just days away from starting a brand new year! On each Jan. 1st, we are given the opportunity to pause long enough to reflect, reset, and maybe do just a little better. There is that promise of a clean slate and a new start. Most of all, there is the recognition of […]

Children of Kentucky

Sean of the South

Dear Kentucky, Your strength moves me. Ever since the tornadoes hit your state, I have been watching you on the evening news. I marvel at your courage. You are beautiful. I see ambitious big-city news journalists, trying unsuccessfully to understand your downhome accents during interviews. And I watch you tell your most devastating stories while wearing an easy smile, without […]

Recipe Corner

More cheese never hurt a dish, so more Parmesan can be added as you serve it. -Jenna Wood Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts8 oz. cream cheese2 tsp. Italian seasoningsalt and pepper, to taste16 oz. bottle Olive Garden Italiandressing¼ cup Parmesan cheese16 oz. cooked penne pasta Place chicken breasts in slow cooker and sprinkle with […]

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