Liz Carey

Derby Day celebration returns to Serafini downtown

For the past two years, with Derby Day public celebrations mostly canceled because of the pandemic, things have been quiet in downtown Frankfort on the first Saturday in May. But now, as plans move forward to bring Derby celebrations back, Serafini is ready to make a splash again. “This is our first year to do something in two years,” Carlos Ceballos, manager of Serafini said. “We’ve got a lot of ideas on what we want to do.” It’s been a long road, he said, but now that business is picking back up downtown, the staff at the restaurant is...

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Innovating recipes to save money a new necessity

I used to love cooking out of magazines, but these days, honestly, who can afford it? Seriously, I would pick up any one of a hundred women’s magazines and replicate the dish exactly. Now-a-days, though, the idea of going to the store and buying seven ingredients that I’ll use once in a recipe that takes 15 items to make just isn’t on the top of my to do list. Not that I don’t like good food that may take a bit to create, but with food costs rising, doing more with less is always a good idea. When I...

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Gingerbread House competition returns

After a year off because of COVID-19, the Capital City Activity Center Gingerbread House Competition is back and more competitive than ever. The brainchild of Marchele Jenkins, the senior center’s director, the gingerbread house competition is not only a way to celebrate the season, but a way for local non-profit agencies to make money. Jenkins started the event after visiting a gingerbread competition in Pittsburgh. “I was just mesmerized,” she said. “There were 400 or 500 Gingerbread house. In the center, there was this big Christmas tree with all the winners of all the categories around it. And they...

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Thanksgiving — great recipes, and maybe a bit of disillusionment

I love Thanksgiving. It is probably my favorite holiday after Christmas and Halloween. For me, there’s nothing like the smell of turkey cooking in the oven and gizzards cooking on the stove filling up the house. When the kids lived at home, every Thanksgiving morning was spent running between the kitchen and the living room — cook a little, watch the parade a little, repeat often — while one or the other of them would come in and help me for a few minutes before running off to play with video games or Transformers. The fact that we spend...

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Creeping it real: Halloween treats cover more than just candy

In the not so distant past, Halloween was a pretty big deal around our house. Sure, there was the candy, and the trick or treating, and the obligatory last-minute homemade costume, but for me, the big part was dinner. Our family was always big on Halloween — mostly, I suspect, because of my ex-husband’s love of decorating. I mean, it’s one thing to decorate for Christmas, but he started decorating in September for Halloween. There were lights in the bushes, cob webs everywhere, a huge inflatable Halloween snow globe complete with the grim reaper and inflatable tomb stones —...

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