‘Maters’ or ‘maytos,’ here’s hoping yours grow

When I was a young whippersnapper, I remember folks on Blair Branch calling tomatoes “maytos” or “maters,” but hardly anybody added the first syllable. Both of the short versions were pronounced with a “long A.” I usually refer to my favorite garden plant as “maters” despite the subtle objections and/or tolerances of my more dignified family members and friends. I […]

A meal to surprise Mom

Celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day with a homemade breakfast surprise. This recipe is a twist on a delicious puff pancake, also called a Dutch baby, which typically is baked in a large cast-iron skillet. Just as dramatic and easy to prepare, this version bakes 12 perfectly portioned mini puff pancakes using a nonstick muffin tin. Serve them piping hot, right […]

Dorthy Tacket hasn’t changed at all


Hello, everyone. I hope you are all doing well. I hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July. I spent three days in Ashland with my son, Astor “Red” Hatton, and family and really enjoyed it. It was relaxing and I sure needed that. We went to the University of Kentucky nursing home and visited Clyde on July […]

Blairs to celebrate 51st wedding anniversary


Eric Back has been in the Pikeville Hospital for a few weeks now. His blood pressure keeps dropping. They did a full body scan on him because of the pain he is having, but they found nothing. Some of us went over Friday because he was not doing well. His blood pressure and his oxygen level keep going down. On […]