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Cooking is easier than gardening for me

Hi! My name is Tina Specht and I am the wife of Minden Press-Herald publisher David Specht Jr. We have two amazing boys: Zachary and Joshua, and a wonderful daughter-in-law, Sarah.

Life is an adventure with us, and there is never a dull moment. I came from Maine more than 25 years ago and have never looked back. I love the town of Minden. I guess God really meant for me to be a southerner.

David asked me to start sharing my thoughts, and my recipes, in a weekly column. I have enjoyed cooking for my family over the years, so I was ready to tackle this new adventure. I hope you enjoy reading.

Spring is here and it’s the time of the year when it stays light out longer, and the temperature is just right before it gets too hot to be outside. There are lots of things to do, while enjoying the weather at the same time.

This is the time to start getting the gardens ready to plant, and watch as they grow into beautiful veggies, and fruits for your family to enjoy.

I love all the fresh veggies and fruits — I just can’t grow them. I have a black thumb. I kill most things I try to grow.

I don’t have a love for gardening, but I love the results of it. Maybe I have a black thumb, because I don’t “sweet talk the plants” — or maybe it is because I don’t water them enough or give them too much water. Either way, I have decided that I will let others do the growing and I will do the cooking.

Folks say that I can cook anything and make it taste great. So I will stick to the cooking. Hopefully my friends or “new friends I make” can send some of their over-producing garden my way. Here is a recipe that goes a long way and everyone wants me to make whenever I bring something to a gathering or potluck.

Frito Corn Salad

4 cans mexican corn
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 sm red onion diced
½ red bell pepper diced
½ yellow or green pepper diced
¾ c of mayonnaise
Bag of Chili Cheese Fritos ( crushed up)
3 T Diced pickled jalapenos (if you want a kick)

Mix all the ingredients together but the fritos. Can be mixed the night before. May have to add more mayonnaise for creaminess. Add fritos just before you serve

Tina Specht shares her thoughts and recipes each Thursday in the Minden Press-Herald.