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Thursday, July 10, 2014
Keeping things cool with a summer supper salad (07/06/14)
Hot summer days just seem to cry out for a cool summer salad for supper and some ice cream for dessert. Salads come in a variety of styles, so I decided to pass along a few recipes to you. You can serve as an entrée salad or small portions as a side salad with the entrée of your choice. Salads are so versatile, you can be creative, adding or deleting ingredients as you wish. Add ice cream from the recipes I am passing along to you, and you are set for a cool summer supper...
Fishing yourself out of a recipe rut, and island thighs (06/29/14)
With busy schedules and hot days when I really don't feel like cooking, I feel I am in a recipe rut. I need to try some new recipes and put some new flavors on our table. Fish is something I don't make real often, so I decided to find a few new fish recipes to try. In that process, I did find one new chicken-thigh recipe I will be making too...
Passing along tasty appetizers and gluten-free options (06/22/14)
Graduation parties are behind us for this year. We had so much fun at several parties, enjoying fabulous fellowship with friends and family, and some great food along the way. My nephew, Truman, graduated and his party was a brunch with wonderful food for a midmorning feast. While others were in the evening with appetizers and desserts, or a delicious buffet catered by Cape Girardeau's El Sol restaurant...
Cool! Refreshing summer salads, desserts and drinks (06/15/14)
It is time to enjoy some wonderful summertime foods. Whether you are dining with family on an ordinary day, making a dish to share with friends or grabbing something from the refrigerator between activities, some cool refreshing recipes are in order to kick off your summer...
Make a mix: Ranch, dry onion soup and taco seasoning (06/08/14)
I have been in the mood to try some new recipe the past few days. When that mood hits me, I usually go looking at cooking magazines I have stored away, in cookbooks, in my recipe files and on the Internet. But once in awhile I come across recipes on social media that also jump out at me, mostly because of the beautiful photography of the food featured. So, again this week, I will pass along to you some of the interesting recipes I found with my friends on social media last week...
Algunos favorites mexicanos de Chester Mills - Gracias! (06/01/14)
I really enjoy visiting with some of our men customers at the senior center about the enjoyment they find in cooking. Chester from Texas has a Mexican flare to his cooking, while Jack tries just about any recipe and always puts his own personal spin on it, and Ken makes the most amazing pecan candy. I have had so many wonderful conversations with the men about how they cook, why they cook and who they have cooked for. All are great stories and certainly something we have in common...
Favorites of a used-to-be Crocodile Hunter wannabe (05/25/14)
Our family is having fun celebrating the 20th birthday of our son Ross this weekend. It is incomprehensible to Scott and me that our children have grown up so quickly. In our minds Ross should still be running around acting like the Crocodile Hunter, trying to hunt crocodiles in the creek behind our house. For mothers of young children; cherish each moment of each day with them...
Dip, deviled eggs and asparagus, asparagus, asparagus (05/18/14)
The weather is warmer and gardens are planted; now we wait for the bounty of fresh garden produce. But until I have it from the garden, the fresh asparagus and corn on the cob are pretty good from the market right now. I have included a few asparagus recipes for you today and two other recipes from friends I wanted to pass along to you...
Mother's Day tart that's part quiche, part lasagna (05/11/14)
Lasagna isn't typically associated with Mother's Day, but it is the dish that inspired us this year as we searched for a fresh way to offer Mom a delicious brunch. We took some of our favorite lasagna ingredients -- ricotta cheese, spinach, thyme and Asiago cheese -- but instead of layering them with noodles, we mixed them together in a rich, but still light tart filling. ...
Mother's Day greetings, and some Betty Crocker favorites (05/11/14)
Happy Mother's Day to all women who might read this column, especially my own mother and mother-in-law; who both are amazing women! Women have helped mold and shape children and families, and many perhaps not by having their own children but by helping raise and grow the children of family members or friends, or for other reasons. Regardless, all women are to be celebrated on this very special Mother's Day...
Via email, several one-dish, family-simple entrees (05/04/14)
Once in awhile it works out that exactly what I need is just poured onto my lap. I had a conversation about some new recipes for one-dish or family-simple entrée dishes for her family suppers. I thought about it for a few days and had a few ideas about which recipes I would pull out and share with her. ...
From appetizer to dessert, new recipes to try (04/27/14)
I have had so many people send me recipes in the past couple of weeks and it makes me so happy and excited. It is fun to see what new recipes people are trying or have found to try. There is no theme for today, just a variety of recipes from appetizer to dessert. Have fun trying these new recipes, as I know I will...
Kage FCE club celebrates anniversary with cookbook (04/20/14)
I hope you and your family are together and having a very joyous Easter Sunday celebrating the resurrection of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We will be together as a family enjoying some wonderful food, and I hope you have that same opportunity...
The custom of Easter resurrection cookies, rolls (04/13/14)
Every year I am asked about the traditional Easter cookie or resurrection cookie recipe I share with you close to Easter. This year is no exception as I have already been asked several times if I was going to put it in the recipe column again. Absolutely I planned to, in hopes that it will make some great memories to families who choose to prepare them...
Back-of-the-recipe-box tried-and-true favorite dishes (04/06/14)
My husband Scott had his birthday this week. As I pondered what to prepare for him for his special day, I ran across these recipes in my card files. All of these have gotten pushed to the back of the box and nearly forgotten. I decided to pull them to the front and start using some of my older recipes. I found so many great recipes that I just have not made in a long time, so this summer, I plan to make some of those old tried-and-true favorites...
Just try posting a food photograph without the recipe (03/30/14)
I love it when I have recipes from readers to pass along to you. It is nice to see what others are cooking and feeding their loved ones and friends. Lisa Burns recently made this delicious soup recipe on a snowy Sunday afternoon and posted a photo of her large pot of soup on Facebook. Many of us teased her about posting the photo without the recipe. Soon after that, she shared the recipe with us, and made everyone very happy...
A range of sweet treats well worth sharing (03/23/14)
Occasionally I get a request for recipes for a specific event or occasion. This week I had a friend ask me for some new dessert recipes she can make and take to her Bible study meetings. She said it could be any type of sweet treat that a group of women would enjoy while discussing the week's lesson...
Why it's called a 'swap' - Sharing recipes with friends (03/09/14)
Once again I am relying on my friends to supply recipes to share with you today. In looking at old recipes from friends in my files and looking at my friends' Facebook page, I came up with these to share with you today. St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and you will be bombarded with recipes from the grocery store advertisements to prepare corned beef and cabbage. ...
An entire menu from the friendly numbers crunchers (03/02/14)
During the last 19 years I have become pretty close to the employees of the accounting firm we use where I work at the Cape Girardeau Senior Center. We have used the same firm the entire time, and they know our business inside and out. Recently while at their office, the conversation turned to food and eating, which is what happens quite frequently with me...
Love & Basketball: Dean Dome drama determines date (02/23/14)
Scott and I will celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary tomorrow. We chose our wedding date allowing sufficient time to plan a wedding and make all of the proper arrangements. More importantly, we chose the date by when we could obtain North Carolina basketball tickets at the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill, N.C. ...
Contest the cold with crockpot, comfort food (02/16/14)
Many of my friends have been looking for new recipes to make it through the past several weeks of cold winter weather. When it is bitter cold outside, it seems like the crockpots come off the shelf and comfort food and casserole recipes come out of the files...
Cook up some shrimp, crab, chicken - and puppy chow? (02/09/14)
February is a busy birthday month for our family. Today is my dad's birthday, and tomorrow is our daughter's 17th birthday. Lexie was born on a Monday evening and came into the world with a full waiting room of family anxious for her arrival. Lexie has a love for music, her favorite bands, art and fine food. She is very culinary curious and willing to try new foods on a regular basis. But, like all of us, there are a few of the basic home-cooked comfort foods that she likes...
Another Super Bowl tradition? Snacks and more snacks (02/02/14)
The Super Bowl has become another one of America's largest food consumption days of the year. While watching the big game, it is fun to enjoy lots of snacks and beverages and cheer on your favorite team. I am not much of a football enthusiast, but I do like to watch the commercials and cook some snacks for those who do watch the game...
Five-minute dishes? Chef Michael Symon thinks you can do it (01/26/14)
I want to read so many of the cookbooks that are out on the market right now. I received several new books for Christmas, and I have enjoyed reading through them. One I do not have is chef Michael Symon's "Five in Five" cookbook. I was told about this book by Southeast Missourian copy editor Nancy Hadler, who has tried several recipes from the book and has really enjoyed them. She did note that it may take longer then five minutes to prepare some the recipes...
Bake or pan sauté meats for a healthier lifestyle (01/19/14)
Pan frying or baking protein meats is the best cooking option over deep frying. At our house, I don't fry anything anymore, and haven't for many years. We bake and pan sauté almost everything. Here are a couple of recipes you might like to try if you are still frying fish or chicken. Not only for the health benefit, but I don't like the mess that comes with frying...
Classic beef and noodles: Slow-cooked or oven-baked (01/12/14)
The first recipe request of the New Year! Recently I had a friend ask me for a recipe for a beef and noodle dish. She remembered her grandmother making beef tips served with noodles, and it was so good. I assured her that most likely the beef was farm raised and the noodles were homemade. But I did put forth some effort to find a couple of different recipes for her to try. I have tried both of these and they were a hit with my husband and children, so they are keeper recipes...
Ring in new year with some new and different flavors (01/05/14)
Get started in the new year with some new and different recipes. Yes, I am sure there were many new recipes tried over the Christmas season, but let's keep that going by exploring interesting new ingredients and recipes. To help us get started, Martha Maxton of Cape Girardeau sends in a few of her go-to favorites that she would like to share with you...
Texas Trash, Bacon Bombs and the new year's pledge to diet (12/29/13)
The New Year is upon us and that means staying up late, being with friends and family and snacking the evening away before the diets start after midnight. To help you get started on the menu selections for your party, I looked to my friends on Facebook for recipes to serve at a party to ring in the New Year. ...
Christmas morning confections that will please the family (12/22/13)
Merry Christmas! Each year I try to share a couple of recipes with you that are somehow tied to Christmas. This year I chose a wonderful version of a banana bread that has many other ingredients that are unexpected but delightful. The other recipe is for mince meat pie. There is some fascinating history behind mince meat, so I decided to share that recipe with you as well...
Christmas treats for friends, family; a Crockpot casserole (12/15/13)
I love making treats to give away to friends and family at Christmas, and I have a couple of new recipes I want to try. Peanut clusters are a Christmas favorite, but making them in the crock pot is a fairly new idea to me. I have that recipe for you, as well as a couple of cookie recipes and even a breakfast casserole made in the crock pot. A Christmas variety of recipes to kick off these couple of busy weeks before Christmas. Enjoy!...
Christmastime is here, happiness and cheer - and dessert (12/08/13)
Dessert anyone? When planning a menu for Christmas, it is nearly impossible for me to narrow down the dessert choices to just a few. I try to offer a variety that might include a pie (or two), a cake, cheesecake, a fruit choice, something chocolate and then fill in with bar cookies or homemade candy. ...
Holiday menu recipes with parsnips, artichokes and squash - Oh, my! (11/28/13)
I have received so many great recipes the past few days from friends, and I can't wait to try them. As many as I have received, it may take me a very long time to work my way through them, but I am willing to try, as long as my family can tolerate having new and different recipes. ...
Selection of side dishes for the Thanksgiving buffet (11/24/13)
Every Thanksgiving I am asked about side dishes to serve on the Thanksgiving buffet. Most people know what they plan to do for the meat and dessert, but sometimes side dish recipes are hard to decide on. Today I am sharing a few side dish recipes to get your thought process going as to what to serve at your own Thanksgiving meal. Be creative and change up the vegetables from ordinary mashed potatoes and corn...
Amazing Thanksgiving desserts to accompany your feast (11/17/13)
Nearly everyone I have talked to in the past couple of days is planning their Thanksgiving menu. We usually make a list of items to bring, and each of us carries in to make it much easier on our parents. Of course, my brother Wesley is the master baker of the family and he can make some amazing desserts. ...
Catching up with the current salted caramel craze (11/10/13)
It seems that one of the latest food crazes is anything to do with salted caramel. I have seen many different recipes for salted caramel cookies and desserts, and recently made a cookie that was fabulous; I will share that with you when I do my big Christmas cookie column...
How many recipes on Pinterest? Well, she started with 30 (11/03/13)
Claire Watson recently set out to make and test recipes from the popular Internet site Pinterest. Hundreds of recipes with fabulous photographs of the dishes are on the site. Claire started with 30 recipes, calling her experiment The 30 Days of Pinterest. ...
A family recipe book that tells a tale of life in the 1940s (10/27/13)
Pat Henke and our family attend church together and sit near each other each Sunday. A few weeks ago she brought a binder of three cookbooks to church for me to borrow. The books are a wonderful collection of recipes from the Potomac Electric Power Company, once located across from Ford's Theater, where Pat's mother worked following high school graduation in the early 1940s. ...
A few favorite recipes of Mr. and Mrs. William Zickfield (10/20/13)
A family wedding is such a joyous occasion to unite the happy couple and two families. Our family is celebrating along with the Zickfield family as William and Christa are united in holy matrimony. Christa Bollinger is my niece, and she married her high school sweetheart, William Zickfield...
Replay the down: More football recipes for game time (10/13/13)
We already have visited the football theme, but after that column I had a few more recipes come in to go along with the football game-day theme. Since we are just getting into the season, I would invite you to send in your favorite game-watching snacks. Each household has favorites, so pass those along to be included in this column...
Recipes that bring out all of the flavors and aromas of fall (10/06/13)
The feeling of fall is certainly in the air at every store you walk into. The stores are full of pumpkins, apples and other flavors of fall. The warm, rich aromas of fall are so welcoming as you enter a store or home where something is baking with those fall scents: cinnamon, cloves, apples, pumpkin and sweet potatoes...
These tried and true recipes are perfect standbys (09/29/13)
So many times I return to old recipes as favorites and ones our family really likes. There are just a few of those good old standbys that I keep close to the front of our favorites file, and I find myself going to them quite often. For many of those recipes, there are many versions floating around and everyone has their own. I play with a recipe by adding and taking away ingredients until we get it just the way we like it...
Tailgate or TV? Recipes ideal for football refreshment (09/22/13)
Football season has arrived and tailgating parties are underway. If you are unable to be at the game, you might find a friend with a large screen television and plan a party to enjoy your favorite team. At the center of every football gathering there is always food. ...
Perfect recipes for the peanut butter, chocolate enthusiast (09/15/13)
Our son is just crazy about peanut butter and it is even better when paired with chocolate. As I was looking for another recipe recently, I came across a couple of recipes that I think Ross will just love. I also found a couple of other desserts that I want to try, so I decided to include those here today. In the pumpkin crescent recipe I think I will experiment with the pumpkin pie spice to make sure it is not too much. A little goes a long way with me, so adjust to your taste as well...
A range of dishes rounded up by avid recipe collectors (09/08/13)
I have so many friends who are great cooks. However, a couple of them are recipe collectors and don't really cook that much. But, for whatever reason, all of today's recipes have been shared with me by friends. I love trying new recipes, and our daughter, especially, is so food adventurous. She likes different tastes and textures, which makes it fun to have her rating of each new recipe. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I think she will...
Discovering the ease and simplicity of convenience foods (09/01/13)
When we were in Charleston, S.C., a few years ago, we enjoyed Cream of Crab Soup and I remember how wonderful it was. Since then I have made a few different crab soups and recently found this recipe and I am anxious to give it a try. Following the crab soup recipe, I am sharing a few recipes that use commercially prepared convenience items to help speed up the preparation process. ...
Social media comes a wide array of delicious recipes (08/25/13)
Today we start out with a pasta dish that is so easy you won't believe it and wind up with a super rich chocolate dessert recipe. All of the recipes today are from friends who have shared them on their Facebook pages. I must have friends who love recipes and love to cook, because most of the recipes I have tried lately have all come from Facebook. I hope you enjoy these, and I am sure there will be more to come...
Recipes to toast the engaged couple (08/18/13)
My precious niece Christa Bollinger will be a beautiful bride when she marries William Zickfield in October. Plans for their special day are well underway, and the excitement is building. Recently, some friends and family gave a bridal shower brunch for them to celebrate the beginning of their journey together...
Perfect recipes to get into the back-to-school spirit (08/11/13)
It is hard to believe back-to-school time already has arrived. Families are busy organizing and stocking up on supplies to go back to school. Parents are ready to get back into a routine and the students, although few would admit it, are ready to go back and see friends and start having another fun school year...
Straight from the farmers market to your kitchen table (08/04/13)
Summer produce is coming in, and the crop is plentiful. If you have a garden, you know the benefit and reward of growing your own. For some of us, the farmers markets and gifts from friends are how we obtain our fresh produce. Today, I have two recipes using fresh vegetables and a couple of chicken recipes, both using bacon as an ingredient, then a cool refreshing dessert recipe with which to finish...
Learning the secrets of Missouri Mix for Home Baking (07/28/13)
We have the very best volunteers at the Cape Girardeau Senior Center. Each of them goes about their volunteer duties and do each job with precision. The Center uses at least 20 volunteers each day and it certainly is a struggle to find that many each day...
Classic recipes from the Westminster Presbyterian Church (07/21/13)
I am so excited to share news of a great new area cookbook. Westminster Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau has a lovely new cookbook to commemorate its 50th anniversary. "Jubilee: Feasting with Friends" is a hard cover, spiral bound, 214- page book filled with an abundant variety of recipes from every food category you can think of...
Favorite recipes brought back after a trip to the bayou (07/14/13)
Our daughter Lexie recently returned home from a mission trip to New Orleans. Our church youth and a few adults spent time working with the St. Bernard Project restoring houses from hurricane Katrina. The trip was a hot, yet rewarding time for the group and a fun time was had by all. ...
Take in the fresh scent of new recipes (07/07/13)
New recipes from new cookbooks, from Facebook and off email all show up this week for you to try. I have had a lot of recipes sent to me in the past few weeks, so with no further ado, enjoy. My cousin, Camilla Dude from Oklahoma, shared this recipe on Facebook and it sounds irresistible. The picture of the dip was so bright and refreshing-looking, and with a husband who loves bacon, I know it will be an instant hit...
Delicious recipes from the East Coast (06/30/13)
Our family has recently returned home from a vacation to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and various sites throughout North Carolina. I was fortunate to have celebrated my birthday while we were on our trip, and our children surprised me with a fabulous cookbook from the Biltmore Estate and my sister Pat with one from Nags Head on the Outer Banks. Not knowing I would get such nice gifts, I purchased a couple of books myself. So, it was a cookbook and food adventure for me...
Perfect pancake recipes for summer (06/23/13)
Summer is a great time to sleep in late on Saturday and then make a delicious breakfast for the family. Each family has its own traditions and favorite breakfast foods that might include pancakes and waffles. As a gourmet improvement over the normal variety, try these recipes that include rich decadent toppings. I love hummingbird cake, so the hummingbird pancake may be one of my new favorite pancakes. Give these recipes a try and see which one your family enjoys the most...
Recipes at the ready for any occasion (06/16/13)
Summer is in full swing with baseball games to watch, vacations, cookouts with friends and family reunions. Today I thought I would share a few recipes that will work for just about any occasion. The Butterfinger Pie recipe is so good, yet so very simple. It is a must for your summer dessert table. Make it ahead and have on hand for stop by company or a planned dinner with friends...
Mixing things up with the recipe swap (06/09/13)
For many months I tried to do this recipe column with a theme making all of the recipes a variation of a popular recipe. It seemed to be very popular and I received many comments that people liked the recipe variations. Now, the past few weeks I have just done a variety of recipes, whatever you send in or whatever I find that sounds interesting. Let me know what you like to see in this column and of course, send in your favorite recipes to share with other avid recipe collectors...
Recipes to help launch into summer (06/02/13)
Summer is here and our son is home from college, which means I need to cook a little more than I have the past several months. By "cooking a little more" I mean in volume and frequency. I found myself cooking a few times a week and then warming up leftovers a few nights and it worked. Now I am cooking about every night now and I think my husband is loving it...
Facebook recipes reflect personalities (05/26/13)
Lately, it seems like several of my friends have posted recipes on facebook, and they look wonderful. It is interesting that the recipes my friends post actually reflect the personalities of the person. I can guess certain friends will always post desserts and some will always post entrees or salads. ...
Recipes amassed from a number of places (05/19/13)
I seem to get recipes in some of the funniest places. People give me recipes in the grocery store written on their shopping list, work, church, at family or social gatherings and restaurants. Recently, while enjoying a Wib's barbeque sandwich Tracy Taylor told me about this really great strawberry cake recipe she tried and some of the other wait-staff agreed that it was a very delicious cake. Tracy emailed the recipe to me and so I want to share it with you today...
Recipes in celebration of Mother's Day (05/12/13)
Mother's Day is always a very special day for women all across America. Children pamper and honor their mothers on this day set aside to pay special recognition. My mother, Marilyn Kinsey cooked for the six of us children easily with no effort at all. She could make anything out of nothing and stretch food like no other person I knew. We worked hard, ate well, and enjoyed meals together...
Recipes in honor of grandmother (05/05/13)
My grandmother, Connie Hoyt Kinsey was born on this date in 1891. I have so many memories of her and her house, but most of my memories involve food. She made these out-of-this-world noodles which were a favorite of all the grandchildren. She used the egg yolks in the noodles, so with the egg whites, there was always a tall, fresh-baked angel food cake with maraschino cherry icing. It was absolutely wonderful...
Recipes to fulfill your poke cake craving (04/28/13)
At the Senior Center we served an old favorite for our St. Patrick's Day dessert: Poke Cake. We did lime poke cake and it was so pretty on the tray sprinkled with green sugar on top. That dessert started a conversation about poke cakes and desserts we have not made in a long time. ...
Sunday school reveals delicious recipe (04/21/13)
Jackie Otto and I are in the same Sunday school class, and recently she made Crème Brulee French toast for a Sunday school brunch our class hosted. After the brunch, several people wanted the recipe, so I talked her into giving me the recipe to include into this column so everyone could have it. I hope you enjoy it as much as our class did...
A few recipes shared the old-fashioned way (04/14/13)
By now you know how much I enjoy getting mail from you, the readers of this column. During the past several months, I have been asking for you to send in mail and share recipes with other readers. While the whole time, there were four pieces of mail sitting in my small mailbox at the Southeast Missourian...
Recipes sent in from readers like you everywhere (04/07/13)
I love it when I have pieces of reader mail, and this week I have several pieces. It is always fun to see where mail comes from and what readers are wanting to pass along. Enjoy all of today's recipes and maybe they will find their way into your "favorite recipe" file...
Start your Easter with a great breakfast (03/24/13)
Every family has their own traditions for Easter Resurrection Sunday. Some families attend sunrise services at church and others do a late morning service then brunch afterwards. This year is going to be very different for us, as we usually do our big meal in the later afternoon, but our son has to leave to go back to school. Our plans may be a little different for the meal, but getting to worship together will be the best part of he day...
An early start for Easter dinner preparation (03/17/13)
Even though today is St. Patrick's Day, I am already looking toward Easter and our dinner menu plans. The ham and turkey are standard, but side dishes are always fun to play with and try new recipes. All these recipes are some of our favorites and they certainly are not reserved just for Easter. Give any or all of these recipes a try and enjoy them on your own Easter buffet...
C.A.R.E Bears provide great cookbook (03/10/13)
My brother has worked for the Illinois State Police for 15 years and has become good friends with those with whom he works most closely. Recently he bought me a cookbook from the Operation C.A.R.E. Bears program through the former Illinois State Police headquarters in Ullin, Ill. ...
Sandwich recipes worth digging into (03/03/13)
The wide world of sandwiches stretches from cold meats to hot, grilled, or even desserts. The possibilities are endless. In the book "The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches" by Susan Russo, you can quickly see that if you can dream it up, it can be done. I like the way the book is indexed by ingredients and not sandwich names. If I want to use raspberry preserves, I look under that ingredient and it lists all the sandwiches in the book that call for that ingredient...
Recipes to celebrate an anniversary (02/24/13)
Scott and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary today. It is fun to recall details from that day 23 years ago. It was an unusually warm day, and we ran the air conditioner at the church to keep the wedding party and guests comfortable. My brother served as head usher and was extremely tired having stayed up all night finishing our beautiful wedding cake, and my three small nieces were precious in their darling white dresses all serving as flower girls. ...
From the cookbook of Dorothy Points (02/17/13)
There are so many fun and friendly people who come to the senior center, and of course we get to know them very well. Over the years we have laughed and cried with many people. Dorothy Points visits the senior center everyday, and at least once a week she brings in a treat to share with others. I decided to include a few of her recipes today in hopes that you can share them with your friends someday, as well...
Special recipes for Lexi's birthday (02/10/13)
Happy birthday, Lexie! Today is our daughter's 16th birthday. We have gone through a wild and exciting time of transition from a love of black and white cows, the Wizard of Oz, Wicked the musical, Glee and a myriad bands and musical groups, to now being able to drive a car. My goodness, I find myself wondering where all that time went. It has been an absolutely wonderful 16 years and our lives are greatly changed for the better because of her...
Gulf Coast recipes for your sweet tooth (02/03/13)
My mother-in-law, Barbara McClanahan, and her friend Cheryl Gilges are out to showing everyone up by sending in recipes two weeks in a row. This week it is all cake recipes from the Gulf Coast. Cheryl lives in Gulf Shores and all of these recipes are ones she has shared with Barb, and I am sure they are delicious. Give them a try, or clip them out and file away for your next special occasion...
Recipes straight from the Gulf of Mexico (01/27/13)
My mother and father-in-law, Barbara and Jerry McClanahan, have very special, close friends who live in Gulf Shores, Ala., so visiting with them is usually by email. Cheryl and Ralph Gilges have been friends of my in-laws for many years, and they have had some wonderful times together. In recent years, Cheryl and Barb have shared recipes back and forth, and today they are sharing a few of them with you...
Recipes to break out of the 'supper rut' (01/20/13)
I was visiting with a friend recently about entreé supper options, and we both agreed we needed to find a few new recipes to try. So, I went to Taste of Home for some ideas, and I found several recipes that sounded interesting and worth a try. It may take me awhile, but I plan to give each of these a taste, and I think you might do the same. Break out of the supper rut and try something new...
Over-the-top Lone Star specialties (01/13/13)
In the past I have told you about my cousin Cindy Dude, now residing in McKinney, Texas. She is a fabulous cook and an extraordinary entertainer. She takes the term "radical hospitality" to a whole new level. She takes simple, delicious and easy recipes and presents them in a way that makes them seem difficult and over the top...
Simple soup recipes for winter months (01/06/13)
After the New Year, when days are short and gloomy, I often turn to soup for our supper options. My husband would not like soup every night, but I can sneak it in once in a while without too much fuss. I chose a couple of soup recipes to include that are really good and can be made in a short period of time...
Ringing in the New Year right .. with taste! (12/30/12)
Several people I know will be staying home this year to ring in the new year with family or friends. We all know that any New Year's Eve celebration always involves food. So, I went looking for some quick and simple recipes you might consider for your New Year's Eve menu or for anytime during the year. I included a couple of recipes that have bacon in the ingredient listing, because bacon is such a popular food right now...
Recipes to help you celebrate the season (12/16/12)
Everyone seems busy planning Christmas menus and getting grocery shopping started. There are main dish decisions to be made, then all of the side dishes, not to mention the dessert options. I have included a coupe of recipes here today that might help with a side dish or two, a quick dessert and a couple of other recipes that might find their way to your Christmas celebration this year...
Recipes for a festive and delicious party (12/09/12)
This time of year I am usually asked about quick, simple yet delicious appetizers and snacks that can be easily put together and served at parties with friends, coworkers or family. In anticipation of those questions, I decided to head to the bookcase and pull a few Christmas cookbooks off the shelves and find a few that fit the most often asked question this time of year...
Switch up your holiday side dishes (12/02/12)
I recently had a conversation with a friend about au gratin potatoes and scalloped potatoes, but I have never used a recipe for them. I just make them like mom always did. So I went looking and found Jodi Thompson of Jackson had one in her myriad of emailed recipes. I like the variations the recipe lists and you can experiment with different cheeses, as well...
Ideas for transforming leftover turkey (11/25/12)
After Thanksgiving, there always seems to be some turkey in the freezer, and it needs to be used up within a reasonable amount of time. Of course, my mother's homemade pot pie is so amazing and is such a treat every year, but some of you may be looking for something besides pot pie for that leftover turkey...
Thinking about Thanksgiving treats (11/18/12)
Thoughts are turning to the Thanksgiving holiday very quickly. In our family, we have been planning the day's menu for a couple of weeks now, which is so much fun. The blessing of family and our time together is so special and dear. Now that our son is away at college, our time together when he is home is very precious, and I find myself guarding that time maybe just a bit too closely...
Cooking with cranberries isn't just about sauce (11/11/12)
One of my favorite things in the whole world is cranberries. I love them, mostly paired with orange, in hearty dishes, cookies, breads, candy, salads, side dishes (especially my dad's cranberry relish) -- you name it, I love them. While having dinner with my friend Janice Friedrich recently, I told her I had to head home and write a recipe column. ...
Recipes you'll want to share with friends (10/28/12)
Round Robin recipe groups, email recipe groups, recipes from friends and recipes from cookbooks -- there are numerous ways to circulate recipes, and this week the recipes seem to come from everywhere. Read over them, take a look at each one and give them a try. You may even want to pass some of these along to your friends or family...
Fire up the oven and get ready to bake (10/21/12)
My recipe-collecting friends must be thinking about baking and cooking this week, because I had several recipes given to me all within a coupe of days of each other. All of this week's recipes sound really good and interesting. Try each one and see which ones find their way into your favorite recipes files...
Local recipe featured in 'Our Iowa' magazine (10/14/12)
Cape Girardeau's very own Vance Combs and his world-famous, or at least Lynwood Baptist Church-dinner-famous, peanut butter pie was featured this month in the "Our Iowa" magazine. Vance says he is expected to bring at least two of these pies to church dinners and to the church's fish frys. The bi-monthly publication states that Vance was born and raised in southwest Iowa, and I know he still holds strong to those roots...
Fall's here, so break out the apple recipes (10/07/12)
Fall and apple recipes just naturally go together. I am always eager to pull out those favorite apple recipes and smell all of those fabulous fall aromas. This year, Jodi Thompson of Jackson helped me with all of these apple recipes. All but one of these recipes is from the Southern Plate website and blog, which I just love. ...
Welcome fall into your homes with these recipes (09/30/12)
The official calendar season of fall has arrived, and I have to say I am ready. After the extremely long, hot, dry summer, I am ready for cooler weather, rain and the wonderful foods that fall brings to us. So, over the next couple of weeks, we will be concentrating on those amazing foods that welcome fall into our homes. If you have a favorite recipe you enjoy making this time of year, please send it in so it can be included in this column...
Recipes from the Quakers in Pennsylvania (09/23/12)
My cousin Megan Olson recently visited Pennsylvania and shortly after her trip, she sent me a cookbook in the mail called "Quaker Flavors: A Cookbook by Willistown Friends Meeting." I had never given a thought that Quakers were an active group still meeting and functioning, but they are. Friends, what they refer to themselves as, are very much alive and well in today's world...
A variety of recipes from friends and family (09/16/12)
It is so much fun to get recipes from friends and family to include in this column. Once in a while I have to clean up my stack and include them here and add them into my files. So today there is an appetizer, a couple of sandwiches, a beef entree and a simple dessert. I love sandwiches of any kind and don't mind having a sandwich quite often. And both of these sound wonderful and I will be making them...
Recipes to fill bakeware fans' jellyroll pans (09/09/12)
I, like any other foodie, love my kitchen gadgets and especially my bakeware. I am a bakeware junkie. Any baking pan that is different or unique, I am just drawn to it. One of my favorite bake and go pans is the covered jellyroll pan, or sheet pan. When I found one that had a snap-on tightfitting lid, I just had to have it -- well, actually two of them. It is so nice to be able to take sheet cakes to carry-in dinners or to a family who needs food...
SEC-themed recipes as season gets underway (09/02/12)
MIZ-ZOU! MIZZOU-Rah! Woo-Pig-Sooie! Whatever your favorite SEC team cheer is, if you are familiar with the cheers, then you are an official fan. Yes, SEC football is underway and the excitement across the conference is building. I don't even particularly like football, but I do love the food, tailgating and the marching bands of football season...
Several recipes submitted by readers (08/26/12)
Reader mail is always a welcome addition to this column, and I am so happy today to have just that today. A couple of friends of mine shared recipes with me, and in turn I will pass them along to you. This recipe submitted by Ruth Jean Field-Lange is one of her favorite recipes. It is quick, easy, uses common ingredients that almost everyone has on hand and is delicious. Her son-in-law makes this for her when she visits her family and it is always a treat...
Grilling season is packed with great recipes (08/19/12)
It is grilling season, and outdoor cooking enthusiasts are in full swing. Claire Watson got a new grill for Mother's Day, and she has enjoyed trying out the grilling recipes that fill the summer cooking magazines. She has enjoyed them, but she always goes back to the recipe for Teriyaki Beef from her dear Aunt Bernice, who lived in Decatur, Ill. Her family has made this for many years, and they never get tired of it...
Sharing my son's favorite recipes (08/12/12)
Our son, Ross, will be leaving for college soon, and this will certainly be a big adjustment at our house, as it will be for all households where there will be a family member leaving to go away. We have been busy getting items together that he will need or want while enjoying dorm life. Over the past week I have made many of his favorite foods as one last farewell gesture for him...
No end to Puppy Chow snack mix possibilities (08/05/12)
My niece Christa and our daughter, Lexie, love the snack mix Puppy Chow more than anyone I know. As you may know, this is for human consumption and is wildly addictive once you start eating it. Christa introduced Lexie to Nutella and Funfetti Puppy Chow, and now there is no end to the possibilities to creating new flavors of this hard-to-resist snack mix. ...
Recipes from a special person, Dorothy Miles (07/29/12)
Today's column is a special one celebrating the memory of Dorothy Miles. Dorothy passed away recently at age 100 and leaves behind a host of friends and family who not only remember the amazing woman she was but also a fantastic cook. Dorothy was many things; a Christian first and foremost, an airplane pilot before there were women pilots, a world traveler having been to China more than nine times, a teacher who loved teaching math to her students and some would say nearly a genius. ...
Mixing things up with varieties of salads (07/22/12)
Our daughter Lexie loves salads and she likes trying all kinds of unusual combinations of ingredients. She certainly is adventurous when it comes to trying new foods and food combinations. With salads, she will put together just about anything and it always comes out just right...
Susan McClanahan
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