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Saturday, May 23, 2015
Celebrate graduation with special recipes from school friends (05/17/15)
Today is an exciting and wonderful day for the Central High School Class of 2015; today is graduation day! Among the graduates will be our daughter, Lexie. High school has been such an exciting time for her, with art classes, marching band and the theater and drama department consuming the majority of her time. ...
Mother's recipes from the family cookbook (05/10/15)
Mother's Day is a very special day for women all across America. Today is extra special, as our daughter has high-school baccalaureate today. As a mother, having a special event on Mother's Day makes it that much more special. My mother, Marilyn Kinsey, easily cooked for the six of us children with no effort at all. She could make anything from nothing and stretch food like no other person I knew. We worked hard, ate well, enjoyed meals together and had fun...
A batch of beverage recipes for the warm weather ahead (05/03/15)
Our family really enjoys beverages, and cold beverages are usually preferred. We enjoy flavored tea, mixtures of juices, sparkling flavored water and punch -- just to start a list. With warmer weather ahead, I have been collecting recipes for cold beverages to have handy all summer long. For most of them I will use Splenda or Truvia, whichever one is on sale, in place of the sugar, but you can do as you wish...
Bring ordinary butter to a whole new level by browning it (04/26/15)
Food trends come and go, and what is popular now may not have been a year or two ago. One food method that has been around for many years is browned butter. If you are not used to cooking with browned butter, you should become familiar with it. The simple method of browning butter brings ordinary butter to a whole new level. Browned butter can be used in savory or sweet recipes and only ends with the possibilities you can think of...
Salads, skillet and slow-cooked Swiss steak (04/19/15)
New recipes are always fun to try and, like most things, some we keep and some we discard. I have an email recipe subscription to The Southern plate, which I really enjoy receiving. A few of the recipes today are from its website and from its online recipe newsletter...
Master Mix makes baking from scratch a little faster, easier (04/12/15)
Master Mix is an idea that has been around many years. When I was a teen-ager in 4-H we used a master mix for cookies and baking. Not much has changed from the original recipe, but the ingredients added to the mix to make cookies and baked items have changed drastically...
What to do with Easter eggs? Here are a few suggestions (04/05/15)
Eggs have been a symbol at Easter for many years. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus' emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration...
Telling the Easter story with quality time in the kitchen (03/29/15)
The Sunday before Easter has become a tradition of sharing a couple of favorite Easter recipes with you. 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...
Travel along on a culinary tour with recipes from the four corners of the Earth (03/22/15)
We are going to take a world tour today and sample some recipes from different places on our beautiful planet Earth. A few weeks ago, we had many different types of casserole recipes in this column, mostly just American origin, but today we will branch out and try something different, and the last recipe will bring you back to America for a chicken dish recipe. The cabbage roll casserole recipe combines many of the traditional flavors of stuffed cabbage rolls, but not all of the rolling. Enjoy!...
'The fruit of the poor lemon' certainly not impossible to eat with these recipes (03/15/15)
With so much cold, snowy, gloomy winter weather during the past couple of months, I think everyone is anxious to usher in spring. Thoughts of spring make me turn to my recipe files for spring and summer. I am always eager to enjoy anything with lemon in it, but it just takes springtime to make some lemon dishes pop with flavor...
Casseroles that may help simplify the lives of young families on the go (03/08/15)
I am amazed at what young families have to do to keep order in a household and with family members. Juggling work, children and other responsibilities makes for a very busy life. I look at my niece, Tarah Battaglia, and her husband, Steve. They have two small children, and Tarah is completing her final semester of nursing school...
Pop goes the soda, adding flavor and carbonation to a range of recipes (03/01/15)
Recipe ingredients can be very unpredictable, and these recipes are no exception. Each of the recipes I am sharing today contains soda pop as an ingredient. There are hundreds of recipes on the Internet that incorporate soda. It is used in entree and savory dishes, breads and desserts. In the dessert category alone is every possible combination imaginable...
Celebrating 25 years of marriage, and sharing some of the husband's favorite dishes (02/22/15)
Scott and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this week. We were married six months after he asked me to marry him, which was a very short time after we started dating. We had known each other and were just friends for about a year, having met at church when Scott started a singles and young-adult Sunday school class. I vividly recall that our wedding day was unseasonably warm and we ran the air conditioner in the church...
Sharing a few of the birthday girl's food favorites (02/15/15)
Our daughter, Lexie, celebrated her 18th birthday this week. As a senior in high school, she keeps very busy with after-school activities and spending time with friends. She has a very strong love for music and theater, with quite a bit of art thrown in the mix. We are so proud of the beautiful, mature and responsible young lady she has become...
Sweet concoctions suitable for Valentine's Day treats for all (02/08/15)
Sweet treats for Valentine's Day just seemed to be the right recipes for today. With Valentine's Day later this week, many people will be planning dinner in or dinner out, and those plans may include a sweet treat to finish off the meal. Whatever your plans are, these recipes may be just the recipe you have been looking for. I hope you get to share it with someone very special...
A sandwich can be more than a lunch-box mainstay (02/01/15)
My husband eats sandwiches most days at his work, so he does not want a sandwich at home. I'm sure there are many people who have this same routine. Once in awhile, the rest of our family enjoys a sandwich, so they have to be different from what is in the lunchbox for work...
Super Bowl buffet: Tackle these recipes to treat assembled fans (01/25/15)
People who love football -- and, perhaps, even those who don't -- will gather Feb. 1 to watch the end-of-the-season big game on television. I don't particularly enjoy football, but I do enjoy getting together with family and friends, visiting and just being together. Of course, with that said, there is always food involved...
A variety of recipes to put on the 'to-try' list for 2015 (01/18/15)
I have been looking through some magazines that I put aside during the busy Christmas season. Most of the magazines that friends share with me are cooking and recipe magazines. As I looked through them, I started finding a few recipes that I want to try. I thought some of them were worth sharing and passing along to you...
Soups for a quick warm-up on January days (01/11/15)
School is back in full swing after the Christmas break, and our kids are as busy as ever. With their very busy schedules, sometimes I am not sure when they will be in from school and work. I always keep a casserole or soup in the refrigerator so we can have a quick warm-up snack or supper. Today I liked the idea of soup recipes, and these are the ones that jumped out at me. Enjoy on these cold January days...
Recipes so packed with flavor, you won't even notice they're vegetarian (01/04/15)
My dear friend Cheryl Mothes is trying to help us all start off the New Year on a healthy note after all of the very rich foods we have eaten over the holiday. She has contributed a few vegetarian recipes for us to try. I have tried several of the recipes she has given me and they are all delicious. She always says they are so packed with flavor you won't even know they are vegetarian, and she's right. Give these recipes a try to kickstart your New Year...
Ring in the new year with friends, family and, of course, food (12/28/14)
New Year's Eve celebrations call for friends, family and food, and maybe not necessarily in that order. Good finger foods and appetizers are a great way to just graze on food all evening as you wait for the ball to drop. Here are just a few recipes to help get your party started and kick off the New Year...
Holiday family traditions extend to Christmas Eve fare (12/21/14)
I really enjoy visiting with people to learn what their family traditions are for the Christmas season and, especially, Christmas Eve. Some families serve chili, some have the full main meal late in the evening, some have all finger foods and appetizers while another family may serve all wild game. It is very interesting to me and the fun thing is, nothing is wrong with anyone's traditions; it's all right...
A few favorite snacks to serve or share as gifts during holidays (12/14/14)
People frequently ask me what I like to have on hand at Christmastime or what I like to take to parties or give as gifts. I have hundreds of favorites, but today I am sharing just a few with you for this Christmas season. I hope you enjoy, and that each of these recipes adds some joy to your Christmas season...
Revisiting Tom's Place in DeSoto, Illinois (12/07/14)
If you close your eyes, you may remember some great nights at Tom's Place in De Soto, Illinois. The kiddie cocktails and fabulous steaks and lobster were just the best in the area. The cute doggy bags were pretty special, too, but who ever had leftovers? It was the place in its day but now just an empty building and memories for those who visited...
Kick off the Christmas season with these cookie recipes (11/27/14)
Cookies have become a very important part of Christmas treats and meal planning. Just look at the magazine covers at the stores with the brightly decorated cookies. Page after page and book after book of cookies. In thinking about Christmas gatherings and gifts to be given in the weeks ahead, I have pulled out my Christmas cookie file and found a few to share with you. ...
Add some new side dishes to your holiday feast (11/23/14)
Every year, right before Thanksgiving and Christmas, I receive several questions about side dishes for the holiday meal. Of course, every family has their own likes and dislikes and fear of trying something new. I enjoy trying new recipes and vegetables. It is never too early to introduce a new vegetable to younger family members...
When temperatures dive, the soup recipes come out (11/16/14)
Soup's on! It's time to open your recipe files and pull out all of those wonderful soup recipes that you have clipped and torn from magazines and newspapers. Some of us enjoy soup all year long, but for some, they reserve only the cold winter months for a bowl of steaming hot soup...
Fall favorites with ingredients of the season (11/09/14)
Fall is here, the time has changed and my recipe choices turn to all of those wonderful dishes we reserve for just this time of year. Turkey, cranberries, apples and peppermint are ingredients in today's recipes -- all for your enjoyment and new for your recipe files...
Food and facts from Kearney, Nebraska (11/02/14)
By now, you know how much I enjoy a new cookbook. And by new, it just means new to me, and not necessarily a brand new book. However, my family was surprised and honored to receive a new cookbook from our neighbor, Charlotte Shearer. Charlotte and three friends took a grand adventure to Yellowstone National Park and points of interest in the area, and, on the return trip, she picked up a cookbook from Kearney, Nebraska. ...
Table traditions and potpourri of pumpkin sweets (10/19/14)
Family traditions are just the absolute best. I know there were many Sunday afternoons when our mother was so tired and wanted to rest, but getting together as family was always a priority. I know our family is not unique, and many families have this tradition, as do my cousins, Jan and Richard Kinsey. Sunday meals together with their children are very special...
'Tis the season: Popcorn balls and traditional apple dishes (10/12/14)
I remember when we were small children, my grandma made popcorn balls every year for Halloween. She made more than 100 each year and as children would trick-or-treat, she kept tally marks of how many she had. That was in "the good ole days" when we could give out homemade items to the children, and we could take homemade baked goods to school parties. But, unfortunately those days are long gone...
Crockpot or casserole? Dishes for our busy lives (10/05/14)
Our son and daughter lead very busy lives, as do other teenagers. I find myself having to think about who will be home and when they will need to eat, and realize all of my purchased meat options are frozen. I try to plan ahead, but sometimes it just slips up on me...
Some go-to classics from a newly married couple (09/28/14)
I am so excited to share recipes today from the newlyweds in our family. My niece, Laura Bollinger, is the new bride of Craig Hutson. Laura and Craig have just married in a beautiful wedding on a perfect day and will start their life together in Maryland Heights, Missouri...
What's for supper? Recipes for busy school nights (09/21/14)
School is back in full swing for our children, and that brings a whole set of challenges with supper. I looked for some new main dish recipes for our family suppers that would be fairly quick and easy for busy days. I found several, and I will be trying these over the coming weeks. I suppose other busy families are in this same situation, so I hope these recipes will come in handy...
Falling into late summer, early autumn recipes (09/14/14)
In mid-September the garden produce seems to be winding down, the SEMO District Fair is behind us, football is gearing up and nights are turning a little cooler. Can this mean that autumn is just around the corner? I love fall, and as temperatures will be turning a little cooler, over the next few weeks I will be getting out recipes using apples and pumpkin. The aroma of fall once again certainly will be in the air...
Sausage three ways, enchilada dip and lemony pasta (09/07/14)
I started looking for recipes to include here today, and, totally by accident, three of today's recipes contain sausage as an ingredient. I did not originally plan that, but, hey, I like it when things like that happen. Of course, if you do not like sausage you can substitute another meat, or use turkey sausage in place of pork...
Love the recipes of Nashville's Loveless Cafe (08/31/14)
The Labor Day holiday is here and people will be cooking and trying new recipes over the long weekend. I would also imagine fresh vegetables from the garden and farmers market will be on many tables. I turned to the excellent chefs at the Loveless Café for help. I have a few of their cookbooks, and I love their website and their products...
Dining with Dad: Good eater of mom's good cooking (08/24/14)
My dad very recently passed away, and, as I sat down to write this column, all I could think about was my dad. He was a very good eater -- because mom was a very good cook -- and there are so few things he did not care much for. He would usually pass on the Brussels sprouts and asparagus, and anything real spicy, but in general, he would eat anything that didn't eat him first...
Quick breads: Tomato, bacon, lemon-blueberry and more (08/17/14)
Quick breads are not only easy to make, but they are tasty and nice to have in the freezer for drop-in company or to take along to a carry-in dinner or potluck meal. Quick breads can be savory or sweet, light or a little dense in texture, but all are delicious...
The popular BLT, but leaving the bread in the wrapper (08/10/14)
Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches have to be one of the most popular, if not the most popular sandwich, in America. Well, maybe second only to the hamburger. We sure indulge in plenty of them during this time of year, when fresh tomatoes are ripe and delicious off the vine...
Sweet summertime! Season of fresh and more fresh (08/03/14)
Summer brings an amazing abundance of produce that lasts such a short time. During this time, I try to use all I can in recipes to enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables of the season. Today I am sharing with you just a few recipes that might have you thinking about ways you, too, can enjoy the season's bounty...
From the garden or farmers market, fresh is best (07/27/14)
Vegetables and herbs are at peak season right now, so use heartily and often. This amazing abundance from the garden or farmers market won't last long, so get it while you can. Fresh and delicious is best! This recipe calls for zucchini; you may use yellow squash or a combination of zucchini and squash...
Make-ahead frozen dishes emerge ready to serve (07/20/14)
I recently made an ice cream pie for a dessert to serve when we were entertaining company, and I realized how easy it was to prepare it ahead of time and have it ready to serve when I needed it. This got me thinking about some older recipes I used to make and freeze years ago...
Quite a variety of chips off the old block of chocolate (07/13/14)
My, how chips have changed the last couple of years. No, I don't mean potato chips, although that industry really has changed, too, I mean baking chips or baking morsels. I made Snickerdoodle quick bread last weekend using cinnamon baking chips, and in looking at that line of products in the store, it has really come a long way...
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...
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