Food, Home & Garden
Food to live for
Lately there has been a spate of bucket list books: "1,000 Places to See Before You Die," "1,000 Books to Read Before You Die," and, most recently, "1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die." This newest entry, by former New York Times restaurant critic Mimi Sheraton, as you might imagine, lists lots of exotic foods, like rambutan, the so-called "hairy" fruit from Malaysia, and many elegant foods, like quenelles, as well as many gourmet items, like caviar...
Sharing a few recipes of some senior center friends
Many of you know that my full-time job is working at the Cape Girardeau Senior Center -- a job I have absolutely loved for 20 years. I have loved and lost so many wonderful friends through the years. Relying on more than 20 volunteers each day, we have been challenged to fill those places, but we have been truly blessed to have the very best volunteers...
Biscuits, burritos, muffins and more for fall breakfasts
Everywhere you look, it is back-to-school sales, store ads, Facebook posts, conversations and, yes, even recipe columns. This year is a little different for us, as it is the first time in 15 years we have not had a child in Cape public schools. Our children have graduated, and we are on to the next grand adventure. ...
Marriage of bacon and honey creates unique flavor combination
My friend Grant Gillard of Jackson is the area's premier beekeeper and honey producer. He and his wife, Nancy, enjoy trying recipes that include honey as an ingredient. However, Grant also finds great enjoyment in bacon and recipes using bacon. As I was thinking about my column for this week, I came across one of my favorite appetizer recipes and thought, "This is a Grant Gillard recipe, for sure!" That got me thinking about other recipes I had using honey or bacon as part of the ingredients and surprisingly I found several, so very quickly I had a column all planned.. ...
My introduction to gardening was probably in the spring of 1952. We lived in a small home in Marshall, Missouri. Next to the house was an empty lot owned by the neighbor. Dad had asked them if we could plant a garden in that lot. They said, "yes," so Dad gave me instructions on turning the soil. This was pre-garden- tiller days...
Ice-cold soups hit the spot when temperatures rise
Nancy Hadler of Frohna, Missouri, suggested a column on gazpacho as she has been enjoying some this summer. Summer weather is hot and humid and if you combine that with a bounty of fresh vegetables, you have the perfect combination for a cool, refreshing gazpacho. ...
Time for icebox pie
Ice is an interesting subject for contemplation," wrote Henry David Thoreau in chapter 16 of "Walden." Looking out at his frozen pond in the dead of winter, as the famed transcendentalist was when he penned those words, I suppose it is. This time of year, however, when the temperatures soar, I find not ice but icebox cakes more worthy of consideration. ...
Mike Holmes: Buy a home using intelligence, not illusion
NEW YORK -- Mike Holmes, famous for calling out bad plumbing, woodworking and electrical work on the HGTV show "Holmes on Homes," says there are steps homebuyers can take to avoid many of those problems. Holmes has a new show on Fox called "Home Free" (airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ...
Some cheesecake recipes, with a twist
National Cheesecake Day was just a couple of days ago, and that made me start thinking about some recipes I have that are in the cheesecake family. No, not all of them are the traditional round, water bath, springform-pan types, which is fine with me. I will leave that up to the experts...
Coffeecake, sweetrolls, quickbread and oatmeal
I had a request for a very simple and quick coffeecake with lots of flavor. As we visited, I found the requester needed a breakfast or brunch recipe to serve overnight guests, and just wanted to do a coffeecake. I told her I would find a couple of recipes, but I would also give her a sweetroll recipe and a quickbread recipe, that I really like anytime of the day, but work great for a brunch. ...
Taste-tested and approved recipes from friends and family
Several recipes recently were sent to me by friends and family, and I am excited to pass them along. It is always fun to try new recipes, and when they have been tested and approved by people you know, it makes them even more fun to try. With that in mind, there is no theme to today's column -- a few entree recipes and a couple of sweet treats, and, suddenly, I have a new column finished with everyone's help...
Myrtle in distress
Several gardeners recently have complained to me about their crape myrtles. In some cases, the tops died back this spring, and there are just long dead branches sticking up in the air. In May, they were looking for replacements because all their crape myrtles were "dead."...
Summertime, and the grilling is easy
It is grilling season, for sure. The television is full of advertisements for grilling products, Food Network has many programs with grilling as a theme, and the grocery store displays certainly are promoting outdoor cooking. I enjoy grilling, and I am willing to try just about anything that will hold up in the heat...