Food, Home & Garden
A few favorite snacks to serve or share as gifts during holidays
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...
Grow your own
While at work, I receive the occasional call from my wife asking me to bring home a few sprigs of curled parsley. She is making her "new potato" dish and needs to garnish it with a little greenery. We have a collection of herbs growing in the greenhouse, so the request is not a problem...
Revisiting Tom's Place in DeSoto, Illinois
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...
Virginia brewery taps 300-year-old beer recipe
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- What do you get when you combine water, American persimmons and hops and ferment them with yeast? A beer based on a 300-year-old recipe scribbled in a cookbook kept by Virginia's prominent Randolph family. Ardent Craft Ales in Richmond recently brewed "Jane's Percimon Beer" unearthed from the book in the Virginia Historical Society's collections from the 1700s that contains food, medicinal remedies and beer recipes. ...
We really don't know much about early Thanksgiving dinners. There's even some question about whether turkey was actually on the menu when the Pilgrims sat down with Native Americans in 1621 to celebrate the harvest. But one iconic Thanksgiving dish was surely not served at that first Thanksgiving meal -- green-bean casserole, a concoction that for many is as emblematic of the holiday as cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie or even the turkey...
Add some new side dishes to your holiday feast
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...
A few years ago, Ken Hagemann was drawn to what he thought was the future of cookbooks. Lured by the ease and searchability promised by e-books and apps, he purged most of his old school volumes. But instead of a digital culinary epiphany, he found only disappointment...
Fall favorites with ingredients of the season
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...
Plan landscape for autumn color
A few days ago I was talking with a young couple who had just moved into their first home. They had been driving around the community and were just amazed at the spectrum of fall colors that were evident in the vegetation they had seen. They wanted to add some of those fall colors to their landscape, but didn't know where to begin...
Food and facts from Kearney, Nebraska
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. ...
Turkey math: A guide to help with your Thanksgiving meal planning
When it comes to Thanksgiving, survival is more important than correct answers. And while we can't prevent your relatives from driving you to crazy, we can give you a cheat sheet to some of the most common Thanksgiving math. Now you can focus on more important things, such as how many washings it will take to remove the cranberry sauce your mother-in-law spilled on the tablecloth...