Food, Home & Garden
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. ...
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. ...
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...
A little bit of this and a dash of that
Today's column is a little bit of everything. We have a response from a recipe request, a couple of shared recipes from friends and a few I just want to share. All in all, I think you will enjoy them; there is just no particular theme for today. Sandy Riehn was looking for a chocolate roll recipe like her mother used to make. A few people where I work at the senior center told me how they make it, and we did have 1 written response from Linda Urhahn of Benton, Missouri...
Planting in the summer? Why not?
One of the most frequent questions asked at this time of the year is, "Is it OK to plant trees and shrubs in my landscape at this time of the year, or should I wait until fall or spring?" My facetious answer is, "You can plant most trees and shrubs at any time of the year except when the ground is frozen." So now is a good time to plant...
The seemingly limitless possibilities of four-layer dessert
Recipes from the past can be perfect favorites to use for any occasion. I am thinking about four-layer dessert. The nearly endless possible combinations of crust and filling ingredients make it the perfect recipe to have on hand. Change the crust from traditional flour and nuts to cookie dough, or crushed baked cookies or brownies. ...
Some of the guys' favorites: Rib rub, shrimp and grits
Today is Flag Day, when we fly our nation's colors proudly. Here is a chance to bring out your red, white and blue and show off your patriotism to all of your neighbors. For our family, today is also a very special day as we celebrate two birthdays. My brother-in-law of almost 40 years, Wynn Bollinger, and my nephew, who is also Wynn's son-in-law, William Zickfield, both have birthdays today...
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- It's not uncommon to see floral patterns on quilts. But how about flowers planted in a quilt pattern? The quilt garden at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville is designed to mimic the shapes and colors found in traditional quilt block patterns...
In time for strawberry season -- a master class in shortcakes
The arrival of local strawberries is a sure sign that warm weather is on its way. So to celebrate, I'm sharing what I consider the absolute best biscuit recipe I've ever encountered. It was while I was working in Gourmet magazine's test kitchen during the 1980s that I was put on the quest for the best biscuit. ...
Breakfast recipes for morning, noon or night
The old saying, "Eat like a king at breakfast, like a pauper at lunch and a beggar at supper" really says a lot for how we should treat our daily meals. Both our children love breakfast and breakfast-type foods. Quite often, that is our go-to meal at supper, when time is a premium or we just can't decide what to fix. Also, pretty regularly, we have breakfast for lunch after church on Sunday mornings...
Brits recently have had much to celebrate. First there was the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, then there was a watershed election, and, finally, and perhaps most important, a new royal baby, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. Named after, among others, her grandfather Prince Charles (Charlotte being the feminine version of Charles) and presumably not after George V's beloved parrot, the infant, in her own right fourth in line to the British throne, is truly, in the eyes of her loyal subjects, something special. ...