Food, Home & Garden
Bring ordinary butter to a whole new level by browning it
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...
Fertilize lawn to fuel it with proper nutrients
For some reason, the question of the spring is "Do I fertilize my lawn, and if I do, what do I fertilize with, and when?" I am not sure where to start, so here goes. Yes, you should fertilize your lawn. It is important for you to provide adequate nitrogen (N), the first number on a bag of fertilizer. ...
Salads, skillet and slow-cooked Swiss steak
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...
Orthodox Easter; unorthodox recipe
If you're like me, perhaps the only thing you found more surprising this year than how quickly Easter Sunday came around was how quickly it was over. Happily, however, you can celebrate Easter once again today if you wish. That's because today, for the nearly 300 million adherents of the Eastern Orthodox church, well over a million here in this country, whose religious observances are dictated by the Julian, not the Gregorian calendar, today is Easter Sunday...
Master Mix makes baking from scratch a little faster, easier
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...
Telling the Easter story with quality time in the kitchen
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...
New varieties of old stand-by garden plants making their debut
If you have been reading gardening journals or home decorating magazines this month, you will probably find article after article on new varieties of old standby landscaping plants that are now being produced. The articles tout the improvements being made by breeders, such as improved disease resistance, increased tolerance of growing in shady conditions, etc. ...
Potent, healthy condiments deliver big flavor, few calories
When I was growing up, my family celebrated Jewish and Christian holidays. One of my favorites was Passover. Perhaps it was the Hebrew singing that made it special for me. Or maybe it was the rich meaning behind the foods that were served. One food I remember more than any other -- the horseradish that was traditionally served as the "bitter herb" portion of the meal...
Travel along on a culinary tour with recipes from the four corners of the Earth
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!...
Preparing edible artistry
It takes less than a minute to pat, fill, roll, slice and plate a half-dozen pieces of sushi. Hank Ou, 26, a sushi chef at Shogun Japanese Restaurant in Cape Girardeau, said it's not even difficult. Watching his card-shark dexterity from the other side of the bar, it certainly looks easy enough. Anybody can make sushi, he said...
Oat pudding for easy breakfast
The trick to making a nutritious breakfast a daily habit is never being more than 60 seconds away from something healthy. Because in the morning rush, it's too easy to grab something unhealthy. Lately, my go-to quick and healthy choice has been oat pudding, mostly because my kids love it. ...
Casseroles that may help simplify the lives of young families on the go
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...
Time for a winter walk-about: Tour your landscape to see how plants fared in recent rough weather
The last few weeks have certainly been disruptive in the Heartland. Traffic and commerce have been hampered by ice and snow, schools have been closed, events have been canceled, and weather forecasters have been working overtime. All of the weather conditions we have been experiencing have caused concern about possible traffic accidents, falling on ice at home or work, frostbite and frozen water pipes. ...
Fruits and vegetables get a star-studded marketing push
NEW YORK -- What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips? A campaign plans to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities including actress Jessica Alba and NBA star Stephen Curry to shill for fruits and vegetables...