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Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015

Food, Home & Garden

Time for a winter walk-about: Tour your landscape to see how plants fared in recent rough weather (03/01/15)
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 (03/01/15)
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...
Kathy Crow cooks up a book, saying, 'I'm dyin' to cook' (02/22/15)
DEXTER, Mo. -- One of Dexter's favorite cooks has compiled her most requested recipes into a cookbook of her own. Kathy Crow is depicted on the book cover standing alongside a casket in her apron with mixing bowl and spatula in hand and with a big smile on her face...
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...
Love of chocolate (02/15/15)
__A visit to Belgium -- 'choclate heaven' -- where the sweet stuff pervades__ Yesterday was Valentine's Day, and, if you're like me and most Americans, you celebrated with chocolate, some 60 million pounds of it collectively. But just because the holiday is over doesn't mean we have to quit celebrating. It turns out there are a number of chocolate-coated holidays during February. ...
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...
Big flavor, little fat in powdered PB (02/08/15)
Powdered peanut butter sounds, pardon the pun, a bit nuts. While fitness buffs sang its praises when it first hit the scene a few years ago, I scoffed. But after seeing it take up more and more space on the shelves of my local supermarket, I caved and bought it for the first time. At first I stayed fairly traditional in my usage: I added a scoop to my chocolate or banana morning smoothie, or added it to cookie dough to make a lower calorie peanut butter cookie...
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...
Think spring: Start cole crop seedlings now, and be ready to plant outdoors when the time comes (02/01/15)
It's cold outside, and the forecast suggests it will get even colder. But if you are a gardener, you are looking past the immediate forecast and thinking about spring gardening. If you want to keep yourself thinking spring, get with the program by starting cole crop (cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli) seed inside now, so that it will be ready for transplant when the weather breaks...
Spraying fruit trees and bushes with dormant oil (01/25/15)
There are a multitude of ways of killing bugs and insects and such in our gardens and on our fruit trees or bushes. One way is to use an insecticide that kills the bug or insect on contact or when the insect eats the insecticide. Another way is to spray the bug or insect with some type of oil spray that, in effect, smothers the little critters. ...
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...
Odd couples? Beer, some wines for chinese food (01/25/15)
What wine pairs best with Chinese takeout? Short answer: beer. The truth is, typical takeout, with its bold flavors of ginger, chili and soy sauce, is enough to stump even the savviest sommelier. "Having a Chinese wife and spending holidays eating my mother-in-law's cooking has given me plenty of opportunities to experiment matching wines to Chinese food, and it's not so easy," says Alder Yarrow, San Francisco-based founder of the popular site Vinography.com and author of "The Essence of Wine."...
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...
Stew is more than 'souped-up' soup (01/18/15)
As I write this, it is 25 degrees outside. By the time you read this, if the folks at the National Weather Service are right, it will still be below freezing. Alas, it looks like it will be another winter during which we will be doing much shivering, not to mention shoveling. Sure enough, a source some trust more than the weather service, the Farmers' Almanac, predicts below-normal winter temperatures this year...
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...
Transplanting: Now is ideal time (01/04/15)
During the past few weeks, I have been asked the same question: "I have a plant in my landscape that seems to be out of place. I want to move it to another spot in my yard. Is now a good time to transplant it?" The answer is, "Yes, now during the dormant season, is a good time to dig up and replant a shrub or tree that seems to be out of place in your yard."...