Food, Home & Garden
Autumn's abundance calls for more seasonal recipes
One column just isn't enough when it comes to foods featuring the abundance of fall. There are so many, I may not get them all in before we start on winter favorites. But today, I just have pass along a few more recipes for the cooler fall season. I don't know where to purchase white bread with cranberries, but changes can be made to this recipe. The Cape Schnucks grocery store carries a wonderful cranberry cheese that would be delicious in this sandwich...
Sweet or savory, fall produce leads to interesting dishes
As we race right into fall, we shift to apples, pears, squash and pumpkin recipes. There are so many options when cooking with these ingredients because you can make them sweet or savory. Using a butternut or spaghetti squash as the main entree is something I did not grow up eating, but we sure do enjoy it now. Well, I have to confess, our daughter and I do, but the boys of the household still prefer a meat protein as the main fare...
Long before it began asking, "Got Milk?" the Dairy Association used to tout milk as "Mother Nature's most nearly perfect food." Not every nutritionist would agree, but the slogan always made sense to me, especially those days when, after I got home from school, my mother would fix me a tall glass of chocolate milk. ...
Pumpkin spice fever
Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- Once upon a time, pumpkin spice lived pretty much only in pies. That was a long time ago. These days, it's a modifier on a list of foods that grows longer each fall: There are pumpkin spice lattes and breakfast cereals, doughnuts and yogurt-coated pretzels, pancakes and candy, even pizza and beer. ...
Apple season brings on the urge to do some baking
It is apple season, and everywhere you look there are apple recipes galore. The grocery store has recipes available using apples, friends are sending me recipes via email and Facebook, and I can hardly wait to give them all a try. All of these new apple options are putting me into the mood to bake. During the previous weeks of hot weather, I have not baked anything, so I am ready...
'Do it now': Extreme weather leads homeowners to worry about condition of lawns
Several homeowners recently have expressed the need to reseed their cool season lawn (bluegrass, fescue and rye). The extreme weather conditions have done a number on it, and they want to get it back into shape this fall. The most often asked question is, "Should I seed now, later this fall, or wait until next spring?" The answer to this question is, "Do it now." If you wait until next spring, the soils will be cool and seed will take a long time to germinate...
Make a few fair favorites in your very own kitchen
The SEMO District Fair brings much excitement in tractors, concerts, exhibits and food. On at least one evening our daughter will want to go to the fair just to eat. It is an expensive evening, but she sure does have fun trying some new items featured at the fair, while going to the old familiar favorites, such as the fish at the Grace Methodist stand, a corn dog and a lemon shake-up...
Ideal for gatherings, these recipes serve a good-sized crowd
Labor Day is a fun day to gather as friends and family and enjoy a day off from work and a near-end to the summer season. I don't know about you, but it seems as if, after Labor Day, the time starts to fly by as the days get shorter and fall approaches...
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. ...