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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Food, Home & Garden

Celebrate graduation with special recipes from school friends (05/17/15)
Today is an exciting and wonderful day for the Central High School Class of 2015; today is graduation day! Among the graduates will be our daughter, Lexie. High school has been such an exciting time for her, with art classes, marching band and the theater and drama department consuming the majority of her time. ...
Reflecting on the mother of modern french cooking (05/10/15)
"All that I am or ever hope to be," said Abraham Lincoln, "I owe to my angel mother." Today is the day we take time out to reflect on that sentiment. In addition to paying tribute to our own mothers, however, today might also be a good time to celebrate mothers who have made a difference in the lives of many besides ourselves: women like Marie Curie, the Mother of Modern Physics; Rosa Parks, the Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement; or even Anna Jarvis, the Mother of Mothers Day, to name just a few.. ...
Mother's recipes from the family cookbook (05/10/15)
Mother's Day is a very special day for women all across America. Today is extra special, as our daughter has high-school baccalaureate today. As a mother, having a special event on Mother's Day makes it that much more special. My mother, Marilyn Kinsey, easily cooked for the six of us children with no effort at all. She could make anything from nothing and stretch food like no other person I knew. We worked hard, ate well, enjoyed meals together and had fun...
A batch of beverage recipes for the warm weather ahead (05/03/15)
Our family really enjoys beverages, and cold beverages are usually preferred. We enjoy flavored tea, mixtures of juices, sparkling flavored water and punch -- just to start a list. With warmer weather ahead, I have been collecting recipes for cold beverages to have handy all summer long. For most of them I will use Splenda or Truvia, whichever one is on sale, in place of the sugar, but you can do as you wish...
Bring ordinary butter to a whole new level by browning it (04/26/15)
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 (04/26/15)
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 (04/19/15)
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 (04/12/15)
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 (04/12/15)
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 (03/29/15)
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 (03/29/15)
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. ...