Food, Home & Garden
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...
Kathy Crow cooks up a book, saying, 'I'm dyin' to cook'
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
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
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
__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
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
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
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
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...