Food, Home & Garden
Spraying fruit trees and bushes with dormant oil
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
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
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
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
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
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
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."...
Ring in the new year with friends, family and, of course, food
New Year's Eve celebrations call for friends, family and food, and maybe not necessarily in that order. Good finger foods and appetizers are a great way to just graze on food all evening as you wait for the ball to drop. Here are just a few recipes to help get your party started and kick off the New Year...
Food captured headlines in 2014
Have you picked a side yet? If not, you'd better think fast, because the battle lines are being drawn, and they cut right down the dinner table. For if there were any theme to the food world in 2014, it was the prevalence of polarizing issues. Whether we were tussling over genetically modified organisms, or debating how healthy is too healthy for school lunches, or scolding one another for our gluten choices, this year our collective culinary consciousness seemed mired in disputes...
Dreamy white Christmas
"The sun is shining, the grass is green, The orange and palm trees sway. There's never been such a day in Beverly Hills, L.A. But it's December the twenty-fourth -- And I'm longing to be up North." Nearly 75 years ago Irving Berlin wrote those words, now seldom sung, as the opening verse to what would become the most recorded song of all time: "White Christmas." It's easy to understand how Berlin, born in a town near Siberia, could feel nostalgic about a winter snowfall while staying in the warm resort town of La Quinta, California, where he wrote his blockbuster tune one December.. ...
Holiday family traditions extend to Christmas Eve fare
I really enjoy visiting with people to learn what their family traditions are for the Christmas season and, especially, Christmas Eve. Some families serve chili, some have the full main meal late in the evening, some have all finger foods and appetizers while another family may serve all wild game. It is very interesting to me and the fun thing is, nothing is wrong with anyone's traditions; it's all right...
A few favorite snacks to serve or share as gifts during holidays
People frequently ask me what I like to have on hand at Christmastime or what I like to take to parties or give as gifts. I have hundreds of favorites, but today I am sharing just a few with you for this Christmas season. I hope you enjoy, and that each of these recipes adds some joy to your Christmas season...
Grow your own
While at work, I receive the occasional call from my wife asking me to bring home a few sprigs of curled parsley. She is making her "new potato" dish and needs to garnish it with a little greenery. We have a collection of herbs growing in the greenhouse, so the request is not a problem...
Revisiting Tom's Place in DeSoto, Illinois
If you close your eyes, you may remember some great nights at Tom's Place in De Soto, Illinois. The kiddie cocktails and fabulous steaks and lobster were just the best in the area. The cute doggy bags were pretty special, too, but who ever had leftovers? It was the place in its day but now just an empty building and memories for those who visited...
Virginia brewery taps 300-year-old beer recipe
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- What do you get when you combine water, American persimmons and hops and ferment them with yeast? A beer based on a 300-year-old recipe scribbled in a cookbook kept by Virginia's prominent Randolph family. Ardent Craft Ales in Richmond recently brewed "Jane's Percimon Beer" unearthed from the book in the Virginia Historical Society's collections from the 1700s that contains food, medicinal remedies and beer recipes. ...