Food, Home & Garden
Compelled to serve green beans? At least make them delicious
We apologize if you are a huge fan of green beans. We apologize if you are the sort of person who longs for the green beans at holiday get-togethers. We think it's a little strange, but we still apologize. It's not that green beans aren't perfectly delightful. ...
Authenticity: It's unlikely Pilgrims served our traditional Thanksgiving fare -- except cornbread
With Thanksgiving just about here, are you planning on an authentic holiday meal just like the one the Pilgrims enjoyed nearly 400 years ago? If so, you can forget about the turkey, the cranberries and the pumpkin pie. Now traditional Thanksgiving foods, they were not on the menu when the Indians and the colonists first sat down together...
Putting a fresh spin on some traditional Thanksgiving recipes
A final column featuring a few recipes you might try for your Thanksgiving feast. The thing I cherish most about Thanksgiving is spending it with the people I love most. Our family is very close, and I love every moment we can spend together. It is becoming harder and harder to get everyone together, as the grandchildren are getting married and having to share their time with their other family, but we try hard to have as many together as possible...
Eat, drink and be thankful with holiday cocktails
Lattes get all the pumpkin-spice buzz, but wouldn't it be more fun to get those flavors -- and that buzz -- in a Thanksgiving cocktail? It sure sounds like a great way to get your seasonal drinking on, but don't grab the pumpkin puree just yet. For some in the mixology world, the first rule of pumpkin cocktails is that it's not really about the pumpkin...
Desserts to wrap up a Thanksgiving feast
I am blessed to be part of a family of wonderful bakers and dessert makers. My mother was so gifted in baking pies, and each one was so delicious. I cherish the pictures I have of her baking those delicious pies, many using the pecans we had on our family farm...
Time to think Thanksgiving
It isn't too early to start thinking about Thanksgiving and the side dishes you might serve alongside your main entree. Every family has its favorite and traditional side dishes, but once in a while it is nice to try something new or different. I love trying new recipes, and when a big group is gathering, that is the perfect time to put something different on the table...
As I drove to work the other morning, I saw leaves piled up along the street in residential neighborhoods. The fall leaf-raking season has begun. I have been overhearing conversations between gardeners and homeowners discussing the annual leaf fall and what it means for them. Many complain about the time needed to rake the leaves, pile them up and then have to figure out how to get rid of them...
Grab the stockpot; it's time for soup
Soups make for great go-to recipes when company is expected or when there is a chill in the air. I grew up with my mom preparing a huge pot of homemade vegetable beef soup often during the winter months, and it was so wonderful. I still make it today, but it just never seems quite the same without eating it in our old home place and out of mom's huge canner pot...
A cooking show devoid of sabotage and sport
With the new television season well underway, have you noticed how many of the best programs are from Great Britain? Certainly my very favorite is. Broadcast by PBS, the show features a variety of characters from various walks of life speaking with distinctive English accents. There is lots of drama, intrigue, conflict and suspense. And it's all shot on location at a British manor house...
Winner, winner, what's for dinner?
Chicken is the feature ingredient for this week's recipe column. There are so many different options for purchasing chicken, whether whole, already cut into pieces, fresh or frozen, boneless and/or skinless, and the list can go on. I always watch for chicken to go on sale, and purchase what is available. We enjoy boneless, skinless thighs, as they have a nice flavor, but whatever is on sale is what I buy and freeze to use as needed...
Casseroles can help take the stress out of meal plans
I was visiting with my niece, Tarah Battaglia, recently, and she shared with me meal plans for her family. Juggling a family with two small children and a new job is difficult for every working mother; I know; I have been there myself. So she and I brainstormed about a few meal plan ideas, and one of those was to prepare casseroles on occasion and have it ready to just put in the oven upon arriving home. Often there will be leftovers to take in her lunch or her husband's lunch...
In my Sept. 13 column, I discussed how to reestablish a lawn this fall by reseeding and proper timing and use of herbicides. This topic was discussed because many gardeners had talked with me about the diseased and weedy areas of their lawns resulting from the rain in the Heartland earlier in the summer. They wanted to get their lawns back into shape...
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...