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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Food, Home & Garden

A little bit of this and a dash of that (06/28/15)
Today's column is a little bit of everything. We have a response from a recipe request, a couple of shared recipes from friends and a few I just want to share. All in all, I think you will enjoy them; there is just no particular theme for today. Sandy Riehn was looking for a chocolate roll recipe like her mother used to make. A few people where I work at the senior center told me how they make it, and we did have 1 written response from Linda Urhahn of Benton, Missouri...
Planting in the summer? Why not? (06/21/15)
One of the most frequent questions asked at this time of the year is, "Is it OK to plant trees and shrubs in my landscape at this time of the year, or should I wait until fall or spring?" My facetious answer is, "You can plant most trees and shrubs at any time of the year except when the ground is frozen." So now is a good time to plant...
The seemingly limitless possibilities of four-layer dessert (06/21/15)
Recipes from the past can be perfect favorites to use for any occasion. I am thinking about four-layer dessert. The nearly endless possible combinations of crust and filling ingredients make it the perfect recipe to have on hand. Change the crust from traditional flour and nuts to cookie dough, or crushed baked cookies or brownies. ...
Some of the guys' favorites: Rib rub, shrimp and grits (06/14/15)
Today is Flag Day, when we fly our nation's colors proudly. Here is a chance to bring out your red, white and blue and show off your patriotism to all of your neighbors. For our family, today is also a very special day as we celebrate two birthdays. My brother-in-law of almost 40 years, Wynn Bollinger, and my nephew, who is also Wynn's son-in-law, William Zickfield, both have birthdays today...
Garden quilt (06/14/15)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- It's not uncommon to see floral patterns on quilts. But how about flowers planted in a quilt pattern? The quilt garden at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville is designed to mimic the shapes and colors found in traditional quilt block patterns...
In time for strawberry season -- a master class in shortcakes (06/07/15)
The arrival of local strawberries is a sure sign that warm weather is on its way. So to celebrate, I'm sharing what I consider the absolute best biscuit recipe I've ever encountered. It was while I was working in Gourmet magazine's test kitchen during the 1980s that I was put on the quest for the best biscuit. ...
Breakfast recipes for morning, noon or night (06/07/15)
The old saying, "Eat like a king at breakfast, like a pauper at lunch and a beggar at supper" really says a lot for how we should treat our daily meals. Both our children love breakfast and breakfast-type foods. Quite often, that is our go-to meal at supper, when time is a premium or we just can't decide what to fix. Also, pretty regularly, we have breakfast for lunch after church on Sunday mornings...
Celebrating Charlotte (06/07/15)
Brits recently have had much to celebrate. First there was the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, then there was a watershed election, and, finally, and perhaps most important, a new royal baby, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. Named after, among others, her grandfather Prince Charles (Charlotte being the feminine version of Charles) and presumably not after George V's beloved parrot, the infant, in her own right fourth in line to the British throne, is truly, in the eyes of her loyal subjects, something special. ...
Calling for favorite restaurant recipes from Memory Lane (05/31/15)
I recently noticed a page on Facebook for people who grew up in Cape Girardeau. When you "like" it, you see a lot of fun information about former restaurants in Cape Girardeau and where people worked while growing up, among other items of interest. This got me thinking about restaurants that are gone now -- and where are all of those recipes? The Blue Hole BBQ sauce, Pfister's Drive-In Cheese on a French roll and so many more...
A special birthday, and, perhaps, a few new favorites (05/24/15)
Today is another very special day for our family; today is our son's 21st birthday. He is so much fun and brings so much joy. His love for basketball and autographed baseballs has not wavered a bit as he has grown older. He enjoys being with family and can find enjoyment in just about any activity...
Bagworm alert (05/24/15)
Be on a bagworm alert. Within the next two to three weeks, bagworms will be hatching and begin to feed on plant tissue. I mention this now because most gardeners only notice bagworms when they are large and after extensive damage has occurred. Each overwintered female bagworm bag will have an average of 300 to 1,000 eggs in it. These eggs will soon hatch into larvae and then immediately begin to feed on plant material...
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...