Food, Home & Garden
We really don't know much about early Thanksgiving dinners. There's even some question about whether turkey was actually on the menu when the Pilgrims sat down with Native Americans in 1621 to celebrate the harvest. But one iconic Thanksgiving dish was surely not served at that first Thanksgiving meal -- green-bean casserole, a concoction that for many is as emblematic of the holiday as cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie or even the turkey...
Add some new side dishes to your holiday feast
Every year, right before Thanksgiving and Christmas, I receive several questions about side dishes for the holiday meal. Of course, every family has their own likes and dislikes and fear of trying something new. I enjoy trying new recipes and vegetables. It is never too early to introduce a new vegetable to younger family members...
A few years ago, Ken Hagemann was drawn to what he thought was the future of cookbooks. Lured by the ease and searchability promised by e-books and apps, he purged most of his old school volumes. But instead of a digital culinary epiphany, he found only disappointment...
Fall favorites with ingredients of the season
Fall is here, the time has changed and my recipe choices turn to all of those wonderful dishes we reserve for just this time of year. Turkey, cranberries, apples and peppermint are ingredients in today's recipes -- all for your enjoyment and new for your recipe files...
Plan landscape for autumn color
A few days ago I was talking with a young couple who had just moved into their first home. They had been driving around the community and were just amazed at the spectrum of fall colors that were evident in the vegetation they had seen. They wanted to add some of those fall colors to their landscape, but didn't know where to begin...
Food and facts from Kearney, Nebraska
By now, you know how much I enjoy a new cookbook. And by new, it just means new to me, and not necessarily a brand new book. However, my family was surprised and honored to receive a new cookbook from our neighbor, Charlotte Shearer. Charlotte and three friends took a grand adventure to Yellowstone National Park and points of interest in the area, and, on the return trip, she picked up a cookbook from Kearney, Nebraska. ...
Turkey math: A guide to help with your Thanksgiving meal planning
When it comes to Thanksgiving, survival is more important than correct answers. And while we can't prevent your relatives from driving you to crazy, we can give you a cheat sheet to some of the most common Thanksgiving math. Now you can focus on more important things, such as how many washings it will take to remove the cranberry sauce your mother-in-law spilled on the tablecloth...
Table traditions and potpourri of pumpkin sweets
Family traditions are just the absolute best. I know there were many Sunday afternoons when our mother was so tired and wanted to rest, but getting together as family was always a priority. I know our family is not unique, and many families have this tradition, as do my cousins, Jan and Richard Kinsey. Sunday meals together with their children are very special...
'Tis the season: Popcorn balls and traditional apple dishes
I remember when we were small children, my grandma made popcorn balls every year for Halloween. She made more than 100 each year and as children would trick-or-treat, she kept tally marks of how many she had. That was in "the good ole days" when we could give out homemade items to the children, and we could take homemade baked goods to school parties. But, unfortunately those days are long gone...
Pruning at the right time of year is essential to plant health
"When to prune?" is a question gardeners have been asking lately. So I thought I would put together a primer on pruning the most common plant groups that I have been asked about. Most gardeners like to cut ornamental grasses to the ground sometime in the late fall after the stems have turned brown. If they don't prune at that time, the brown stems will often break off during the winter, which results in the need to clean up the mess...
Crockpot or casserole? Dishes for our busy lives
Our son and daughter lead very busy lives, as do other teenagers. I find myself having to think about who will be home and when they will need to eat, and realize all of my purchased meat options are frozen. I try to plan ahead, but sometimes it just slips up on me...
Pumpkin beyond the pie
Let's talk about one of the season's most iconic vegetables -- canned pumpkin. Yes, canned, because that's how 99 percent of us get our pumpkin. Which is fine except for one thing -- Americans overwhelmingly associate canned pumpkin with just one dish (pumpkin pie) and one day of the year (Thanksgiving). But canned pumpkin actually has all sorts of uses in the kitchen, no matter what the season...