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Almost Hamburger Helper  

Not one, but four beefy recipes. Between chili mac, stroganoff, potato casserole and lasagna you're sure to find a favorite that sticks. You'll be ditching the boxed stuff for sure!

2017-09-20 03:46:25

Vanilla Cupcakes For Two  

The perfect recipe when you don't want to make a full batch of cupcakes. This recipe makes two light and fluffy vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting.

2017-09-19 02:09:35

Homemade Ethnic Dishes Made Easy  

As the weather turns chillier, and stormy for some of us, my thoughts turn to hearty cooking and bold flavors. At the end of a long early September week of rain and unseasonably cold weather, I want to turn to a comforting dinner, but I still want something that's a little exciting. Some of the most soul satisfying dishes are the ones that come from simple ethnic traditions. And rather than picking up the phone to order takeout, one of the easiest ways to explore the cooking of different nationa

2017-09-18 04:51:01

America's Best Baked Potato Soup  

Love baked potatoes loaded up with cheese and bacon? Then this soup is right up your alley. It has a creamy base made with onions cooked in bacon drippings, seasonings, and half and half. The potatoes are baked first then added to the soup. Top off individual servings with bacon, cheese, and green onions.

2017-09-17 01:58:25

Killer Chocolate Frosting  

The trick to this creamy frosting is the sweetened condensed milk. It makes a rich, smooth frosting that we love to use on sheet cakes or brownies.

2017-09-16 04:57:39

You Say 'Chow-dah,' I Say Chowder  

When my parents offered to fly me and my husband to San Luis Obispo, California, we eagerly agreed. A weekend getaway to the Central Coast of California was the perfect break from work and Memphis. When we arrived at their beach house, my mom was unloading bags of food from the back of her pickup. While I helped stock the fridge, she made us barbequed chicken sandwiches, with goldfish crackers. She told us we must be starving, since we didn't get lunch on the flight (My mom believes everyone is

2017-09-16 03:17:02

Spicy Oven Fries  

These oven fries are tender on the inside but have a nice crunch on the outside, unlike other oven-baked fries.

2017-09-15 01:24:41

A Meal Worth Coming Home To  

Ah, September. Vacations are over, summer homes are locked up, children are back in school. For me, September means the end of wild summer travels, a new home in New York City, and a return to a semblance of normalcy. No more scouring the shelves of a sparsely stocked African grocery store for vegetables, now I will have bags full of produce to lug home from the farmer's market once a week. No more eating in for necessity to save money as we did in Switzerland, now we will cook at home because w

2017-09-13 02:35:59

Pork Steak Saute  

Pork steaks are coated in herbs, pan-fried, then simmered in the oven until tender.

2017-09-13 02:15:34

Chocolate Bark Candy  

An easy way to make your own candy bars (or is that candy bark?). Just stir your favorite add-ins into the melted chocolate coating (white, dark, milk, etc) and let harden in desired shapes. For an extra decorative touch, drizzle some contrasting chocolate over the bark once it has cooled.

2017-09-12 04:21:44

Edible Art: Food For Play  

Just the other day we were surveying the ingredients we needed for making sushi, and the dark-green, shiny sheets of nori caught my daughter's attention. "Mommy, this would be fun to cut! I could make a picture collage if it's OK to cut this." How could anyone say no to such an inspired quest for creativity? That crinkly texture did indeed look enticing to cut. In fact, it got us both thinking of the ingredients stored in the pantry in a whole new light, and we searched out some other interest

2017-09-12 02:46:59

Walkin' the Hog  

As I was picking beans a few weeks ago, I looked up and saw my neighbors walking with three hogs down the center of our gravel road. Their little jiggly butts (point of clarification--the hogs' butts, not my neighbors') slowly swaggered down the street. I was more than curious. Why would anyone take a hog for a walk? According to my neighbor Elizabeth who was getting the hogs ready for competition at our county 4-H fair, walking the hogs helps prepare them for showing and firms them up a bit. Ju

2017-09-11 02:10:10

Mighty Mushrooms  

Brightly colored fruits and vegetables are the first to catch my eye when I'm shopping for produce. Their dazzling colors quickly grab my attention. Not so for the mushrooms. Their beige and brown colors are less attractive, making them easy to ignore. But these little fungi deserve more than a passing glance. Despite their humble appearance, mushrooms have a lot to offer the healthy eater. The most commonly consumed mushroom in the US is the white button mushroom. With approximately 100 calorie

2017-09-10 02:31:35

Dutch Apple Pie Filling For Canning  

Have delicious apple pie filling on hand any time you have the urge to bake. Homemade is so much better than store bought. Don't have a canner? You can freeze the pie filling instead!

2017-09-10 02:05:15

Hot and Cold Front  

September is the time of year when two worlds collide; we say goodbye to the waning days of summer and welcome the brisk months of autumn. This transition is not always smooth, but it never ceases to excite. Cool, dewy mornings can evolve into long warm evenings. Clear skies can quickly turn ominous with the crash of thunderstorms overhead. Like a warm front meeting a cold front and the drama that ensues, so our world of food benefits from the clashing of opposites.

2017-09-09 03:41:40

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls  

Make cabbage rolls the easy way! Ground beef is sauteed with onions, garlic, shredded cabbage, tomato soup, and tomato sauce and served on top of cooked rice.

2017-09-09 02:40:45

Shrimp Newburg  

A creamy and flavorful shrimp dish served over rice.

2017-09-08 02:08:29

Aloo Gobi (Indian Potatoes And Cauliflower)  

Curried veggies make for a spectacular spicy side dish. Potatoes and cauliflower get spiced with ginger, garlic, and garam masala for that magical blend of Indian flavors.

2017-09-08 01:31:35

But, Does She Cook?  

Although official figures are hard to come by, my dating experience has taught me that expectations for nubile women are changing dramatically with each new generation. Over the past couple of years I have had a number of young women stay overnight in my guest room ('cause I don't shack-up on the first or even second date). On the morning after I have heard, more than once, variations of this sentence: "I did not make the bed. Is that OK? I really don't know how to make them." I admit I no long

2017-09-08 01:20:14

Low Expectations: What Does the Bachelor Bring to a Potluck?  

It's that time of year when poor students--undergraduate and graduate alike--are clamoring to get together to reacquaint themselves with each other. It's also that time of year when married couples invite everyone they know to assemble in their backyard to test out the newest bug-zapping technologies. If you're the single guy, getting an invitation to one of these gatherings can really throw you for a loop.

2017-09-08 01:04:50

Little Blue Life-Boats: Living On Mac and Cheese  

Here we are in week-three of our college preparedness for bachelors. Over the last two weeks we have discussed how to avoid the dreaded "Freshman Fifteen" and what items every bachelor needs for his dorm room. Now we are finally down the meat of things, or as the case may be, the meatlessness of things: how to eat and survive in the dorm room. We've already covered cafeteria food and fast food, but what about make-your-own style food? What's cheap and easy? What anti-cafeteria cuisine can susta

2017-09-07 02:16:28

Tilapia, the Other White Fish  

I have a confession to make. As a former seafood snob, I never gave tilapia the chance it deserved. When this type of fish became popular in the late 1990's, I tasted it once and relegated it to the category of cat food. The tilapia I had at that time had a mushy texture and muddy taste, similar to catfish, which just didn't agree with me. So while tilapia became ubiquitous on some restaurant menus, cooking shows, and at the seafood counter, I crossed it off my list. And most "serious" chefs see

2017-09-07 02:07:43

The New School Lunch "Box"  

Do you remember the old school metal lunchbox that came with its own thermos bottle? Embellished with a favorite TV show character, action figure, or comic strip superhero, these sturdy workhorses lasted through years of use and abuse (That's why you can still find them as collectible items on eBay). Before the days of drink boxes and water bottles, the good old-fashioned matching thermos could hold a cold or warm beverage of choice. The cap on the top also could function as a bowl, and on a co

2017-09-06 02:52:35

Making School Lunch as Cool as Their Lunchbox  

No matter how cool the super hero is on the outside of the lunch box, it's getting your kid to eat what's on the inside that's the real challenge. Now, you could cop out and send your child to school with a box full of cheesy crackers, sugary fruit punch, and bologna sandwiches, but in the interest of health and good parenting you might consider a more interesting, and healthy, packed lunch. Even if they hate you now for not packing something full of sugar and fat, trust me, they'll thank you la

2017-09-05 05:28:23

Got Wind? Grind Wheat.  

Flour. Isn't it one of those kitchen staples that we tend to take for granted? Oh, sure the bin on the counter needs refilling once in a while, but it's something that's always there - ready and waiting at our beck and call. It's one of those modern everyday ingredients that always seems to be waiting (yes, so nice and neatly) on the shelf in those ubiquitous five-pound bags. Really, I doubt if the average American gives much thought to the process (or even the product) in those paper sacks. Oh

2017-09-05 02:30:30

Labor of Love  

Cooking should be a labor of love. For many years it has been just that for me. Any of you reading this article or browsing this website probably feel the same way. Most likely, cooking feeds your soul, and feeding others brings you joy and satisfaction. Labor Day was created more than 100 years ago to celebrate the contributions of the American worker to society and to the strength of our great nation. So many of us, whether professional or not, work hard in the kitchen. In honor of this nation

2017-09-04 04:32:39

Zucchini With Shrimp  

Shrimp is stir fried and mixed with steamed asparagus and zucchini ribbons.

2017-09-04 04:32:34

Back to School Food Revolution  

It's already Labor Day and back to school time is here. With late summer's quickly passing days comes an end to relaxed routines and carefree days. Not only is it time for our kids to go back to school and hit the books, it is also time to get serious about healthy eating. If your family's nutritional habits have slipped by the wayside during the summer - and whose don't with all those delicious summertime treats around - then September is a good time to start heading in the right direction.

2017-09-04 03:13:16

It's a Bird. It's a Plane. It's Super Food!  

This morning, I made a preschooler very happy with his breakfast. I didn't start out with grand intentions in mind. I was just throwing together a quick French toast using some leftover Italian bread, along with some turkey bacon. But I had a stroke of genius when I was putting everything together on the plate. We have these kiddie plates that are divided into three sections, one large area in the middle and two smaller ones off to the sides. The finished oval shaped French toast went in the cen

2017-09-03 04:22:31

Balsamic Vinegar Marinade for Chicken  

Vinegar is a great tenderizer for meats when used as a marinade. A good quality balsamic vinegar should have a slightly sweet taste to it so keep that in mind when buying it for this recipe. Don't cheap out or you'll miss out!

2017-09-02 05:55:58

Burger Bar For Labor Day  

Burgers, hot dogs, tacos, pizza: no everyday food is too pedestrian for even the most critically acclaimed chef these days. Whether it's a function of the economic change or there has been a seismic shift in public taste, it seems that as a food culture we are rediscovering our love of those most basic of foods.

2017-09-02 02:44:41

Homemade Ice Cream Truck Treats  

As summer comes to an unofficial close this Labor Day, you may hear the familiar jingle of the neighborhood ice cream truck one last time. That tune inspires a sense of nostalgia, and sends many grown up hearts soaring and little legs skipping to the music and running for spare change. The good news is that we still have several official summer days left, although the end of the summer vacation season is just about here. You can keep that carefree summer feeling going just a while longer with de

2017-09-02 01:45:19

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches  

The crock pot is a great way to cook the tender beef needed for these iconic sandwiches.

2017-09-01 05:06:58

A Bite of the Apple  

What's your apple eating style? Are you an "Equator Eater?" You are if you take a big bite out of the center of the apple and eat a band around the middle before consuming the top and bottom. Or maybe you employ the "Top to Bottom" strategy of starting at the stem end; eating in a vertical line down to the bottom of the apple and then returning to the top again, munching in side by side vertical strips until the apple is finished.

2017-09-01 03:26:24

Sauce Required; Napkin Optional  

When I first moved to Memphis, TN more than a year ago, I had no idea what the heart of the city was. I was surprised to find a large, silver pyramid glistening beside the river. I also discovered that there are three things that mean a lot to a true Memphian: Elvis, the blues, and barbeque. In fact, Memphis calls itself the barbecue capital of the world. I won't debate the legitimacy of that fact at this point, but I will say that there is some pretty dang good BBQ here.

2017-08-31 04:18:39

The Fruits of Our Labor Day Weekend  

Last weekend to wear white, last party weekend of the summer, last three day weekend until Columbus Day--Labor Day weekend means a lot of things to a lot of different people. What I think we might forget is why we celebrate the weekend in the first place. Unlike most of our national holidays which are tied to either military endeavors or religious observances, Labor Day was created with the pure intention of recognizing those laborers who built the country we now enjoy.

2017-08-30 04:23:05

Milk Chocolate Butterscotch Cafe Cookies  

This is a great way to make a batch of cookies from purchased cookie dough taste like homemade. You can use other refrigerated cookie dough flavors if you wish (the sugar cookie dough is the most basic so it gives you the most flexibility).

2017-08-30 03:29:13

Not-Quite-Instant Noodles  

The appeal of a cup of noodles is undeniable. Ask any college graduate and there was probably a time in his or her life when instant noodles were such a diet essential they could have been their own food group. As grownups with bigger bank accounts, the heart may still hold a special place for these delicious, nominally nutritious cups of noodles and broth, but the head may now know a little better than to be eating them every day. However, just because we may have outgrown the Styrofoam cup ver

2017-08-30 02:49:13

No Taste Like Home  

Often it is through travel that we come to realize those things close to home that we hold most dear. Food is one of the most immediate sources of nostalgia when on the road. For example, after two weeks of eating tacos in Mexico it is unlikely that you will head straight to Taco Bell upon your return to the States. Rather, as the palate wearies of salsa and Margaritas your mind might start drifting to ketchup and bourbon, those comfort foods you associate with home, the familiar.

2017-08-29 02:51:22

More Peas, Please  

Peas do not have the best reputation. The idea of "eating ones peas" can evoke bad childhood trauma of shriveling green peas served as the ubiquitous side dish to the average American suburban meal. Put "mushy" in front of "peas" and the image of the standard baby food accompaniment to English fish and chips spring up. Even the color "pea green" when used to describe say, a couch or clothing, is said with a grimace and a sneer; it is the descriptor of distaste. What green peas have is a marketin

2017-08-29 02:23:53

Szechuan-Style Pork Cutlets  

Looking for something different to spice up your dinner? Try this recipe using pork cutlets and a flavorful homemade Szechuan sauce.

2017-08-29 01:43:07

Building a Better Burger  

This coming weekend we say goodbye to summer, stow away our white shoes, and stash the grill until the next heat wave. Even with the grill retired, however, chances are that some of those grilled classics will stay in your repertoire year-round via your grill pan or your oven. If that is the case, it is never too late to rethink that classic grilled item: the burger.

2017-08-28 05:48:03

Cooking Defined  

In any profession where one is considered an expert, it is easy to forget our audience may not be as proficient in the lingo as we are. GRP, CPM, VPVH might sound like diseases to the average person but are common acronyms in the world of advertisers. Pallet, LFO, PO: all everyday terminology in the universe of distributors but gibberish to the rest of us. And just like every business that has its own dictionary of terms, the cooking world is full of all sorts of word that could very well sound

2017-08-28 05:06:04

Canned or Fresh, Tuna Revisited  

Childhood is full of memories and for most of us those memories include foods that we just couldn't stand eating. Whether your parents were generally good cooks like mine, or not so good, there was always something you just couldn't stand eating. Personally, aside from the evil potato, I just couldn't stomach the texture of sauteed yellow squash and zucchini, both of which my mother loved. Friends of mine have shared horror stories of over-cooked carrots and Popeye-like slimy spinach. But it is

2017-08-27 01:19:59

Spicing Up Dinner With The Indian Cupboard  

It seems to me that as home cooks in America, Asian food tends to scare us. If the recipe doesn't utilize premade teriyaki sauce, a jar of curry paste, or a packet of pre-blended spice mix, we'd probably just rather order take-out. And of the many intimidating Asian cuisines with their complex seasonings, probably none seems more foreign than Indian food. Just one look at the lunch buffet at an Indian restaurant and one thinks there is no way you could replicate the flavors and aromas of such a

2017-08-27 01:11:45

There's More to Melon Than Fruit Salad Filler  

Some call it "fruit salad filler". I call it one of the world's most underrated fruit categories. Whatever you call it, chances are there is more to the humble melon than meets the eye. With flesh in shades of pale tangerine and translucent lime green, melons like cantaloupe and honeydew are the most recognized and perhaps most passed-over of the fruits on your typical fruit tray. But with new varieties of melon from Central Asia popping up in American fields and making their way to US markets,

2017-08-26 05:47:26

Rainforest Cafe Maya Pastalaya  

The Rainforest Cafe, another restaurant chain owned by Landry's, is wildly famous for this recipe. It's a delicious blend of chicken, shrimp, and sausage in a jambalaya-style dish that also includes pasta.

2017-08-26 04:33:28

Chocolate Primer 102: Be Temperamental!  

Last week we discussed the different types of chocolate, their properties and what they're used for. This time, I thought we'd go over the several methods of tempering chocolate. As previously mentioned, tempering refers to the process of heating chocolate to a certain temperature and then cooling it so that the fat crystals in the sugar reconfigure properly. This gives you a shiny, snappy chocolate that should 'set up,' or harden quickly and not melt at the touch of your fingers. There are sev

2017-08-26 03:50:28

You Say Tomato, I Say Tomatoes in the Slow Cooker  

I am proud to say that I have finally achieved gardening success. After a few years of trying to grow non productive tomato plants in the mostly shaded back patio of my old apartment, there is a bumper crop of fresh tomatoes in my new garden. All it took was a nice sunny patch of land, a very small amount of labor, and some semi-regular watering; now my gardening efforts appear to be paying back dividends that are far greater than the total effort I put in.

2017-08-25 04:35:02

Greek Salad with Avocado and Dill  

What tastes fresher than Mediterranean food? This Greek salad packed with tomatoes, cucumbers, and feta makes for a delicious lunch to power you through the rest of the day. As with everything, avocado makes it even better.

2017-08-25 03:58:39

Making Healthy Food Fun  

Have you seen the guidelines recommended for kids' healthy eating? They don't mess around. For example, according to Jessica Seinfeld, author of the attention-garnering Deceptively Delicious, these are the servings of foods that your kids should be ingesting on a daily basis: Vegetables: 3 (1

2017-08-25 03:13:51

Healthy Hiker Diet  

My legs are aching but my stomach is not. I have been in Switzerland for several days now living out my Alpine hiker fantasies along with my boyfriend. We are staying at a friend's ski chalet, for our summer purposes transformed into the cozy haven we retreat to a the end of each day to soak our sore muscles in a hot shower and refuel with home-cooked meals before heading out again the next day. The ascents here come quick and hard. Two hikes we've been on the starting portion requires a 700 foo

2017-08-24 05:25:29

Mexican Melting Pot  

Mexico City has just made my Top Ten List of favorite cities in the world. When I told people I was going to Mexico for a few days, they instantly thought of me and some crazy friends in Cancun making our own version of Girls Gone Wild. When I told them I was going to Mexico City to attend an Orthodox Jewish Mexican wedding, the reaction was confusion, then mild disappointment, followed by the question, "Jewish people live in Mexico?" But once you understand a bit about the history of the city,

2017-08-24 01:25:37

Cheesy Noodles With Corn  

Set yourself apart and take your mac-n-cheese to the next level with this corny twist on a classic.

2017-08-23 05:30:59

Louisiana Mud Bugs  

When I started writing this column I originally planned on slowly leaking out my Cajun Country standards over the course of many, many months. Although my favorite cuisine is of the Cajun, Creole, and Low Country variety, my charge was to write for the average bachelor. I mean, this ain't "Cajun Cookin'," it's "Bachelor Chow." Yet every time this bachelor shows up at a pot-luck or party with food, friends keep asking me to post the recipe of whatever is brought. Today's recipe is no exception: I

2017-08-23 04:33:54

Shoo Fly, Shoo: A Different Kind of Pie  

Now where in the world would you find a pie named after a fly? Home to multitudes of the plain sect and Amish, our home county is privy to some unusually good baked treats, one of which is Shoofly Pie. And first time visitors aren't the only ones who stop and comment on this pie with an unusual name. Natives wonder too. My daughter asked me this very question just the other day. "How did Shoofly Pie get its name?" And darned if I didn't know. So, if you're not one of the thousands of tourists

2017-08-23 04:13:51

Watermelon Mojitos  

A delicious twist on the popular summer cocktail. This version includes watermelon puree which gives it a light, slightly sweet flavor.

2017-08-23 03:12:41

Summer Corn And Arugula Salad  

Corn, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and arugula are tossed with a light vinaigrette. Delicious served at room temperature or lightly chilled.

2017-08-22 05:55:55

The Fig Is Your Just Desserts  

Writing a column on meals that can be made in under 30 minutes always seems to come up dramatically short in one area of the meal: the end. Dessert, arguably the best and most memorable part of dinner, is certainly the most difficult to make from scratch in a limited time frame. Yes, there are many shortcuts one can take, from dressing up store-bought pound cake to outsourcing the entire dessert from those pastry chefs who really know what they are doing. But at the end of the day, there is noth

2017-08-22 03:59:10

Grilling Up a Hot Summer Salad  

In the dead of summer, menu planning often revolves around two main elements: barbecue and salads. During the summer when we can't stand the heat, we do what what we do to get out of the kitchen. We either take that heat outside for a barbecue, or we turn off the heat altogether for a summer salad. What we don't often explore is how to meld those to cooking essentials, barbecues and salads, for an updated twist on two summer classics. We don't often think of using lettuce for grilling, but there

2017-08-22 03:20:19

Don't Look Now: Cucumber Snack Crunch  

I just love it when kids get good ideas in the kitchen. Recently we were putting some groceries away when a light bulb moment struck daughter. I had just been to our nearest discount grocery store - and it's always a fun surprise to see the sorts of interesting bents and dents that can be had for a quarter or two (Especially those organic and all-natural items, like 8-grain crackers, muesli, or even some Paul Newman salad dressing). Busily unpacking, there turned up a box of Triscuits - perfect

2017-08-21 03:29:10

Nutrition Spotlight: Protein  

What's for dinner? What does a body good? Got milk? Where's the beef? (Yeah, I know that's an old one!) Slogans, logos and catchy jingles come at us from every direction these days. And protein, carbohydrates, fats ... those terms that modern Americans are so often counting, lamenting and just tossing around can easily confuse kids. Take protein for example: do your kids - do you?! - have a good grasp, even a basic understanding, of what protein is and what it does for your body? Come to thin

2017-08-21 02:18:27

Grilled Thai Chicken  

Boneless chicken is marinated in a mixture of garlic, coconut milk, coriander, ginger, mustard, and curry powder and then cooked on a hot grill.

2017-08-20 05:12:15

A Cool Noodle For A Hot Spell  

There's barely a day when I would turn down a plate of noodles. That being said, the pastas of winter, like artery coating carbonara or dense meat-filled tortellini, are hardly the stuff of bikini-ready bodies and scorching summer heat. But hot as it may be, noodles still call my name far into the summer months. Luckily plates of long, skinny satisfying noodles do not need to wait for sweater weather. As anyone familiar with the foods of South East Asia can tell you, rice noodles can fill a crav

2017-08-20 04:30:31

Seafood That's Fast and Family Friendly  

Fish and seafood are such an important part of our diet, contributing lean protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, which are so beneficial to vision and brain development. In fact, Omega 3's such as DHA are deemed so crucial that many prenatal vitamins and infant formulas now include them. The current dietary recommendation is to get at least two servings of seafood per week. With that in mind, there is a bit of concern over fish that contain mercury, such as swordfish, shark, tilefish, and king macker

2017-08-19 05:03:18

Preserving Summer's Bounty  

As this summer draws to a close, backyard vegetable gardening enthusiasts are celebrating the bounty of the season. If you had a good year in the garden, then right now your kitchen might be flush with ripening squash, pepper, cucumbers, melon, corn, and tomatoes. Those of us who do not have our own vegetable patch may be fortunate to have a friend or coworker who supplies us with freshly picked produce and herbs. A common gardener's conundrum is how to use up all the wonderful produce that seem

2017-08-19 02:58:43

Market Fresh California Meets Asian Sauce  

Inspiration for cooking comes from lots of places: new cookbooks, magazine articles, restaurant meals. This week's inspiration derived from a combination of factors: a recently published cookbook on a popular Asian condiment, the relatively small but excellent bounty of a community farmers market, and my mother's garden. Visiting my parents during Southern California's growing season never fails to inspire my kitchen creativity. While my mom gives the tour of the garden, excitedly telling me ab

2017-08-18 01:38:04

Seed Savers: Are You One?  

Heirloom seeds. Hmmm, sounds like something that's been discovered in my grandmother's attic. I can just envision it: An avid gardener, she picked the seed heads off her favorites at the end of the season, letting them dry completely in the crisp autumn air under clear blue skies. She spreads them out on screens in her backyard, grouping the vegetables and fruits together, the low-growing flowers and tall perennials into their own specially designated areas. When sure they were completely dry -

2017-08-18 01:05:51

Healthy and Delicious Beans  

Cooked beans and legumes offer a healthy option to add meatless protein to your meals. They have long been a staple of vegetarian diets but are suitable for carnivores as well. From white beans to kidney beans to lentils, a serving provides a relatively high amount of protein and a high fiber content with little fat and no saturated fat.

2017-08-17 05:40:44

Lemonade Pork Steaks  

An overnight soak in a spiced lemonade marinade is the key to these tender pork steaks.

2017-08-17 04:33:36

When Your Bowl of Popcorn Needs a Vacation  

What does the smell of coconut remind you of? For many people it conjures a beachy scene, both for the scented suntan lotion smell and for remembrances of icy pina coladas. Another reason coconut has a strong association with vacation for me is that my family's favorite seashore restaurant would include coconut muffins in their breadbasket. So just imagining the coconut smell can instantly transport me to a vacation state of mind. But did you know that along with smelling great, coconut is reput

2017-08-17 02:05:13

On (Not) Loving Water  

With the heat of summer upon us, I thought I would write something about the benefits of drinking water. You we all should drink at least 8 glasses a day... what its many benefits are to our bodies...and so on. The problem is-- I don't like to drink water. I would love to tell you that I happily down the stuff on a regular basis; but those of you who know me personally and read this column would know I was lying and call me on it. So, I confess, it takes a lot of motivation and some

2017-08-16 04:18:24

Farm to Table, By Way of Thailand  

There comes a time to be tired of the usual summer fare. For me that time is now. I am somewhat surprised with myself that, after so many months of waiting for sweet corn, ripe heirloom tomatoes, and deep purple eggplants, I could suddenly come to a point of tiring of the very thing for which I had longed. Then again, perhaps it is not the produce itself as much as the whole farm-to-table ethos of it all, preparing these foods as simply and unadulterated as possible. A tomato on a plate, a zucch

2017-08-16 01:24:37

Walk the Plank!  

As the summertime comes to an end, your grilling routine might need a little shaking up, and I have just the idea for you. I just recently attempted a grilling method that I had wanted to try for a long time, cedar plank cooking. It's a technique that originated in the Pacific Northwest, where cedar and alder woods are plentiful. There's a reason that native Americans in that coastal region have used this technique for ages. The smoking wood imparts a mouthwatering flavor while delicately cookin

2017-08-15 05:39:49

Birthdays: Easy Party Food  

It was quite easy to take birthdays for granted as a kid - the games, the fun with friends, the presents. And, of course, the good food. Birthdays were a time to celebrate - looking forward to another year under the belt, another candle on the cake. As a kid, it seemed like each year's birthday never came soon enough. Birthdays were good times in our family. And that was also helped along by the fact that my mom was the party organizer extraordinaire. Of course, I didn't fully realize (or apprec

2017-08-15 02:23:47

Dark Double Chocolate Fudge  

Make sure to use a heavy pan when making fudge. It reduces the chances of it burning or sticking. Another tip, let the fudge sit overnight before slicing. It will slice easier, the flavor will mellow, and it will have a more creamy texture (but you can definitely serve it right away too!). You can omit the nuts if you wish.

2017-08-15 01:29:50

The Freezer Is Your Friend  

This past week a colleague and I spent a car ride discussing our cooking habits, in particular how she goes about getting dinner on the table each night as a working mother. That she uses the internet as a search tool when looking for recipes was no surprise. I was impressed, however, that she tends toward making up her own version of say, meat loaf, after consulting with several posted online versions rather than printing up one and measuring out each ingredient with exacting devotion to the or

2017-08-14 02:47:19

A Wine-Worthy Picnic  

They say that the best way to learn about wine is to drink it. If that is the case I must be well on my way to Master Sommelier certification. Okay, so I am far from a real sommelier, but I do drink wine frequently, both in my home and at the source. I can attest that the only way to develop a palate is to get the vino on it. At my alma mater Cornell University, Wine 101 was one of the most popular, and most failed, classes. They lectured, we listened, they poured, we tasted, and then we were te

2017-08-14 01:43:05

Preserving Tomatoes  

Right now, I am having a love/hate relationship with my tomato plants. For weeks, I could hardly wait for the first one to ripen. Now, at the peak of their harvest, as I lug boxes and boxes of them from the garden to my kitchen every morning, I tell myself that if I never see another tomato it will be too soon. But by December, I will have changed my tune and offer to sell my soul for just one garden fresh, sun-warmed tomato. In its absence, I'll settle for the next best thing: a jar of canned t

2017-08-13 05:51:41

Apple Dumplings With Mountain Dew  

Mountain Dew really is the secret ingredient to these delectable dumplings! Apples rolled up in crescent dough with a pinch of cinnamon bake up to perfection.

2017-08-13 05:12:29

Patio Produce: Tomatoes  

"Rufus, what do you have in your mouth? Oh, no...Rufus, give..." I could hear my husband's voice booming across the property. What could that dog possibly have in his mouth this time? Please don't tell me he found another garden snake or a field mouse. As I approached the north side of our vegetable garden, I saw it was much worse than I could have ever imagined. Rufus had committed the ultimate crime. He was eating the first ripe tomato of the summer. Rufus is our five year old German shorthai

2017-08-13 05:12:27

Instant Cream Sauce Mix  

Make ahead and use as needed. This cream sauce mix works great in a pinch for topping vegetables, seafood, or anywhere you need a white sauce.

2017-08-13 03:14:49

Summer of Sweet... Potatoes?  

So yes, if you live in the Midwest or the South, you're probably thinking, "Now wait a minute. Sweet potatoes are for Thanksgiving and Christmas. And right now, it's summer. What ARE you thinking, Jerri Manthey?" Growing up, the only time I got to enjoy eating sweet potatoes was at Thanksgiving and Christmas. My mom would bake them, peel them, add butter and brown sugar, lay them out in a shallow baking dish, top them with marshmallows and bake them again until the marshmallows were toasty brown

2017-08-12 05:47:30

Seaside on the Home Front  

Aside from the changing of the leaves in the fall, one of the best parts of New England is the romance of its coastal summers. In these dog days of summer, little sounds more rejuvenating that digging your toes into the sand, turning your face to catch the sea spray, and getting elbow deep in all the fixins for a good old fashioned New England clam bake. Transporting yourself to that part of the world via train, plane, or automobile may not be in your plans this year, but one crack at a steamed

2017-08-12 05:25:25

Grilled Honey Glazed Salmon with Grilled Pineapple  

Salmon basted with sweet soy ginger sauce grills up right alongside pineapple slices for a plate that pleases the eye and the palate.

2017-08-11 05:54:44

Snack Time Made Easy  

"I'm hungry, Mom." Those must be the most frequently used three words in the English language. Growing kids with growing bodies most certainly experience hunger in a different way than adults, while we are maintaining (and sometimes unfortunately adding to!) our mass. Kids' bodies are doing the miraculous job of creating bone, muscle, brain cells and mass daily. And don't you just know it when a growth spurt hits? Morning, noon or night, the munchies are never far away. And if you're like me, c

2017-08-11 05:18:54

Lavender at Your Table  

It is a Saturday morning in late June. The weather is perfect. I am standing, eyes closed, inhaling the sweet scent of lavender. I open my eyes to see row after row of tall, majestic purple flowers carpeting the landscape. It is breathtakingly beautiful. Am I in the south of France? No, just a few miles south of Indianapolis! Lavender, sometimes referred to as blue gold by the French, has been grown in the Mediterranean for centuries. Prized for its scent, healing properties and beauty, its use

2017-08-11 04:26:15

Pulled Pork With Root Beer Barbecue Sauce  

Root beer isn't just for floats anymore. This pulled pork recipe uses root beer twice: once to tenderize and again in a tangy sauce.

2017-08-11 03:50:41

Eat Your Stars and Get Your Greens  

Ah, the things we tell kids to get them to eat their vegetables. Suddenly broccoli becomes "Trees" and raisins and peanut butter on celery sticks become "Ants on a Log." When an unappetizing green thing is given an entirely different personage, it curiously becomes easier to swallow. This was the case, anyway, in my house with Star Soup, where the key ingredient, the "stars," were an unpleasant looking green thing known as okra. Broccoli becomes trees, okra becomes stars, and even the pickiest

2017-08-10 01:44:13

Big Flavor, On a Budget  

It seems in many marriages, for every Ricky there's a Lucy. The age old tug-of-war between the sensible and the spontaneous can affect every aspect of marital life from vacation planning to nightly dinner. The "Ricky" of the relationship knows the family is on a budget and plans dinner accordingly, even if that sometimes means eating the same tuna casserole several nights in a row. Meanwhile, while Ricky waits for his casserole leftovers, "Lucy" has come home from the market blowing half the we

2017-08-10 01:11:20

Lager And Lemon-Limeade  

A refreshing summertime cocktail! Lager is mixed with chilled lemonade and sweetened lime juice.

2017-08-09 05:56:47

Jenny's Double Chocolate Experiment  

"Mommy, I feel like baking tonight." Really! What are you thinking of making? "I'd like to experiment with some sugar cookies. Chocolate fudge sugar cookies." Mmm. Sounds delicious. Would you like to look for a recipe? "No, Mommy - I'd like to try making one of my own." What are you thinking of putting in your cookies? "Butter, flour, sugar and chocolate... what else do you think I'd need?... Can I try making them, Mom... can I?" You get the idea. Who can say no to that?...

2017-08-09 05:53:53

Eyes Of Texas Casserole  

We're pretty sure this is the definition of Texas comfort food

2017-08-09 04:16:56

It's Tomato Time!  

There are few times I advocate eating food from a can; one of those few foods are tomatoes. That's because the majority of the year, save for the time we are in right now, those hot house grown tomatoes taste like little more than mealy water. Whereas their canned counterparts, for instance San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes, were picked and canned at the height of their sun-ripened summer freshness. A fresh tomato should taste sweet and with a little tang from the acidity, and have a mouth feel

2017-08-09 03:35:07

Eat With Your Eyes, First  

Have you even wondered why diners always serve an orange wedge and a curly parsley sprig with every plate of scrambled eggs and hash browns? It is because even the lowliest dump of a diner understands that the customer starts eating before the food even touches the fork. And that orange slice will go a long way toward making the customer separate the omelet in front of them from the everyday omelet they make at home. It is not so much about the orange and the parsley itself, as what a little vi

2017-08-08 05:55:07

Grab a Dozen Ears of Fresh Corn--Only  

Or don't make this slow-cooker soup. Seriously. If you think that it doesn't matter, I guarantee you'll be writing in to me telling me about this starchy, chewy, just overall-unappealing soup: "How in the world could you feed this to your family?" and other similar, unsavory comments. Not to mention the lost time and money from that grocery store frozen corn (who knows how old it really is?!). Now you may have a very forgiving hubby like me - he'll tell you that he actually likes that chewy corn

2017-08-08 04:33:23

Orange Crush Sherbet  

The tangy orange flavor of the popular soda pop frozen into a creamy confection.

2017-08-08 02:26:11

Gimme S'more, Please!  

Picture this scene: the stars have come out on a warm summer evening and your family is gathered around a glowing campfire. Perhaps you're at a campsite or even a tent you have set up in the backyard. Everyone's got a stick or skewer and you're roasting marshmallows to sandwich between layers of graham crackers and chocolate bars for that delicious sweet treat, the s'more. It's a summertime classic. Many people, young and old, go wild for s'mores, for good reason. They are delicious! National S

2017-08-08 02:13:06

The Beet Goes On  

There are some things that never go out of fashion on a bistro menu. French onion soup, Caesar salad, tuna tartare. Not just any dish is qualified to become a mainstay. Some come and go seasonally like gazpacho in the summer and harvest salads studded with walnuts and apples in the fall. Rarely a dish transcends the seasons to find a year-round home and near ubiquity. In recent years I would contend that a relative newcomer to the bistro menu, the beet salad, has found just such a perennial menu

2017-08-07 05:15:22

Pretty Ugly Tomato  

Men are not like tomatoes. I decided a long time ago that I could never date a man who did not fall into the "Live To Eat" category of individuals. When I made this statement to a friend I was dining with, he asked me if I prioritized this above say, attractiveness or intelligence. Without hesitation I admitted that, no, in fact, I am shallow and looks come first. This conversation occurred while eating one of the most hideous looking but lust-worthy foods in the world: an heirloom tomato.

2017-08-07 01:05:19

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