Food, Home & Garden
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...
Some go-to classics from a newly married couple
I am so excited to share recipes today from the newlyweds in our family. My niece, Laura Bollinger, is the new bride of Craig Hutson. Laura and Craig have just married in a beautiful wedding on a perfect day and will start their life together in Maryland Heights, Missouri...
Molten cakes flow in several flavors
The U.S. Geological Survey lists some 1,500 active volcanoes in the world, and I've been fortunate enough to have had close encounters with three of them: Mount Rainier by plane, Mount Stromboli by ship and Kilauea on foot. All were unforgettable experiences, but, honestly, my most memorable meet up with a volcano was years ago when I was served my first chocolate molten cake...
What's for supper? Recipes for busy school nights
School is back in full swing for our children, and that brings a whole set of challenges with supper. I looked for some new main dish recipes for our family suppers that would be fairly quick and easy for busy days. I found several, and I will be trying these over the coming weeks. I suppose other busy families are in this same situation, so I hope these recipes will come in handy...
Rethink baking with sprouted grain
Peter Reinhart is a baker unafraid of reinvention and challenging the norms of his field. His career -- now chronicled over the course of nine cookbooks -- shows him repeatedly asking "Why not?" about challenges that stymie so many bakers. Why not break down artisanal recipes to make intricate breads accessible to home bakers? Why not rework whole-grain goodies to make them taste as light and airy as their all-purpose cousins? Why not make gluten-free, sugar-free baking taste great?...
A simple slicing trick for a beautiful tart
Ever walk past a French bakery with one of those impossibly elegant apple tarts in the window, the ones with the apple slices fanned out in the shape of a flower? Nothing you could ever make at home, right? Wrong. It's so much easier than it looks. That's because all you really need is the ability to slice an apple paper-thin. ...
Prep now for a good-looking lawn next year
At this time of the year I often hear exasperated gardeners say, "I am tired of dealing with all of the issues such as weeds and diseases in my cool season lawn. I am just going to wait until next spring and start all over again. That way I will get a fresh start for next year, and maybe I won't have as many problems in 2015."...
Falling into late summer, early autumn recipes
In mid-September the garden produce seems to be winding down, the SEMO District Fair is behind us, football is gearing up and nights are turning a little cooler. Can this mean that autumn is just around the corner? I love fall, and as temperatures will be turning a little cooler, over the next few weeks I will be getting out recipes using apples and pumpkin. The aroma of fall once again certainly will be in the air...
Sausage three ways, enchilada dip and lemony pasta
I started looking for recipes to include here today, and, totally by accident, three of today's recipes contain sausage as an ingredient. I did not originally plan that, but, hey, I like it when things like that happen. Of course, if you do not like sausage you can substitute another meat, or use turkey sausage in place of pork...