Food, Home & Garden
Christmastime is here, happiness and cheer - and dessert
Dessert anyone? When planning a menu for Christmas, it is nearly impossible for me to narrow down the dessert choices to just a few. I try to offer a variety that might include a pie (or two), a cake, cheesecake, a fruit choice, something chocolate and then fill in with bar cookies or homemade candy. ...
Keeping the green in fresh holiday greenery
When Marilyn and I had our first Christmas together in our trailer, we got a fresh Christmas tree to celebrate with. After all, a forestry student wouldn't dream of having anything but a live Christmas tree to adorn the corner of the living area. We both were pretty excited about putting it up and decorating it...
A holiday cookie for those of us who hate baking
The trouble with the holiday season is the baking guilt. The issue is that I don't like baking. It's too precise a practice for me to enjoy. I prefer the little-of-this-little-of-that approach to cooking, which works fine for pasta dinners, but generally is a disagreeable way to bake...
Holiday menu recipes with parsnips, artichokes and squash - Oh, my!
I have received so many great recipes the past few days from friends, and I can't wait to try them. As many as I have received, it may take me a very long time to work my way through them, but I am willing to try, as long as my family can tolerate having new and different recipes. ...
Fruity inspirations: kitchen sink cookies
This is the cookie to make when you're looking to clean out the cupboards. We've packed them with all manner of treats -- and oddities -- from rolled oats, peanuts and chocolate chips to chopped prunes, crushed potato chips and even coffee grounds (trust us on that last one). The more unusual the combination, the better the results...
Selection of side dishes for the Thanksgiving buffet
Every Thanksgiving I am asked about side dishes to serve on the Thanksgiving buffet. Most people know what they plan to do for the meat and dessert, but sometimes side dish recipes are hard to decide on. Today I am sharing a few side dish recipes to get your thought process going as to what to serve at your own Thanksgiving meal. Be creative and change up the vegetables from ordinary mashed potatoes and corn...
Authentic Thanksgiving dessert from Native Americans
"When you look at the big picture," pastry chef Bill Yosses and restaurant critic Bryan Miller, co-authors of "Desserts for Dummies," maintain, "Native Americans in the 16th and 17th centuries probably made a big mistake by teaching Europeans anything at all that helped them survive in the wilderness -- especially anything about cooking." Had the Indians simply ignored the colonists, these authors suggest, the Europeans might very well have gone back home...
Amazing Thanksgiving desserts to accompany your feast
Nearly everyone I have talked to in the past couple of days is planning their Thanksgiving menu. We usually make a list of items to bring, and each of us carries in to make it much easier on our parents. Of course, my brother Wesley is the master baker of the family and he can make some amazing desserts. ...
How to mix up Thanksgiving without sacrificing tradition
Some cooks like to change up the Thanksgiving meal -- a sous vide turkey here, a sweet potato souffle there. But on a holiday dedicated to tradition, innovation can spark revolt. "Know your audience," says Jack Bishop, editorial director of America's Test Kitchen. "The people I know want a pie for dessert and they're not really interested in going too far afield. And the turkey is the turkey, and there's not really a lot you can do there."...
Cost of turkey, trimmings mostly unchanged
Here's another reason to be thankful this holiday season -- the cost of putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table is down slightly from last year. But don't bank on those savings for any big Black Friday splurges. The average Turkey Day dinner will cost $49.04, or just 44 cents less this year than in 2012. And while every penny counts, if you need to do any traveling to belly up to the big meal, increases in airline and train tickets mean that 44 cents won't get you very far...
Winter garden prep: Follow these tips in winter for a successful garden come spring
Even though gardening season is over for the year, there are plenty of things that you can do in the cold winter months to prepare your garden for spring planting.
Cooking with ... kale
This trendy green is as versatile as it is good for you
Trans fat doesn't stir much ‘nanny state' debate
WASHINGTON -- They are among our most personal daily decisions: what to eat or drink. Maybe what to inhale. Now that the government's banning trans fat, does it mean it's revving up to take away our choice to consume all sorts of other unhealthy stuff?...
Catching up with the current salted caramel craze
It seems that one of the latest food crazes is anything to do with salted caramel. I have seen many different recipes for salted caramel cookies and desserts, and recently made a cookie that was fabulous; I will share that with you when I do my big Christmas cookie column...
A few helpful tips for growing healthy rose bushes
I don't like to write a gardening column until about a week before it is to be published for a very specific reason. I want to answer questions that are currently on the minds of Heartland gardeners. The current questions that I have been fielding are as follows: "When should I prune back my roses? How far back can I prune them?"...
FDA is banning artery-clogging trans fats in food
WASHINGTON -- Heart-clogging trans fats once were a staple of the American diet, plentiful in baked goods, microwave popcorn and fried foods. Now, mindful of the health risks, the Food and Drug Administration is getting rid of what's left of them for good...
A guide to take the pain out of Thanksgiving math
Thanksgiving is coming, and you need to just relax and embrace the horror. Accept the fact that you'll get at least something wrong. The turkey will be too big. Or too small. Or too frozen. There won't be enough mashed potatoes, or maybe you'll forget to salt them. Maybe you'll have rivers of gravy, but only enough stuffing for two people. Which is just as well, because you probably won't remember what temperature the stuffing is supposed to be cooked to anyway...
How many recipes on Pinterest? Well, she started with 30
Claire Watson recently set out to make and test recipes from the popular Internet site Pinterest. Hundreds of recipes with fabulous photographs of the dishes are on the site. Claire started with 30 recipes, calling her experiment The 30 Days of Pinterest. ...
A family recipe book that tells a tale of life in the 1940s
Pat Henke and our family attend church together and sit near each other each Sunday. A few weeks ago she brought a binder of three cookbooks to church for me to borrow. The books are a wonderful collection of recipes from the Potomac Electric Power Company, once located across from Ford's Theater, where Pat's mother worked following high school graduation in the early 1940s. ...
A modern take on a sweet from the past is all the rage
With 600 million pounds of candy with a street value of nearly $2 billion sold each year at Halloween, it's obvious that Snickers, M&M's and Hershey bars are the preferred treats of the ghosts and goblins who will be at your door in a few days. It hasn't always been this way. ...