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Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

Food, Home & Garden

Sweet pairings for grown-up Easter treats (04/13/14)
Easter candy is dandy. But Easter candy paired with booze? Now that's something to put a spring in your step. So we asked wine and spirits connoisseurs to come up with something the adults can sip on while the youngsters hunt for sugary splendors in the grass...
The custom of Easter resurrection cookies, rolls (04/13/14)
Every year I am asked about the traditional Easter cookie or resurrection cookie recipe I share with you close to Easter. This year is no exception as I have already been asked several times if I was going to put it in the recipe column again. Absolutely I planned to, in hopes that it will make some great memories to families who choose to prepare them...
Eggs, an Easter tradition (04/13/14)

That's why the best mass market chocolate-covered marshmallow egg available is the one made by Missouri's own Russell Stover company, headquartered in Kansas City. If you were asked to identify the biggest candy holiday in America you might very well select Valentine's Day, when heart-shaped boxes of chocolates crowd out nearly every other confection on store shelves. But you'd be wrong...

Back-of-the-recipe-box tried-and-true favorite dishes (04/06/14)
My husband Scott had his birthday this week. As I pondered what to prepare for him for his special day, I ran across these recipes in my card files. All of these have gotten pushed to the back of the box and nearly forgotten. I decided to pull them to the front and start using some of my older recipes. I found so many great recipes that I just have not made in a long time, so this summer, I plan to make some of those old tried-and-true favorites...
Go For the Food: Simple treats in garish Las Vegas (04/06/14)
LAS VEGAS -- You might not expect to find farm-to-table dining in Las Vegas. But that's exactly why tourists are lining up at a rundown corner a few blocks near the old casinos in the town's seedy core. It takes visitors arriving by cab a few minutes to locate the nouveau diner Eat on the ground floor of a motel-style apartment complex that rents rooms by the month and looks like a place where a down-on-his-luck crime caper hero might live...
1 million jars of peanut butter dumped (03/30/14)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Nearly a million jars of peanut butter were dumped at a New Mexico landfill last week to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall. Bankruptcy trustee Clarke Coll said he had no other choice after Costco Wholesale refused to take shipment of the Sunland Inc. ...
Saving carrots from their usual sugary Easter fate (03/30/14)
Though carrots often make it into the Easter feast lineup, I've never understood why. Maybe it's a nod to the Easter bunny. Typically, we prepare them much as we prepare sweet potatoes (their distant orange cousins) at Thanksgiving -- by glazing them and otherwise shoveling on extra sugar. I'm guessing that this is a reaction to the carrot's bright color, which reminds us of a kid's toy. It's orange. It's fun. On the plate, carrots are more like a candy than a vegetable...
Just try posting a food photograph without the recipe (03/30/14)
I love it when I have recipes from readers to pass along to you. It is nice to see what others are cooking and feeding their loved ones and friends. Lisa Burns recently made this delicious soup recipe on a snowy Sunday afternoon and posted a photo of her large pot of soup on Facebook. Many of us teased her about posting the photo without the recipe. Soon after that, she shared the recipe with us, and made everyone very happy...
A healthy roast bird to help welcome spring (03/23/14)
Our spring feasts -- often centered around Passover and Easter -- typically call for a center-of-the-plate star like brisket or lamb. Of course they're delicious, but both can seriously ramp up the fat and calories in a meal that tends to put the groan into groaning board even before the main course is served...
A range of sweet treats well worth sharing (03/23/14)
Occasionally I get a request for recipes for a specific event or occasion. This week I had a friend ask me for some new dessert recipes she can make and take to her Bible study meetings. She said it could be any type of sweet treat that a group of women would enjoy while discussing the week's lesson...
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with oysters (03/16/14)
"He was a bold man that first ate an oyster," observed Jonathan Swift. He was undoubtedly right, but what Swift didn't say that might be just as true is that the first oyster eater might very well have been, like him, of Celtic origin. Certainly the first person who thought of pairing oysters with beer, most notably stout, must have been Irish. ...
TV shows get into the wine biz (03/09/14)
Mr. Carson, bring me my wine! And you, too, Mr. Spock. In what is perhaps the strongest evidence yet of wine's power to unite, fans of upper-crusty period drama "Downton Abbey," sci-fi classic "Star Trek" and the proudly down home show "Duck Dynasty" can all buy wines bottled under license to their favorite show...
Why it's called a 'swap' - Sharing recipes with friends (03/09/14)
Once again I am relying on my friends to supply recipes to share with you today. In looking at old recipes from friends in my files and looking at my friends' Facebook page, I came up with these to share with you today. St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and you will be bombarded with recipes from the grocery store advertisements to prepare corned beef and cabbage. ...
Get St. Patrick's Day spirit with green potatoes (03/02/14)
Until I moved to Chicago, St. Patrick's Day wasn't a big event for me. But that first year, I was stunned by the site of what locals took for granted -- a boat slowly traveling the Chicago River depositing a rich green dye into the water. It was amazing to see the water turn emerald...
A mandoline helps pair potatoes with baked haddock (03/02/14)
This past summer I fell in love with a kitchen gadget that has been relatively slow to catch on in the U.S. -- the mandoline. I've had several of these kicking around my kitchen for a while now, but I never quite saw the need for them. For those not in the know, a mandoline is shaped like a plank with a very thin, very sharp blade at the far end. To use it, you slide a firm vegetable back and forth along the plank. Each time you slide over the blade, it shaves a slice off the vegetable...
An entire menu from the friendly numbers crunchers (03/02/14)
During the last 19 years I have become pretty close to the employees of the accounting firm we use where I work at the Cape Girardeau Senior Center. We have used the same firm the entire time, and they know our business inside and out. Recently while at their office, the conversation turned to food and eating, which is what happens quite frequently with me...
Welcoming bluebirds to your home (03/02/14)
I don't know about you, but I would really like to see spring. The day I wrote this column the temps were in the 50s and 60s and the bluebirds were flitting about looking for lunch. When I looked at the forecast for the day this column was to be published I thought winter will be back. Bah!...