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Sunday, Sep. 21, 2014

Food, Home & Garden

Rethink baking with sprouted grain (09/21/14)
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 (09/21/14)
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. ...
What's for supper? Recipes for busy school nights (09/21/14)
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...
Prep now for a good-looking lawn next year (09/14/14)
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 (09/14/14)
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 (09/07/14)
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...
Maximum flavor, minimal effort (08/31/14)

Clever cheating helps put good food on the table while spending less time in the kitchen "Life is too short to stuff a mushroom." So said British feminist icon Shirley Conran. She might have added that it may also be too short to stir risotto, can tomatoes or make your own puff pastry...

Love the recipes of Nashville's Loveless Cafe (08/31/14)
The Labor Day holiday is here and people will be cooking and trying new recipes over the long weekend. I would also imagine fresh vegetables from the garden and farmers market will be on many tables. I turned to the excellent chefs at the Loveless Café for help. I have a few of their cookbooks, and I love their website and their products...
Migrant workers sue seed company in southwest Michigan (08/25/14)
CASSOPOLIS, Mich. -- A major seed company is being sued by 32 migrant farm workers and seven of their children over the workers' claims they were underpaid and experienced unsafe conditions and poor housing while removing tassels from corn in southwestern Michigan...
Dining with Dad: Good eater of mom's good cooking (08/24/14)
My dad very recently passed away, and, as I sat down to write this column, all I could think about was my dad. He was a very good eater -- because mom was a very good cook -- and there are so few things he did not care much for. He would usually pass on the Brussels sprouts and asparagus, and anything real spicy, but in general, he would eat anything that didn't eat him first...
Quick breads: Tomato, bacon, lemon-blueberry and more (08/17/14)
Quick breads are not only easy to make, but they are tasty and nice to have in the freezer for drop-in company or to take along to a carry-in dinner or potluck meal. Quick breads can be savory or sweet, light or a little dense in texture, but all are delicious...
Taking Root: Growing mums and asters that last (08/17/14)

Don't wait until November to plant mums and asters. Buy them now or by mid-September, and plant them in your landscape. These fall bloomers need to have their roots growing and become established before cold weather. A few years ago I received a letter from a reader of this column. As I began to open the envelope, I thought to myself, "this is neat. I am getting a letter from a reader who is going to tell me how much he/she appreciates my column."...

Celebrate season with triple-tomato salad (08/10/14)
At the peak of ripeness, an in-season tomato is one of the things that makes life worth living. Happily, that season is upon us. And this recipe is my ode to that summer tomato. All kinds of tomatoes are at the best just now, big and small, beefsteak and cherry. At the base of this salad are sliced beefsteak tomatoes, which are topped with chopped small tomatoes and drizzled with a tomato-based vinaigrette...
The popular BLT, but leaving the bread in the wrapper (08/10/14)
Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches have to be one of the most popular, if not the most popular sandwich, in America. Well, maybe second only to the hamburger. We sure indulge in plenty of them during this time of year, when fresh tomatoes are ripe and delicious off the vine...
Salsa that needs no tomatoes, no chopping (08/10/14)
We generally assume two things about salsa that we shouldn't. First, that it must involve tomatoes. Second, that the ingredients should be chopped. Because while chopped tomato salsas are delicious, you don't want those to be your only experience. There are so many other delicious ways to enjoy fresh salsa...
Sweet summertime! Season of fresh and more fresh (08/03/14)
Summer brings an amazing abundance of produce that lasts such a short time. During this time, I try to use all I can in recipes to enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables of the season. Today I am sharing with you just a few recipes that might have you thinking about ways you, too, can enjoy the season's bounty...