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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Food, Home & Garden

From the garden or farmers market, fresh is best (07/27/14)
Vegetables and herbs are at peak season right now, so use heartily and often. This amazing abundance from the garden or farmers market won't last long, so get it while you can. Fresh and delicious is best! This recipe calls for zucchini; you may use yellow squash or a combination of zucchini and squash...
Make-ahead frozen dishes emerge ready to serve (07/20/14)
I recently made an ice cream pie for a dessert to serve when we were entertaining company, and I realized how easy it was to prepare it ahead of time and have it ready to serve when I needed it. This got me thinking about some older recipes I used to make and freeze years ago...
Steak and cheese grinder recast as a pasta dinner (07/20/14)
Parents love back-to-school season because it gets the whole family back on a schedule. Parents hate back-to-school season because that schedule usually leaves too little time to get dinner on the table. And it usually takes a solid month of shakedown to work out the bugs in that schedule, sorting out which days leave time for a home cooked meal, and which simply demand take-out. ...
Broadleaf and grass pests challenge lawns (07/20/14)
Several lawn owners have recently contacted me about all of the weeds growing in their lawns. In many cases they treated their lawns with herbicides earlier in the season. So, what is going on? First let's consider broadleaf weeds such as dandelions, spurge, lespedeza and clover. When we have good growing temperatures, along with lots of moisture, these weeds tend to produce lots of seed or spread by runners -- which increases the weed population in your lawn...
Quite a variety of chips off the old block of chocolate (07/13/14)
My, how chips have changed the last couple of years. No, I don't mean potato chips, although that industry really has changed, too, I mean baking chips or baking morsels. I made Snickerdoodle quick bread last weekend using cinnamon baking chips, and in looking at that line of products in the store, it has really come a long way...
Dim sum in the land of barbecue (07/13/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In the land of barbecue, there are other artery-challenging options beyond the slab. The weekend crowds at Bo Lings Chinese restaurant have long suggested that plenty of people in this barbecue fumes-driven metro often prefer their pork steamed amid shrimp in a dumpling, diced in rice noodles or laced with barbecue sauce and stuffed into a fluffy, white steamed bun...
Keeping things cool with a summer supper salad (07/06/14)
Hot summer days just seem to cry out for a cool summer salad for supper and some ice cream for dessert. Salads come in a variety of styles, so I decided to pass along a few recipes to you. You can serve as an entrée salad or small portions as a side salad with the entrée of your choice. Salads are so versatile, you can be creative, adding or deleting ingredients as you wish. Add ice cream from the recipes I am passing along to you, and you are set for a cool summer supper...
What's behind different floral scents (07/06/14)
Wave after wave of scent has filled the air since my garden awakened in spring. Most prominent have been the aromas from daffodil blossoms, plum, flowering currant, and now dame's rocket, pinks and roses. Of course, it's not for us that flowers waft those sometimes delectable aromas. Evolutionarily speaking, we don't return the favor with anything more than the carbon dioxide that we -- and all other animals -- breathe out, and that plants use for photosynthesis...
Ice cream pie, a marriage made in Hawaii (07/06/14)
On a recent trip to Hawaii, I fell in love with the sweet grace, the sensuous beauty, and the rich symbolism of the hula. Mind you, I'm not referring to the famous native dance, but to Hula Pie. Hula Pie is the signature dessert of Hawaii's TS Restaurant chain and originated at the company's first restaurant, Kimo's in Old Lahaina Town in Maui, which is where I was introduced to it...
Fishing yourself out of a recipe rut, and island thighs (06/29/14)
With busy schedules and hot days when I really don't feel like cooking, I feel I am in a recipe rut. I need to try some new recipes and put some new flavors on our table. Fish is something I don't make real often, so I decided to find a few new fish recipes to try. In that process, I did find one new chicken-thigh recipe I will be making too...
Passing along tasty appetizers and gluten-free options (06/22/14)
Graduation parties are behind us for this year. We had so much fun at several parties, enjoying fabulous fellowship with friends and family, and some great food along the way. My nephew, Truman, graduated and his party was a brunch with wonderful food for a midmorning feast. While others were in the evening with appetizers and desserts, or a delicious buffet catered by Cape Girardeau's El Sol restaurant...
Now is the time to ponder a fall garden (06/22/14)
If you are a vegetable gardener, you are busy fertilizing, weeding, checking vegetable plants for insects and diseases, and harvesting that gorgeous tomato, head of cauliflower, and some radishes. And, you are looking at the potential corn crop that is coming on. Unfortunately when the corn is picked and the tomatoes play out, you will be out of fresh vegetables for your evening dinner, unless you start thinking ahead to a fall garden...
Keep the grill going for a colorful July 4 dessert (06/22/14)
As somebody who spends a whole lot of time thinking about grilling, I love that so many Americans celebrate July Fourth by busting out the grill. So many of us are eating the same thing cooked in the same way, it's kind of like summer's version of Thanksgiving. Hamburgers, hot dogs and ribs rule the day. And that's how I like it. It's good to keep the main course traditional because that is what everyone looks forward to...
Cool! Refreshing summer salads, desserts and drinks (06/15/14)
It is time to enjoy some wonderful summertime foods. Whether you are dining with family on an ordinary day, making a dish to share with friends or grabbing something from the refrigerator between activities, some cool refreshing recipes are in order to kick off your summer...
Making lamb leaner for a healthier burger (06/15/14)
Beef may claim to be what's for dinner in America, but in the Middle East that honor often goes to lamb. It's prepared in innumerable ways, but my favorite is when the lamb is ground, spiced and grilled, then topped with some kind of yogurt sauce and finally tucked into a pita. And that's how we're rolling here...
Use a sorghum mop to add flavor to pork (06/15/14)
Pork with mustard and molasses reminds me of my grandmother. Every summer, she would roast a fresh ham slathered with mustard and molasses. It was an all-day affair and the house would smell heavenly. In my house, where time is a bit tighter, I have adopted her flavors and created a quick-cooking pork dish that is reminiscent of her recipe, but meets my modern day schedule. The mustard-sorghum mop takes this easy grilled weeknight pork tenderloin from ordinary to extraordinary!...
Birdcall playback on phones prompts debate on ethics (06/15/14)
Wildlife watchers can now wield unnatural powers, playing actual birdcalls on smart phones and other mobile devices. The practice, called playback, is effective for attracting elusive species but also can harm nesting birds if overused. "It's kind of a balancing act," said Jeffrey Gordon, president of the American Birding Association in Colorado Springs, Colorado...