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Susan Woody

Column: How to throw a bargain bash without breaking the bank

December 20, 2014

Decor Use food. Decorate and feed at once. Stay focused — focus on three main areas: the front porch and entryway; the bathroom that guests will use; and the food and drink area. Combine nature, inexpensive decor and creativity. Fill clear bowls and vases with colorful ornaments. Use candles and small decorations in the bathroom. Read More

Column: Crazy for cranberries

December 17, 2014

I’ve been experimenting lately with making cranberry salads. Stephen likes them so much and I’ve never tried to make one because the deli always had the one he liked. This is my answer to cranberry salad. Place a bag of picked fresh cranberries in a saucepan with 1 cup of water and 1 cup sugar. Read More

Column: Pointers for poinsettias

December 12, 2014

Millions of poinsettias will come home for the holidays this holiday season. Come January, millions of them will end up in garbage cans and compost heaps. Few people have the patience to keep these cheerful heralds of the season growing after the new year, but with a little care they will perform even better and Read More

Column: The 12 doughs of Christmas

December 10, 2014

Use one basic cookie dough, divide it into quarters, add a little peanut butter here, some peppermint or cinnamon there to create an amazing variety of holiday treats. Here are a few examples of what can be done with a basic cookie recipe. Basic Cookie Dough You can make 4 types of cookies from 1 Read More

Column: Circles of good cheer

December 5, 2014

Wreaths are wonderful decorative items for any occasion no matter what season of the year. Spring and summer wreaths may celebrate bounteous herbs and botanicals using such materials as bay leaves, sage, lavender or quince. Autumn wreaths celebrate the harvest with gourds, nuts, corn, bittersweet and dried leaves and flowers. However, it is the Christmas Read More

Column: Almost heaven

December 3, 2014

Leftover mashed potatoes can be uplifting. Yeah, turkey and cranberry sandwiches are great, but have you ever tried using leftover mashed potatoes to make wonderfully savory croquettes? Simple mashed potatoes lend themselves to great additions like chives, or green onion. Here is a basic recipe to get you started. Potato Croquettes 2 tablespoons milk Salt Read More

Column: What to do for December

November 29, 2014

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener. Inside: Gather holiday baking supplies. For slice and bake cookies as you need them, make icebox cookie dough, shape into logs and freeze. Clean out your pantry and refrigerator. Write a few Christmas cards and mail Read More

Column: Gingerbread for breakfast

November 26, 2014

This time of year gingerbread rules. For some reason cooler weather seems to bring out the recipes with heftier calories. Something in our DNA probably, leftover from when cold weather could easily mean starvation. The cooler weather of fall mornings means something substantial for breakfast, such as these special pancakes. Gingerbread Pancakes Whisk together 3 Read More

Column: Kiss your socks goodbye

November 21, 2014

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener. I have to come clean — I am a neat freak. I just can’t deal with chaos and disorder around me. And although I hate to dust, I can’t stand to see dusty webs on my Read More

Column: How to organize a potluck Thanksgiving

November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving is always a special time to gather around the table with family and friends to celebrate the joys of the season. Many people lead such busy lives that it is hard to find the time to clean the house, put up decorations, cook a big meal and still have enough time to enjoy the Read More

Column: Thanks- giving thoughts

November 15, 2014

Now that we’ve completed all the outside chores of fall we can tend to the inside chores surrounding the upcoming holidays. With the cold weather I’ve pulled out warm faux fur throws and a few warm knitted blankets to add some color as well as serve to keep warm when curled up with a good Read More

Column: Easy baked applesauce

November 12, 2014

Susan Woody has been a food writer for more than 20 years and is a member of the Association of Food Journalists. This sauce is delicious pared with roast turkey or pork, and you can prepare it up to three days ahead. For best results choose apples that break down easily when cooked, such as Read More

Column: Easy illumination

November 7, 2014

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener. Smooth jazz aside, nothing gets the mood better than candles. Pillars scented with cinnamon or vanilla make a living room cozy, and a few dozen tea lights are all it takes to make a party shine. Read More

Column: What to do for November

October 31, 2014

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener. Remember to vote. Daylight savings time ends  Nov. 2 — fall back 1 hour. Inside: With the holidays approaching, ready your refrigerator with a good cleaning. Wash interior wall with 2 tablespoons of baking soda mixed Read More

What are drug expiration dates all about

October 24, 2014

There is a lot of confusion surrounding expiration dates on over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Some people use the stamped dates as a loose guideline, others adhere to it strictly and a few keep their bathroom cabinets stocked with outdated pills indefinitely. Since 1979 the Food and Drug Administration has required drug manufacturers to put expiration Read More

What’s in season

October 22, 2014

There is something about pumpkins that just brings a smile to my face. I suppose it is all the excitement that fall, and Halloween in particular, brings. Something  leftover from childhood no, doubt. When cooking with pumpkins, look for small, sweet varieties with a thick flesh and a fairly small seed cavity. Most large pumpkins Read More

Column: Peach-pecan muffins

October 15, 2014

What better way to use the goodness of fresh peaches than in this easy-to-make muffin recipe. I’ve always enjoyed a streusel topping and this combination with peaches is a winner. Peach-pecan muffins Pecan streusel: 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoon melted butter 1 teaspoon ground Read More

Column: Time to think about holiday hostess gifts

October 10, 2014

Sometimes it is nice to go to a gathering or holiday party armed with a little something to give to those who were so nice to have invited you. I have always appreciated those little gifts of homemade jam or jelly or, in the case of one friend, homemade dog treats. Sophie appreciated those best Read More

Column: Don’t toss those pumpkin seeds

October 8, 2014

Susan Woody has been a food writer for more than 20 years and is a member of the Association of Food Journalists. We’ve all felt the wonder that comes with carving pumpkins for Halloween. Watching the kids’ faces when they had to reach into the pumpkin and remove the fiberous pulp and seeds from the Read More

Column: What to do for October

October 4, 2014

Inside: Continue to move outdoor plants inside. Put plants in a spot where they will get as much sun as possible. Check doors and windows for drafts. Change bedding, removing  and storing light, warm-weather blankets in favor of heavier ones, down comforters and other winter linens. Be sure exterior lights are working and no bulbs Read More

Column: The best new side dish

October 1, 2014

Susan Woody has been a food writer for more than 20 years and is a member of the Association of Food Journalists. When it comes to side dishes most of us get stuck in a rut. Vegetables or starches, vegetables and starches, etc. Grilling is so easy and gives us an easy way to add Read More

Column: A winning pear cake recipe

September 24, 2014

Susan Woody has been a food writer for more than 20 years and is a member of the Association of Food Journalists. Pears are at their peak right now and in abundance. Try a new recipe and use the fruit of choice while it lasts. A few years ago Denver caterer Pat O’Connor won a Read More

An embarrassment of tomatoes

September 12, 2014

Using up all those tomatoes that we hoped would happen is now  coming to a head.  Tomato sauces, whole tomatoes and salsas come to mind as easy-to-can ideas. One more worth thinking about is slow-roasting tomatoes for use today and months from now. Small containers that can be used up easily in a week would Read More

Column: Many uses for apples, cores

September 10, 2014

It seems that every part of the apple can be made into something good to eat or drink. So when you are baking with apples, save the cores and peels to use in a few easy recipes. Easy Apple-Peel-and-Core Jelly Bring peels and cores of 10 red apples and 6 cups water to a boil Read More

Column: Harvest ideas

September 3, 2014

Hope you tried a few corn recipes. Here are a few easy apple ideas to use up some of the overflow. Easy Apple Butter 3 pounds crisp and sweet apples such as Gala, Honeycrisp or Braeburn, peeled (about 8 apples) 1 cup apple cider 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon Read More

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