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Susan Woody

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stamped dates as a loose guideline, others adhere to it strictly and a few keep their bathroom cabinets stocked with outdated pills indefinitely.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

Undersea decor moves to the forefront

August 29, 2014

Perhaps it’s the mystery of the sea that captures the imagination. And how can we not be drawn in by the beauty of the color alone, starting with the glorious blues, from inky indigo to aquamarine? Whether it’s the Caribbean or the Aegean, the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans, Lake Michigan or Lake Como, the water Read More

Fall is time for homework

Here are some ideas for home projects to ward off wintertime calamities. • Check your chimney for damage and look for flue blockages. Rearrange furniture with the fireplace as a focal point. • Give your furnace a physical 1. Have the system inspected. 2. Look for signs of furnace trouble: Noisy belts, poor performance, erratic Read More

All-American summer salad

August 27, 2014

For an all-American summer salad, combine corn and wild rice, both native American crops. Corn is usually thought of as a vegetable, but it is technically a grain. While it is high in natural sugar, corn is a good source of dietary fiber and can be a heathful part of a balanced meal. Wild rice, Read More

Furniture that will follow you

August 22, 2014

Most of us have pieces of furniture that we have had for years and years. They have survived the editing that comes when moving and have become those “go to” pieces that never seem to disappoint. Some were inherited or handed down, some were discovered in used furniture stores and some were lucky enough to Read More

Hearty corn chowder just right for fall

August 20, 2014

This recipe is one a friend made just a few weeks ago. It is simply addictive and one of the best all around chowders I’ve eaten.   Timmy’s Corn Chowder 2 tablespoons butter Extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only, or 2 teaspoons dried thyme 1/4 Read More

Edging, walls can provide you with landscape definition

August 15, 2014

About 15 years ago I asked a young landscape architect to do a plan for our backyard. We had moved into a newer home that was landscaped in front but nothing had been done to the back of the house. It was “natural.” The house is built on a bluff above a river and some Read More

More corn time

August 13, 2014

For the freshest corn possible, look for ears tightly wrapped in bright green husks that have pale silks with dry brown tips. The cut end should be moist. If the ears feel warm they are probably no longer utterly fresh. The conversion of sugar to starch generates heat. Peel back the tops of the husks Read More

Home again, home again

August 8, 2014

I spent the last two weeks of July in Colorado helping with the grandkids since our daughter-in-law was out of the country. Wilson and Stella are 5 and 3. Working around watching them do “Ben Hur” circles around the fountain on their bikes, I had the time to do some much needed maintenance around the Read More

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