Susan Woody

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

Kernels of truth

August 6, 2014

When the sweet corn starts to come in is one of the best times of summer. For the month of August I’ll feature corn recipes that I’ve collected for many years. 10 quick ideas to use corn 1. Top off a Margherita pizza 2. Brighten a fresh tomato salsa 3. Stir into hot mashed potatoes Read More

A moss milkshake

August 1, 2014

What is the old saying ? If you stand still too long, moss will grow on you. We’ve all seen those beautiful moss covered pots boasting vivid plantings. In this climate though, dry West, you would have to work at the high moisture or simulate it with constant spraying or misting. Still those pots are Read More

Using the grill to shortcut supper

July 30, 2014

Using your grill to make short work of salads and dinner makes sense with the hot weather. Adding grilled vegetables to a pasta salad, warm or cold, is an idea that can inspire not only better eating habits but can take less time when feeding the family becomes a priority. I like the idea of Read More

The first apartment

July 25, 2014

Our daughter Ryann and I spent the last two weeks of June moving her back to Colorado and school. She had spent some time with us and it was just time for her to get back in touch with school, friends and her life. Ryann and I had spent several months scouring used furniture, kitchen Read More

You and your bathroom

June 20, 2014

The average woman spends a year and a half of her life in the bathroom. Spending so much time in one room may mean that you could use some cheering up, and so could your bathroom. Most of us spruce up the guest bath, if we have one, but don’t bother with others. Here are Read More

Fresh salads of summer

June 18, 2014

Over the weekend I made a couple of salads so we could just snack if hungry. Bow tie pasta with cherry tomatoes, red onion, slivered snow peas, broccoli, sliced red, yellow and green peppers, mozzarella cheese pearls, fresh basil and salt and pepper all covered with a light red-wine vinaigrette. Salads round out our meals Read More

A-Rod summers, sausage tasting

May 27, 2014

Somehow, there’s a sense that major league baseball doesn’t miss Alex Rodriquez. A summer without A-Rod is like a summer without gnats.   ••••••   Must say, the Notebook’s been to a few “wine tastings” over the years. A first, last Thursday: a sausage tasting. This from Jimmy Legerski and Legerski Sausage Co. of Sheridan. Read More

Tomato time

May 16, 2014

Because tomatoes are tropical plants they like warm soil and growing conditions. If you are growing them in pots, choose the type you like and a good sturdy cage to offer support as the plant grows. A quick tip would be to keep a clear plastic bag with the top cut off around the pot Read More

Spring cleaning checklist

March 21, 2014

House-cleaning requires some vertical effort. Work your way from the top down. Start with the attic, end in the basement. Vacuum, dust and clean from ceiling to floor. Here are 10 basic tasks to ready your home for warm weather: 1. Wash windows and window screens. Don’t forget to wipe frames and sills, too. 2. Read More

It’s a wrap

January 15, 2014

I think the secret to really good wraps ultimately is the sauce or dressing. Without a killer sauce/dressing the wrap is just another dry sandwich. Try these lettuce wraps. They come together fast with the shortcuts of rotisserie chicken and precut coleslaw mix. The lettuce takes the place of traditional pancakes or tortillas.   Mu Read More

Casserole time

January 8, 2014

Few things are as reassuring as knowing there is a great dish that can be popped into the oven while we’re doing all those “other” things. This ultra creamy casserole is equally good using barbecue brisket or pulled pork in place of the chicken.   Chicken Enchilada Casserole 1 1/2 cups diced sweet onion 2 Read More

Things to do for January

January 7, 2014

Inside: Make the next holiday season easy by organizing your Christmas gear as you pack it away. Start first with getting rid of damaged items, then sort and label boxes. Change over calendars. Spend a few minutes marking birthdays, anniversaries, doctor appointments (or reminders) and other appointments of importance. Update address book, contact lists and Read More