Susan Woody

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

Unlock late summer flavors

October 2, 2013

Cooking with bell peppers at the height of their season is a chance to work with the flavors of late summer and early fall, flavors that are bigger and bolder than those of high summer but still lively and fresh. Charring the peppers, then pickling them, gives them a complex, explosive flavor that works well Read More

McCarthy ‘trial’; history honor, FAB

September 18, 2013

One more dose of ink for the “mock trial” of Sen. Joe McCarthy and whether through blackmail and smear he compelled the suicide of Wyoming Sen. Lester Hunt in 1954. The trial will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Edward A. Whitney Academic Center on the campus of Sheridan College. The presentation is Read More

Garden guardians

September 6, 2013

You’ve spent years, literally, investing time and money in your garden. You’ve staked, pruned, weeded and irrigated. You’ve dug enough holes to find yourself halfway to China. And you’re going on vacation? I once spent weeks growing seedlings from seed only to have them all dead when I came home. The sitter simply ignored them. Read More

What to do for September

August 30, 2013

Inside: Dust ceilings, walls, baseboards and woodwork. This is especially important now, because dust that collects during summer is often laden with allergy-inducing pollen. Clean ceilings first, then work your way down. Rearrange furniture with the fireplace as focal point. Rehang heavier curtains and window treatments. Have sheers dry cleaned or wash by hand. Take Read More

Zucchini dressed in layers

August 28, 2013

It is easy to poke fun at zucchini. Who, at this time of year, doesn’t think that your friends and neighbors bringing sacks of the stuff to your door are anything but unwelcome guests. Perhaps if zucchini season were as short as rhubarb season we would hold it in higher respect. Young slim specimens hold Read More

Fall gardening

August 23, 2013

We are coming into what for me is one of the busiest times of the year. Of course the harvest is upon us and we are busy saving and storing goodies that will make us smile as we pull them out of the freezer later this year. Planning fall chores and adding a few new Read More

Leaf ware

August 16, 2013

I’ve been a collector of leaf, lettuce and cabbage ware for many years. There is something neat about serving a cold gazpacho in a cabbage leaf bowl. A beautiful salad looks correctly “done-up” on a salad plate of green vines and leaves. And who could resist a beautiful plate of pasta primavera served on a Read More

Kid friendly

August 14, 2013

Learn to make chicken fingers that are lower in fat than fast food versions. You will save time, money and not be guilted into shame. Potato-Crusted Chicken Fingers 6 ounces baked potato chips 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk 1 large egg, lightly beaten 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut Read More

Summer-fresh meals

August 7, 2013

Keep your cool with summer-fresh meals guaranteed to make weeknight cooking a breeze. With the availability of all the local fresh produce, this is a good salad recipe that covers all the bases. Cook the pasta al dente (1 to 2 minutes shorter than the package directions specify) so it holds its shape when tossed Read More

What to do for August

August 2, 2013

Inside: Make Pesto! Use all your fragrant basil to make pesto. Wash windows inside and out; inspect windows for damage, re-caulk and paint if necessary. Don’t let all the fresh corn go to waste. There is plenty now but the season winds down soon. Slice kernels off the cobs, and store in freezer-safe resealable plastic Read More

Buttoning up

July 26, 2013

In earlier times, before a worn out article of clothing was consigned to the ragbag, the buttons were removed. These were saved, most often in a jar or tin, for future use. Today, few of us remove buttons before discarding clothing. As a result, a generation of children likely will miss the fun most every Read More

Using fresh herbs

July 24, 2013

Using fresh herbs is a great way to kick recipes up a notch. But they can be pricey, so we need to store herbs for maximum shelf life. What is the best way to keep fresh herbs from wilting and rotting? 1. Loosen them up: As soon as you get herbs home, remove from the Read More

Silk flower care

July 19, 2013

Silk flowers aren’t really a substitute for the real thing. They’re just another decorative item for the home, like a flowered fabric or a pillow. Here are a few tips concerning the care of faux flowers. • Know your enemies. Most silk flowers are made not of silk but of synthetic fabrics with two principal Read More

Cool sauces for hot days

July 17, 2013

A cool dessert in the summer is the absolute best. Homemade or not, ice creams and sorbets offer a cold hit of joy at the end of a meal. If you don’t own an electric ice cream maker, think about buying one or asking for one at gift giving time. I bought a small one Read More

Fried Rice

July 10, 2013

Fried rice is another good staple to be able to whip up. This Thai version is made with lots of blended ingredients that are great together. Fried rice is flexible and a great way to use up what you have on hand. This version is flavored with garlic, mushrooms and pork but feel free to Read More