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Susan Woody

Springtime to-dos: Get ready for summer; it’s right around the corner

May 22, 2015

Petals in your food Nasturtiums, pansies, chives and pea blossoms add a dash of color to the salad plate and dress up desserts. I once made a birthday cake with a dotted Swiss pattern and added candied pansies. Flowers from plants in the allium family, such as chives or garlic, lend that kick of taste. Read More

Column: Veggie trays again

May 20, 2015

Years ago it was quite common to start a meal with a small veggie tray. Usually there were a small variety of fresh items and maybe a few pickeled ones for those who love that zing. Now-a-days you don’t find these small appetizer trays much and it is sad because it is a great way Read More

Column: Lost in translation

May 15, 2015

There are few things as daunting to weekend gardeners than horticultural jargon. Here is a gardener’s glossary that defines some common gardening terms. (I’m sorry to say that I don’t have the source of this list.) Flat 1. a shallow, rectangular tray used for germinating seedlings. 2. the state of your flowerbed after a black Read More

Column: Use it up

May 13, 2015

OK, we’ve talked about how to use up leftover buttermilk after you buy it to use in a specific recipe; now let’s talk sauce. This is the sauce with the unfortunate name — fish sauce. But if you’ve never used it before, you need to try it in a recipe. Fish sauce is most often Read More

Column: Summer birdhouse contest

May 8, 2015

Over the summer months starting in June, The Sheridan Press’ Home and Garden page will be sponsoring a birdhouse contest. There will be monthly winners and an overall grand-prize winner. To enter please submit photos of your birdhouse to or bring a photo to the Press office. Please explain who built the house and Read More

Column: The day after Cinco De Mayo

May 6, 2015

I hope you all went out yesterday to your favorite Mexican restaurant or invited friends over for your own favorite Mexican dish. Mexican food is my favorite; I could eat it every day gladly. The freshness of the ingredients combines to make the outcome so delicious. The variations of salsas alone could accompany any craving. Read More

Column: What to do for May

May 1, 2015

Inside: Wash throw rugs and hang outside to dry. Move indoor plants back outside gradually. If you gave up on your hanging baskets last fall, buy some new ones for the porch. Complete closet cleanups. Pack away clean winter clothes, rehang those on hangers and follow with dust covers or reuse dry cleaning bags. Clean Read More

Column: Top 3 excuses for skipping breakfast

April 29, 2015

According to the pros skipping breakfast is a bad dietary strategy. Ditching breakfast can affect your mood, weight and well-being. I’m not hungry in the morning — You don’t have to eat the minute you wake up but do eat something later in the morning. Waiting doesn’t mean skipping. I’m trying to lose weight — Read More

Column: How to read a seed packet

April 24, 2015

There is a lot of information on a seed packet. Sometimes so much that it can be overwhelming. Consider a few things when deciding what you would like to try this season. • How much sun per day does the growing plant need? • How big will the plant eventually get? This is important for Read More

Column: Super fast supper

April 22, 2015

Get used to the idea of taking a few standard items from the grocery store and jazzing them up to create an amazing jolt of taste. Infusing store-bought vegetable stock with sauteed fresh garlic and ginger does just that.   Fresh Thai Noodle Bowl 1 (8-ounce) package rice vermicelli noodles 1 teaspoon canola oil 1 Read More

The wait is over

April 18, 2015

Enjoying the sights, sounds and even the chores of spring is here at last and it is easy to get carried away and try to do too much too soon. Gardening is proven to be good for your mind and body. On average, gardening burns about 200 to 300 calories an hour outdoors. If you Read More

Column: Rhubarb season

April 15, 2015

As I’ve written before, I collect rhubarb recipes. They are many and as varied as the imagination can concoct. The winners, in my opinion, are often the simple, easy ones that rely on taste and texture. What do you think? Strawberry-Rhubarb Ice Cream Make a non-alcoholic version of this grown-up ice cream by substituting cranberry juice Read More

My rule of thumb for lawn care

April 10, 2015

I’ve always subscribed to the theory that garden care should be as chemical free as possible. Having said that, I do fertilize the lawn frequently over the summer by following the series of holidays that occur. My first weed and feed fertilizer is Easter, followed by Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or July 4, Read More

Column: The myth of the red meat diet

April 8, 2015

Although Americans have been told for decades to eat less meat and fat, they actually consumed 67 percent more added fat, 39 percent more sugar and 41 percent more meat in 2000 than they did in 1950 and 24.5 percent more calories than they had in 1970. All this according to the Agriculture Department. No Read More

Column: A few good bugs

April 3, 2015

Every gardener knows that your garden benefits by having a few bugs around to help out. Here are some we all need for the health of the garden. 1. Predatory beetles and bugs There are hundreds to chose from that dine on their plant eating kin. Tiger, soldier, ground and ladybird beetles, along with assassin Read More

Column: Use it up

April 1, 2015

From time to time we all have a half used carton of buttermilk in the fridge that we bought for a specific recipe. The challenge is how to use up the leftovers instead of just leaving it until the expiration date makes us uneasy and we throw it all out. Here are a few ideas: Read More

Birdhouse contest

March 27, 2015

Over the summer months starting in June The Sheridan Press’s Home and Garden page will be sponsoring a birdhouse contest. There will be monthly winners and an overall grand prize winner. Please submit photos of your birdhouse to or bring a photo to the office. Please explain who built the house and where it Read More

Column: What do you want?

March 25, 2015

Now that those New Year’s resolutions are either gaining traction or falling apart, it may be time to decide just what real changes you should ponder making to your diet. And I do mean ponder. Think about what you want for yourself, how you want to look, what means so much to you that you Read More

Column: Keeping them clean

March 20, 2015

While visiting our grandkids in North Carolina a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to hang several blinds in their new home. Simple blinds designed for privacy and to help insulate from weather temperature swings are easy to hang and fairly inexpensive.  But by about the fifth shade, while standing on a foot stool, Read More

Column: Growing season

March 18, 2015

We just returned from a visit to Asheville, North Carolina, to see our son and his family. They moved last October and we were missing the grandkids. Asheville is one of the nicest places to visit in North Carolina and, other than the beaches, offers a way of life that has some benefits. Restaurants are Read More

Garden ornament

March 13, 2015

I am inspired by ornament in the garden. Even if it is only a stack of stones or an interesting gate, trellis or plant. Once I dug a series of 36-inch deep holes in order to build a large rectangular wooden trellis/arbor over the shale walkway from the side yard to the terraced back yard. Read More

Column: Saving recipes

March 11, 2015

When you come across a great recipe, take good care of it and it will bring you years of pleasure. These days a recipe collection assumes so many forms — magazine clippings, handwritten cards, printouts from the computer. Saving your favorite recipes in an organized system is worth the effort, so you’ll always have them Read More

Column: Table topped

March 7, 2015

The surface of an old table or desk often shows the signs of wear and tear long before the rest of it is ready for the junk pile. Extend the life of the piece by covering the top with canvas, linen, leather or metal. First, measure the tabletop’s width and length, then measure its thickness. Read More

The right tool for the job

March 4, 2015

I’ve written columns before about how much easier the right tool makes the job. Usually I’m talking about painting, building trellises or working with cement or some other outside chore. This time it is about how the right knife makes prep work easier when cooking. With the right knife in hand every cooking experience will Read More

Column: Go guilt free with lettuce

February 25, 2015

Have you noticed how many people who order a sandwich these days order it without the bread or bun? Those high-carbed cradles of goodness seem superfluous. That is why I’ve always loved these lettuce-leaved wraps. No guilt-ridden carbs to worry over, just the savory Asian seasonings that make chicken easy to cook and glorious to Read More

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