Category Archives: Taste

Need a side dish? Try these potatoes

Need a side dish? Try these potatoes

OVEN ROASTED RED POTATOES WITH PESTO AND TOMATOES  Servings: makes 6 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 30 to 40 minutes INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 pounds small red potatoes, quartered 1/2 cup unsalted chicken or vegetable stock 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup refrigerated pesto Grape tomato halves for… Continue Reading

Fall baking

I really enjoy the thought of fall baking. I love to use apples in pies and sauces, cakes and cookies, and who knows this year I might add a new apple recipe just to shake things up a bit. Along with pumpkin, my favorite pie of all, an apple pie is the family favorite. We like… Continue Reading

Fruit cups make easy, fresh treat

Fruit cups make easy, fresh treat

MINI FRESH FRUIT CUPS WITH PASTRY TOPPERS INGREDIENTS Refrigerated pastry crust Cinnamon Sugar Honey Any fresh fruit Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, mix 1 teaspoon sugar with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; set aside. Unroll 1 refrigerated pie crust according to directions. Cut 8 (2- to 3-inch) decorative cutouts using any cookie cutters.… Continue Reading

5 pans you need

Most of us have too many choices when we cook a meal. Most of us have too many pots, pans and skillets sitting in our cupboards that we just don’t use. I know that I do. I just can’t seem to pass up a good deal. According to Cooking Light Magazine these are the only… Continue Reading

Falling for fall dishes

Falling for fall dishes

PESTO CHICKEN AND RICE SALAD WITH TUSCAN RELISH  Servings: makes 6 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus 10 minutes standing time Cooking time: for the rice INGREDIENTS 12 sun-dried tomatoes 2 cups hot water 3 cups cooked brown or long-grain white rice 3 cups cooked leftover shredded chicken (in 2-inch pieces) 1/2 cup basil pesto… Continue Reading

Shop smarter

As everything else in life has changed so has the way we shop for food. And it is a good change. I can remember going to the grocery store as a kid and trying to covertly put a few items into the cart. None of us could ever get something over on our mom. The… Continue Reading

Readers share ‘fixed it myself!’ savings

For me, a large part of living a super-couponing lifestyle is about applying a frugal mindset to everything on which I spend money. It’s not simply about using coupons whenever possible – it’s also about getting the best prices for the things that I need. In previous columns, I’ve shared the philosophy by which my… Continue Reading

Perfect dessert

The way to end August calls for the perfect dessert. This recipe, I feel, fits the bill and is one you and your family will remember and return to. Spring for a really good vanilla ice cream. Blueberry swirl semifreddo INGREDIENTS 4 cups fresh blueberries, divided 1/2 cup water 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2… Continue Reading

Spicy, satisfying skillet chicken

Spicy, satisfying skillet chicken

SPICY SKILLET CHICKEN  INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds) 4 slices bacon 2 (15-ounce) cans reduced-sodium black beans, rinsed 1 (7-ounce) can no-salt-added whole kernel corn, rinsed 1 (10-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes with green chilies (such as Rotel)… Continue Reading

The month of bounty

I always think of August as the month that the bounty of the garden takes control. The sweet corn ripens, the peaches and apples come in and all the farmers markets are brimming with good things to eat. Everyone, gardeners especially, seem content to just let August roll over us and we eat good. Here are… Continue Reading

Ghost coupons: Do they exist?

“Dear Jill, I’m a big fan of your articles. I’m retired and use and need coupons to help balance my budget. In Sunday’s paper I went through the ad for a national chain pharmacy when I saw a product on sale with a note in the ad saying that a coupon for the product is… Continue Reading

Sweet pork with a touch of ginger

Sweet pork with a touch of ginger

GINGER-GRILLED PORK TENDERLOIN  Servings: makes 8 servings Preparation time: 10 minutes; refrigeration time: 24 hours Cooking time: 20 to 25 minutes; standing time: 5 minutes INGREDIENTS 2 pork tenderloins (1- to 1 1/4-pound each) 2 cups regular chicken broth 4 tablespoons grated fresh gingerroot 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons sesame oil 2 cloves garlic,… Continue Reading

Dog Days require tart therapy

Settling into August is always a test of will for me. Hot and you know the cool down is just around he corner, but won’t I melt before that happens? It’s time to take a simple crust and make amazing fruit or savory vegetable tarts that everyone will love. They will also travel well to… Continue Reading

Sweet, savory salmon on the grill

Sweet, savory salmon on the grill

HONEY-GINGER SALMON Servings: makes 4 servings Preparation time: 5 minutes; refrigeration time: 30 minutes Cooking time: less than 15 minutes INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup orange juice 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 green onion, chopped 1 pound salmon fillets Mix orange juice, soy sauce, honey,… Continue Reading

Scoop your lemonade

Just a small scoop of this rich, tart and tangy dessert will make the end of the meal the best part. And dessert doesn’t get much easier than this. You will need an ice cream freezer and three simple ingredients for this simple chiller. To mix: In a medium mixing bowl, combine 4 cups whipping cream,… Continue Reading

Word confusion strikes again in world of couponing

Most of the time, using coupons is easy — simply read the wording on a coupon to find out for what product the coupon is valid. However, my readers have been adept at spotting unusual or questionable wording on coupons lately, and here’s another batch of reader email sharing what they’re seeing on their coupons:… Continue Reading

Light, fresh, full of flavor

Light, fresh, full of flavor

CAPRESE CHICKEN  Servings: makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: less than 15 minutes INGREDIENTS 4 (6-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 2 large plum tomatoes, cut into 8 slices 1/2 cup shredded part-skim… Continue Reading

More s’mores

This is the perfect summertime treat that feeds a crowd. And, you don’t need a campfire. The squares are great served at room temperature or you could pop the pan into a warm (250 degree) oven for 1 or 2 minutes just until the chocolate softens. Sheet pan s’mores 1 (14.4-oz.) box graham crackers, lightly… Continue Reading

Go back to school shopping without breaking the bank

It’s hard to believe, but back-to-school time is right around the corner. As our family prepares, I’m also enjoying some of my favorite stock-up sales of the year on school supplies. It’s easy to get great deals on everything from scissors to binders to notebooks by watching sales and shopping the lowest-priced items. Almost every… Continue Reading

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