Taste

Serve seasoned, grilled strip steaks for guests tonight

August 20, 2014

Take it easy and serve your guests grilled strip steaks tonight. Combine 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano, 2 teaspoons lemon zest, 3 cloves chopped garlic and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; reserve 2 teaspoons mixture for garnish. Press seasoning evenly on 2 (10-ounce, 1-inch thick) beef boneless strip steaks. Grill 11 to Read More

Return processes can be entertaining

Last week, I discussed product returns and some of the seemingly strange policies retailers have regarding items for return. My readers continue to share their often-entertaining and sometimes strange tales from the return department:   Dear Jill, I bought a large ride-on toy for my child’s birthday, and the toy broke before it was a Read More

Hearty corn chowder just right for fall

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

Coupons use and return fraud

August 13, 2014

Ever buy something with a coupon and then decide you need to return that item? Typically, one of two things will happen at the customer service counter. The store associate will look at your receipt and refund the actual selling price of the item. Or, the associate will note that you used a coupon to Read More

More corn time

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

Move over boring dinner plans

ROMAN RICE-STUFFED TOMATOES WITH ROASTED POTATOES   Servings: Makes 6 servings Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: about 1 hour   INGREDIENTS 2/3 cup arborio rice (or other short-grained rice) 6 large ripe tomatoes 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1/3 cup freshly grated pecorino-Romano cheese 1/4 cup fresh basil or parsley 1/2 teaspoon coarse Read More

Grilled orange-garlic shrimp skewers

August 6, 2014

GRILLED ORANGE-GARLIC SHRIMP SKEWERS    Servings: Makes 4 skewers Preparation time: 20 minutes; marinating time: 3 hours Grilling time: 6 minutes   16 (U-10 size) shrimp (10 per pound without heads, unpeeled) 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons chopped flatleaf parsley 1 orange, zested, then sliced and quartered into wedges Read More

Kernels of truth

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

Double coupon observations

Coupon doubling, the practice of a store scanning coupons at twice the value, is a popular promotion in some areas. While scanning a 50-cent coupon and receiving a $1.00 discount is attractive to consumers, it isn’t quite as attractive to retailers. Who pays for the doubled value of that coupon? In most cases, the store 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

Fresh Texas peach cobbler a hit on any menu

By Susan Nicholson Universal Uclick TEXAS PEACH COBBLER Servings: Makes 10 servings Preparation time: 20 minutes Baking time: 45 minutes   INGREDIENTS 12 to 14 (about 3 1/2 pounds) ripe medium peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced 3 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 teaspoons cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon ginger 3/4 teaspoons pure vanilla Read More

Readers pass on tips for big savings

My readers have been sharing some of their favorite moneysaving tips recently, and it’s always fun to see how folks are spending and saving! Dear Jill, Why are greeting cards so expensive? I think the price has been creeping up every year, and the last time I bought one for a friend’s birthday, many of Read More

Newspapers discuss issues that arise from coupon theft

July 23, 2014

Each week when I peek into my email inbox, I’ll see reader questions like these: “Any tips on how to get coupon inserts? I’m new and missing the last few weeks of inserts.” “I need more coupon inserts than what comes in my paper. How can I get a bunch more?” My answer to this Read More

What a cool idea

We’ve had good luck with melons so far this summer. Cold melon is one of the all-time great things about summer. Make a fresh salad using melons and add a cucumber to the mix for crunch. Mix a few cups of cubes or balls of melon with sliced cucumber. Drizzle with a good quality extra-virgin Read More

Creamy broccoli, bean linguine a treat tonight

BROCCOLI AND BEAN  LINGUINE Servings: Makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 5 minutes, plus pasta   INGREDIENTS 6 ounces linguine 3 cups broccoli florets 1 (15-ounce) can reduced-sodium cannellini beans, rinsed 1 (10-ounce) container refrigerated light Alfredo sauce 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup croutons or panko bread crumbs, crushed 1/4 teaspoon 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

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

Sauted pork chops with a healthy pan sauce

October 2, 2013

When I was in high school, my mom and I threw all kinds of dinner parties. OK, she threw the parties and I helped with the cooking. Our go-to entree was veal scaloppini. I liked it no matter how we cooked it. At the time it seemed so fancy. Now I realize that it was Read More

Cook It Light-reduced fat peach muffins

Dear Jeanne, These muffins are so good, and they don’t seem too bad for you, but I know you can make them even better, fat- and calorie-wise. Can you try it? Thanks! — Jessica, Louisville, Ky.   PEACH MUFFINS 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon Read More

Unlock late summer flavors

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

The flavors of fall cooking

By Susan Nicholson, Universal Uclick Tuesday (Budget) — Kendra Bailey Morris of Richmond, Va., is a cookbook author who knows a thing or two about Southern slow cooker recipes. In her new book, “The Southern Slow Cooker,” she gives a nod to the French and their choucroute garnie with her recipe for cabbage with smoked sausage Read More

Low-fat Chicken Tortilla Soup

August 28, 2013

Dear Jeanne, This soup is so good. Can you make it less fattening? — Julie, San Antonio   CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP 1/4 cup oil 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons flour 1 packet taco seasoning 3 cans (14 ounces) chicken broth 4 cups half-and-half 1 can (10.75 ounces) cream of chicken soup 1 Read More

Land of no more doubles

What do you do when the coupon game changes? For many of us, we keep playing by the new rules, whatever the “new normal” turns out to be. Dear Jill, I’ve shopped as long as I can remember at a store that doubles all 50-cent coupons up to $1. The store announced recently that this Read More

Sunday’s flatiron steak and potato gratin

Sunday (Family) — Fire up the grill for fltiron steaks (or top blade steak), and offer horseradish sauce on the side. Serve the steaks with potato gratin. Add a romaine salad and whole-grain rolls. For dessert, top angel food cake with fat-free strawberry ice cream. Plan ahead: Cook enough steak and save some potatoes and Read More

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