Taste

Coupons and pricing — are they connected?

July 10, 2013

Here’s an email that presents a perplexing question: Do coupons raise prices for everyone else? Dear Jill, I hardly use a coupon. I feel cheap when I do. When I read about others saving large amounts of money regularly by using both coupons and your strategies, like stalking and timing, I am actually not too Read More

Cook it Light: Pasta with sun-dried-tomato pesto cream sauce

Dear Jeanne, I have to admit that I have not tried this, but it looks like something I would love. However, I can’t bring myself to make something with this much fat in it. What can you do for me? — Heather, Seattle   PASTA WITH SUN-DRIED-TOMATO PESTO CREAM SAUCE 1 pound pasta 1 tablespoon Read More

Special occasions for every day

Sunday (Family) — It’s a good day for grilled asian steak and summer squash. Place 1 (1 1/2-pound) flank steak and 1/2 cup Asian barbecue sauce (such as San-J or another brand, or make your own) in a resealable plastic bag; turn steak to coat. Marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or more, turning occasionally. Heat Read More

Fried Rice

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

Stockpiling alternatives, planner and scheduler

July 3, 2013

A couple of months ago, I shared my frustration with the word stockpiling – a term used to describe how couponers buy more in the short term so we have enough of a product to get us through until the next time an item goes on sale. I invited readers to suggest some alternatives to Read More

Cook It Light —Reduced-Fat Orange Marmalade Cake

Dear Jeanne, This is my famous marmalade cake recipe. I am hoping that you can make it easier and also lighten it for me. Thanks! — Julia, Sarasota, Fla. ORANGE MARMALADE CAKE 3 cups cake flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 sticks softened unsalted butter 2 cups sugar 3 large eggs 1 Read More

Exotic Twist

Asian food has long been one of my family’s favorites. Spending five months living in downtown Seattle 10 years ago sparked more interest. Dim sum was every Saturday at Dragon Fish. Little dishes of joy we relied on to keep us focused on getting Stephen’s health back. Thai food, curries and stir-frys, and jasmine rice Read More

Preparing a summer favorite

By Susan Nicholson Universal Uclick GRILLED CORN SALAD Makes 8 servings Preparation time: about 30 minutes Cooking time: about 10 minutes For the dressing: 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons cider vinegar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt Freshly ground back pepper to taste For the salad: 5 ears corn-on-the-cob, shucked Read More

Better ways to brew

June 26, 2013

When it comes to making iced tea, many of us let the sun do our work for us. Setting on our kitchen windowsill or deck rail a glass jar filled with water and tea bags may be a charming ritual, but tea experts say this is not the best method. The water never gets hot Read More

Peas with lemon and tarragon

Sunday (Family) — Prepare a baked ham for family day. Serve it with rice and lemon-tarragon peas. Make or buy coleslaw and add sourdough bread. Buy a Boston cream pie for dessert. Plan ahead: Save enough ham, coleslaw and pie for Monday; cook and freeze enough rice for Wednesday. Shopping list: baked ham, rice, fresh Read More

Random roundup of couponing explained

Dear Jill, I organize my coupons by expiration date. Why are there so many different dates when coupons expire? This month, I have some that expire the 15th, 17th, 23rd, 26th and 28th. It is crazy, and I have to check them constantly. Any ideas why? Deb Mahoney Most coupons have expiration dates that fall Read More

Stalk up

June 19, 2013

For a dose of anti-inflammatory nutrients and vitamins A, B and C, try this fun-to-serve veggie. Try this quick appetizer recipe and stalk up. Some thing to dip your tips into, this four-ingredient dressing is a cool way to kick up veggies. Asparagus with Horseradish Dip Steam 32 trimmed fresh asparagus spears for 2-4 minutes or Read More

Confusing coupon fine print conundrum

The fine print on a coupon can be a little confusing. There’s a lot of legalese, and some of the terms may even seem contradictory. Need help understanding the terminology of savings? These readers do. Dear Jill, Most of my manufacturer coupons have wording like “Limit one coupon per purchase,” “Not valid with any other Read More

Dandelion time

June 12, 2013

Many herbalists consider the lowly dandelion to be a valuable food source. With the abundance of these easy-to-spot weeds, here are a couple of recipes that make a couple surprisingly edible items. Dandelion Salad Serves 6 1 T finely chopped garlic scapes or wild spring garlic 1 T fresh lemon juice 1/2 t coarse sea Read More

Sensational sesame-orange scallops

Sunday (Family) — Serve the family stuffed pork loin with tropical salsa and be ready for compliments. Enjoy the juicy pork with couscous and fresh green beans. Add sourdough bread. Slice pound cake and top it with strawberries for dessert. Plan ahead: Save enough pork for Monday. Shopping list: butter, onions, pine nuts, boneless pork Read More

Another take on coupon entitlement

My recent column about consumers feeling entitled to coupon discounts has generated many reactions from readers. Here’s a sampling. Dear Jill, I read with dismay your recent columns about others who think they have some legal right to discounts and coupons. It reflects the sad state of our once-prosperous country that people have gotten so accustomed Read More

A delectable gift for Dad

June 5, 2013

There is something about Father’s Day that just brings a smile. Fathers seem content with the smallest gestures. A dozen Dilly bars, or a box of chocolate-covered cherries were a favorite of mine. Father’s Day presents us with the opportunity to give something heartfelt even if it is a day of raking the yard or Read More

A healthier pumpkin dessert

By Jeanne Jones Dear Jeanne, My whole family enjoys these treats. I like the idea of hiding a vegetable in a dessert, but I’d like it to be a little healthier. What do you think? — Marleigh, Delaware, Ohio PUMPKIN WHOOPIE PIES 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon Read More

Understanding overage and what it means to you

Coupon shoppers love overage. Overage occurs when the dollar value printed on a coupon exceeds the selling price of an item. If I buy a box of pasta that’s on sale for 79 cents, but I have a $1 coupon, I’ve got 21 cents in overage. What happens to that 21 cents? Depending on how Read More

Make guests feel right at home

Sunday (Family) —Make Dad smile and serve him marinated beef roast today. He’ll like these yogurt and cheese mashed potatoes, too. Make your mashed potatoes with 1/4 cup snipped fresh chives, 8 ounces fat-free plain yogurt and 1/2 cup warmed 1 percent milk instead of the usual ingredients. Also serve steamed sliced carrots, a lettuce Read More

Cook It Light: Buffalo chicken strips

May 29, 2013

By Jeanne Jones Dear Jeanne, I found this recipe because my kids love boneless Buffalo strips, but I would like to make it healthier for them. That’s where you come in. What’s the secret to making this good without all the fat? Thank you for your help. —Katherine, Riverside, Calif. BUFFALO CHICKEN STRIPS 1 1/2 Read More

Rhubarb-strawberry tart

Unlike most tarts, which tend to be thin, this one has a generous layer of filling. It should be made in a tart ring 1 3/4 inches deep to create a beautiful, uniform edge. Rhubarb-Strawberry Tart with Crisp Oat Topping For the crust: 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 1/2 teaspoon coarse Read More

A classic spaghetti and meatballs

Sunday (Family) — Fire up the grill today for your own grilled chicken breasts (boneless, skinless halves) and use your favorite spice rub to boost the flavor. Serve with herb-roasted potatoes. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Cut 2 pounds medium new potatoes into 1/2-inch wedges; place in large bowl. Pour 2 tablespoons olive oil over Read More

Another kind of coupon fraud

Dear Jill, I worked for a grocery store chain for several years. One of the things they did was purchase several extra newspapers for the coupons. They would hire a person at minimum wage to cut out these coupons which averaged around $500 extra money for the store plus handling fees for the coupons. The Read More

Almond-crusted pork with mango relish delivers

May 22, 2013

Invite your guests for a melt-in-your-mouth almond-crusted pork with mango relish. Serve with rice tossed with fresh chopped parsley, fresh sugar snap peas and baguettes. For dessert, top cake with sliced peaches and light whipped cream. ALMOND-CRUSTED PORK WITH MANGO RELISH Makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 to 25 minutes: standing Read More

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