Category Archives: Taste

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

Versatile zucchini

Zucchini is about as versatile a vegetable as there is; able to be made into savory pancakes and moist, delicious brownies. Zucchini Pancakes with Creamy Dill Sauce 1 cup buttermilk, divided 1/2 cup sour cream 3 tablespoons dill, chopped 2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions 1 teaspoons lemon juice, plus more as needed 4 small zucchini,… Continue Reading

The upsides of home owner’s associations

Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared some email from readers regarding homeowner’s associations. While many readers were quick to point out what they didn’t like about HOAs, others wrote to share the upsides of living in a community where everyone has agreed to abide by the same rules. “Dear Jill, I personally have served… Continue Reading

Bright, fresh flavors for hot summer nights

Bright, fresh flavors for hot summer nights

TRADITIONAL ISRAELI SALAD  Servings: makes 6 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes INGREDIENTS 3 cups chopped tomatoes 3 cups seeded chopped cucumbers 1/4 cup chopped parsley 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon coarse salt In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, oil, juice and salt. Toss well to combine,… Continue Reading

Lemon twists

Throughout history, lemons have played an important part in adding depth to regional cooking or made into lemonade or marinades; lemon are multitaskers. Other ideas: • Air fresheners — simmer slices of lemon and a few whole cloves in a pan of water help remove food odors. • Vegetable enhancers —Toss lemon peel with vegetables… Continue Reading

Beef and fruit kebabs add a twist to summer grilling

Beef and fruit kebabs add a twist to summer grilling

CITRUS-MARINATED BEEF AND FRUIT KEBABS  Servings: makes 6 beef kebabs, plus 4 fruit kebabs Preparation time: 20 minutes; marinating time: 15 minutes to 2 hours Cooking time: for the beef kebabs: 11 to 16 minutes; for the fruit kebabs: 5 to 7 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 medium orange 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves 1 tablespoon smoked… Continue Reading

Fresh sauces to get you through summer

Top pizza or bread for bruschetta, or toss on penne. Seeding half the tomatoes keeps the sauce from becoming too watery. Fresh Tomato Sauce 1 pound ripe tomatoes, divided 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon molasses 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 2 garlic… Continue Reading

Tips and tricks to get you through summer

It doesn’t take a lot to put a little punch in your food. Sometimes just a pinch of something flavorful will be enough to make a dish sing. Herbs Growing and cooking with your own home-grown herbs is one of the perks of summer. The aromas that linger in your kitchen are the payoff. Here… Continue Reading

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