Category Archives: Taste

Homemade

Few things in life, and certainly food, are as good as homemade. And I still use my old Betty Crocker cookbook from the ‘40s when I make pie, because the recipe is that good. These recipes are inspired by the freshness of the fruit. Don’t settle for bruised or mushy strawberries, use only the best… Continue Reading

Quick and tasty: Cheesy chicken crunchers

Quick and tasty: Cheesy chicken crunchers

Make a quick meal of Cheesy chicken crunchers. Cheesy chicken crunchers Heat oven to 375 degrees. In one of three shallow bowls, place 3/4 cup flour with 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; in second bowl, whisk together 2 eggs with 1/2 cup 1 percent milk; and in third bowl, mix 1 1/2… Continue Reading

Dandelion greens

What a timely topic. This has been a great year for lilac and an equally great year for the pesky dandelion. Take advantage of this peppery tasting plant by mixing up a bit of pesto to mark the occasion. Dandelion greens are a good source of prebiotics, a carbohydrate that feeds probiotics. Prebiotics are high… Continue Reading

Better to save money or please the neighbors?

In a recent column, I discussed using a television antenna to receive free over-the-air television channels. I heard from numerous readers who appreciated this idea, including readers who didn’t know that free television signals still existed: “Dear Jill, Thank you for sharing the information on how to get free television with an antenna. I am… Continue Reading

Classic scalloped potatoes pair well with most main dishes

Classic scalloped potatoes pair well with most main dishes

SCALLOPED POTATOES  Servings: makes 4 servings Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: about 15 minutes INGREDIENTS 3 cloves peeled garlic, divided 1 pound all-purpose potatoes, preferably Yukon Gold (about 3 medium), peeled and sliced 2 cups 1 percent milk 1/2 onion, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt Pinch freshly grated or 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg… Continue Reading

Spring posole

This hearty soup has its roots in Mexico’s Pacific Coast region. A combination of pork, hominy (dried corn), spices and broth, it is usually a popular holiday meal. This version contains spinach and is topped with the traditional garnishes of chopped lettuce, radishes, cilantro and cheese. INGREDIENTS 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 cup chopped onion… Continue Reading

Coupon fine print continues to confuse, tempt customers

My readers continue to ponder the fine print on coupons. Whether it’s confusing wording, terms that can be interpreted multiple ways or attempts to maximize the discount (legitimately or otherwise,) readers have sent a new crop of emails discussing coupon terminology and restrictions: “Dear Jill, How far can we go with interpreting restrictions on coupons?… Continue Reading

A delightful galette to add to your meal planning ideas

A delightful galette to add to your meal planning ideas

CHICKEN, KALE AND TOMATO GALETTE  Servings: makes 6 slices Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: about 30 to 35 minutes; standing time: 5 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 refrigerated pie crust (from 15-ounce box) 1/2 cup sun-dried tomato pesto (from 8.5-ounce jar), divided 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 clove garlic, minced 6 cups… Continue Reading

Dressed up salad

I made my favorite chicken noodle soup the other day and had some leftover diced cooked chicken and tried this salad recipe. It is a keeper and I really like the lettuce cups that make serving and eating so easy and elegant. Add a glass of iced tea or chilled white wine and you have dinner.… Continue Reading

All coupons, every time

“Hi Jill, I would like some advice on redeeming coupons. No matter what store I go to, if I redeem more than a few coupons, the cashier doesn’t give me credit for all of them. It has happened so often that now I count them when I hand them to the cashier and count the… Continue Reading

Savory frittatas can adorn your table tonight

Savory frittatas can adorn your table tonight

BACON, CHEDDAR AND TOMATO MINI FRITTATAS  Servings: makes 12 mini fritattas Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes; standing time: 5 minutes INGREDIENTS 8 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1 tablespoon bacon and chive seasoning (such as McCormick) 1 cup 50 percent light shredded cheddar cheese, divided 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped Heat… Continue Reading

Berries of the season

If there is ever a time to enjoy strawberries it is right now. The glut is starting and it might be smart to take a little time over the next few weeks to add a few new berry items to the dinner table as well as the freezer for days to come. This vinaigrette would… Continue Reading

Light, flavorful fish an appealing dinner option

Light, flavorful fish an appealing dinner option

SESAME-CRUSTED COD WITH GREEN BEANS   Servings: makes 4 servings Preparation time: about 15 minutes Cooking time: less than 20 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 pound fresh or frozen (and thawed) cod fillets, 3/4-inch thick Coarse salt and pepper 3 tablespoons butter, melted 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 12 ounces fresh thin green beans 1 medium orange, halved… Continue Reading

Texas sheet cake

I finally succumbed to the lure of the Texas sheet cake. You know, that recipe you’ve seen for years in a host of food magazines. I always thought that the recipe probably never did go out of style; it has just been circulating in magazines since the beginning of time. Well I finally made one and,… Continue Reading

Sometimes simple pastas hit the spot

Sometimes simple pastas hit the spot

CACIO E PEPE (CHEESE AND PEPPER) Servings: makes 8 servings Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: less than 5 minutes, plus pasta INGREDIENTS 1 (16-ounce) package spaghetti 1/4 cup olive oil 2 teaspoons coarse ground black pepper 1 1/2 cups shredded Pecorino Romano cheese Chopped fresh parsley for garnish Cook spaghetti according to directions, reserving… Continue Reading

Ladies who brunch

Adding a topping bar at the last minute before putting these small bundles of joy into the oven can make each individual quiche unique to your guests. I added sliced strips of fresh asparagus and fresh herbs like rosemary and basil. Whichever way you choose to define yours is simply delicious. Crustless Quiches Butter 2… Continue Reading

Warm, spicy comfort food

Warm, spicy comfort food

SMOKY CHIPOTLE POT ROAST Servings: makes 8 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: about 2 to 3 hours INGREDIENTS 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder 2 1/2 to 4 pounds boneless shoulder, arm, chuck or blade beef roast 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained Press… Continue Reading

The eggs of spring

With Easter behind us, eggs still have their place in spring cooking. I began reading a piece in The New York Times last week about the importance of eggs in cooking unique dishes. Not being a farm or ranch kid, I had no idea how big a role the seasons play in the life cycle… Continue Reading

Cutting the cord

“Dear Jill, I would be interested to hear your thoughts on cable or satellite television. I feel like our cable service is not worth what we are paying for it, but I don’t know what other options we have other than satellite, which costs about the same. I don’t feel like we are ready to… Continue Reading

Serve up a little comfort

Serve up a little comfort

BASIL AND GARLIC TORTELLINI Servings: makes 4 servings Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: less than 15 minutes, plus tortellini INGREDIENTS 1 (8-ounce) package frozen cheese tortellini 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 (8-ounce) package sliced mushrooms 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained 2 teaspoons basil leaves 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper… Continue Reading

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