Category Archives: Taste

Privacy concerns in the digital coupon age

A few weeks ago, I shared some innovative ways that brands and retailers are using regular people as social media influencers. A brand recently contacted Instagram users, offering to put a favorite photo on a free bag of potato chips. One of my readers participated in this campaign because it was fun and cost him nothing.… Continue Reading

Summer means berries…. and dessert

Summer means berries…. and dessert

PEACH BERRY CRISP WITH OATMEAL-PEANUT TOPPING  Servings: makes 12 servings Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 40 to 50 minutes; cooling time: 20 minutes INGREDIENTS 4 1/2 pounds firm ripe peaches, peeled and sliced 1 pint blueberries 1/2 cup white sugar 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour plus 1/4 cup, divided 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/4… Continue Reading

Summer kebabs for all tastes

These tasty combinations of flavor are just right on a warm summer night. Each has a unique regional flavor at under 250 calories. Try them all, then find the one you love and can improve upon. Be sure to soak wooden skewers for an hour or so before using. Mediterranean — Lamb, Tomato and Mint… Continue Reading

HOAs — Predefined quality vs. too many rules

Is there value in paying a monthly fee to ensure a predefined quality of life at home? Homeowners’ associations exist to define and enforce a code of regulations for the appearance, maintenance and quality of life in a community. For these services, the homeowner’s association (HOA) charges a monthly or annual fee to its residents.… Continue Reading

Summer screams shrimp on the barbie

Summer screams shrimp on the barbie

GRILLED SHRIMP SKEWERS  Servings: makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: less than 10 minutes INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup olive oil 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 2 teaspoons less-sodium seasoned salt 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 cup cherry tomatoes 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch chunks 1 small yellow bell pepper, cut into… Continue Reading

One more strawberry recipe

These biscuits are far from average. They remind me of scones and could be made more along those lines by shaping and wedging the dough before baking. This is one of those recipes to keep for times when the glut of berries means baking is essential. Remember to only use the best berries you can… Continue Reading

Television antenna angst still finding consumers

Several weeks ago, I shared an email from a reader who believed that consumers should pay for cable to avoid the visibility of a television antenna mounted on the home. She felt that paying membership to her homeowner’s association was worth ensuring the sight of unapproved structures didn’t visibly degrade the neighborhood. I received so… Continue Reading

Grilled T-bone steak with barbecue sauce

Grilled T-bone steak with barbecue sauce

GRILLED T-BONE STEAK WITH BARBECUE SAUCE  Servings: makes 4 servings Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: less than 15 minutes; standing time: 10 minutes INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons chili sauce or ketchup 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 clove garlic, minced 2 teaspoons coarse-grain mustard 1 teaspoon peeled, grated fresh ginger… Continue Reading

‘Healthy’ gets new scrutiny

We’ve all heard or read about the list of food products that have the word “healthy” on the box when they are anything but. According to the outdated rules from the Food and Drug Administration a Pop-Tart qualifies as healthy while a piece of fresh salmon does not. Wacky? That’s what happens when a slow… Continue Reading

Social media marketing: All that and a bag of chips

Are you active on social media? If so, it’s probably no surprise to you that brands and retailers are using social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to advertise to shoppers. It’s not surprising that brands are utilizing a variety of media platforms to reach shoppers, but some of the new methods brands are… Continue Reading

Fancy up your fare with farro

Fancy up your fare with farro

ALMOND, FARRO AND BLACK BEAN SALAD WITH CILANTRO Servings: makes 8 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: less than 20 minutes INGREDIENTS 2 ounces slivered almonds 1 1/2 cups water 1/3 cup farro 1 (15-ounce) can reduced-sodium black beans, rinsed 1 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) shelled edamame 1/3 cup diced red onion 1/4… Continue Reading


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

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