Sunday’s flatiron steak and potato gratin

August 28, 2013

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

Zucchini dressed in layers

It is easy to poke fun at zucchini. Who, at this time of year, doesn’t think that your friends and neighbors bringing sacks of the stuff to your door are anything but unwelcome guests. Perhaps if zucchini season were as short as rhubarb season we would hold it in higher respect. Young slim specimens hold Read More

Cook It Light: peaches-and-cream dessert

August 14, 2013

Dear Jeanne, Could you please revise this for me? It’s so good! — Helen, Springfield, Mass. PEACHES-AND-CREAM DESSERT CRUST: 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour 1 1/2 sticks margarine 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 cup chopped nuts FILLING: 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese 1/2 box powdered sugar 1 container (12 ounces) Cool Whip TOPPING: 1 Read More

Easy summer dining

Sunday (Family) — Buy a Honeybaked Ham (or another spiral sliced ham) today for the family’s feast. Serve the easy entree with this squash-rice casserole casserole . Add a mixed greens salad and whole-grain bread. Finish your feast with a slice of key-lime pie. Plan ahead: Save enough ham, casserole and pie for Monday and Read More

What’s the deal with daily deal sites?

Dear Jill, I would like to know if you ever take part in daily deal websites. Are there any good deals on them? What kinds of things do you buy? I trust your judgment and would like to know how you know if something is a deal worth buying, especially deals for family fun and Read More

Kid friendly

Learn to make chicken fingers that are lower in fat than fast food versions. You will save time, money and not be guilted into shame. Potato-Crusted Chicken Fingers 6 ounces baked potato chips 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk 1 large egg, lightly beaten 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut Read More

A moist, flavorful salmon cake that’s healthy, too

August 7, 2013

SARA MOULTON Associated Press Like most Americans of a certain age, I ate canned tuna all the time when I was growing up. But when someone first suggested that I try canned salmon? Well, I was horrified. Why would I even bother with canned salmon when fresh salmon is readily available? But Pacific wild salmon, Read More

Cook it Light — Mediterranean spaghetti

Dear Jeanne, I know this seems very healthy, but there are so many calories! How can I reduce the calories and keep a decent-size portion? — Olivia, Riverside, Calif.   Dear Olivia, This is a great time of year to make this recipe, because zucchini are abundant! If you have never tried it, you must Read More

Head back to school with super savings

Back-to-school time is upon us once again. Each year, readers ask for my best back-to-school savings tips, and each year I’m more than happy to provide them. Here are a few of my favorites. School Supplies: Stagger your purchases and buy only loss leaders. Each week, look at your area stores’ ads for the best, Read More

Chill out with a flavor packed cantaloupe-nectarine smoothie

By Susan Nicholson Universal Uclick Sunday (Family) — Everyone wanted seconds of the peach-glazed pork loin roast. Serve the flavor-packed roast with rice and petite green peas (toss hot cooked rice with microwaved frozen petite peas). Add a bibb lettuce salad and dinner rolls. Slice chocolate layer cake for dessert. Plan ahead: Prepare Monday’s rice Read More

Summer-fresh meals

Keep your cool with summer-fresh meals guaranteed to make weeknight cooking a breeze. With the availability of all the local fresh produce, this is a good salad recipe that covers all the bases. Cook the pasta al dente (1 to 2 minutes shorter than the package directions specify) so it holds its shape when tossed Read More

Clueless on price matching policies

July 24, 2013

Do you take advantage of price matching when you shop? It’s a great way to streamline your shopping – you can buy at a store that’s perhaps more convenient to you, while enjoying the lower sale price you found elsewhere. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work. What happens when it doesn’t? Dear Jill, Read More

Broccoli that even the kids will love

Keep food costs down and serve spaghetti with broccoli. Cook 1 pound broccoli florets in boiling water 2 to 3 minutes or until tender; set aside. Meanwhile, in a dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. add 1 medium sliced onion; cook 5 minutes or until golden. Add 2 ounces sliced prosciutto (cut into strips); Read More

Using fresh herbs

Using fresh herbs is a great way to kick recipes up a notch. But they can be pricey, so we need to store herbs for maximum shelf life. What is the best way to keep fresh herbs from wilting and rotting? 1. Loosen them up: As soon as you get herbs home, remove from the Read More

Cool sauces for hot days

July 17, 2013

A cool dessert in the summer is the absolute best. Homemade or not, ice creams and sorbets offer a cold hit of joy at the end of a meal. If you don’t own an electric ice cream maker, think about buying one or asking for one at gift giving time. I bought a small one Read More

Green beans with tomatoes, oregano and feta

How about your own boneless roast pork loin for the family today? Serve it with brown rice salad with mint and pecans Add green beans with tomatoes, oregano and feta. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil on medium in a wide saucepan. Add 1 cup finely chopped onions and 2 cloves minced garlic; cook 3 minutes Read More

The best coupon apps for your phone

There are many coupon apps for smartphone users to enjoy, but are all coupon apps safe and reliable? Not exactly. Anyone can create an app, and just because an app exists or is popular doesn’t mean the app is authorized by stores or manufacturers. I’m aware of several coupon apps that are questionable from an Read More

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

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