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Super easy supper: Thai shrimp curry with grapes and fresh basil

January 28, 2015

THAI SHRIMP CURRY WITH GRAPES AND FRESH BASIL Servings: Makes 6 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: less than 15 minutes INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 1 (14-ounce) can unsweetened light coconut milk 3/4 cup unsalted chicken stock 1 to 2 tablespoons green curry paste Read More

Column: Don’t use coupons? Neither do these letter writers

January 21, 2015

Jill Cataldo is a coupon workshop instructor, writer and mother of three. Last week, I shared some emails from readers explaining why they use coupons, what they’re saving for and what couponing has meant to them. I also heard from a few readers who do not use coupons, and their reasons for eschewing coupon discounts Read More

A nutty twist on pasta: Try this spaghetti with walnut sauce with your family tonight

By Susan Nicholson Universal Uclick SPAGHETTI WITH WALNUT SAUCE Servings: Makes 6 servings Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 5 to 8 minutes, plus spaghetti INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup walnut pieces 1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs 4 or 5 fresh basil leaves, sliced 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese 16 ounces spaghetti 1 Read More

Column: Salt to the rescue

Humble salt is nature’s most adept flavor enhancer. It also takes center stage in cooking in general. Salt in bread and pizza dough helps control the action of the yeast and improves the ability of the dough to rise. If salt is left out, the finished product will be bland and have a coarser taste. Read More

Column: Why readers coupon — couponing and you

January 14, 2015

A few weeks ago, I asked you — my readers — to share the reasons you use coupons. I received so many interesting responses! Here’s a sampling: “Dear Jill, I clip coupons from the Sunday paper for the same reason I bend over and pick up a coin on the ground. A little here, a little Read More

Something exotic to start the year: Seared barramundi with oranges and black olives

By Susan Nicholson UniversalUclick SEARED BARRAMUNDI WITH ORANGES AND BLACK OLIVES Servings: Makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 4 to 6 minutes INGREDIENTS 4 oranges, peeled and cut into segments 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1/2 cup pitted black olives, halved 1/2 teaspoon toasted fennel seeds 2 tablespoons Read More

Column: 10 easy recipes with chicken

1. Quesadillas: Shred cooked chicken breast, sandwich between flour tortillas with cheese and black or refried beans, and cook a couple minutes per side in a nonstick skillet. 2. Salad: Grill chicken breasts, slice thinly, and fan atop a Greek salad of romaine lettuce, kalamata olives, pepperoncini peppers and feta  cheese. 3. Blackened chicken sandwiches: Read More

Column: Readers share their frugal lifestyle tips

January 7, 2015

Jill Cataldo is a coupon workshop instructor, writer and mother of three. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2015? This time of year, the media often focuses on topics like weight loss, health and wellness and financial wellness, and for me, couponing and financial wellness go hand in hand. Coupons are certainly a Read More

Strawberry smoothies: Incorporating the goodness of fruit into our daily lives

By Susan Nicholson Universal Uclick STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIES Make strawberry smoothies for dessert. For 2 smoothies: place 1 (6-ounce) container low-fat yogurt, 1 cup fresh strawberry halves (or frozen unsweetened whole strawberries), 3/4 cup 1 percent milk and 2 tablespoons Fiber One cereal in a blender. Cover; blend on high 10 seconds. Scrape down sides of Read More

Column: A bolder bird

One new theme I’ve detected so far this year is of food writers origin. Several periodicals are serving up stories on how to liven up the plain chicken dinner. The January/February cover of “Cooking Light” features “Chicken 25 ways.” It would seem that most of us need to try a few new recipes in 2015 Read More

Mexican beef stew: Start the new year off with some pizzazz

December 31, 2014

By Susan Nicholson Universal Uclick MEXICAN BEEF STEW Servings: Makes 8 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: about 2 hours INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons canola oil 3 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt 1 cup lower-sodium beef broth 1 cup prepared thick and chunky salsa 2 medium zucchini, halved Read More

Column: Let the good times roll

December 24, 2014

For years and years I made cut-out cookies for Christmas. I invested hours icing and decorating these beauties and found a special cookie tin that I used to keep them in. Cookie tins are magical, kind of like those button tins that our grandmothers and mothers always had. Open one up and you could spend Read More

Column: In the end, a very bad coupon deal for everyone

Jill Cataldo, a coupon workshop instructor, writer and mother of three, never passes up a good deal. I often wonder what people are thinking when they attempt to beat and cheat the system with coupons. Are they so zealous about pursuing a good deal for themselves that they ignore the greater consequences of their actions? Read More

Celebrate with friends and family, and savor zucchini, seared sirloin

By Susan Nicholson Universal Uclick ZUCCHINI AND SEARED SIRLOIN Servings: Makes 4 servings Preparation time: 25 minutes; marinating time: about 20 minutes Cooking time: less than 10 minutes 4 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise 1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak Dressing: 4 tablespoons sugar 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger Read More

Column: The digital divide: coupon apps for the device-less

December 17, 2014

“Dear Jill, In regards to this new trend of having stores’ coupons on your phone: This is a very aggravating situation to me as I am sure it is to others. I don’t have access to a cell phone to do this with, so therefore I cannot take advantage of the coupons. I think this is Read More

Breakfast 101: cheesy bacon and egg casserole

By Susan Nicholson Universal Uclick CHEESY BACON AND EGG CASSEROLE Servings: makes 12 servings Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: less than an hour; standing time: 10 minutes INGREDIENTS 8 slices bacon 1 medium onion, chopped 1 (8-ounce) loaf Italian bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (5 cups), divided 2 cups shredded 50 percent reduced-fat cheddar Read More

Column: Crazy for cranberries

I’ve been experimenting lately with making cranberry salads. Stephen likes them so much and I’ve never tried to make one because the deli always had the one he liked. This is my answer to cranberry salad. Place a bag of picked fresh cranberries in a saucepan with 1 cup of water and 1 cup sugar. Read More

Column: Putting an end to the ‘Color’ debate

December 10, 2014

Jill Cataldo is a coupon workshop instructor, writer and mother of three. Is it better to print coupons in color or black and white? I’ve addressed this question in my column on several occasions previously, but the debate apparently rages on: “Dear Jill, You’ve said it is OK to print coupons in color or black Read More

Seriously delish: Creamy slow cooker chicken noodle soup

By Susan Nicholson Universal Uclick CREAMY SLOW COOKER CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP This creamy slow cooker chicken noodle soup is just what you’re looking for on a cold evening. In a 4-quart or larger slow cooker, combine 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces, 1 medium chopped onion, 3 sliced carrots, 2 Read More

Column: The 12 doughs of Christmas

Use one basic cookie dough, divide it into quarters, add a little peanut butter here, some peppermint or cinnamon there to create an amazing variety of holiday treats. Here are a few examples of what can be done with a basic cookie recipe. Basic Cookie Dough You can make 4 types of cookies from 1 Read More

Column: Showing off the stockpile of savings

December 3, 2014

Jill Cataldo is a coupon workshop instructor, writer and mother of three. “Dear Jill, What’s your opinion about posts people make on Facebook with pictures of all the products they get? Chris M.” With the advent of social media, people are able to share anything and everything in real time — whether it’s a status Read More

A colorful dish for a family meal: Baked cod with cherry tomatoes, chickpeas offers a break from the norm

By Susan Nicholson Universal Uclick BAKED COD WITH CHERRY TOMATOES AND CHICKPEAS Servings: Makes 8 servings Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 20 to 24 minutes INGREDIENTS 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 2 teaspoons ground coriander, divided 2 teaspoons paprika, divided 1/8 cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon coarse salt, divided 2 pounds skinless cod fillets, Read More

Column: Almost heaven

Leftover mashed potatoes can be uplifting. Yeah, turkey and cranberry sandwiches are great, but have you ever tried using leftover mashed potatoes to make wonderfully savory croquettes? Simple mashed potatoes lend themselves to great additions like chives, or green onion. Here is a basic recipe to get you started. Potato Croquettes 2 tablespoons milk Salt Read More

Column: Readers respond to extreme savings tips

November 26, 2014

Jill Cataldo is a coupon workshop instructor, writer and mother of three. A few weeks ago, I printed a reader’s email that contained some unusual suggestions on how to save money. Many of these suggestions ventured into the realm of the extreme. My readers were quick to send their own responses to some of the Read More

Yum – candied sweet potato casserole: A simple side dish that will add a sweet treat to the holiday table

By Susan Nicholson Universal Uclick CANDIED SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE Servings: Makes 10 servings Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: about 1 hour INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar, divided 2 tablespoons orange juice 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, divided 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch Read More







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