Category Archives: Taste

A vegetable with flare

A vegetable with flare

GREEN BEANS WITH OLIVES, SUN-DRIED TOMATOES AND WALNUTS Servings: makes 4 servings Preparation time: less than 15 minutes Cooking time: 5 minutes for walnuts; less than 10 minutes for green beans INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts 1 tablespoon olive oil (or oil from sun-dried tomatoes) 3/4 pound fresh thin green beans, ends trimmed 1/4… Continue Reading

Big changes for big food

In the past five years America’s top 25 food and drink companies have lost $18 billion in market share. A direct link to the fact that consumers are calling for more transparency in how everyday foods are made and just what the ingredient lists mean. And nothing gets big businesses’ attention  quicker than losses on… Continue Reading

The New Year and a clean sweep

We’ve all spent too much time in the kitchen over the last six weeks. Roasting turkeys, mixing up muffins and cookies, sauteeing this and that, and baking pies. You and your kitchen could use a good scrubbing head to toe. Take a break and add some TLC. Spend a little energy now and get your… Continue Reading

Pork tenderloin Cancun with chorizo potatoes

Servings: makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes; refrigeration time: 2 to 4 hours Cooking time: 20 to 30 minutes; resting time: 3 to 5 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin 1/2 cup light coconut milk 2 tablespoons chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced Juice from 1 (8-ounce) can pineapple tidbits 4 tablespoons minced cilantro,… Continue Reading

What do you love about saving money?

The New Year is upon us again, and many people’s thoughts turn to making a fresh start in many areas of life. Whether or not you’re the kind of person who makes New Year’s resolutions, you may be thinking about general ways to spend smarter and save more money in the months ahead. Once the… Continue Reading

Warm, sweet flavors for Christmas

Warm, sweet flavors for Christmas

HOLIDAY MORNING FRENCH TOAST Servings: Makes 12 servings Preparation time: 20 minutes; refrigeration time: 4 to 24 hours Cooking time: 50 minutes; standing time: 5 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup melted butter 3 teaspoons cinnamon, divided 3 Granny Smith (or other tart apples), peeled, cored and thinly sliced 1/2 cup dried… Continue Reading

Column: More gifts from the kitchen

Anybody with a sweet tooth would enjoy getting a parchment-wrapped package of homemade cookie dough. Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter 1 1/4 cups brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 tablespoons milk 2 cups rolled oats 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda… Continue Reading

Add a little color, fruit to couscous salad

Add a little color, fruit to couscous salad

COUSCOUS SALAD WITH POMEGRANATES Servings: makes 8 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: for the couscous INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups Israeli couscous 1 1/2 cups hot water 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup diced red bell peppers 1/2 cup diced yellow bell peppers 1/2 cup diced red onion 1 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped… Continue Reading

Fewer dishes, just as much taste

Fewer dishes, just as much taste

ONE POT ‘LASAGNA’ Servings: makes 6 or 8 servings Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: less than 30 minutes; standing time: 5 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 pound 95 percent lean ground beef 1 medium zucchini, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 (24- to 26-ounce) jar marinara or other red pasta sauce 2 cups water 1/2 teaspoon… Continue Reading

Column: Caramel apples

If there is a treat that beats a good caramel apple, I can’t imagine what it would be. A fresh crisp apple and caramel will just about always win out in my book. Here are a couple of ideas and the best ever caramel sauce recipe. You supply the apples. Tips • Lightly scrub apple… Continue Reading

Column: Nontraditional gifts for families

As the Christmas season approaches, I’ve been receiving some emails from readers asking about gift ideas, particularly for children, teens and families: “Dear Jill, Any ideas for budget-minded gifts for grandkids, ages 7 through 14? I don’t want to buy the usual things that will gather dust and would prefer not to buy electronics. Daniel… Continue Reading

Pucker up for this sweet-and-sour dish

Pucker up for this sweet-and-sour dish

SWEET-AND-SOUR RED CABBAGE AND APPLES Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large non-stick skillet on medium-high. Add two medium Granny Smith apples (cored, unpeeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices). Cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; cook 2 more minutes. Add one (16-ounce) jar drained sweet-and-sour cabbage (such… Continue Reading

Column: Leftovers

Traditional Thanksgiving fare is the very definition of comfort food. But leftovers, I think, are fair game for adding something just a little different. Making pot stickers is easy, and family and friends can help out on the assembly line. Have some family fun with this recipe. Dim sum is a popular dining tradition in… Continue Reading

Savory pot roast adds warmth to fall

Savory pot roast adds warmth to fall

Coat a Dutch oven with cooking spray and heat on medium until hot. Add 1 (2 1/2-pound) boneless beef blade chuck roast; brown evenly. Pour off drippings; season roast with 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Add 1 cup Burgundy or any dry red wine and 2 tablespoons minced garlic; bring to… Continue Reading

Clean eating starts in your kitchen

The phrase clean eating is related to farm to table thinking. This includes reading labels and becoming mindful of where ingredients come from and the process by which they go from farm to table. You are more in control of what goes into your body when you cook and eat from a plate and not… Continue Reading

Readers share more service-saving tips

Last week, I shared some reader feedback regarding saving on a variety of services — everything from handyman work to auto maintenance to lawn care. My original column on this topic generated a flood of reader responses. Here are a few more: “Even if your readers are not terribly handy, there is a great tool… Continue Reading

Ham and cheese never tasted so good

Ham and cheese never tasted so good

FANCY-SCHMANCY HAM AND CHEESE SANDWICHES 1 tablespoonwhole-grain mustard 1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise 4 slices Italian bread 6 ounces leftover ham slices 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese Black pepper 2 whole eggs 1/4 cup skim milk In small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard with 1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise. Spread half of mayonnaise mixture on 4 slices Italian… Continue Reading

Easy cauliflower sides

Cooking has evolved such that there are really no bad ways to cook any vegetable. I like cauliflower  for its raw crunch but I also like it baked as an appetizer, steamed and mashed like classic potatoes and used to make the crust for a savory pizza. Here is how to add this versatile vegetable… Continue Reading

Triple-berry banana smoothies

Triple-berry banana smoothies

In blender, cover and blend 3/4 cup frozen mixed strawberries, blackberries and blueberries (from a 10-ounce bag), 1 cup sliced banana, 1/2 cup skim milk and 1 (6-ounce) container vanilla yogurt on high 1 minute or until smooth (for 2 servings). Continue Reading

Column: A change in the weather

With the change in the weather comes thoughts of seriously tasty food. I made the first batch of chili last week, and my soup pot will stay out now till spring. Try something different this season by starting with this easy recipe. Introduce the kids to grownup tastes by starting with these appetizers. The beer… Continue Reading

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