Taste

Readers share stories of couponing success

May 8, 2013

I recently received some great emails from readers filled with stories of their money-saving couponing successes. Dear Jill,  In your recent column there was a letter from a reader who thinks couponing is all smoke and mirrors and you outlined another shopper’s recent savings. I was that shopper! It takes hard work and attention to Read More

Pesto, the promise of summer

You’ll be glad you made spaghetti with arugula pesto for dinner tonight. Cook 12 ounces whole-grain spaghetti according to directions; reserve 1/2 cup cooking water. Meanwhile, with the motor running, drop two medium peeled cloves garlic in a food processor fitted with the metal blade; process until minced. Stop the machine and add 1/2 cup Read More

As seen on a television infomercial

May 1, 2013

Dear Jill, Your column is the first thing I read in the morning. I love couponing and your answers are so informative. I have a question for you about the ads on TV that sell an item for $20. I can buy it locally for that price, too, but if I “order now” they will Read More

Spring’s first fling

Some of the best grilling time starts with the first of spring’s vegetables. Add a little feta cheese and you’ve got a sure winner of a sandwich. Here are a list of the top four great grilling tips. 1. Let meat stand 10 minutes at room temperature to take the chill off before grilling. Salt Read More

Spring’s freshest berries

STRAWBERRIES WITH BALSAMIC SYRUP Makes 4 servings Preparation time: about 10 minutes Cooking time: about 5 minutes 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black peppercorns 4 cups sliced strawberries In a small saucepan, mix sugar, vinegar and cornstarch. Bring to boil on medium, stirring Read More

Red velvet brownies

April 24, 2013

Line a 9-inch square pan with two pieces of foil for easy removal and cleanup. 1 (4-oz) bittersweet chocolate baking bar, chopped 3/4 cup butter 2 cups sugar 4 large eggs 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 (1-oz) bottle red liquid food coloring 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/8 tsp. salt Read More

Gather ’round the table for pot roast

Gather the family for smoky chipotle pot roast. Accompany the flavorful dish with chili beans and sliced yellow squash, along with cornbread muffins (from a mix). For dessert, top pineapple sorbet with toasted coconut. Shopping list: chipotle chili powder, canola oil, beef chuck shoulder, arm or blade pot roast, canned diced tomatoes with green chiles, Read More

Readers respond passionately to product ‘shrink’

The price stays the same, but the product gets smaller and smaller and smaller. It’s called product “shrink” and it’s the result of rising manufacturing costs. As costs rise, companies must make a decision –— raise the price of the product accordingly, or keep the price the same while reducing the size of the product. Read More

Salads for strength

April 17, 2013

Besides losing weight there is another good reason for eating green salads everyday: Lettuce and other green vegetables are good sources of Vitamin K, and women who eat plenty of them are less likely to develop osteoporosis. Nutritionists studied the diets of 70,000 women who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study at Harvard Medical School and Read More

Meaty coupon savings are hard to find

A recent column about saving money on meat struck a chord with many readers. Admittedly, getting coupon deals on meats is a little more difficult, as meat coupons aren’t always easy to find. If you’re purchasing brand-name meats, such as Hormel, Perdue or Butterball, you’ll find coupons available for these products fairly often. But what Read More

Serve lamb chops with a white bean salad

Prepare rosemary marinated lamb chops and serve with white bean salad with mint and red onion. In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup small diced red onion with 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar; let stand for 15 minutes. In medium bowl, mix the vinegar and onion with 1 (15-ounce) can rinsed white beans, 1/2 cup coarse Read More

Quick and easy vegetable soup

April 10, 2013

Meatball and vegetable soup with pasta is colorful and easy to prepare. Serve it with a red-tip lettuce salad and cornbread (from a mix) on the side. Pineapple chunks make a good dessert. Shopping list: 50 percent lower-sodium beef broth, canned cannellini beans, canned diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, packaged frozen cooked meatballs, Read More

The start of rhubarb season

Welcome to spring and the start of the rhubarb season. I admit that rhubarb is one of those foods that may take some warming up to. Strawberry-Rhubarb Ice Cream Make a nonalcoholic version of this grown-up ice cream by substituting cranberry juice cocktail for the wine. 2 1/2 cups whole milk 3/4 cup half-and-half 1 Read More

Seniors sound off on their couponing experiences

Last week we discussed some shoppers’ feelings of entitlement to coupon discounts, and the topic of senior citizen discounts deserves a follow-up. I recently devoted a column to this topic, featuring readers’ questions on whether or not an establishment has to offer discounts to seniors and whether stores and restaurants have the right to change Read More

Taste

April 3, 2013

   

Salt to the rescue

In addition to being nature’s most adept flavor enhancer, salt plays a few other key roles in cooking.Salt in bread and pizza dough helps control the action of yeast and improves the dough’s ability to rise. If salt is left out, the finished product will be coarser and taste bland. Salting slices of eggplant removes Read More

Are you entitled to receive coupon discounts?

Do you feel entitled to receive coupon discounts? I’ve always considered coupons a privilege — a bonus that allows us to save money on products we already plan to buy or an incentive to try a new product at a lower price. But an increasing number of emails I receive indicate that some shoppers feel Read More

Onions and basil spice up chicken

Sunday (Family) — Impress the family with your roasted chicken. Serve the chicken with scalloped potatoes, roasted red onions with basil and dinner rolls. For dessert, chocolate meringue pie is a family favorite.Plan ahead: Save enough chicken and pie for Monday. Shopping list: roasting chicken, scalloped potatoes, red onions, olive oil, fennel seeds, coarse salt, Read More

Hot chicken takes over Nashville

March 27, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Most folks know Memphis for its barbecue and Philly for its cheesesteaks, but how about Nashville and its hot chicken?If you’re not sure, you’ve never tried this fried chicken so fiery it will leave your mouth in shock. It’s a flavor you don’t soon forget.Born as cheap, flavorful fare for Nashville’s Read More

Dig these digital savings tools

This week, readers are looking to make their couponing lives a little easier. What if you had a crystal ball that showed which weeks multiple coupon inserts would come in the newspaper? Or a shopping guide that reveals which stores in your area have the best prices on what you want to buy this week? Read More

10 ways to make your chicken sing

Here are nearly two weeks worth of fresh ideas to make skinless, boneless chicken breasts. 1. Quesadillas: Shred cooked chicken breast, sandwich between flour tortillas with cheese and black beans and cook a couple minutes per side in a non-stick skillet.

Shrimp and peas after Easter

Sunday (Family) — Prepare your own leg of lamb and serve it with herb roasted dijon potatoes. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Mix 5 tablespoons Dijon mustard, two tablespoons olive oil, one clove minced garlic and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning in a large bowl. Add two pounds red potato chunks; toss to coat. Spoon into Read More

Gather for an Easter celebration

March 20, 2013

Sunday (Family) — Gather the family for an Easter celebration and serve spiral-sliced ham. To accompany the ham, buy red potato salad and broccoli salad from the deli and make it an extra-easy meal. Add mixed greens and biscuits. For dessert, impress the relatives with an apple tart.Plan ahead: Save enough ham and tart for Read More

Food picker-uppers

It doesn’t take a lot to put a little punch in your food. Sometimes just a pinch of something flavorful will be enough to make even the blandest dish come alive. You need go no further than your spice rack, pantry or herb garden to add a little zest to the ordinary.Here are some great Read More

An Easter lamb that cuts the fat, keeps the flavor

I love lamb, in every way and every cut. But I don’t eat it very often because of the same thing that tends to make it so very delicious — its fattiness. Still, all bets are off during Easter, when I happily bow to tradition. In Easters past, I’ve roasted a whole leg of lamb Read More

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