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A salad of a different color: Unusual but worth the wait — Moroccan orange beet salad

September 17, 2014

By Susan Nicholson Universal Uclick MOROCCAN ORANGE BEET SALAD Makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 (16-ounce) jar whole pickled beets, drained and quartered 1 (15-ounce) can rinsed reduced-sodium chickpeas (garbanzo beans) 1 tablespoon grated orange zest 1/4 cup orange juice 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt Read More

Column: Something completely different

Susan Woody has been a food writer for more than 20 years and is a member of the Association of Food Journalists. Add a scoop of really good vanilla ice cream to this warm spiced chocolate cake. Mexican Chocolate Pudding Cake 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels 1/2 cup butter 3/4 cup granulated sugar 4 large Read More

Column: A reader’s take on saving money

September 10, 2014

Jill Cataldo is a coupon workshop instructor and mother of three. A few weeks ago, I asked readers to share their best savings tips. Oh, did you deliver. My inbox has been overflowing with ideas. One reader, Dana, sent such a lengthy list that I had to edit it to share in this week’s column! Read More

Column: Many uses for apples, cores

It seems that every part of the apple can be made into something good to eat or drink. So when you are baking with apples, save the cores and peels to use in a few easy recipes. Easy Apple-Peel-and-Core Jelly Bring peels and cores of 10 red apples and 6 cups water to a boil Read More

Column: Couponers wonder ‘How frugal am I?’

September 3, 2014

If you’ve been reading my column for any length of time, I’d imagine you have a pretty accurate mental picture of who I am. I shop with coupons, I watch what I spend and I’m frugal. (With a family of five, I have to be!) Yet, a question’s been on the minds of several of Read More

Column: Harvest ideas

Hope you tried a few corn recipes. Here are a few easy apple ideas to use up some of the overflow. Easy Apple Butter 3 pounds crisp and sweet apples such as Gala, Honeycrisp or Braeburn, peeled (about 8 apples) 1 cup apple cider 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon Read More

A colorful salad; Peaches, tomatoes go well together when combined with a soft, creamy cheese accent

The family will look forward to it and guests will be impressed with this fast and delicious salad. The blend of flavors is unusual and the salad goes well with grilled chicken and roasted potatoes. PEACH, TOMATO AND BURRATA SALAD Makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes INGREDIENTS 3 firm, ripe peaches, pitted and cut Read More

All-American summer salad

August 27, 2014

For an all-American summer salad, combine corn and wild rice, both native American crops. Corn is usually thought of as a vegetable, but it is technically a grain. While it is high in natural sugar, corn is a good source of dietary fiber and can be a heathful part of a balanced meal. Wild rice, Read More

Colorful end-of-summer salad

RED, WHITE AND BLUE POTATO SALAD   Servings: Makes 8 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes; chilling time 2 hours to overnight   INGREDIENTS 2 pounds small red, white and blue potatoes 3/4 cup green onions, chopped and divided 2/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream 1/3 cup low-fat mayonnaise 3 tablespoons white wine Read More

Cashier tales from the checkout

While this column undoubtedly appeals to shoppers (especially those trying to stretch their dollars to the fullest!), it also appeals to retailers and cashiers, too. I enjoy hearing the cashiers’ perspectives on what they’re seeing from the other side of the checkout lanes. Here are two interesting emails from eagle-eyed cashiers: Dear Jill, Just a Read More

Serve seasoned, grilled strip steaks for guests tonight

August 20, 2014

Take it easy and serve your guests grilled strip steaks tonight. Combine 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano, 2 teaspoons lemon zest, 3 cloves chopped garlic and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; reserve 2 teaspoons mixture for garnish. Press seasoning evenly on 2 (10-ounce, 1-inch thick) beef boneless strip steaks. Grill 11 to Read More

Return processes can be entertaining

Last week, I discussed product returns and some of the seemingly strange policies retailers have regarding items for return. My readers continue to share their often-entertaining and sometimes strange tales from the return department:   Dear Jill, I bought a large ride-on toy for my child’s birthday, and the toy broke before it was a Read More

Hearty corn chowder just right for fall

This recipe is one a friend made just a few weeks ago. It is simply addictive and one of the best all around chowders I’ve eaten.   Timmy’s Corn Chowder 2 tablespoons butter Extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only, or 2 teaspoons dried thyme 1/4 Read More

Coupons use and return fraud

August 13, 2014

Ever buy something with a coupon and then decide you need to return that item? Typically, one of two things will happen at the customer service counter. The store associate will look at your receipt and refund the actual selling price of the item. Or, the associate will note that you used a coupon to Read More

More corn time

For the freshest corn possible, look for ears tightly wrapped in bright green husks that have pale silks with dry brown tips. The cut end should be moist. If the ears feel warm they are probably no longer utterly fresh. The conversion of sugar to starch generates heat. Peel back the tops of the husks Read More

Move over boring dinner plans

ROMAN RICE-STUFFED TOMATOES WITH ROASTED POTATOES   Servings: Makes 6 servings Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: about 1 hour   INGREDIENTS 2/3 cup arborio rice (or other short-grained rice) 6 large ripe tomatoes 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1/3 cup freshly grated pecorino-Romano cheese 1/4 cup fresh basil or parsley 1/2 teaspoon coarse Read More

Grilled orange-garlic shrimp skewers

August 6, 2014

GRILLED ORANGE-GARLIC SHRIMP SKEWERS    Servings: Makes 4 skewers Preparation time: 20 minutes; marinating time: 3 hours Grilling time: 6 minutes   16 (U-10 size) shrimp (10 per pound without heads, unpeeled) 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons chopped flatleaf parsley 1 orange, zested, then sliced and quartered into wedges Read More

Kernels of truth

When the sweet corn starts to come in is one of the best times of summer. For the month of August I’ll feature corn recipes that I’ve collected for many years. 10 quick ideas to use corn 1. Top off a Margherita pizza 2. Brighten a fresh tomato salsa 3. Stir into hot mashed potatoes Read More

Double coupon observations

Coupon doubling, the practice of a store scanning coupons at twice the value, is a popular promotion in some areas. While scanning a 50-cent coupon and receiving a $1.00 discount is attractive to consumers, it isn’t quite as attractive to retailers. Who pays for the doubled value of that coupon? In most cases, the store Read More

Using the grill to shortcut supper

July 30, 2014

Using your grill to make short work of salads and dinner makes sense with the hot weather. Adding grilled vegetables to a pasta salad, warm or cold, is an idea that can inspire not only better eating habits but can take less time when feeding the family becomes a priority. I like the idea of Read More

Fresh Texas peach cobbler a hit on any menu

By Susan Nicholson Universal Uclick TEXAS PEACH COBBLER Servings: Makes 10 servings Preparation time: 20 minutes Baking time: 45 minutes   INGREDIENTS 12 to 14 (about 3 1/2 pounds) ripe medium peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced 3 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 teaspoons cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon ginger 3/4 teaspoons pure vanilla Read More

Readers pass on tips for big savings

My readers have been sharing some of their favorite moneysaving tips recently, and it’s always fun to see how folks are spending and saving! Dear Jill, Why are greeting cards so expensive? I think the price has been creeping up every year, and the last time I bought one for a friend’s birthday, many of Read More

Newspapers discuss issues that arise from coupon theft

July 23, 2014

Each week when I peek into my email inbox, I’ll see reader questions like these: “Any tips on how to get coupon inserts? I’m new and missing the last few weeks of inserts.” “I need more coupon inserts than what comes in my paper. How can I get a bunch more?” My answer to this Read More

What a cool idea

We’ve had good luck with melons so far this summer. Cold melon is one of the all-time great things about summer. Make a fresh salad using melons and add a cucumber to the mix for crunch. Mix a few cups of cubes or balls of melon with sliced cucumber. Drizzle with a good quality extra-virgin Read More

Creamy broccoli, bean linguine a treat tonight

BROCCOLI AND BEAN  LINGUINE Servings: Makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 5 minutes, plus pasta   INGREDIENTS 6 ounces linguine 3 cups broccoli florets 1 (15-ounce) can reduced-sodium cannellini beans, rinsed 1 (10-ounce) container refrigerated light Alfredo sauce 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup croutons or panko bread crumbs, crushed 1/4 teaspoon Read More

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