Salt to the rescue

April 3, 2013

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

Suggestions to get credit for all of your coupons

Hi Jill,I would like some advice on redeeming coupons. No matter what store I go to, if I redeem more than a few coupons, the cashier doesn’t give me credit for all of them. It has happened so often that now I count them when I hand them to the cashier and count the beeps Read More

Quick and easy cassoulet with chicken and sausage

Dear Jeanne,This is a recipe that I have made several times, but I would like you to make it easier and lighter. Can you do that? Thank you for whatever help you can offer. — Kathy, Riverside, Calif.

Come shopping with me and save big

March 13, 2013

Hi Jill,In one of your recent columns, you featured a letter from a reader who stated that she spent $45.81 and saved $47.36 with coupons. I have read numerous articles over the years where people say they get their order for free or for a very low cost. These articles never show what was bought Read More

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9 tools no kitchen should be without1. high-quality chef’s knife2. heavy 10-inch non-stick skillet

Balsamic marinated flank steak

  Sunday: Your own balsamic marinated flank steak is just what the family ordered.Balsamic MarinatedFlank SteakIn a small bowl, combine:1/4 cup balsamic vinegar2 tablespoons olive oil1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard1 clove minced garlic1/2 teaspoon sugar Mix well; pour into a resealable plastic bag.Add 1 (1 1/2-pound) flank steak. Seal bag and Read More

Cook It Light: Low-fat turkey meatloaf

March 6, 2013

Dear Jeanne,I found this recipe online, and it is really good, but I would like to know how to reduce the fat. Can you help? Thank you. — Gary, Phoenix

Bacon, garlic team up for ultimate roast chicken

ELIZABETH KARMELAssociated Press There is just something about roasted chicken that comforts, nourishes and satisfies like nothing else, especially when the wind is howling and it is cold outside. Not too long ago, I went to visit a friend and when I walked into her house I had to take a deep breath to savor Read More

Twists on lemons

By Susan Woody Stuffed into chicken for roasting, zested to enhance cookie and cake batters, preserved in salt to add Middle Eastern flavors and squeezed for lemonade marinades and to lighten hair, lemons are brilliant multitaskers. Here are even more uses. Air freshener — Simmer a half dozen lemon slices and a handful of cloves Read More

St. Patrick’s Irish cream swirl brownies are sure to please

Sunday (Family) — Enjoy applause from the family when you present southwestern chicken and corn dinner. Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a roasting pan, sprinkle 4 bone-in skinless chicken breasts and 4 bone-in skinless chicken thighs with 2 teaspoons Mexican seasoning blend. Arrange chicken, 3 ears fresh or frozen corn-on-the-cob (cut in pieces), 1 Read More

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