Category Archives: Taste

Quick, easy beef stir-fry with spinach

Quick, easy beef stir-fry with spinach

BEEF STIR-FRY WITH SPINACH  Servings: makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: less than 15 minutes INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided 1 pound boneless sirloin steak, thinly sliced 1 pound packaged spinach 2 yellow… Continue Reading

Recipe makeover

If you like cinnamon rolls (and who doesn’t) but can’t stand the thought of the 550 calories and 11 grams of saturated fat (or more considering the giant size of some) associated with them, this recipe is a delicious alternative. Not only are these muffins a quicker version of the rolls, they are not packed… Continue Reading

Combine offers for the best deals

“Dear Jill, I love to use coupons. The problem is that I don’t know where to find them other that the ones that we get weekly. I use digital coupons and manufacturer coupons that come with the paper. I started to read your column and I would love to use the coupons the way you… Continue Reading

Take your average steak up a notch

Take your average steak up a notch

POMEGRANATE STEAK  Servings: makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes; marinating time: 15 minutes to 2 hours Cooking time: sauce: 15 to 20 minutes; steak: 7 to 10 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 cup pomegranate juice 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic,… Continue Reading

Vegetables, on the side

I’ve been collecting what I think are exceptional recipes that are mainly vegetables or that incorporate vegetables into what would ordinarily not be considered a vegetable dish. This slaw recipe is really tasty and not overly spicy. I love coleslaw in almost all of its forms and usually add sliced spring onions or diced red… Continue Reading

Simple, sweet treat to please the masses

Simple, sweet treat to please the masses

CHERRY GINGER CRISP  Servings: makes 8 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 35 to 40 minutes INGREDIENTS 4 cups frozen tart cherries (do not thaw) 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided 2 tablespoons plus 3/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon orange zest 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger 1 teaspoon butter (for skillet) plus 4 more tablespoons… Continue Reading

The 10-minute dessert

Sometimes you just have to have something sweet. But with new scientific health data about what excessive sugar does to the body, it is hard to justify grabbing a Snickers bar in the checkout line and heaven forbid you should think about stopping by the Dairy Queen. One of the best things I learned while… Continue Reading

Readers respond to DIY laundry soap tips

A few weeks ago, a reader asked me to compare the costs of making laundry soap and purchasing detergent on sale at the store. As a coupon shopper, when I purchase laundry detergent, my goal is to stay around five to six cents per load of laundry. The cost of making your own laundry soap… Continue Reading

Chili — easy standby for halftime

Chili — easy standby for halftime

Slow cooker chili will be standing by for halftime eating. In a large nonstick skillet, cook 2 pounds lean ground beef on medium for 6 to 8 minutes or until no longer pink. Place cooked beef in a 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Add 1 package any slow cooker chili seasoning mix, 2 (14.5-ounce) cans… Continue Reading

The case against sugar

Just read an interesting article about a new book by the author of the 2010 book “Why We Get Fat” by Gary Taubes. His newest book, entitled “The Case Against Sugar,” should be mandatory reading by anyone concerned not just with their overall health, but the health of our nation as a whole. A lot… Continue Reading

How to navigate ambiguous coupon wording

“Dear Jill, I am writing to complain about wording I saw on a coupon recently for a bag of frozen vegetables. It says $1off any ‘new product’ from this brand. How am I supposed to know which vegetables are new products?” Mary L. It’s often puzzling when brands use terminology on coupons that’s open to… Continue Reading

Simple and sophisticated

Simple and sophisticated

CHICKEN PICCATA  Servings: makes 4 servings Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: less than 10 minutes INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons flour 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 pound chicken cutlets 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons butter, divided 1/4 cup dry white wine 1 1/2 cups unsalted chicken broth 4 lemon slices… Continue Reading

Texas reds

This is Texas Reds time of year, time for the exceptional grapefruit that comes from the lower Rio Grande valley. I’ve become acquainted with them from having lived with a Texan for 40 years. He loves them, so I buy them. It is also a great story about how a company (South Texas Organics), through… Continue Reading

Tarragon adds to creamy pasta recipe

PASTA WITH SHRIMP AND ASPARAGUS IN TARRAGON CREAM SAUCE  Servings: makes 6 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: less than 15 minutes INGREDIENTS 8 ounces linguine 2 tablespoon butter 1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed and sliced diagonally into 1 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups) 1 medium leek, white and pale green parts only, cleaned and thinly… Continue Reading

Posole proud

I’ve been making a lot of soup lately. A spicy meat free chili, a rich garlicky potato and a really nice posole. I found the recipe in Cooking Light and kind of made it my own. It was a slow cooker recipe but I didn’t want to wait that long so I borrowed the ingredient… Continue Reading

Bacon, barbecue and pork

Bacon, barbecue and pork

BACON BARBECUE TOP LOIN PORK CHOPS  Servings: makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: about 10 minutes INGREDIENTS 4 top loin boneless pork chops, about 1-inch thick (6 ounces each) 4 slices maple-flavored bacon (or other bacon) 4 tablespoons barbecue sauce 1/2 cup lager (or non-alcoholic beer) Wrap bacon around edges of pork;… Continue Reading

Freezing with ease

Over the holidays we celebrated with family and had our usual Christmas dinner of filet and crab legs. This is a fairly easy dinner to prepare and, because my birthday falls on this holiday, I decided I didn’t want to spend all of it in the kitchen. So we throw some dead flesh on the… Continue Reading

A savory start to your new year with salmon fillets

A savory start to your new year with salmon fillets

CRUNCHY WALNUT-CRUSTED SALMON FILLETS  Servings: makes 6 servings Preparation time 15 minutes; refrigeration time: up to 2 hours Cooking time: 15 to 20 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 cup walnuts 3 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs 3 tablespoons lemon rind, finely grated 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped Coarse salt and pepper to… Continue Reading

Trying new recipes

I took my own advice and tried three new Christmas cookie recipes in December and didn’t have much luck with any of them. I tried a date pinwheel recipe because dates are a favorite and you often see those great Madjool dates in the produce section at this time of year. Yum. But not very… Continue Reading

A sweet tart for your next party

A sweet tart for your next party

CRANBERRY PEAR TARTLETS  Servings: makes 30 tartlets Preparation time: about 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup fresh cranberries 1/4 cup honey 1/4 teaspoon allspice 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 2 ripe pears, peeled, cored and chopped 2 (2.1-ounce) boxes mini phyllo shells, thawed 1/4 cup chopped walnuts Finely grated orange zest In a small… Continue Reading

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