Category Archives: Taste

Sweet potatoes vs. yams

FYI The terms seem to be used interchangeably these days but most of us have never eaten a yam, which are rarely sold in the U.S. Yams and sweet potatoes also come from different botanical groups. There are two common types of sweet potatoes found in the U.S. The firm type has a light tan… Continue Reading

Readers react to fundraising woes

“Dear Jill, I enjoyed your column, which was a response to a question about the methods schools use to raise money. I too felt that asking parents and grandparents to buy a ticket to hear their children sing was going too far. I would like to encourage you to follow up on that topic even… Continue Reading

The downside of reusable bags

I see a lot of people who have made the change from paper or plastic to reusable grocery bags and I applaud the decision. There is however a small problem. According to the Journal of Marketing a recent study found that while consumers who bring their own bags to the grocery store tend to purchase… Continue Reading

Coupon tips: Readers question the fine print again

Using coupons should be simple and straightforward: Read the text on the coupon to see on which product or products the coupon is valid. Then, purchase that product … right? Not so fast. Whether due to an error on the manufacturer’s part or to a “creative” interpretation by a shopper, the wording on some manufacturer… Continue Reading

Bringing warmth to cool fall nights

Bringing warmth to cool fall nights

VEGETABLE-LAMB CHOP SKILLET DINNER  Servings: makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: about 1 hour INGREDIENTS 4 lamb shoulder chops, 3/4-inch thick 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1/2 cup dry white wine or unsalted chicken both 1/2 cup boiling water 1 beef bouillon… Continue Reading

Hearty comfort food

Sometimes it is just having the right thing to eat at the right time that soothes the soul and allows us to slow down and rest our tired minds. And sometimes the right thing to eat is a simple soup or stew that you’ve made a day or two before. This recipe fits the bill… Continue Reading

Product size woes irk price-matching shopper

“Dear Jill, I have noticed something strange at the supercenter store near me. They seem to have different size products than my local supermarkets do. Last week the supermarket had 46.5-ounce laundry detergent on sale for $2.99. I had a $1 coupon and went there, but they were sold out and would not do a… Continue Reading

A spooky treat for Halloween feasts

A spooky treat for Halloween feasts

GHOSTS IN THE GRAVEYARD CUPCAKES  Servings: makes 24 cupcakes Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: for the cupcakes INGREDIENTS 1 package (two-layer size) white cake mix 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 1/4 teaspoons black food color, divided 2 (16-ounce) containers vanilla frosting 24 oval-shaped cookies Chocolate sprinkles (for decoration) Miniature chocolate chips (for decoration)… Continue Reading

A better granola

Granola in my family is kind of like hummus, everyone likes it and it is such a great source of protein. As we’ve seen in the news lately plant protein is easy to digest and absorb by our bodies. Beans and nuts are wonder foods in my book. This recipe draws on the binding force… Continue Reading

Cellphone needed to unlock printable coupons

If you’re a fan of printing coupons from your computer, here’s a new development that you need to know about., the largest printable coupon site on the web, has made changes to the way it offers printable coupons, and it may affect your ability to print coupons from the site. Previously, users had to… Continue Reading

Cold weather staple: Best beef stroganoff

Cold weather staple: Best beef stroganoff

BEEF STROGANOFF  INGREDIENTS 1 pound top round steak 1 clove garlic, minced 4 teaspoon canola oil, divided 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 8 ounces whole crimini mushrooms, sliced 1/2-inch thick 1 (3/4-ounce) envelope less-sodium brown gravy mix 1 cup cold water 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream 4 cups no-yolk noodles (about 5 ounces),… Continue Reading

Apple season

With the cooler weather comes more chances to bake, braise and stew. I’m not looking forward to another Wyoming winter, but I do enjoy the chance to bake. Not only for the baked goods but for how it warms up the house and everything is more satisfying with a hot cup of tea. This recipe… Continue Reading

Soap sizes and dollar store shopping

“Dear Jill, I got a 50-cent coupon in the paper recently for a brand of soap. The coupon reads ‘one liquid hand soap premium pump 8 to 10 ounces.’ I went to two different stores to find the best deal. The 10-ounce pumps were on sale for $2 at the grocery store, but I saw… Continue Reading

Column: Mandatory fundraising concert irks parent

Last week I shared an email from a parent asking how to support his children’s fundraising causes without, in his words, “buying overpriced junk.” Reader Amanda also wrote to share the new way her child’s school is raising money: “Dear Jill, Our children’s public school has come up with an interesting fundraiser this fall. Because… Continue Reading

A savory rice, onion tart will keep you warm this week

A savory rice, onion tart will keep you warm this week

 RICE-ONION TART  Servings: makes 8 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: about 35 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon butter 4 cups sliced sweet onions (such as Vidalia) 1 tablespoon light brown sugar 3 cups cooked rice 2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese 3 eggs 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 cup chopped pecans Heat oven… Continue Reading

Column: Pumpkin power

I just relish in the power of the pumpkin come this time of year. From those lovely pumpkin chai teas to pumpkin pies and cakes, this is the time to fall for fall. Pumpkin is one of my all-time favorite flavors and my grandchildren, ages 5 and 7, love pumpkin soup. I was in Walmart the… Continue Reading

Take your chili south of the border

Take your chili south of the border

SOUTH OF THE BORDER CHICKEN CHILI  Servings: makes 6 servings Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: less than 20 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/2 cup small chopped red or green bell pepper 1 (1.25- to 1.5-ounce) package white chicken chili seasoning mix (such… Continue Reading

Soup is on

Over the last few weeks the soup pot at my house has had a workout. I made the first pot of chili of the season, then made a family favorite — potato soup, and finally I worked out the recipe below for tortilla soup. My recipe is a combination of three different recipes that I… Continue Reading

Spice up your life with an Asian dry rub

Spice up your life with an Asian dry rub

Add a little spice to family day with pork tenderloin with Asian dry rub. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Mix together 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Rub 2 (1-pound) pork… Continue Reading

Fall mornings

Lets face it, we like to eat comfort food in the fall and winter. This is as old as DNA, pack on a few more calories to help keep warm when the weather cools off. It is easy to get in a rut with breakfast. This recipe of rich apples and applesauce, combined with cinnamon… Continue Reading

Need a side dish? Try these potatoes

Need a side dish? Try these potatoes

OVEN ROASTED RED POTATOES WITH PESTO AND TOMATOES  Servings: makes 6 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 30 to 40 minutes INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 pounds small red potatoes, quartered 1/2 cup unsalted chicken or vegetable stock 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup refrigerated pesto Grape tomato halves for… Continue Reading

Fall baking

I really enjoy the thought of fall baking. I love to use apples in pies and sauces, cakes and cookies, and who knows this year I might add a new apple recipe just to shake things up a bit. Along with pumpkin, my favorite pie of all, an apple pie is the family favorite. We like… Continue Reading

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