Lemon Soda a sip of summer

   May 31, 2013 10:53 am

I’ll admit that I drink a lot of diet pop. Too much. Perhaps much too much. I rationalize this by saying Diet Coke is better than other habits, such as smoking, bingeing and shopping. I drink so much that my husband actually suggested buying a carbonator kit so I could make my own. Now, there’s…

Book Drawing and Double Chocolate and Chile Pudding Cake

   May 30, 2013 4:18 pm

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “As American as Shoofly Pie,” by William Woys Weaver. The winner is Gay D. Cook. I’ll pop it in the mail today. If you are not Gay D. Cook, you are eligible for the drawing for “150 Best Desserts In A Jar,” by Andrea Jourdan. The paperback…

Barbecue chicken that’ll help save your figure

   May 29, 2013 11:58 am

Barbecued recipes can kill your diet. They often call for fatty meat, oil-based sugary marinades, and crispy skin. Well, I’m not sure how Better Homes and Gardens managed this, but All-American Barbecue Chicken will only set you back 182 calories per serving. One key to keeping those numbers low is removing the skin and replacing…

Book drawing — and Apple Schnitz Pie

   May 23, 2013 11:32 am

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “Wicked Good Burgers,” by Andy Husbands, Chris Hart and Andrea Pyenson. The winner is Patty Mazzarese. I’ll pop it in the mail today. If you are not Patty Mazzarese, you are eligible to enter the drawing for “As American as Shoofly Pie: The Foodlore and Fakelore of…

Spicy Turkey Burgers lighten up picnic

   May 22, 2013 4:07 pm

Don’t be sad. You’re not alone. Memorial Day picnics loom large over the heads of everyone trying to lighten up. Big juicy hamburgers, sausage, hot dogs, will rolling off the grill, and Aunt Evy’s brownies are sure to appear next to your sister’s potato salad. Trying to make room for everything without blowing your pant…

Smoked Macaroni and Cheese — and grilled chicken

   May 21, 2013 1:59 pm

There are cool recipes and hot recipes and intriguing recipes and then there are recipes that are all three. Smoked Macaroni and Cheese from Better Homes and Gardens belongs in the last category, or all the categories, or whatever. Actually, this dish defies categorization. Serious grillers claim anything can be cooked on a grill, and…

Lonely avocado inspires guacamole

   May 20, 2013 10:24 am

Have you ever noticed that all Americanized Mexican food contains the same list of ingredients? Cumin, lime juice, meat, tomato, cheese, sour cream, chile powder, peppers, cilantro, onions. OK maybe not every single one of those, and maybe a few others, but enough that if you have leftover ingredients from one dish, you can probably…

Low-effort Rotisserie Cashew Chicken

   May 17, 2013 2:00 pm

Recipe e-mails flow into my mailbox every day, and I often find myself sorting the keepers into two categories: Fast, easy ones to try at home and “more interesting” ones to share with readers. I always want to write about something new and challenging that I can gas on about for my column, but I…

Book drawing, and ‘Wicked Good Burgers’

   May 16, 2013 1:27 pm

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “200 Best Ice Pop Recipes,” by Andrew Chase. The winner is Amy Brown. I’ll pop it in the mail today. If you are not Amy Brown, you are eligible to enter the drawing for Wicked Good Burgers,” by Andy Husbands, Chris Hart and Andrea Pyenson in honor…

Mexican-Rubbed Pulled Pork

   May 13, 2013 12:13 pm

It’s really hard to improve on old-fashioned pulled pork. You can grill it, smoke it, slow-cook it, braise it, as long as you cook it slowly with love and patience. That sweet and sour and spicy flavor can’t be rushed. My slow-cooker method is one of my favorite recipes ever, but last week I was…