HOME AND GARDEN

SPINACH, BACON AND BLUE CHEESE QUICHE

You may have guessed it, I love to cook.  I would love to say that it is my life, however I have a family that would properly object to that, so I won’t put it in print. I will say that cooking makes me happy, which is good since I spend a lot of time in kitchens.  I get the same thrill from creating something whether it is preparing a seven course meal for twenty or smothered French fries for myself once everyone else has gone to bed.  My favorite people to cook for are my girlfriends and I...
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HOME AND GARDEN

TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT OF GUESTROOMS

 by   Colin Featherly Whether it’s a dedicated space or a shared space like a den or office, a guestroom should meet the three “Cs”:  clean, comfortable, and convenient.  Even unexpected guests should be shown to a room free of dust and clutter.  Papers, books, shopping catalogs should not be piled in corners or bags.  Your sister or brother deserves the same attention and graciousness as a first-time guest. Carpeted room should be vacuumed and hardwoods wiped down until they gleam.  Open the window to air out the room while making preparations for your guests.  Female guests will appreciate fresh...
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THREE GREAT SAUCES FOR CINCO DE MAYO

In case you didn’t know it, Thursday is Cinco De Mayo – the day celebrating the Mexican Army’s victory over the French soldiers in 1862.  I don’t know how it is celebrated in Mexico, but in the USA we have parties, usually with a Mexican theme.  And I do love a theme. Here are three sauces that can be used in and with many Mexican dishes. Each dish is made with a combination of the vegetables shown above. CILANTRO JALEPENO SAUCE INGREDIENTS 4 jalapenos, halved and seeded 2 cups cilantro ½ cup sour cream or yogurt 2 cloves of...
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HOME AND GARDEN

USING COFFEE GROUNDS IN THE GARDEN

by John S S Slater   A few weeks ago we got new neighbors. They seem like a nice couple with two energetic  children, one freakingly large dog and a cat that can only be described as mischievous. I had been meaning to go over and say, ‘Hi’, but never seemed to make it.  Yesterday I was in my backyard, dressed in my worn muscle shirt that I am not allowed to wear among decent people and covered with dirt when Elaine, that’s her name, called over the fence (yes, my wife reminded me that is why you should...
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HOME AND GARDEN

YUMMLY – MY GO TO FOR RECIPES

by Reese Millridge One of my favorite pastimes is to sit down on the floor of a bookstore with a cup of coffee and peruse through the cookbooks. I’ve even been known to do it on vacation where I have picked up books by some wonderful local chefs. At home when I want a recipe the first place I turn is to my cookbook collection, but if I don’t have time or know what I am looking for will not be found there, I turn to the internet, I turn to is more than just a recipe...
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