Food

Even chicken Parmesan can be lowfat

Almost by definition, Parmesan dishes - as in eggplant Parmesan or chicken Parmesan - are fat bombs.That's probably because nearly every step of the recipe seems almost designed to infuse the meal with as much fat as possible. Coat the eggplant or chicken in egg. Bread it. Fry it. Drown it in ...

When it comes to diet, simple steps key to making weight-loss changes

This will be the year you get serious, right?You're ready for a major dietary overhaul. Sugar, fat and carbs are out; fresh produce, whole grains and lean protein - not to mention plenty of exercise - are in. Everything you've been meaning to do all year.Too bad you and millions of other ...

Concoction fit for a Scrooge

Cooking Connection is a Journal-World feature that prints favorite reader recipes. This week's featured cook is Charlee Glinka, of Lawrence, with her recipe for the drink Smoking Bishop.Why it's special: "This is the drink that Scrooge offers to Bob Cratchit in 'A Christmas Carol.' As I think I ...

Comfort food for cold winter nights concocted on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’

This week's "Jayni's Kitchen" will feature "Kitchen Comfort: Rich & Hearty Winter Menu." On the menu: Flat Iron Steak with Red Wine Sauce, Potato Gratin with Double Gloucester with Onion and Chives, Roasted Carrots, Brussels Sprouts and Fennel, and Tart Tartin.A new show airs at 6:30 ...

Tasty cranberries add antioxidants to diet

Q: Aren't cranberries loaded with antioxidants?A: In a study of over 100 commonly consumed foods tested, provided by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, cranberries ranked very high. Here's the complete top 20 list - from highest to lowest in antioxidant activity - based on serving ...

Mac and cheese needn’t come from box to be quick, tasty

Macaroni and cheese shouldn't have to come from a box to be quick, or from an oven to be good. And no matter how it's made, it doesn't have to be a total wash nutritionally.But would a macaroni and cheese that met all three - speedy, stovetop and at least a little healthy - still be worth ...

Briefly: Puerto rican eggnog

This Puerto Rican eggnog, or coquito, is served to all guests at Caribe Mountain Villas in Canovanas from Christmas week through Three Kings Day (Jan. 6). The recipe came to owners Jeff Harpell and Mitchell Nemeth courtesy of their neighbor, Janette Herrera Carmona, who makes this drink for her ...

When comfort food calls, go for spaghetti and meatballs

Meatballs have an image problem.People assume they are necessarily fattening, and that to be flavorful they must cook in sauce at a slow simmer for hours. People assume these things because plenty of recipes seem to prove them right.Except that they're wrong. A great low-fat spaghetti and ...

Briefly: Crab and linguine with vodka sauce

Crab and linguine with vodka sauce2 teaspoons olive oil1 cup sliced red onion2 medium garlic cloves, crushed1/4 cup vodka1 cup pasta sauce1/2 pound jumbo lump crab meat2 tablespoons heavy (whipping) creamSalt and freshly ground pepper4 ounces fresh linguinePlace a pot of 4 to 5 quarts of water ...

Family savors grandma’s memorable stuffing dish

Cooking Connection is a Journal-World feature that prints favorite reader recipes. This week's featured cook is Deborah Kates, of Lawrence, with her recipe for Grandma Claire's Sweet Holiday Dressing.Why it's important: "This is a stuffing recipe that has been in our family for more than 60 ...

Tips help keep winter produce fresh

Here are pointers on buying and storing winter produce from the University of Illinois Extension Service and from "The New Food Lover's Companion," by Sharon Tyler Herbst:¢ Brussels sprouts: Choose small, compact and bright green sprouts no larger than 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Avoid ...

Kitchen utensils make useful holiday gifts

Q: Can you give me some ideas for kitchen utensils that I could purchase for holiday gifts?A: The utensils in everyone's kitchen are really different - but here are some ideas that may be useful to you.Universal lid: These lids typically have several rings of ridges that let the lid fit over ...

Transform liqueur, cream into speedy mousse

The best desserts are those that are simple to make and allow for plenty of variation.So I was thrilled when I recently was introduced to the syllabub (SILL-uh-bub), a creamy mousse-like dessert that takes just a few minutes to make, yet rarely is heard of in the United States. Let's change ...

Hearty English Christmas fare served on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’

Join "Jayni's Kitchen" this week for "English Christmas Traditions Old and New."Host Jayni Carey and guest Mo Godman will prepare the following recipes: English Christmas Cake, Sausage Rolls, Mince Pies and Turkey Curry.A new show airs at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6. ...

Roasting best for chestnuts

Q: How are chestnuts roasted?A: Oh yes, we're all familiar with the popular holiday song, "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose," but you're not alone when you ask how to roast chestnuts. I get several calls during the holidays asking the same question.The most ...

Here’s a new take on traditional latkes

New York ? It's traditional to eat latkes, also called potato pancakes, during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. The eight-day candle-lighting festival begins this year on the night of Dec. 15.Basic latke recipes generally involving frying patties made from shredded potatoes, onion, eggs, a ...

Easy hors d’oeuvres share key ingredient: cheese

Join "Jayni's Kitchen" this week for "Quick and Easy Hors d' oeuvres."Host Jayni Carey will prepare the following recipes with Theodore "Pete" Wiklund: Artichoke Cheese Spread; Marinated Goat Cheese with Pepper Berries, Garlic and Mint; Feta Cheese with Fresh Rosemary, Lemon Zest and Olives; ...

Swap meat

One by one, the women walk through the kitchen, filling their plastic clothes baskets with frozen entrees.Today's offerings are varied - chicken enchiladas, taco soup, cheesy pasta with ham, chicken pot pie, chicken and rice casserole, vegetable and beef soup, slow cooker chili and cheesy ...

Organic emu chili healthy, delicious

Cooking Connection is a Journal-World feature that prints favorite reader recipes. This week's featured cook is Deb Ashlock, of Lawrence, with her recipe for Big Bird Chili.Why it's special: "Over the years I have concocted countless versions of the ubiquitous chili recipe. This one is very ...

Recipes

Here are some favorite recipes the food-swap group has made for its members:Ham & Cheese sandwiches1/4 cup butter, softened2 tablespoons prepared horseradish mustard2 tablespoons chopped onions1 teaspoon poppy seeds1 teaspoon dill seed8 slices Swiss cheese8 slices cooked ham8 hamburger ...