Saturday, July 12, 2014

Comfort and Joy

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Sweet & Sour Chicken with Vegetables

This week's recipe comes from my husband, Jim, although I'm not going to give him all the credit.

While he created it, I inspired it.

I had a hankering for sweet and sour chicken the other night, but being in the middle of a long-term project, no time to make it.

Not only that, we didn't have most of the ingredients in the house that I like to include when I make it, such as sweet pickles and pineapple chunks.

Plus, he wasn't in the mood for dredging the chicken in the cornstarch batter and deep frying it. (A very messy, long process, but also very good.)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

No matter who ends up running up and down the field, holding the Vince Lombardi trophy Sunday evening, you can be the real big winner.

You may not get a trip to Disneyworld out of the deal, but you are sure to garner the love and adoration of all those gathered around your heavily-laden buffet table and your big screen TV.

OK. Maybe not love and adoration, but your pals will go home satisfied with smiles on their faces; unless of course, their team loses.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Talk about comfort food! This is a longtime favorite from my mother.

It was also one of the side dishes she was often asked to include when she catered parties or events.

Corn Fritters are easy to make and pretty quick as well. Just keep your eye on them as they cook, so that they don't burn.

We really enjoy them as a side dish with pot roast if we're not having mashed potatoes. The truth is, they're good with just about anything. I would even eat them on their own and would be very content.



One-half cup flour

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Last week we asked our readers what their favorite comfort food was on cold winter nights.

While macaroni and cheese was the number one vote-getter, chili was a close second. And why not? It's one of those dishes that warms you both inside and out.

Recipes for chili comes in many different varieties.

Put a dozen cooks in a kitchen and ask them all to make chili, and I guarantee you will have 12 very different recipes.

It's no different in my house, where there are only two cooks me and my husband, Jim.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Italian Wedding Soup is a great combination of flavors and good for whatever ails you.

There's no denying it, when it's cold, most of us want soup. Wrap your hands around a hot mug of soup and it will warm you inside and out.

And if you're feeling poorly there's some truth to that old adage that chicken soup is "Jewish penicillin." Scientists have discovered that there are health benefits, which include clearing of congested nasal passages by inhaling the steam from a hot bowl of soup. And even those who don't believe that, have agreed, that the love that comes along with the offer of homemade soup is also good for what ails you.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS PHOTOS This is just a sampling of the dozens of cookies TIMES NEWS employees baked for the annual Christmas Cookie Exchange. Everyone was encouraged to not only sample the cookies, but take some home to enjoy as well.

For a number of years now, TIMES NEWS reporter Amy Miller has organized a Christmas cookie exchange at our offices in Mahoning Township. Employees are encouraged to bring three dozen cookies to share with their co-workers, and Amy always provides baggies for everyone to go home with a sampling of wonderful Christmas cookies.

The spread is always colorful, flavorful and generous, filling two long tables to capacity.

In addition to all of her other duties, Amy also compiles the recipes and emails a copy to all of the participants.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Looking for an elegant side dish for your Christmas feast? How about a simple, but filling, meat-free weeknight dinner?

Loaded Rice Pilaf may be just what you're looking for.

For years this was my go-to company dish, served alongside my Chicken Marsala or Chicken Normandy, and is adapted from a recipe by Chef James Beard. It makes a great side dish for roast beef or Salisbury steak.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

As of today we are just three weeks away from Christmas, and if you are anything like me (and just about everyone else I know), you're pretty busy about now.

There's decorating to do, as well as shopping, gift wrapping, writing Christmas cards, grocery shopping, meal planning, cookie baking and maybe even a party or two.

I'm exhausted just writing that.

But wait; in addition to all that extra work, you still have a hungry family sitting around the table, waiting for dinner.

Not to worry. I've got you covered.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Your bird isn't even in the oven yet, but no matter, we're still going to talk about leftovers.

Almost everyone I know who makes Thanksgiving dinner makes much more than is needed for the number of people gathered around the table. Admit it or not, they're cooking for the leftovers.

In fact, I remember Dr. Corky Sweeney telling me years ago that although he would go out to dinner on Thanksgiving Day, he would always make a turkey with all the trimmings that morning. Why? For the leftovers, of course!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Family favorites for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I'm sharing several recipes this week. One is my own, for Caramelized Sweet Potatoes, a simple recipe, but with a hint of maple syrup to just give it a little something extra.

The recipe for Hot Bacon Dressing and Mem's Pumpkin Pie are both from new TIMES NEWS editor Marta Gouger, and they are both delicious! Marta gave me the recipes last week and I made both of them.

And if you don't believe me, I brought the pumpkin pies to the office and we had rave reviews all the way around, from the crust to the filling.