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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

With St. Patrick's Day just a week away, now is a good time to review your party planning strategies. The following tips will be useful whether you plan to throw a St. Patty's Day bash or host any type of party this spring.

Make it potluck

Even if you're hosting the party, you don't need to prepare every item on the table. Asking guests to bring a small dish can save you money and time. If each guest brings a side dish, dessert, or beverage, you'll find that hosting is less stressful and more cost efficient.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I think this Irish Soda Bread qualifies as one of those old family recipes that get handed down through the generations. However, this one was handed down to me by a great lady named Mabel Johnson, whom I've known for years.

Mabel made this recipe for a church St. Patrick's Day function, and my husband loved it so much I asked her to share it with me.

Here it is:

Irish Soda Bread

Yields 1 loaf

4 cups all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup raisins (prefer golden)

2 teaspoons caraway seeds

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
AP PHOTO This photo shows bangers and mash with onion gravy, that redone with a few healthier choices, will get you in the St. Patrick's Day spirit without sacrificing your diet.

Tucking into a heap of bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potatoes) certainly fits the St. Patrick's Day spirit. It just doesn't often fit into a healthy diet.

Bangers and mash, which is popular throughout England and Ireland, typically is made with a mild pork sausage containing lots of breadcrumbs, a bit of sage and gobs of fat. Pile those onto a mound of buttery mashed potatoes topped with greasy gravy and you've got a nutritional nightmare.

Friday, March 5, 2010

The deadline for submission for the 2010 TIMES NEWS Cookbook and Recipe Contest is Saturday, March 6 at midnight.

If you haven't mailed your recipes yet, consider send them via e-mail to dhall@tnonline.com.

Over $900 in prizes will be given to this year's winners and everyone who enters will receive a TIMES NEWS magnetic grocery list pad.

The cookbook will be included in the April 8 edition of the TIMES NEWS.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Around the time that we started this column, I overheard a fun conversation at the grocery store:

"Wow, there's a lot of people shopping today. They must be stocking up for the big storm."

"That must be it. It's not like anything is on sale this week!"

They obviously didn't pick up a store flyer that week.

The number one secret to Frugal Foodie success: There are always items on sale at the grocery store!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Members of the TIMES NEWS Cookbook and Recipe Contest are eagerly waiting your entries for this year's contest, with empty bowls, cold crock pots and barren hamburger buns, not to mention frozen party appetizers. Send those recipes in today! Committee members include, from left, Tami Kunkel, page compositor; Jennifer Benninger, advertising sales representative; Karen Cimms, lifestyle editor; Donna Hall, classified and national advertising; and Darlene Hentosh, advertising sales representative. Other committee members include Amy Zubek, reporter; and Linda Muffley, advertising sales representative.

The deadline for submission for the 2010 TIMES NEWS Cookbook and Recipe Contest is just around the corner. All entries must be received by Saturday, March 6 at midnight.

If you haven't mailed your favorite recipes yet, consider sending them via e-mail to dhall@tnonline.com; or drop them off at any of the TIMES NEWS offices, located in Mahoning Township, Tamaqua, Lansford and Palmerton.

Come on and flex your culinary muscles by taking part in this year's contest. Your effort could win you a grand prize valued at more than $300!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Did you know that the average American family spends $500 on food each month to feed 2-3 people? This includes $200 for takeout and restaurant meals, and nearly $300 in grocery purchases.

It doesn't have to be this way. You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars every month to feed your family healthy, enjoyable meals. Join me here each week as I share a fun, practical approach to getting food on the table, offering tips on how to trim your grocery bill and slash your food budget.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
This is the cover for Martha's Everyday Food App, as supplied by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

Martha Stewart is making everyday food faster and easier this month, spinning off her "Everyday Food" magazine into a second cookbook and an iPhone application that offers recipes, daily dinner ideas and automated shopping lists.

The app, called "Martha's Everyday Food," lets iPhone and iPod touch users access thousands of recipes from the magazine. Its introduction accompanies the release of "Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast," a compilation of 250 recipes from the magazine that aim to land tasty meals on the table in an hour or less.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Did you know that the average family spends $500 a month on food? In these tough economic times, every dollar counts and food is often the easiest place to "trim the fat" in your budget.

Join TIMES NEWS correspondent Stacey Solt as she explores the ins and outs of feeding a family on a budget in her new column, The Frugal Foodie. She'll be taking a fun, practical approach to food, offering tips each week on how to trim your budget and plan ahead to save hundreds on your grocery bill each month.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Q: Which fruits should I put in the fridge and which can I leave on the counter?

A: You can ripen cantaloupe at room temperature, but it will go quickly from ripe to overripe. Melon stored in the fridge can develop a rubbery texture and lose a lot of flavor quickly, so keep them at room temperature.

Most berries go bad quickly, although blueberries are a bit heartier than strawberries and raspberries, which both need to be stored in the refrigerator and very gently washed just before use.