Watermelon Caprese, a Summer Delight

1 day 1 hour ago

There’s nothing that says “summer is here” better than a caprese of homegrown tomatoes slices interspersed with slivers of fresh Mozzarella and basil leaves. All drizzled with balsamic vinegar. But Russ and Deb said the dish is equally good when you sub watermelon for the tomatoes. And why not? Both are botanically fruits.  My son... 

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Jean Carnahan

Seoul Food: Korean Food and Traditions

3 days ago

When Korean Food Came to Town One of the unexpected benefits of living in Rolla in the 70s and 80s was, that unlike most small towns, we had a Korean restaurant: The Oriental Palace. The exotic-sounding name showed the high expectations of the owner, Thomas Pak. Our family ate there nearly every Sunday after church.... 

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Baba Ghanoush: A Middle East Masterpiece

1 week ago

Baba Ghanoush sounds like something they served in Arabian Nights. Possibly they did. It’s a traditional dish in the Middle East and neighboring countries. The basic recipe includes roasted eggplant, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and tahini (made from sesame seeds). In Israel, the tahini is often replaced with mayo. Baba Ghanoush is much like... 

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Jean Carnahan

A View from the Decks

1 week 2 days ago

By Contrast From my condo deck back in St. Louis, I see mostly lush foliage and backyards. The sound of lawn mowers and trimming equipment fill the air. Loud birds, passing traffic, barking dogs, and scampering squirrels add to the merriment. I have no problem with this. I grew up in the city (Washington DC),... 

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Mixed Green Salad with Quinoa and Chickpeas

1 week 4 days ago

An Easy Summer Salad in the Making Putzing around the kitchen with my grandson, Austin, is always a culinary adventure. Cooking is his hobby and he goes about it with the ease of a seasoned chef. He’s especially skilled at using whatever’s on hand, which makes him a perfect Pandemic companion. Austin mixes his own... 

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Jean Carnahan

Does An Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

2 weeks ago

A old Welsh proverb says: “Eat an apple on going to bed and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” Americans, of course, shortened it to: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  But Does It? Researches at Cornell University say there are health benefit from eating apples, but only if you eat... 

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Jean Carnahan

An All-Onion Casserole—Really?

2 weeks 3 days ago

Just 4 Ingredients When my neighbor, Martha, told me she’d made a magnificent onion casserole, I was skeptical. I asked about the ingredients. Only four, she said—onions, butter, Ritz crackers and Parmesan. Couldn’t be easier. When she brought the onion dish over to the house, was I ever surprised. It was really good! Not at... 

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Fun at the Farm with Family, Friends, Food, Flowers and Fish

3 weeks 2 days ago

Wildflowers are prolific along the county roads, especially daisies and Queen Anne’s lace. A reliable clue that it must be early June. Overgrown flower beds also come with the long sunny days and frequent rain. Weeds had popped up between the seams in my flagstone walkway. Robin and JC spent hours giving them a manicure... 

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Jean Carnahan

Potato Leek Soup

3 weeks 4 days ago

My recent interest in cooking a pot of potato-leek soup came after I found I had far too many leeks. These “green onions on steroids” are bulky, space hogs. I acquired them quite by accident. Instacart Order When I saw a photo of one, single leek displayed on Instacart, I ordered it for a dish... 

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Staying Cool with African Solstice Tea

4 weeks ago

Today I rhapsodize over African Solstice Tea, one of the fastest growing herbals in popularity among the nation’s tea drinkers. I found it in an assortment of Tea Forte bags after I’d used all the other blends in the box. What a pleasant surprise. I had unintentionally saved the best for last. I’ve only used the... 

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Carryout at Akar: Fine Dining During the Pandemic

1 month ago

The Phone Call I called my daughter. “I’m tired of eating my own cooking,” I said. “I want some good Asian cuisine.” “Where do you want to go?” she asked “Bernie’s,” I said, which is what I call Akar on Forsythe owned by Chef Bernie Lee. The upscale, hole-in-the-wall restaurant is accustomed to operating in... 

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Jean Carnahan

Cooking with Edna Lewis

1 month ago

At Home with Edna I feel at home with Edna Lewis‘ recipes. Perhaps because she was raised in Virginia, as was my mother. During her lifetime, she wrote about familiar dishes: collard greens, long-cooked green beans, spoon bread, damson jelly, fried okra, potato cakes, pan-fried chicken, and lard-based pie crusts—all much apart of my childhood... 

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Jean Carnahan

Virtual Birthday Celebrations

1 month 1 week ago

Birthday Duo My family had two birthday on Tuesday. My daughter-in-law, Debra, celebrated a roll-over on the birthday odometer. And my youngest granddaughter, Coco, turned nine. When Lisa, her mother, told me they were planning a Drive-By Parade, I tried to imagine what that might be like. I wrote back to her. “How does that... 

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