Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) http://posttrib.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/posttrib.gif Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Sweet and spicy hot cross buns ]]> Lead story image

Hot cross buns with their combination of spicy, sweet and fruity flavors have long been a Good Friday tradition. The pastry cross on top of the buns symbolizes and reminds Christians of the cross that Jesus was crucified on. Hot cross buns were sold in the street of England to the cry of “hot-cross buns!” around the period dating back to the 19th century. The tasty pastry even inspired a nursery rhyme. Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! One a penny two a penny — Hot cross buns If you have no daughters, give them to your sons One a … ]]> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 06:04:47 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/18834724-452/sweet-and-spicy-hot-cross-buns.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/18834724-452/sweet-and-spicy-hot-cross-buns.html <![CDATA[ Preparing the best fish entrees for Lent ]]> Lead story image

Here are some tips and recipes for fish entrees to serve during Lent, or any time of the year for that matter. Buy right Only buy fish that is refrigerated or displayed on a thick bed of fresh ice that is not melting (preferably in a case or under some type of cover). • Fish should smell fresh and mild, not fishy • A fish’s eyes should be clear and bulge a little. • Whole fish and fillets should have firm, shiny flesh and bright red gills free from milky slime. • The flesh should spring back when pressed. • … ]]> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 06:07:34 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/18834524-452/preparing-the-best-fish-entrees-for-lent.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/18834524-452/preparing-the-best-fish-entrees-for-lent.html <![CDATA[ Picking out the best batch of strawberries ]]> Lead story image

Today is National Strawberry Day. Yes, I’m sure you knew that but I didn’t until I looked it up for today’s column. Last January I was in Plant City, Fla., eating their delicious strawberry shortcake at the Parkesdale Farm Market. People flock to Parkesdale Farm Market from across the United States, even as far as Europe, just for a bowl of their World Famous Strawberry Shortcake. Served fresh from the fields, sweet sliced berries sit atop a bed of shortcake with a healthy dollop of whipped cream. I ate the whole thing for lunch — it was my lunch and … ]]> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 06:03:11 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/17802866-452/picking-out-the-best-batch-of-strawberries.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/17802866-452/picking-out-the-best-batch-of-strawberries.html <![CDATA[ Flavorful takes on fish ]]> Lead story image

It’s Lent and grocery stores are featuring fish. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines suggest that we eat more seafood. Many restaurants feature great tasting fish tacos, so they make a great way to introduce your family to fish. This fish tacos recipe is quick and easy. The sauce base is ranch dressing, which you may have on hand. The greens are chopped cabbage, which provides more nutrients than lettuce. Also, you can use various types of fish. Here is also a hearty fish chowder recipe that is easy to put together that you might enjoy. Fish Tacos 1/2 cup light ranch-style … ]]> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 06:02:28 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/17802653-452/flavorful-takes-on-fish.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/17802653-452/flavorful-takes-on-fish.html <![CDATA[ Focus on healthier, red foods for Valentine’s Day ]]> Lead story image

See “red” on Valentine’s Day and throughout the year. Red fruits and vegetables contain many health-promoting phytochemicals including lycopene and anthocyanins. This color group may help promote: • A lower risk of some cancers • A healthy heart • Memory health • Urinary tract health Red fruits and vegetables include: Tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, tomato juice, red peppers, red onions, beets, red cabbage, kidney beans, apples, pink grapefruit, red grapes, strawberries, cherries, watermelon, raspberries, cranberries and pomegranates. Some “red” ideas for Valentine’s Day (or any day!) include: • Heart-shaped pizza. Shape pizza dough into a heart. Or, use a … ]]> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 06:03:23 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/17802402-452/focus-on-healthier-red-foods-for-valentines-day.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/17802402-452/focus-on-healthier-red-foods-for-valentines-day.html <![CDATA[ A healthy heart begins with healthier eating ]]> Lead story image

Preparing healthy meals and eating with others is worth your time on many levels. People who eat “family meals” eat a healthier diet that’s lower in fat and saturated fat and higher in fruits and vegetables. That’s good news for your heart. During February, American Heart Month, take steps to respect your hardworking heart. Some research has shown that heart disease can begin in childhood. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women. As a first step to a healthier heart, consider food preparation methods and recipes. Is it time to set some goals to eat … ]]> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 06:04:42 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/17802264-452/a-healthy-heart-begins-with-healthier-eating.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/17802264-452/a-healthy-heart-begins-with-healthier-eating.html <![CDATA[ Have a healthy game plan for your Super Bowl feast ]]> Lead story image

Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest eating days of the year — right up there with Thanksgiving. Enjoy the party without over indulging. Here’s how: Pre-game warm-up: Eat a healthy breakfast and lunch or snack before you head to the party. Skipping meals to “save up” your calories for the big event backfires when over eat because you are so hungry. Think like a winner: Focus on the game and enjoying your friends, rather than on the food. Have a game plan: Take a look at the food spread before digging in. You don’t have to eat some … ]]> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 06:02:50 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/17095901-452/have-a-healthy-game-plan-for-your-super-bowl-feast.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/17095901-452/have-a-healthy-game-plan-for-your-super-bowl-feast.html <![CDATA[ Snacking: Cause or potential cure for childhood obesity? ]]> Lead story image

Consumption of snacks among children has increased markedly over the last 35 years. In the late 1970s, American children consumed an average of only one snack a day. Today, they are consuming nearly three snacks per day. As a result, daily calories from children’s snacks have increased by almost 200 calories over the period. Many of the snacks children consume are high-calorie, low-nutrient foods such as desserts and salty snacks. Trends in snacking, combined with larger portion sizes and more sedentary lifestyles, may be contributing to obesity among children. Despite its likely role in childhood obesity, snacking may provide a … ]]> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 06:02:09 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/17095779-452/snacking-cause-or-potential-cure-for-childhood-obesity.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/17095779-452/snacking-cause-or-potential-cure-for-childhood-obesity.html <![CDATA[ Soup makes good use of leftovers ]]> Lead story image

Soups are a great “warmer-upper” that can make good use of leftovers to help stretch food dollars. Soups are great for lunch and supper. Here are a few ideas: Cream of Broccoli Soup Makes 8 1/2-cup servings 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained 1/2 small onion Dash garlic powder 2 tablespoons flour 11/2 cups chicken broth, homemade (see Cook’s note) or canned 1-2 cups fat-free milk Place broccoli, onion, garlic powder, flour and chicken broth in blender container. Process until almost smooth. Pour into saucepan and add milk. Stir often until soup comes to a boil. Reduce … ]]> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 19:50:44 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/17095556-452/soup-makes-good-use-of-leftovers.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/17095556-452/soup-makes-good-use-of-leftovers.html <![CDATA[ Weighing the evidence in misleading diet ads ]]> Lead story image

Flip through a magazine, scan a newspaper, or channel surf and you see them everywhere: Ads that promise quick and easy weight loss without diet or exercise. Wouldn’t it be nice if — as the ads claim — you could lose weight simply by taking a pill, wearing a patch or rubbing in a cream? Too bad claims like that are almost always false. Doctors, dietitians and other experts agree that the best way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories and increase your physical activity so you burn more energy. A reasonable goal is to lose about a … ]]> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 03:28:42 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/17095447-452/weighing-the-evidence-in-misleading-diet-ads.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/17095447-452/weighing-the-evidence-in-misleading-diet-ads.html <![CDATA[ Slim down for 2013 ]]> Lead story image

The New Year is finally here. During the holidays you probably indulged in turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and many other goodies. Now you’ve gained a few pounds in addition to the extra weight you may have already accumulated throughout the year. How can you make this the year to slim down and keep the weight off for good? Researchers say losing just 5 percent to 10 percent of excess body weight can make a big difference in health, including lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk for diabetes. University of Maryland experts offer the following strategies to lead you on the … ]]> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 06:02:45 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/17095370-452/slim-down-for-2013.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/17095370-452/slim-down-for-2013.html <![CDATA[ Eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for luck ]]> Lead story image

Last year I was visiting family in one of the southern states over New Year’s and was served black-eyed peas. The hostess immediately told everyone that this would bring us all good luck. If you are planning to celebrate the New Year in the Southeast, it is most likely that you will be offered black-eyed peas in some form, either just after midnight or on New Year’s Day. From grand gala gourmet dinners to small casual gatherings with friends and family, these flavorful legumes are traditionally, according to Southern folklore,. The practice of eating black-eyed peas for luck is generally … ]]> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 06:02:35 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/16641084-452/eat-black-eyed-peas-on-new-years-day-for-luck.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/16641084-452/eat-black-eyed-peas-on-new-years-day-for-luck.html <![CDATA[ Common favorites for the holidays ]]> Lead story image

The holidays are filled with family traditions when it comes to food. There are certain foods that I only make over the holidays that my family looks forward to having each year. Here are several recipes you may want to try that are commonly prepared over the holidays in the United States. CHOCOLATE FUDGE 4 cups sugar 1 stick butter 1 (12-oz.) can evaporated milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 (7-oz.) jar marshmallow crème 1 (12-oz.) package semi-sweet   chocolate chips 1 cup black walnuts In heavy 6-quart saucepan, cook first three ingredients to a temperature of 232 degrees on a … ]]> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 06:02:09 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/16640976-452/common-favorites-for-the-holidays.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/16640976-452/common-favorites-for-the-holidays.html <![CDATA[ Creating holiday memories in the kitchen ]]> Lead story image

As the holidays approach, involve children in the kitchen. The skills they learn will carry into adulthood, plus you’ll be creating wonderful memories. Here are a couple of recipes you may want to try. Children and adults alike will enjoy making and decoraing these tree treats. RICE KRISPIES TREATS CHRISTMAS TREES 3 tablespoons margarine or butter 1 (10-ounce) package regular marshmallows 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal or Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies cereal Prepared green frosting Red cinnamon candies Melt margarine in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir … ]]> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 06:03:06 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/16640784-452/creating-holiday-memories-in-the-kitchen.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/16640784-452/creating-holiday-memories-in-the-kitchen.html <![CDATA[ Fruitcake for the holidays ]]> Lead story image

Fruitcakes are a holiday treat that people either love or love to hate. For those who enjoy this holiday tradition, there are many recipes out there if you want to make your own. Interestingly, those who make this spiced cake use the same recipe year after year, just because the cake suits their taste buds. When researching fruitcake, it is suggested the origin is English, but there seems to be some doubt. What sources do agree on is the characteristics. Fruitcake is traditionally a heavy spiced cake that includes lots of dried and/or candied fruits and nuts. In fact, there … ]]> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 01:15:40 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/16640550-452/fruitcake-for-the-holidays.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/16640550-452/fruitcake-for-the-holidays.html <![CDATA[ Tips for mailing food packages overseas ]]> Lead story image

Q. I will be sending packages overseas for a group at my church. What are the current restrictions and any guidelines that I need to follow? A. The U.S. Department of Agriculture meat and poultry hot line offers the following recommendations for sending food gifts to U.S. armed service members overseas: • Dried beef or poultry such as beef jerky, turkey jerky or beef slims are safe to mail. Bacteria can’t grow in foods preserved by removing moisture. • Dehydrated soups and drink mixes are lightweight and safe to mail. Condiments such as hot sauce and Cajun seasonings in packets … ]]> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 06:02:39 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/16038107-452/tips-for-mailing-food-packages-overseas.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/16038107-452/tips-for-mailing-food-packages-overseas.html <![CDATA[ Pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene ]]> Lead story image

Though they are often used solely as festive fall decorations, pumpkins are also nutritious and nutritious vegetables than can be found in many soups, stews and other hearty dishes. When fresh pumpkins are not available or convenient, canned pumpkin can be a convenient alternative. The bright orange color of pumpkin is a dead giveaway that pumpkin is loaded with an important antioxidant, beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids converted to vitamin A in the body. In the conversion to vitamin A, beta carotene performs many important functions in overall health. Current research indicates that a diet rich in … ]]> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 06:02:29 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/16037417-452/pumpkin-is-loaded-with-beta-carotene.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/16037417-452/pumpkin-is-loaded-with-beta-carotene.html <![CDATA[ Cranberries pack powerful health punch ]]> Lead story image

The cranberry is a little, red tart fruit with a big punch. Wisconsin produces more of this power-packed berry than any other state. In fact, the cranberry is Wisconsin’s official state fruit. It is also the state’s No. 1 fruit crop, both in acres planted and in the industry’s valuable contribution to the state’s economy. The cranberry, once called “crane berry” by settlers because of its blossom’s resemblance to the sandhill crane, is best known for its place on the Thanksgiving table. But, the fruit has become a year-round favorite, and is making its way into everything from summer salads … ]]> Sat, 15 Dec 2012 06:02:45 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/16037025-452/cranberries-pack-powerful-health-punch.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/powell/16037025-452/cranberries-pack-powerful-health-punch.html