Breeze-Courier | Taylorville, IL
weather sponsored by
Hickory Estates of Taylorville




Advanced Search
search sponsored by


LOGIN | SUBSCRIBE






home : columns : guest columns November 20, 2017

Taste Food: Add a vibrant salad
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and just like clockwork, I begin to second-guess the amount of food on my menu. Surely it won't be enough, I think. (I should know by now that there is always, magically, enough.) Nevertheless, my entertainer's preservation-instinct kicks in, and I worry that there won't be the requisite abundance of food befitting a Thanksgiving table lined with expectant guests. So, I devise a few last-minute recipes to extend the menu -- and this always includes a salad.
Saturday, November 11, 2017


Smart Money: Be cautious in preparing for disaster
DEAR BRUCE: With all the horrific weather disasters occurring, how does one prepare for something like this financially? I want to make sure that my finances are safe, but also accessible if an emergency happens. -- George
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Smart Money
DEAR BRUCE: My parents bought $400 in Oppenheimer mutual funds in 1965 while Dad was in the Air Force. Soon after that they were transferred to Italy and the paperwork was lost.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Taste Food: Slow Cooking When It's Worth The Wait
I won't lie: These short ribs take two days to make. Now, before you roll your eyes, just hear me out. Most of the time you will have little to do in the food prep department, because the ribs will take care of themselves, braising in the oven or marinating in the refrigerator. You will be actively involved in the beginning, when you brown the meat (a very important step, which will make you feel useful), and when you reduce the sauce (which, technically, your stove will do for you), and when you finish the stew an hour before serving. Your most difficult task will be, well, waiting.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Smart Money: Insurance company is obligated to explain its policy
DEAR BRUCE: I've recently begun taking over my mom's finances. She is 70, in poor health, currently in a nursing home and doesn't drive.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Taste Food - Chocolate: A Swiss Remedy
After I finished cooking school in Paris, I lived in Switzerland for a number of years. During this time, I acquired another important form of education, which is the Swiss view of chocolate as sustenance. In Switzerland, chocolate is considered a staple and a panacea for all that is fraught in the world.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Smart Money: Carpet contract is in dispute
DEAR BRUCE: My husband and I decided to put new carpeting in our living and dining rooms. The gentleman discussed fees, we signed the contract and I gave him $1,000 cash down. After he left, I went over the contract further and found that there was a discrepancy in the total amount still owed to the company.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Taste Food: A Spirited Autumn Cocktail
Finally, the weather has turned cooler. I have to admit that, as a New England native, I miss the distinct change of seasons in California -- especially in the fall. In my opinion, at this time of year, we're supposed to be pulling on our fleece and socks, not slipping into sandals and T-shirts. So, while it may still be a tad too early for wool in California, I can at least make this cocktail -- fragrant with apple and cinnamon and boosted with tequila and Cointreau -- and close my eyes and pretend that it's a crisp and blustery autumn day.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Smart Money: Wage differences seem unfair
DEAR BRUCE: I work for a company that has a fourth shift, which pays employees $6 an hour more on Saturday and Sunday. But when we have mandatory overtime, we have to work Saturday and receive time and a half.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

How bulk cooking can make meals easier
Healthy family meals can get lost in the shuffle of busy schedules. Convenience may win out when parents are short on time, and it's hard not to be enticed by the ease of fast food or the lure of frozen foods. While these options are certainly fine on occasion, there is a more nutritious solution for time-crunched families.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Taste Food: Move Over, Chickpea Hummus
Who doesn't like a good hummus? Mild, nutty and agreeably versatile, this creamy Levantine dip is a go-to for snacks, spreads and party dips. It's also a wonderful starting point for variations, such as carrot hummus.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Smart Money: Investment in financial education will reap rewards
DEAR BRUCE: I recently got married to a wonderful man and we are working together to combine our finances and plan for our future. In the past, he has been reluctant to invest in his company's 401(k) and instead has earmarked $60,000 in a savings account for retirement. I have convinced him, and he has agreed to start maxing out his 401(k) instead of earmarking money in his savings account.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Taste Food: One-dish Vietnamese-style dinner
There is something infinitely satisfying about presenting a complete dinner heaped on one platter. The arrangement suggests a family-style feast. It's a fun method for casual dining, which allows everyone to dig into a balanced meal combining meat, greens and grains, or in this case, noodles.
Saturday, September 2, 2017












Dr Paul The Dentist
Trinity Dodge Fixed

NewsWebPagesOpinionPeopleObituariesAg & BusinessSportsContact Us
Subscriptions | Username & Password Reminder | Change Password | Life

Breeze-Courier & Printing | 212 S Main St. Taylorville, IL 62568 | (217) 824-2233 |
website@breezecourier.com

© Copyright 2014 Breeze-Courier & Printing. All Rights Reserved.
Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Breeze-Courier & Printing.

Software © 1998-2017 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved