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Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014

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Projects planned in Jackson
Cities really need to plan ahead! Our comprehensive plan is a guideline for 20 years in the future, and the water system facility plan is for 15 to 20 years. When we have these long-range plans, we often divide them into phases so that we can do a phase at a time as the funding becomes available...
Maximum flavor, minimal effort

Clever cheating helps put good food on the table while spending less time in the kitchen "Life is too short to stuff a mushroom." So said British feminist icon Shirley Conran. She might have added that it may also be too short to stir risotto, can tomatoes or make your own puff pastry...

Love the recipes of Nashville's Loveless Cafe
The Labor Day holiday is here and people will be cooking and trying new recipes over the long weekend. I would also imagine fresh vegetables from the garden and farmers market will be on many tables. I turned to the excellent chefs at the Loveless Café for help. I have a few of their cookbooks, and I love their website and their products...
The word is out: Downtown golf is coming back with a big bang
Tiger Woods, apparently, will not be in Cape Girardeau on Sept. 28. Sept. 28 is the date of the First-Ever Ninth Annual World-Famous Louis J. Lorimier Downtown Golf Tournament and All-You-Can-Eat Catfish Buffet. Does that seem possible? I mean the fact that this will be the ninth downtown golf tournament. ...
Dining with Dad: Good eater of mom's good cooking
My dad very recently passed away, and, as I sat down to write this column, all I could think about was my dad. He was a very good eater -- because mom was a very good cook -- and there are so few things he did not care much for. He would usually pass on the Brussels sprouts and asparagus, and anything real spicy, but in general, he would eat anything that didn't eat him first...
Buggy whips. Then rotary-dial phones. And now Ivory soap?
Headquarters Procter & Gamble Cincinnati, Ohio Dear Mr.-Ms.-Miss Decision Maker: Please forgive my being so forward, but I must tell you that you may be on the verge of making a grievous error, and I feel it is my duty to let you know what I and millions of your customers think about the possibility that you will drop Ivory soap from the many brands you currently produce worldwide...
Neighborhood Development Initiative has potential
Our staff has been working on the Neighborhood Development Initiative for more than two years and made the first presentation to the council during July. I am very excited about this new initiative and trust that it will gain traction and support from you, our citizens, in the months and years ahead...
Quick breads: Tomato, bacon, lemon-blueberry and more
Quick breads are not only easy to make, but they are tasty and nice to have in the freezer for drop-in company or to take along to a carry-in dinner or potluck meal. Quick breads can be savory or sweet, light or a little dense in texture, but all are delicious...
Valley full of memories flows out over the hilltops
A conversation with friends this week made me wonder: Have I told you everything I know about Killough Valley? The farm where I "grew up" is on Killough Valley, which is a narrow valley in the Ozark hills over yonder. "Grew up" can mean a lot of things. ...
Learning from lobbyist John Britton
John Britton, Missouri's top lobbyist who became a legend, died on Aug 5. He provided honest information on the issues he carried but always said, "If in doubt, vote your conscience." He made many friends (myself included) and few enemies (none of whom I am aware.)...
The popular BLT, but leaving the bread in the wrapper
Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches have to be one of the most popular, if not the most popular sandwich, in America. Well, maybe second only to the hamburger. We sure indulge in plenty of them during this time of year, when fresh tomatoes are ripe and delicious off the vine...
When things aren't right, they are wrong. Plain wrong
There are lots of things I don't understand. I'll bet there are lots of things you don't understand. Maybe the two things I don't understand right now are among the things you can't figure out either. Example 1: If I made a list of minor and major aggravations in my lifetime, this would be at or near the top of the "major" group. What is it? It's mail-in rebates...
A look back at elections and a reminder to vote
As everyone is surely aware, Jackson is celebrating its bicentennial year. We have had some type of bicentennial event each month, with two in July -- Independence Day and Homecomers. With all this emphasis on Jackson's history, I have had the opportunity to do a lot of research and have thoroughly enjoyed it...