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Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

Columns

Column: Downtown Cape Girardeau is doing it right with CID
I am usually sympathetic to the perspective of the St. Louis-based Show Me Institute, whose writer David Stokes in a nearby column cautions the City of Cape Girardeau about the establishment of a Community Improvement District in the downtown. But in this case Stokes strokes with too broad a brush, failing to understand the specifics of the effort in Cape Girardeau. ...
Kage FCE club celebrates anniversary with cookbook
I hope you and your family are together and having a very joyous Easter Sunday celebrating the resurrection of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We will be together as a family enjoying some wonderful food, and I hope you have that same opportunity...
Want wisteria advice? Ask your wife
As many of you know, I like to putter in the yard. This includes several flower beds. And then there are a variety of shrubs and flowering trees. I like all of them. Except, of course, the wisteria. You have heard me complain about the wisteria in our yard. I planted it about 15 years ago. It bloomed once. I don't know what I did that year to produce blossoms. I've tried all the tricks I could find on the Internet and from talking to successful gardeners in the area. No more blooms...
The custom of Easter resurrection cookies, rolls
Every year I am asked about the traditional Easter cookie or resurrection cookie recipe I share with you close to Easter. This year is no exception as I have already been asked several times if I was going to put it in the recipe column again. Absolutely I planned to, in hopes that it will make some great memories to families who choose to prepare them...
Eggs, an Easter tradition

That's why the best mass market chocolate-covered marshmallow egg available is the one made by Missouri's own Russell Stover company, headquartered in Kansas City. If you were asked to identify the biggest candy holiday in America you might very well select Valentine's Day, when heart-shaped boxes of chocolates crowd out nearly every other confection on store shelves. But you'd be wrong...

Dying eggs and other memories of Easters pass
After you've lived so long, you find fewer and fewer surprises in life. But they're still there. For example, I was at the Store That Sells Everything the other day, and as I turned the corner past the large cooling case stocked with cartons of eggs, something caught my eye. I stopped, backed up with my shopping cart (not always easy to do in this store) and felt my jaw drop...
Back-of-the-recipe-box tried-and-true favorite dishes
My husband Scott had his birthday this week. As I pondered what to prepare for him for his special day, I ran across these recipes in my card files. All of these have gotten pushed to the back of the box and nearly forgotten. I decided to pull them to the front and start using some of my older recipes. I found so many great recipes that I just have not made in a long time, so this summer, I plan to make some of those old tried-and-true favorites...
Find a missing plane? First, know where to start
It would be in bad taste to make jokes about the lives lost in the mysterious disappearance of that Malaysian jetliner. So take what follows as one man's musing about the irony that often results from such tragedies. Let's start with the fact that a huge airplane loaded with sophisticated communications equipment can vanish literally into thin air. ...
Spring events in Jackson; bicentennial fun abounds
April will be another busy month in the city of Jackson. The spring/summer schedule for the recycling center starts on Saturday. It will now be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Saturday. This Saturday schedule will remain in effect through the month of October. Remember to recycle!...
Just try posting a food photograph without the recipe
I love it when I have recipes from readers to pass along to you. It is nice to see what others are cooking and feeding their loved ones and friends. Lisa Burns recently made this delicious soup recipe on a snowy Sunday afternoon and posted a photo of her large pot of soup on Facebook. Many of us teased her about posting the photo without the recipe. Soon after that, she shared the recipe with us, and made everyone very happy...
Yes, I knew him well, but now I'm hungry. Feed me.
It occurred to me the other day that Missy Kitty, the plump bundle of cat fur snoozing on the wicker chair in the family room, is better known -- far more famous -- than I am. And I'm the one who elevated her to such high status by mentioning her over and over in this column...