Suzanne Boyle, News Democrat

Suzanne Boyle

News Democrat

Belleville, IL, United States

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Past articles by Suzanne:

Recipe of the Day: Slow-Cooker Cheese Shrimp and Grits

CAROLINA CHEESE SHRIMP AND GRITS 1 cup uncooked stone-ground grits 1 large garlic clove, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 4 cups water 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 1/4 cup butter, cubed 1 pound peeled and deveined cooked shrimp (31-40 per pound) 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped 4 green onions, finely chopped 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 4 teaspoons lemon juice 2… → Read More

Recipe of the Day: Easy Enfrijoladas Bake

EASY ENFRIJOLADAS BAKE Say EN-free-ho-la-dahs — delicious Mexican comfort food that is similar to enchiladas, except the beans are on the outside in a creamy bean sauce. For a complete meal, feel free to add cooked ground meat, such as beef or chorizo, or cooked shredded chicken to the tortillas before adding cheese. 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans 1 can (4.5 ounces) chopped green chiles 1 cup… → Read More

Recipe of the Day: Fresh Corn Carbonara

FRESH CORN CARBONARA A raw creamed corn sauce takes the place of the traditional eggs in this silky summer-fresh "carbonara." 12 ounces spaghetti or linguine Kosher salt 6 slices thick-cut bacon (about 6 ounces), cut into 1/4-inch strips 4 ears of corn, kernels cut off (about 3 cups), cobs reserved 1/2 cup heavy cream Freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup grated Parmesan (about 2 ounces), plus… → Read More

Bring summer into your kitchen with these peach recipes

July in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO means orchards are producing peaches. Try recipes for pie, muffins, salsa, chutney and sweet panzanella. → Read More

A night of Clementine’s ice cream, oysters and the Muny

Before going the Muny in St. Louis MO, check out Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery ice cream in a new location, plus seafood at Demun Oyster House. → Read More

Recipe of the Day: Barbecued Chicken Pizzas

BARBECUED CHICKEN PIZZAS 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each) 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 cup barbecue sauce, divided 1 tube (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 cups shredded Gouda cheese 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro Sprinkle chicken with pepper; place on an oiled grill rack over medium heat. Grill, covered,… → Read More

S’Moreos recipes combines Oreos and S'mores

S’MOREOS Have a jar of Nutella around? Slather on the inside of the graham cracker halves before you build this one-of-a-kind treat. 4 Oreo cookies 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter 4 whole graham crackers, halved 1 milk chocolate candy bar (1.55 ounces), quartered 4 large marshmallows Spread both sides of each Oreo cookie with peanut butter; place over half of the halved graham crackers. Top… → Read More

Recipe of the Day: Peaches & Cream Mini Upside-Down Cakes

PEACHES & CREAM MINI UPSIDE-DOWN CAKES 2/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup butter, softened, divided 1 large peach, quartered lengthwise, then cut crosswise into thin slices 1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix 2 eggs 1/2 cup sour cream 1 package (3.4 ounces) cheesecake flavor instant pudding, divided 1/2 cup cold milk 3/4 cup thawed whipped topping Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 16 muffin… → Read More

Recipe of the Day: Hot Corn Casserole

HOT CORN CASSEROLE Unlike most casseroles, this version has no limit on what it can do. Pair it with a bowl of tortilla or pita chips and it's a hot corn dip for a crowd and the appetizer that will keep people talking. Slide it onto the table with dinner, and it's the side dish that pairs with everything from grilled chicken to burgers. It even works as a condiment for tacos, grilled sausages,… → Read More

Here are some last-minute Fourth of July party food ideas

Here's how to make last-minute recipes for your Fourth of July holiday party. Try a red, white and blue theme in a caprese salad, trifle and flag cake. → Read More

Recipe of the Day: Layered BLT Dip

LAYERED BLT DIP 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 cup finely chopped lettuce 8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled 4 plum tomatoes, chopped 4 green onions, chopped 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese Toasted french bread baguette slices In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese until blended; spread into a large… → Read More

Recipe of the Day: Slow-Cooker Creamy Tuscan Chicken

SLOW-COOKER CREAMY TUSCAN CHICKEN 1 ablespoon butter 1 package (20 ounces) boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 jar (15 ounces) Alfredo pasta sauce with roasted garlic 1 jar (7 ounces) sundried tomato strips, cut into thin strips (about 1/2 cup) 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 cup chopped fresh spinach In 12-inch nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat.… → Read More

Recipe of the Day: Apple Pie Crescent Bites

APPLE PIE CRESCENT BITES 1 red, tart juicy apple, washed and sliced into 8 slices (skin left on) 4 tablespoons brown sugar 3 teaspoons cinnamon 1 tablespoon melted butter 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the crescent rolls on a greased baking sheet. Brush with melted butter, then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Place an apple slice at the wide… → Read More

Recipe of the Day: Bon Appetit’s Best Guacamole Dip

BON APPETIT’S BEST GUACAMOLE DIP It takes a while for the avocado to absorb all the flavors you add to it in this recipe. So if you ever find yourself wondering if your guac is spicy (or salty, or lime-y) enough, wait a few minutes before you add more so that you don’t accidentally overseason it. This is part of Bon Appetit’s Best, a collection of its essential recipes. 3 large ripe Hass… → Read More

Recipe of the Day: Rachael Ray’s Light Lemon Bars

RACHAEL RAY’S LIGHT LEMON BARS Cooking spray 9 graham crackers (1 sleeve), crumbled 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 5 teaspoons lemon zest, plus 2/3 cup juice 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 3 eggs 3/4 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar, for dusting Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch baking dish with foil, pressing into the corners… → Read More

Recipe of the Day: Refreshing Beer Margaritas

REFRESHING BEER MARGARITAS Lime slices and kosher salt, optional 2 bottles (12 ounces each) beer 1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed 3/4 cup tequila 1/4 cup sweet and sour mix Ice cubes GARNISH: Lime slices If desired, use lime slices to moisten the rims of six margarita or cocktail glasses. Sprinkle salt on a plate; hold each glass upside down and dip rims into salt. Discard… → Read More

Can’t get enough summer desserts? No problem — here’s more.

You asked for more summer dessert recipes, so here they are: Oreo Slab Pie, Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars and Easy Strawberry-Cheesecake Bars. → Read More

Recipe of the Day: Triple Berry Cream Cheese Cobbler Dump Cake

TRIPLE BERRY CREAM CHEESE COBBLER DUMP CAKE 2 cups frozen blackberries 2 cups frozen blueberries 2 cups frozen raspberries 1/4 cup granulated sugar 8 ounces cold cream cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 box yellow cake mix 3/4 cup butter, melted 2 tablespoons powdered sugar 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Toss frozen berries with granulated sugar and spread evenly in bottom of 13-by-9-inch pan. Top… → Read More

Recipe of the Day: Joy of Cooking Rhubarb Chess Pie

JOY OF COOKING RHUBARB CHESS PIE This pie takes about an hour to bake — maybe more in your oven. It will seem, at first, as though the filling is not going to set, but be patient. Don't take the pie out of the oven until the very center is just a bit quivery — like gelatin — and the edges are set. The top of the pie will be quite brown. 8 ounces rhubarb (about 3 stalks) 9-inch pie crust Egg yolk… → Read More

Recipe of the Day: Trisha Yearwood’s Thai Salad

TRISHA YEARWOOD’S THAI SALAD SALAD: 1 head Napa cabbage, shredded 1 head red cabbage, shredded 1 large cucumber, julienned One 10-ounce bag shelled edamame, cooked 2 carrots, peeled and grated 2 green onions, finely sliced SWEET LIME-CILANTRO DRESSING: 2 cups olive oil 1 1/2 cups finely chopped fresh cilantro 1 cup sugar 2 cloves garlic, minced Juice of 2 limes 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon… → Read More