In the kitchen
The most abhorrent, offensive, repellent wine I have ever tasted was a pinot noir from South Africa. This was back in "wine school," and another student turned to me and said, "It's like the Michelin Man rolled in garbage, then set himself on fire."
Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love — in all its forms. Children give candy hearts and paper valentines to their friends at school. We treat each other with flowers, fancy dinners and missives of love. But nothing says “I love you” like a decadent, delectable dessert.
If you blew out your budget on presents for the family (or yourself) over the holidays, your wine habit doesn't need to suffer. Before you grab a bottle of something cheap and dodgy, let's talk about some great -- and great value --wines that will tide you over to the next paycheck.
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Home & Garden
Home and Garden
It's hard not to get excited about spring this time of year as the sun moves north and comes into the house at different angles. Days are visibly lengthening, another sign spring is …
As I look out my window this morning in the new year, the gardens I did not clean up in fall are outlined with frozen fog. Backlit by the early morning sun, flower stalks, tree branches and wire fences seem so delicate they would break if touched.
Some tips to keep you safe as you make a festive holiday home:
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Health & fitness
Walking through the doors of Trauma and Recovery Center in El Prado, one is faced with two rows of pottery wheels. Stroll past the clay vessels, dog- and dragon-like creatures peeking from the shelves, and you arrive in another room filled with hand drums.
So 2020 is here and you've decided this is the year you will improve your diet and lose weight. Not surprisingly, that's the number one resolution for most Americans. Also, not surprisingly, a study conducted by the University of Scranton has found that 80 percent of New Year's resolutions have been abandoned by February - only about 8 percent of us hang in there long enough to achieve our goals.
If an apple a day can keep the doctor away, what could an orange -- or lemon, lime or grapefruit -- do for you?
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We are now in the "dead of winter." Its late-January icy grip is fully upon us.
But did you know that the cold winter night sky is full of fire and fury?
There is pure joy in watching birds hop about in the snow and seeing them hang on bird feeders in search of a good meal. They may not be polite, some can be downright ornery and often they may be more than a little messy - but what a great delight it is to watch the ruckus in our own backyards, and with so little effort.
We're seeing lots of birds in area backyards this winter. Maybe because we've had some true winter weather this year and birds need a bit of help surviving the cold and snow. Here are a few questions we've been hearing in the last week or so.
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