| May 27, 2012
| 2:47 PM
In Beijing, the culinary icon is Peking duck, a dish as old as the Ming Dynasty.
BEIJING — Chicago has its hot dogs; Philadelphia adores its cheesesteaks. In Beijing, the culinary icon is Peking duck, a dish as old as the Ming Dynasty.
| Mar 21, 2012
| 6:46 PM
There are zillions of tips floating around about how to lose weight, boost your metabolism and stay healthy. We polled registered dietitians and nutritionists to find their top 10:
Eat breakfast: In order to gain weight, Japanese sumo wrestlers don't eat...
| Oct 7, 2011
As leaves flutter to the ground and the temperature begins to plummet, heating bills move in the opposite direction. Heat and oil prices continue to rise, which can cut a large chunk out of a home heating budget this winter.
While the weather is still...
| Jan 13, 2012
You may think I'm all wet, but I've decided to talk about condensation, only because I receive a lot of questions about foggy windows in the winter.
Apparently, I'm not the only one.
"We often get calls from homeowners who are concerned that their...
| May 4, 2012
I miss a lot of "special" weeks in this job, and the most recent victim was National Window Safety Week. While I doubt that the result was anything like the defenestration of Prague (the one in 1618, not 1419), I would be remiss if I did not mention at...
| Jun 17, 2011
| 3:37 PM
The sign in John Schneider's garage says "Schneider's Biker Bar — Bikes, Beers and Babes." Bikes and beers, yes, said the Shorewood electrician about his five-car castle.
"But no babes unless my wife or daughter come in, which they rarely do," he...
| May 21, 2012
| 10:49 AM
MIAMI — This year's crop of new and improved hotels in South Florida runs the spectrum from eco- and budget-friendly to extravagantly splurge-worthy. Chic boutiques, family-friendly chains and intimate hideaways all beckon to tourists — or...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 8:00 AM
Millions of students are packing up for college right now. Don’t forget to stow a culinary care kit along with the futon, the laptop, the shoe racks and the microwave or toaster/oven (if they're allowed).
It’s easy for parents and kids to...
| Jul 14, 2011
| 10:27 AM
Every summer for years, I’ve lugged the big heavy Cuisinart food processor out to make an enormous batch of pesto from piles of farmers market basil. After much work, I freeze the green magic in ice cube trays and then seal the cubes in freezer bags...
| Mar 6, 2012
| 12:59 PM
When we were kids, ice cream was ice cream. It was all good. It didn't matter if it came out of a giant plastic tub, a cardboard block or a paper cup with a tiny wooden spoon that tasted like a tongue depressor.
Sadly, as adults we know better. We...
| Aug 23, 2011
Q: After making homemade tomato sauce, should you let it cool down to room temperature before putting in the fridge? My Nana always did, then I heard that letting it cool down is a bad idea because of bacteria. The other night I heard Gordon Ramsay say it...