| May 10, 2011
| 2:54 PM
A recent Frugalista column in the Sunday Chicago Tribune told how I borrowed a Kill A Watt energy meter to figure out how to cut electricity consumption chez Frugalista. In the column, I describe two changes we made in our home after measuring electricity...
| May 12, 2011
| 3:28 PM
When I was working on that column about saving energy at home, I interviewed Maryl Freestone, the ComEd "energy doctor," but I didn't end up quoting her in the article.
I had lots of nagging questions about saving electricity as a ComEd customer, like,...
| May 22, 2011
Location: 2431 Green View Place, Los Angeles 90046
Asking price: $1,499,000
Last sold for: $1,175,000 in 2003
Size: Two bedrooms, two bathrooms and one half-bathroom in 1,779 square feet
Lot size: 9,380 square feet
Additional features: Gated front...
| May 30, 2011
The outdoor grilling/picnic season is in full swing. If you covet your free time (and I do), you cook enough for 10 when only eight are coming to dinner. You're counting on leftovers.
You say "leftovers" is an ugly word? Get over it. Leftovers are a...
| Jun 2, 2011
Dear SOS: Last summer while vacationing in Sedona, Ariz., our family had a fabulous dinner at an Italian restaurant called Cucina Rustica. For dessert we had the most delicious three-chocolate mousse cheesecake. I would love to have this recipe. It is...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 2:46 PM
A Fourth of July party can be a casual affair. In fact, it's a time to serve a fabulous meal without the fuss of china, elaborate recipes and elegant linens. It's the holiday to bring the fun outside with barbecues, picnics and games.
You can set the...
| Jun 9, 2011
| 4:50 PM
Karger holds presidential fundraiser
Fred Karger, who has declared himself a Republican candidate for president, is planning a fundraiser at his Laguna Beach home.
"I'm the first openly gay presidential candidate in history," Karger said.
| 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...
| Dec 1, 2011
| 6:43 AM
Even those of us who don't cook regularly tend to dust off those old favorite recipes for the holidays. Others look for something new and different to wow family and friends.
Not to panic. Our exercise du jour is to simplify the wow factor. Our recipe...
| Dec 9, 2011
| 12:34 PM
Family rooms are fine and dandy. And there's nothing wrong with a well-planned master bath or a finished basement. The right dining room can be divine. But if you want to get the pulse of a new-home buyer racing mention this room: the kitchen.
| Dec 4, 2011
| 3:11 PM
With the Christmas shopping season off to a rousing start, state officials are hoping this will be the best season in years for sales taxes pouring into state coffers.
The gifts being purchased at a brisk pace at malls and retail outlets from Danbury...