| Jun 21, 2011
| 7:50 AM
Marc Dixon, chef and owner of Bistro Blanc in Dayton, gets his berries from a nearby farm. This year's strawberries, he said, were "hands down, the best strawberries of my life. They were like strawberry candy."
The strawberry season is just about over...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 4:48 PM
The Chicago area was drying out, cleaning up and -- for many, waiting for the electricity to come back on -- after fierce storms blew down power lines, tore off roofs, uprooted trees and even upended some small planes.
The suburbs, mostly to the north,...
| 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...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 2:06 PM
Freezer: Make sure the door is closed and the power cord is connected securely. Place an open container of ice in the freezer, with a coin on top of the ice to check for a prolonged power failure in your absence. The coin will have dropped to the bottom...
| Jul 20, 2011
| 6:58 AM
Sears is offering special discounts on name brand appliances at its South Florida stores, thanks to good old competition.
You may have heard that hhgregg recently opened up numerous new stores in South Florida. In response, Sears is heating up the...
| Jul 29, 2011
You're steamed! And so am I. The temperature's been brutal out there. Some hot questions. And, of course, Angel's got answers…
Dear Answer Angel: The heat is really getting to me. I don't like to go bare, no camis or sleeveless for me. And...
| Aug 5, 2011
Though Chicago and other cities have long reported that lead levels in their water meet federal standards, regulators and scientists worry testing methods used for two decades could significantly underestimate consumers' exposure to the toxic metal....
| Aug 5, 2011
| 4:07 PM
If a power surge fries your television or an outage spoils the food in your refrigerator, your first thought might be to ask the utility to pay.
Think again. Florida Power & Light, like most utilities, decides which claims it will pay, and consumers...
| Aug 9, 2011
Is there a household appliance more useful, more pleasurable, more giving than the blender?
No, there is not.
Yes, the vacuum cleaner deserves our admiration and our gratitude (plus, if you're like me, it's impossible to pass by a vacuum-store window...
| 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...
| Sep 8, 2011
Peppers are, arguably, among the easiest home garden crops to grow. Problem is, they take forever to do so. They usually don't come into their own until after the tomatoes are gone and the herbs are exhausted from the heat. So, herby, tomato-ey, peppery...