| 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 8, 2011
| 5:56 PM
Across the country, markets and roadside stands are swelling with fresh fruits and vegetables like cherries, berries, rhubarb, corn, spinach and more. Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables usually means maximum flavor for minimum cost.
| 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...
| Oct 13, 2011
Mac 'n' cheese with soubise
Total time: 1½ hours
Note: Adapted from Michael Ruhlman's "Ruhlman's Twenty."
1/4 cup (½ stick) butter, divided
1 onion, sliced
1 shallot, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 2:43 PM
Anne Earhart's letter ("We can't ignore this global climate change," Sept. 30) adds another important voice to the relationship of ocean pollution, energy efficiency and global climate change.
Every day, each of us contributes to a sewage system...
| Sep 8, 2011
| 2:34 PM
Most manufacturers have reformulated their dishwasher detergents after laws limiting phosphates went into effect last year. Now Consumer Reports’ preliminary tests find that some detergents can leave glassware coated with a white film when it’...
| Sep 12, 2011
| 12:59 PM
The scene was shocking enough when police answered a call at the small brick bungalow in Berwyn.
A 14-year-old boy, severely mentally disabled, wearing only a T-shirt, lying in the backyard and not breathing.
As he was rushed to a hospital, where he was...
| Sep 19, 2011
| 2:42 PM
After nearly 40 years in the speaker business, Polk Audio is following music listeners from their living rooms and cars to their smart phones and their MP3 players.
The Baltimore company is moving outside its comfort zone — speakers for home stereo...
| Sep 19, 2011
Maybe you've been a farmers market regular all summer, stopping en route to work to pick up some beautiful fruit to go with your lunchtime yogurt—or stopping by at lunch for some terrific bread to go with the peanut butter you keep tucked in a...
| Mar 7, 2011
You've forgotten meetings and computer passwords. Join the club. Occasionally, you've even forgotten until 2 in the afternoon that your lunch has been sitting on your desk since 8:30 a.m.
Is it still safe to eat? "That depends on what the sandwich is...