| Jan 11, 2012
So you had friends over for wine and conversation. There was an Italian barolo, a California chardonnay, an albarino from Spain plus Neapolitan-style pizzas from a new place in town.
And now? Your friends have split and you have a dozen wine glasses,...
| Jan 3, 2012
Q: Why put a bit of oil into pasta dough? Is it taste or to keep the fresh pasta from sticking? My grandmother did not add oil or water.
I would (also) like to find out how long to leave fresh pasta on the counter before cooking, maybe in plastic wrap if...
| Jan 18, 2012
All you need here is a nose.
Now rev it up. It's been recruited for the Stink Patrol, a domestic assignment for which its olfactory duties will be confined to the square feet within your own four walls.
That's right, you need to sniff your way around...
| Mar 11, 2012
Energy is expensive. You can't drive to work without filling up your gas tank. You can't heat your home without oil, propane or electricity. It's only natural to look for ways to shave a few bucks off those costs, but be cautious if you try.
| May 10, 2011
| 8:35 AM
Senior living communities are designed expressly for a very special market of prospective residents, and include equally distinctive features.
From wide hallways to emergency call systems, from divided medicine cabinets to special lighting treatments,...
| 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...
| Dec 19, 2011
| 8:00 AM
Welcome to the Ten @ 10 - Holiday Food & Drink Safety Edition. There are, as you will see, far more than 10 tips for eating and drinking without fear at the holidays. That's because this post, like this season, is way, way, way overstuffed.
| Oct 15, 2010
Kitchens and bathrooms monopolize new-home and remodeling budgets, but for good reason: Each is a collage of lighting, cabinetry, electrical, plumbing, appliances, tiles and hardware that must be lovely but livable.
Composing these rooms is designer...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 1:00 PM
Deep-frying a turkey is the final frontier for a cook on turkey day. No wonder Star Trek’s William Shatner was so drawn to it. But when television’s beloved Captain Kirk got burned – literally – while deep-frying his bird, the...
| 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...