| 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...
| Oct 9, 2010
I can't hear the word "plastics" without thinking of "The Graduate." When the film was released in 1967, plastics may have represented the future, but today we're faced with the past — what to do with all those used wrappers, bottles and...
| Jun 3, 2012
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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.
Most of the offerings have given new life to historic buildings, including Hotel Breakwater and...
| 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...
| Sep 5, 2011
The last time you wiped down your desk and shook crumbs from your keyboard was — yep, a year ago, when you knocked over a latte while munching a turkey croissant sandwich. Or was it after crunching through that bag of Cheetos? That's not good news...
| Sep 26, 2011
We're not pointing fingers or anything, but let's just say we might have strolled into more than one apartment in our time, in which the fellow in charge of cleaning was, well, clearly otherwise preoccupied.
Exhibit One might have been the kitchen sink,...
| Dec 27, 2011
Q: I have been searching (for years) for a recipe for the clear French salad dressing served at the George Diamond's Steakhouse restaurant on Wabash just south of Congress. I hope you can find this one for me; it was a favorite.
—Gerry Cload, New...
| Mar 21, 2011
Stopped taking your lunch to work, right? Was it because you (a) loathe boring food containers, (b) hate eating soggy sandwiches, (c) don't have a refrigerator at work, (d) despise lugging home bulky empty containers, or (e) all of the above?
| 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...
| Dec 12, 2011
I'm a fan of those soups in microwaveable containers. The price is usually right. Some can sit in your desk drawer for months (years?). There's a good variety to choose from. And when the weather's blustery, they solve the lunch problem for desktop...
| Dec 13, 2011
One drip per second from a leaky faucet equals 3,000 to 8,000 gallons of wasted water a year, according to Paul Patton, senior product manager for Delta Faucet, and Chuck White, vice president of technical and code services for the Plumbing-Heating-...