Through the heat of the summer, you’ve taken refuge with your family in a cool, air-conditioned or fan-filled home. Take a moment to stop and think about where you spend many of your waking hours. You might call it a living room, or it could be what your gang has dubbed the family room, den or even home theater. Whatever its title, lofty or lowly, it’s where the action is.
When I was a child, I thought like a child, I ate like a child: PB&Js, BLTs and grilled cheese sandwiches made from slices of Velveeta melted to gooey perfection between two slices of skillet-toasted white bread.
Revenge, patient people tell us, is a dish best served cold. I feel the same way about soup, at least at this time of year. When it gets hot, there are few things that will whet a flagging appetite like a sip of cold soup.
When Ross Mickel became interested in wine, he was surrounded by plenty of people willing to help.
There’s an apple resurgence in Washington, but it’s happening in bottles, not on fruit stands.
Don’t be moving trees this week. August is not a good month to transplant trees and large shrubs, start a new lawn or forget to water your potted plants. August is a usually a dry month so take note of what plants are looking good and resistant to drought in your landscape. Use a sprinkler instead of hand watering shrubs or lawns that need water with the goal of getting at least one inch of water each week down to the roots. You can also decide to let your lawn “go golden” or dormant this month. Be secure with the knowledge that the autumn rains will soon return to green up a summer dormant lawn soon.
Dear Angie: I am about to re-pipe my 23-year-old home, which has pin leaks in the copper piping. The installer is recommending replacing my copper pipes with PEX. What are the pluses and minuses of PEX? I intend to sell the house in a few years, so I am concerned about it hurting resale value. — Mark H., Mission Viejo, Calif.
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Serve these sauteed shrimp cooked Buffalo-style. Buffalo wings originated at a bar in the New York City of the same name. The amount of hot pepper is up to your taste.
Culinary herbs are among the hottest trends in gardening. They also are popular among families that preserve fresh foods for later use.
In the past, I’d have told you I don’t really care for fried chicken.
Sometimes it seems that just as we get ourselves fully into summer mode, we need to start thinking, “Back to school! Oh, no!”
Grilling fish and seafood can be intimidating.
For many of us, summer is the ideal time to take extended trips. It also is the perfect time for burglars to go on the prowl for easy break-in opportunities where their activities won’t quickly be detected or reported.
Summertime is full of hazards – from bee stings to muscle cramps to motion sickness.
The wine cooler has a bit of an identity problem. Is it a wine spritzer? A wine cocktail? Sangria? And what about that wild child moment in the ’80s when it was the hottest thing on the party scene?
Greg Martinez leads an exciting life, and winemaking only adds to the layers of intrigue.
This light, French dish is perfect for summer evening dining. Pan fried fish and mushroom drizzled with a butter sauce is a typical French, country-style recipe.
This is the perfect dish for a weeknight dinner in late summer, particularly as the kids start heading back to school and family schedules get crazy again. The recipe calls for just a handful of ingredients that can all be pulled together in the time it takes to boil water.
It has been years since I learned to make competition-worthy barbecued baby back ribs. And I still consider myself lucky to have learned from some of the best in the business.
Simply put, I love coffee. My morning coffee is my favorite part of the day. I even travel with a mini espresso maker so that all my mornings can start with a steaming shot of rich, dark coffee.
While doing research recently, I came across a recipe for Ice Cream Bread on Taste of Home’s website. It had a four-out-of-five star rating.
The classic caprese salad — tomatoes paired with fresh mozzarella and torn, peppery basil leaves — is such a delicious blast of summer.
The end of July is when you should see plenty of green tomatoes, young zucchini and baby cucumbers in the vegetable garden. Resist the urge to water these crops during the heat of the day or late at night. Consistent watering when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch is the way to go.
If Amy DeDominicis had listened to her high school guidance counselor, she never would have become an architect. When she told the counselor she wanted to pursue architecture as a career he talked her out of it. “That’s a man’s field. You should think about something else,” DeDominicis recalls him saying.
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At 10 a.m. on a chilly June morning, most folks at the Tacoma Farmers Market aren’t thinking about ice cream. But that doesn’t stop Layla Isaac.
So why not enjoy your garden this week? Sometimes the eye of a gardener becomes continuously focused on what needs to be done — instead of the beauty that is blooming in midsummer glory.
Arguably, Riesling is the most important white wine in the world. This week, many of the world’s top Riesling winemakers descended on Washington to celebrate the noble grape.
Jenn Carr Elmas and her husband, Ish Elmas, listed their Colonial-style home in Vienna, Va., recently, and they’re interested in selling it fast.
Home bars are back in style in a big way. Tapping into the nostalgia of the dry-martini era, they’re all about embracing the ritual and resurgence of the classic cocktail.
Steak, mushrooms and sweet onions on the grill make a perfect quick dinner. If you don’t have an outdoor grill, use a stove-top one. They work very well. Make sure the grill grates are clean and spray them with vegetable oil spray before grilling.
Even though fruit and cheese tend to go together like soup and sandwich, the first time I saw watermelon and feta cheese paired on a menu, it struck me as very odd.
In the wake of the craft cocktail movement, could poptails be far behind?
The beauty of ice cream in summer is you really don’t need to do anything to it to enjoy it. A big, unadorned bowl is a simple, delicious pleasure all on its own.
No need to wait for the ice cream truck’s clarion call for icy cold treats and no need to listen to its twinkly tune fade away while eating dinner or finally lying down after a long day.
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