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Kiss Thanksgiving Stress Goodbye
A simple dish of carrots sauteed with rosemary brings fresh flavors and easy cooking to the holiday table.
Michael Harlan Turkell for
A simple dish of carrots sauteed with rosemary brings fresh flavors and easy cooking to the holiday table.
Michael Harlan Turkell for "The New England Kitchen"
by Jeremy Sewall and Erin Byers Murray; Rizzoli, 2014.
When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, the old Navy principle applies: "Keep It Simple, Stupid." Thanksgiving, after all, should be a no-brainer.
Saturday, November 15, 2014


Anderson Jewelers

Bravo host dishes dirt in 'Andy Cohen Diaries'
In his new book, "The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year," author Andy Cohen tries to explain to his rescue dog, Wacha, the luck of going from a West Virginia kill shelter to lunching at Jerry Seinfeld's estate in East Hampton, New York. Wacha may not get it, but we do.
Saturday, November 15, 2014

World Almanac printed November 9, 2014
Saturday, November 8, 2014

Smart Money printed November 9, 2014
Saturday, November 8, 2014

This Week in the Civil War printed November 9, 2014
Union states patiently awaited final ratification this week of President Abraham Lincoln's re-election 150 years ago in the Civil War. The New York Herald, a day after the voting concluded in November 1864, trumpeted: "The Result of the Great National Contest.
Saturday, November 8, 2014

Consumer Reports: Sometimes It Pays To Pay More
After decades of lab-testing products, ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, has learned that paying more doesn't always get you more. Cheaper products often perform as well as or even better than expensive ones.
Saturday, November 8, 2014

Taylorville Public Library Worth A Look Books This Week
This week there are four new cozy mysteries to keep you reading on a cold fall night. The first of the books is DAYS OF WINE AND ROQUEFORT by Avery Aames. It is Cheese Shop Mysteries, 5. Charlotte Bessette’s life is easier with her family members away from home. However her cousin Matthew asked her to play host to Noelle Adams, a bright young sommelier. A wine aficionado and a cheese expert made a good pair. Bur Charlotte seems to believe that Noelle has something troubling her and when Charlotte find Noelle dead she believes that she must help find the person who did this. Make one of the recipes at the end of the book to nibble on while reading.
Saturday, November 8, 2014

Stir it Up!: Global "Comfort" Cuisine
Most of us think of "comfort food" as food that brings us back to childhood and our family's home cooking. It is a term first coined in 1977 and attributed to Phyllis Richman, then a restaurant critic for The Washington Post. She used it to describe a plate of the Southern classic, shrimp and grits. For a Southerner, that might feel just right. For other Americans, it might mean mac 'n' cheese, or chicken soup, or Mom's meatloaf.
Saturday, November 8, 2014

Stir it Up!: "Insanity Burger" is crazy good
One great thing about burgers is that they don't require a recipe. Form some ground meat into a patty, plop it on a grill or in a pan, and you're done.
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Smart Money: Social security rationale a mystery
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Consumer Reports printed October 26, 2014
Contrary to what some ads say, saving money on your energy bills is not the reason to replace your windows, according to Consumer Reports.
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bryant's Barbecue
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — I learned an important lesson from a food blogger in Kansas City: Talking about barbecue in these parts may involve "fightin' words."
Saturday, October 25, 2014

BBQ chicken chili
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Stir it Up!: It was a dark and chili night
Halloween celebrations, like Valentine's Day parties, come in two flavors: "kid" and "grown-up." The kids' version features pint-sized Elsas and Minions scarfing candy corn and playing "pin the tail on the black cat," while the adult version involves "Game of Thrones" costumes, potent cocktails, and whatever behavior evolves after that. But whichever type you are hosting, one thing is for sure: You have to feed your guests. And there is arguably nothing easier for feeding a crowd at Halloween than a pot of chili.
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Consumer reports printed October 19, 2014
The smartphone has integrated itself into our lives so thoroughly that many of us would feel naked leaving the house without it. Consumer Reports notes that a recent International Data Corp. survey of smartphone owners found that 79 percent keep their device with them for all but two of their waking hours.
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Smart money printed October 19, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014








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