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Taste Food: Kitchen magic
There were three forlorn parsnips in my refrigerator yesterday, wedged behind a bulbous celery root, buried beneath a floppy pillow of lettuce. Somehow, these lonely roots escaped the chicken dinner I'd made earlier in the week, when I scattered onions, carrots and potatoes around a chicken while it roasted. It was all for the best.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Smart Money: Index funds can deliver good return
DEAR BRUCE: In your column, you repeatedly advise people of various ages that they have to have some money in the stock market or they will lose out in the long run. You seem to be talking about individual stocks. Are the index funds that follow the Standard and Poor's market just as good as several individual stocks and possibly a little safer? -- Wayne
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Taste Food: Faux Pho
Are you a fan of pho? If you've never had it, pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup. It consists of a mountain of slurp-worthy rice noodles mingling in an umami-rich soup with meat, such as chicken or beef, or tofu and vegetables. The bonus is the garnishes -- a garden basket of leafy herbs, chiles and sprouts to scatter over the top, with squirts of lime, hot sauce and hoisin for good measure.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Smart Money: Kids should learn early how to save money
DEAR BRUCE: I have three kids: 19, 17 and 14. The trend that I'm seeing with them is that none of them have saved any money for their futures. When they get money they spend it on junk, designer-name stuff because it looks cool or whatever. I wasn't the best example for saving money, but I want to reverse that trend. I am running out of ideas! -- Charles
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Taste Food: Learning to Love Beets
It took a good long while for me to reconcile with the flavor of beets. I eyed them from the sidelines, attracted to the striking colors of their nutrient-rich flesh, yet wary of their earthy flavor. As a cook, I wished to like beets, and as a parent, I wanted to serve them -- so I willed myself to eat beets until I learned to love them.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Smart Money: Stock and mutual fund choices are endless
DEAR BRUCE: What is the safest way to get a return on my money -- in a mutual fund or investing in one particular stock? -- Nancy
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Taste Food: A winter savory tart
This tart is a vehicle for two winter-friendly ingredients -- caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese. Caramelized onions are sweet, savory and slick. A lengthy cooking time coaxes out their abundant natural sugars and releases their juices, resulting in a squidgy heap of golden brown onions.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Smart Money: College trustees weigh change in investment companies
DEAR BRUCE: My college administrative board of trustees is considering leaving TIAA/CREF in favor of a locally owned investment company. The local company has a decent reputation working with investments typically associated with such companies.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Taste Food: A Healthy Winter Salad
There is no better time to have a salad than in the winter. Yep, that's right: Salads aren't just summer fare. When the cold weather settles in, it's even more important to get our daily dose of vitamins and nutrients.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Smart Money: 'So-called friend' backs out of $6,000 agreement
DEAR BRUCE: I went in with a so-called friend to subcontract painting a house for $12,000 on the exterior and $8,000 on the interior. The total we were supposed to make was $6,000 apiece after it was all said and done, but he has now backed out, which means he's keeping all the money. No formal contract was made, although there is paperwork to substantiate it was not made up. What recourse do I have, if any? -- M.R.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Taste Food: Chocolate Inspiration
Inspiration comes in many packages. These chocolate orange pots de creme are the result of a baking mistake.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Smart Money
DEAR BRUCE: My 26-year-old daughter is buying her first car. We could loan her the money with a lower interest rate than the credit union for a three- or five-year loan, but would it be better to build her credit this way with a higher interest? Or split the funds halfway? She is highly responsible (getting her doctorate at Georgia State), but doesn't have a credit history. -- C.M.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Make this holiday flavorful
(Family Features) Both first-time and experienced hosts know holiday entertaining is about more than serving one large feast for family and friends. This season, think outside the dinner table and incorporate tasty brunch dishes into your holiday planning to help keep guests satisfied morning, noon and night.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Taste Food: Do as the Vikings did
There's no point in waiting. It's officially the holiday season, and we all need a drink. Not just any drink, mind you, but a spiced and spirited elixir designed to warm you inside and out. I'm talking about glogg, the Danish term for what is also known as mulled wine or gluhwein.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

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