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home : columns : guest columns December 10, 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: '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

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

Smart Money: Be cautious in preparing for disaster
DEAR BRUCE: With all the horrific weather disasters occurring, how does one prepare for something like this financially? I want to make sure that my finances are safe, but also accessible if an emergency happens. -- George
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Taste Food: Add a vibrant salad
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and just like clockwork, I begin to second-guess the amount of food on my menu. Surely it won't be enough, I think. (I should know by now that there is always, magically, enough.) Nevertheless, my entertainer's preservation-instinct kicks in, and I worry that there won't be the requisite abundance of food befitting a Thanksgiving table lined with expectant guests. So, I devise a few last-minute recipes to extend the menu -- and this always includes a salad.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Smart Money
DEAR BRUCE: My parents bought $400 in Oppenheimer mutual funds in 1965 while Dad was in the Air Force. Soon after that they were transferred to Italy and the paperwork was lost.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Taste Food: Slow Cooking When It's Worth The Wait
I won't lie: These short ribs take two days to make. Now, before you roll your eyes, just hear me out. Most of the time you will have little to do in the food prep department, because the ribs will take care of themselves, braising in the oven or marinating in the refrigerator. You will be actively involved in the beginning, when you brown the meat (a very important step, which will make you feel useful), and when you reduce the sauce (which, technically, your stove will do for you), and when you finish the stew an hour before serving. Your most difficult task will be, well, waiting.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Smart Money: Insurance company is obligated to explain its policy
DEAR BRUCE: I've recently begun taking over my mom's finances. She is 70, in poor health, currently in a nursing home and doesn't drive.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Taste Food - Chocolate: A Swiss Remedy
After I finished cooking school in Paris, I lived in Switzerland for a number of years. During this time, I acquired another important form of education, which is the Swiss view of chocolate as sustenance. In Switzerland, chocolate is considered a staple and a panacea for all that is fraught in the world.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Smart Money: Carpet contract is in dispute
DEAR BRUCE: My husband and I decided to put new carpeting in our living and dining rooms. The gentleman discussed fees, we signed the contract and I gave him $1,000 cash down. After he left, I went over the contract further and found that there was a discrepancy in the total amount still owed to the company.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Taste Food: A Spirited Autumn Cocktail
Finally, the weather has turned cooler. I have to admit that, as a New England native, I miss the distinct change of seasons in California -- especially in the fall. In my opinion, at this time of year, we're supposed to be pulling on our fleece and socks, not slipping into sandals and T-shirts. So, while it may still be a tad too early for wool in California, I can at least make this cocktail -- fragrant with apple and cinnamon and boosted with tequila and Cointreau -- and close my eyes and pretend that it's a crisp and blustery autumn day.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Smart Money: Wage differences seem unfair
DEAR BRUCE: I work for a company that has a fourth shift, which pays employees $6 an hour more on Saturday and Sunday. But when we have mandatory overtime, we have to work Saturday and receive time and a half.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

How bulk cooking can make meals easier
Healthy family meals can get lost in the shuffle of busy schedules. Convenience may win out when parents are short on time, and it's hard not to be enticed by the ease of fast food or the lure of frozen foods. While these options are certainly fine on occasion, there is a more nutritious solution for time-crunched families.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Taste Food: Move Over, Chickpea Hummus
Who doesn't like a good hummus? Mild, nutty and agreeably versatile, this creamy Levantine dip is a go-to for snacks, spreads and party dips. It's also a wonderful starting point for variations, such as carrot hummus.
Saturday, September 16, 2017











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