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Simplify Fish Fridays

Simplify Fish Fridays with Sheet Pan Dinners

If you're observing Lent, Friday fish dinners could be in your future, but that's no reason to feel limited by what you can cook. Seafood pairs well with all sorts of flavors - from chili seasoning to lime extract - and bakes quickly on a sheet pan with minimal cleanup. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

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Books: Parker's 'Revelation' set in 1880 New Mexico

"Robert B. Parker's Revelation" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by Robert Knott

(AP) — The late Robert B. Parker made a career — a very successful, almost 40-year one — out of a series of flawed-hero protagonists: Spenser, Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone among them. They had at one point or another strayed from the good-guy path, but they were all good guys. Their common denominators were a nagging conscience and ties to modern-day Boston.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

What the Fluff? An Americanicon is turning 100
SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — Fluff turns 100 this year, and the marshmallow concoction that has been smeared on a century's worth of schoolchildren's sandwiches has inspired a festival and other sticky remembrances.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

So Good You May Not Share
I found the recipe for Small Batch Heath Bar Cookies my handwritten on a card in the bottom of my file cabinet, with a smiley face on it.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Scientists giving grocery store tomatoes that heirloom taste
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bite into a supermarket tomato and you’ll probably notice something missing: taste. Scientists think they can put the yum back into the grocery tomato by tinkering with its genetic recipe.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Southwest Spices Add Zing!
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Little girls as young as 6 or 7 doubt that women can be brilliant, study shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Can women be brilliant? Little girls are not so sure.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Russians inflamed over fate of landmark cathedral
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The director of a museums’ association has urged the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church to recall its bid to take control of St. Petersburg’s landmark cathedral, a move that has inflamed public passions in Russia.
Friday, January 27, 2017

California scientist names moth species after Donald Trump
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Scientists in California have named a newly discovered moth species after President-elect Donald Trump, saying the white and yellow scales on the insect's head are reminiscent of Trump's blond hairdo.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Throw A Casual Wedding To Remember And Have Luxe For Less
TAYLORVILLE — Elegant, lavish weddings provide moments couples will remember for years to come. But while such storybook ceremonies and receptions remain popular, casual affairs are gaining popularity.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Start With The Basics: How To Build Your Wedding Budget
TAYLORVILLE — Couples engaged to be married have a lot on their plates as they begin planning their weddings. Whereas tradition once demanded parents of the bride pay for a couple’s wedding, nowadays more and more engaged couples are completely or partially financing their own nuptials.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

When a cold strikes, your first reaction may be to reach for a remedy that will ease symptoms or shave a few days off your illness. And for millions of Americans each year, that includes trying dietary supplements, including echinacea, vitamin C and zinc.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

January is my birthday month, and for my entire life I've thought it was the dullest month of the year. After all the glittery celebrations of late November and December, January pales in comparison. I frankly just want to curl up on the couch and read for the entire month. But I still have to show up at the office every day, and a major housecleaning can't wait.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Review: 'The Beautiful Dead' by Belinda Bauer
(AP) — Art, obsession and the pull between one's professional life and personal life make a searing background for British author Belinda Bauer's new stand-alone psychological thriller.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

ILLINOIS — There is an old adage that “history repeats itself.”  Events of the early 21st century in Illinois give credence to that statement. 
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Property owner's death complicates snowbirds' winter plans
DEAR BRUCE: We are snowbirds from New York. We rented a place in Florida in March 2016, and paid the owner the rent up for the next season. He made us sign a lease and gave us the keys. He also let us put our winter belongings in the unit and shed.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Spacewalking astronauts upgrade orbiting lab's power grid
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station’s solar power grid got three more top-of-the-line batteries Friday during the second spacewalk in a week.
Friday, January 13, 2017

'Exorcist' author and filmmaker William Peter Blatty dies, age 89
NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, a former Jesuit school valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie “The Exorcist,” has died. He was 89.
Friday, January 13, 2017

Lord Snowdon, society photographer and ex-hubby of Princess Margaret dies
LONDON (AP) — Lord Snowdon, the society photographer and filmmaker who married Britain’s Princess Margaret and continued to mix in royal circles even after their divorce, has died. He was 86.
Friday, January 13, 2017

Picking a name for your baby
Picking a name for your child can sometimes feel overwhelming. In addition to the possibilities you think up, it's likely that friends and relatives will offer suggestions of their own–whether you want them to or not.
Friday, December 30, 2016

While Donald Trump's crusade to win the White House was the top story of 2016, journalists in the Religion News Association (RNA) saluted the brash billionaire's opponents by giving their top honor to the Muslim parents who made headlines by denouncing him.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Say cheese! Book leaves few holes in story of ancient food
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Cheese is far more than something slapped on a sandwich or sprinkled on top of a pizza, according to a new reference book edited by a Vermont professor.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Kitchen Scoop by Alicia Ross
Friday, December 30, 2016

Trinity Dodge Fixed

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