Honey is glue that holds these bars together

Great granola bars put the flavor of the oats at the forefront while supporting players back them up with a mellow sweetness. We at America’s Test Kitchen found that toasting the oats with a little oil and salt before mixing them with the other ingredients really deepened their flavor. Honey provided plenty of stickiness to hold the bars together. We […]

Creamy beans make perfect companion for this shrimp dish

Northern Italians combine their beloved white, or cannellini, beans with a seemingly infinite variety of ingredients. Shrimp and white beans may seem like an unusual combination, but it is utterly traditional. The dish consists of beans lightly cooked with shrimp, vegetables, and herbs until the flavors blend. The combination works to great effect; the sweetness of the mild, creamy beans […]

Combine sweet potato to the tang of biscuits

It was only a matter of time before sweet potato-loving Southern cooks combined the fluffy texture and pleasant tang of biscuits with the earthy sweetness of this popular tuber. To add this potato’s natural sweetness to biscuits without weighing down the dough, we microwaved the sweet potatoes, which eliminated their moisture while concentrating their flavor. After mashing the flesh, we […]

25 years later, TCM fans still fret over future

NEW YORK There is always an asteroid, real or imagined, bearing down on Turner Classic Movies . Fears that something might befall the commercial-less bastion of classic Hollywood films aren’t always justified. But there’s an instinctual understanding that keeping anything good and pure alive in this dark, dark world is against the odds. By now, the hosts and executives of […]

Cost of streaming services can harm your bank account

With more TV streaming services than ever before, from newcomers like Disney Plus to stalwarts like Netflix, consumers may feel the ideal viewing experience is finally at hand. Americans have, on average, three streaming video subscription services, according to a recent study of digital media trends by Deloitte. While some have dropped cable and its average bill of around $100 […]

Live online TV, once a bargain, is now getting more expensive

NEW YORK If you signed up to stream live TV in hopes of saving money over traditional cable, you may be in for a rude surprise. Live online-TV providers like YouTube TV, DirecTV Now and Hulu with Live TV lured users with digital “skinny bundles” that were cheaper than cable. Now, many are raising prices. The latest is Google’s YouTube […]

HBO looks beyond ‘Game of Thrones’ … to prequel?


When the last drop — or gallon — of blood is shed and an exultant victor has ascended to the Iron Throne, viewers may be split over how HBO’s fantasy saga ended but they’ll be joined in deprivation. “What do you do without ‘Game of Thrones?’” will be the lament heard after the May 19 finale, said media analyst Larry […]

New novel a breakout

Book Review

“They All Fall Down” (Forge) by Rachel Howzell Hall After four well-received novels about LAPD homicide cop Elouise “Lou” Norton, Rachel Howzell Hall confidently delivers a highly entertaining stand-alone that pays homage to Agatha Christie while finding its own individual approach. Hall’s “ They All Fall Down” uses the same set up as Christie’s classic “And Then There Were None” […]

Sustainable EATING Made Easy

The needs of grocery shoppers are seemingly always evolving, and now more than ever, they want to know where and how their food is produced and what impact it has on the environment. This is commonly referred to as “sustainable eating,” and its popularity is growing among shoppers. Plant-based diets are a tenet of sustainable eating and mushrooms are often […]

Organizing pros help you keep more stuff


Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer of the Nashville-based company The Home Edit believe in streamlining your belongings to get organized, but they say it isn’t realistic to expect people to pitch so much of their stuff. “We definitely are more lenient in purging than Marie Kondo’s method,” said Shearer, referring to the author of the best-selling book “The Life-Changing Magic […]

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