Make your own mac and cheese from your home

Macaroni and cheese is just eaten too often in this country for us to ignore it. Kids in particular say yes to macaroni and cheese when they turn up their noses at everything else. Unfortunately, it’s the boxed version, complete with orange cheese powder, that’s made most often. There are two distinct styles of macaroni and cheese: bechamelbased, in which […]

How to make flaky, crisp deep-dish pizza at home

If you haven’t been to Chicago, you may dismiss deep-dish pizza. That would be a mistake. Real Chicago-style pizza is certainly thick, but its texture and flavor are something special: Instead of being bread-like, the crust offers the contrast of a good biscuit — airy inside, lightly crisp outside, and flaky throughout — and boasts a rich taste that holds […]

The secret behind great oatmeal in the morning

If you think oatmeal comes in a packet, think again. They know about oatmeal in Ireland and Scotland, where whole-grain, steel-cut oats are popular. Yes, these slightly chewy oats take longer to cook than old-fashioned rolled oats (and way longer than instant oats in a packet), but the results are so much better. To shorten the usual half-hour cooking time, […]

Brooks & Dunn rework hits with new stars

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Country superstar duo Brooks & Dunn got back in the studio together for the first time in about a decade to rework their classic songs with the next generation of country stars, including Kacey Musgraves, Kane Brown and Luke Combs. The new covers album called “Reboot,” out on April 5, shows the timelessness of the duo’s catalog of […]

Ted Bundy’s deadly charm still polarizing years later

CINCINNATI She kept her eyes on the dapper, wavy haired man who smiled, winked and exuded self-confidence as the courtroom proceedings moved along. “I don’t know what it is he has, but he’s fascinating,” the teenage spectator explained to me at the time. “He’s impressive. He just has a kind of magnetism.” It was that beguiling magnetism that investigators said […]

‘The Fonz’ is author of many kids’ books

NEW YORK Things are coming full circle for Henry Winkler in many ways. The actor, best known for playing “The Fonz” on the 1970s hit sitcom “Happy Days,” is also a prolific author of children’s books and recently paid a visit to promote his latest book at his old elementary school in New York City. “I thought this was amazing. […]

This molten chocolate cake is both buttery and intense

Fallen chocolate cake, or molten chocolate cake, is an undercooked in-the-center mound of intense, buttery chocolate cake. We wanted to turn this restaurant menu standard into a practical recipe for home cooks. Beating the egg whites and yolks separately and then folding them together as some recipes instruct resulted in a cottony cake; we found that beating the eggs with […]

Cookie in a skillet? Try it before you laugh

A cookie in a skillet? We admit this Internet phenom made us skeptical_ until we tried it. Unlike making a traditional batch of cookies, this treatment doesn’t require scooping, baking and cooling multiple sheets of treats; the whole thing bakes at once in a single skillet. Plus, the hot bottom and tall sides of a well-seasoned castiron pan create a […]

Charley Pride is focus of two PBS projects


Paging Terrence Howard. Charley Pride still wants the actor to play him in a movie of the country music star’s life. The project has been discussed for about 10 years. Pride told a TV critics’ meeting that it remains a goal to have it made with Howard, who stars in the Fox music series “Empire.” Meanwhile, Pride finds himself in […]

Lifetime hopes to capitalize on hit R. Kelly documentary


Beyond ratings, the surest sign to executive Brie Miranda Bryant that Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” had connected as a television event is when she started getting pitches for similar “Surviving” documentary series. Imitation is how television flatters. Bryant, Lifetime’s head of unscripted development, hasn’t bitten yet. But the rare and welcome hit gives Lifetime the chance to savor a success […]

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