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Viewers watch as ‘Thrones’ characters grow




Living in Westeros can really change a person. Those who survived the first seven seasons of “Game of Thrones” have seen their parents, children and even pets stabbed, disemboweled and beheaded. They’ve been burned and frozen. They’ve lost essential body parts. Some have been through death and back, others suffered the horrors of puberty. Occasionally, they’ve been allowed some triumph. […]

ACM Awards prove duo Dan+Shay are country’s hottest act



Grammy-winning duo Dan + Shay solidified themselves as the hottest group in country music with multiple wins at the Academy of Country Music Awards, where Keith Urban was named entertainer of the year and Kacey Musgraves won three honors. Urban won the top prize with his ninth nomination for the award, besting Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Jason […]

‘Spaghetti monster’ is tamed with this easy garlicky dish

The late-night spaghetti monster will be tamed with this flavorpacked pasta that comes together quickly from pantry ingredients. The key here is making the most of the garlic. We at America’s Test Kitchen toasted a whopping 2 tablespoons of minced garlic in extra-virgin olive oil over low heat just until it cooked to a sweet and buttery pale golden brown. […]

Full-flavored chicken dish with sweet and nutty garlic

Perhaps an arbitrary number of cloves, the 40 in this French dish are iconic; while the chicken braises, the generous cloves become appealingly soft and spreadable. But their flavor is often spiritless. Another offense: The chicken is tender, but the breast meat dries out and tastes wan. We at America’s Test Kitchen wanted to revisit this classic dish to make […]

Use salmon’s skin to stop from drying out

Starting salmon with the skin side down in a pan is a neat way to cook fish. The skin protects the fish from drying out. The skin also releases fat into the pan, which is then used to cook the second side until it is golden brown, no extra oil needed. To help keep the fish from sticking and allow […]

PBS busy promoting new ‘Country Music’ doc



NASHVILLE, Tenn. At 5 a.m. on a cold Sunday morning in Nashville, Tennessee, filmmaker Ken Burns climbed aboard a spacious, rumbling tour bus that that would become his home on wheels for the next four days, as well as a rolling advertisement for his upcoming PBS documentary “Country Music.” He joked that if he had to pick a country song […]

Steve Earle’s ‘Guy’ digs deep into work of mentor Guy Clark

Steve Earle, “Guy” (New West Records)


Audio Review Guy Clark was one of Steve Earle’s main mentors— Townes Van Zandt, the other — and Earle has honored the brilliant songwriter, who died in 2016, before. On his previous album, from 2017, Earle wrote a farewell to the master, “Goodbye Michelangelo,” and sang “The Last Gunfighter Ballad” on an extended 2011 Clark tribute record that also featured […]

Harlan Coben’s ‘Run Away’ offers an array of emotions

“Run Away” (Grand Central Publishing), by Harlan Coben


Book Review Simon works on Wall Street, and his wife, Ingrid, is a successful doctor. They had a wonderful family life until their oldest daughter, Paige, leaves to attend college. At first, things seem to be going well, but something happens that turns Paige into a drug addict and she runs off with her abusive dealer. Simon learns that Paige […]

Roxy Music, Zombies, The Cure, Def Leppard, Jackson, Nicks are inducted into Hall of Fame



NEW YORK Stevie Nicks, who became the first woman inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Janet Jackson, the latest member of the Jackson clan to enter the hall, called for other women to join them in music immortality on a night they were honored with five all-male British bands. Jackson issued her challenge just before […]

Asian glaze gives turnips a new flair


If you’ve run out of ways to prepare starches like corn, potatoes or rice to serve as side dishes, you might want to try turnips. We have Charles “Turnip” Townshend to thank for elevating turnips to the dinner table. England was formally introduced to turnips when Townshend, a British politician, imported Dutch-grown turnips in 1730. Townshend wanted to use turnips […]


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