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Pitcher perfect: Sweet, fresh summer fruits punch up cocktail recipes

posted: 05/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Day of the Nectarine was otherwise unremarkable -- late August, an average Wednesday at work full of meetings and emails with a stop at the grocery store on the way home. I have no idea what else I bought there. Bread, trash bags? Nothing stands out, except for this: Having paid up, I crossed the parking lot and settled in the hot front seat of my car. I poked into the grocery bag, found the nectarine I'd bought, wiped it down on my pants leg and took a bite.

Front Burner: FRONT BURNER: Perfect crust makes for perfect pizza

posted: 05/17/2017 1:57 a.m. Comment 1

After all, you can't have good pizza without good crust. And let's be honest, those par-baked crusts sold at the grocery store taste like cardboard.

Reading Nook

posted: 05/17/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

As summer approaches and backyard pitmasters ready their grills and stock up on sauces and rubs, we recommend a guide to help move things along. Texas BBQ: Platefuls of Legendary Lone Star Flavor by the editors of the savvy Southern Living magazine (Oxmoor House, $20) is a welcome addition to any home chef's repertoire.

Cooking for two: Roasted chicken thighs a one-pan wonder

posted: 05/17/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Here, chef expertise meets the chicken part prized for its flavor -- and the result is surprisingly simple and elegant. When Aaron Wright helped open Nido in 2015, he put dishes on the menu that tasted "like something you could make at home," he says.

No new fad, ancient farro gives delicious salad 'oomph'

posted: 05/17/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

The overnight sensation takes time. Consider farro.

7day menu planner

posted: 05/17/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Make the family happy and serve them Oven-Fried Chicken for dinner.

Uncorked: South Africa one to watch for wines

posted: 05/17/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Predicting the next "it" wine region is much different from how we consider most trends.

Cooking with diabetes: Chimichurri gives pork chops real zip

posted: 05/17/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

This Latin favorite features chimichurri sauce over sauteed pork. Parsley, garlic, red pepper flakes, oil and vinegar are the basic ingredients for this piquant sauce that is used throughout South and Central America.

Nevermind rules, eat oysters all year

posted: 05/17/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

There's no "r" in May, perhaps to the dismay of oyster lovers who have learned to follow this rule of thumb: Eat raw oysters only in months containing the letter "r."

Helpful Hints

posted: 05/17/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: How do I get my dark brown sugar back to soft? I do not use it often, and it has gotten very hard.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 05/17/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You will create a contract for what you want to change in your life this year, and you'll find the inner drive and resources (including the right people) to help you make that happen. Distractions part. Mostly, your desired result will be front and center of your mind, which makes this one of the most productive years to date.

On Christianity

posted: 05/17/2017 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM.: I work with a man who is very intelligent, but no one likes him because he's so cocky and arrogant, and lets us know he's better than we are. I'd like to help him get over this, but I don't know how. Any suggestions?

Super Quiz: The human body

posted: 05/17/2017 1:42 a.m. Discuss

1. The bones around your chest protecting your heart are called --------.

Food: Cocktails by the pitcher

posted: 05/16/2017 11:30 a.m. Discuss

Whether you’re in your own backyard or toting something sweet and boozy to a barbecue across town, fruit-centered punches bring the season’s ripest offerings to the fore in an over-and-done-with format; as in, your work is finished for the afternoon.

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