Life & Times

Tomato ketchup isn't all that hard to make, and its flavor is much better than commercial versions. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Cristina Fletes-Boutte)

Homemade Condiments

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer means grilling. Grilling means hot dogs and hamburgers. Hot dogs and hamburgers mean mustard and ketchup and maybe mayonnaise. You can always go to …

Raise Your Glass: Don’t Let the Cute Labels Fool You

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chateau La Paws Red Blend, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, California, $12.99 I’m generally turned off by cute wine labels. If I come across a bottle with …

Notes From the Garden: A Salute to Garden Clubs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I’d like to tip my hat to the unsung heroines of the gardening world, the members of garden clubs around the region. Garden club members …

Dartmouth Grad Is Go-To Milliner For Celebrities

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pittsburgh — You could say Eugenia Kim’s career in millinery was sparked by a series of fortunate misfortunes. The Monroeville, Pa., native who graduated from high school in 1992 realized she didn’t want to go into medicine like …

Not ‘Alternative’ Anymore

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Los Angeles — When the members of Faith No More took the stage of the Wiltern in Los Angeles for the first of three concerts last month, they didn’t warm up the crowd with one of their old …

Dogs Keep Farmers on the Farm

Sunday, May 24, 2015

DeKalb County, Mo. — As Alda Owen messes with cattle, Sweet Baby Jo plops down right in the middle of things. On her belly, ears up, wide-eyed and ready to spring. “She don’t like ’em getting too close …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for May 24-30

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Don’t Miss Aquarius — It’s the dawning of a new age for David Duchovny ( The X-Files ), who returns to network television in this gripping, 13-episode slice of “historical fiction.” He plays an L.A. detective searching for a missing girl in 1967 — a probe that leads …

To Your Good Health: Balancing Medicine’s Side Effects and Benefits

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 60-year-old male in good health, and I play tennis and swim several days a week. I have suffered from neuralgia for the past three years, but I have it under control with medication: 800 mg of carbamazepine and 25 mg of amitriptyline …

Breathtaking and High Tech

Sunday, May 24, 2015

New York — From the top of One World Trade Center, the nation’s tallest building, it really does seem as if you can “see forever.” Those two words are the motto of the center’s new observatory that opens …

Miss Manners: ‘Happy Memorial Day’ Doesn’t Quite Fit the Bill

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: I am a veteran with 23 years of service, and I’m uncomfortable with the traditional “Happy Memorial Day” greeting that the news and entertainment media have foisted upon the public. However, I do not know what is actually acceptable to use in its place. Are …

Night Crew Keeps U.S. Icon in Capitol Shape

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Washington — It’s 2 a.m. and the only noise in the Senate’s vast Kennedy Caucus Room is the soft wipe of a duster on marble. A lone figure with a spray bottle is busy in the wee-hours hush, …

From Sensors to LED Lights, Newest Alcohol Packaging Goes High-Tech

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The message-in-a-bottle routine is going Wi-Fi. And that means pretty soon you’ll have your very own mini Times Square at the bar, right on the bottle. “Everyone likes to see their name in lights,” said Brandon Laidlaw, president …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Vive la Difference

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hint and Explanation: Win Material Not everyone will agree with the notion that women’s brains are wired differently, as recently put forth by English grandmaster Nigel Short. But even were it true, does this mean, as he says, that they are, therefore, not capable of playing chess as …