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Winter Vegetables: There’s Plenty of Produce That’s In Season

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Everybody assumes that local produce isn’t available come winter, and those people cannot be more wrong, says Michael Anthony, author of the cookbook V Is …

Raise Your Glass: Wine Giant Makes a Nice Little Cab

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Trapiche Oak Cask Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Mendoza, Argentina, $10.99 I appreciate the effort that goes into making a high-quality wine, and there are a number …

Notes From the Garden: A Soup From the Root Cellar for Groundhog Day

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Old timers say that on Groundhog Day we should still have half our wood supply, or more. This year I had more than half as …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: I Could Give Him a Knight

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hint and Explanation: Better Than Nxc4ch Chess has been banned by religious authorities numerous times because of an association with gambling. With the exception of the pre-revolutionary Czarist regime of Russia, few secular powers have had a concern with the game. Chess clubs, that regime feared, were gathering …

To Your Good Health: Evidence Suggests Vaccines Safe for Most People With Autoimmune Disease

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 39-year-old male with systemic lupus. I read your article on artificial and natural immunity and how getting the flu shot helps “prime” the immune system. I have been told by some that priming the immune system with any vaccine is not a …

Miss Manners: Name-Calling Is Not the Same Thing as Debate

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dear Miss Manners: In the light of rude comments made by political candidates under the guise of not being politically correct, could you please explain how to be polite without being politically correct? Gentle Reader: Good question. As modern usage of the term “politically correct” has meant refraining …

Tips for a Cozier Bedroom in Winter

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Decorating a bedroom is about creating a peaceful retreat, and in winter that means making it as cozy and welcoming as possible. For some people, “cozy” requires the physical warmth of thick flannel sheets and soft quilts, said California-based designer Kathryn Bechen. For others, filling a bedroom with …

Mary Fiumara Dies at 88; Played Mother in Pasta Ad

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Boston (ap) — Mary Fiumara, best known as the mother who called for her son to come home for dinner in a classic Prince pasta television commercial of the 1960s, has died at age 88. Her son confirmed Wednesday that she had died a day earlier but didn’t …

The Most Important Meal ...

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Above: Youth-In-Action member Hanna Kingston, 15, of Norwich, holds a stack of hot blueberry pancakes for a diner during yesterday’s annual pancake breakfast at the Hanover Recreation Center. With her are Youth-In-Action members Liz Berendsen,16, left, and Catherine …

New Technology Brings Earliest Recorded Sounds Back to Life

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Until 2008, it was an article of faith that Thomas Edison was the first person to record sound, when, in 1877, he recited Mary Had A Little Lamb into the phonograph he had invented. But in March 2008, …

Movie Review: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Is a Loopy Love Letter to Old Hollywood

Saturday, February 6, 2016

It’s fitting that Hail, Caesar! is arriving just in time for Valentine’s Day. This big box of creamy bonbons is a rapturous love letter: a loopy, affectionately jaundiced portrait of Hollywood’s Golden Age at precisely the moment that …

Politicians Strive to Speak Meaninglessly About Culture

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The presidential campaign trail always intersects with pop culture, and the 2016 race has been no exception. Scott Walker tried to use the unofficial Star Wars holiday May 4th to bolster his flagging presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton snuck into Chipotle for a burrito bowl and campaigned with Girls …

Samantha Bee’s ‘Full Frontal’ on TBS Ready to Cause a Buzz

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Los Angeles — After a day of dutifully answering reporters’ questions about her new TBS show, Full Frontal, Samantha Bee confesses to an urgent desire. “I want a ponytail so badly. I want my hair out of my …