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Making the perfect hard-boiled eggs for Easter, or a salad or snacking, brings a variety of suggested techniques, but in this case, simple is best. If you plan on storing the eggs and not using immediately, plunge them into ice water after boiling and let them sit for an hour.  (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Hard Boiling Made Easy

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Call it the Great Egg Smackdown of 2014. Every time I write about hard-boiled eggs, I seem to get a flood of mail telling me, …

Cheerful Pussy Willows Chase Away the Mud Season Blues

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In general, I don’t sing. I can’t carry a tune, and words to even the simplest of songs seem to disappear from my brain in …

The Verdict: Bethel Students on John Brown’s Legacy

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A jury failed to deliver a verdict in a mock trial at Vermont Law School last week that taught students about history, law, public speaking …

White River Junction Indie Fest Adds Features

Friday, April 18, 2014

The event formerly known as the White River Indie Film Festival has lost one of its Fs: now celebrating its 10th year, it has been renamed the White River Indie Festival, in a nod to the variety of …

Garcia Marquez Was More Than Magical Realism

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a charmer. The great Colombian novelist, who died Thursday, called Mexico City home for much of his life, and it was there that I met him, at a chi-chi Mexican restaurant where he agreed …

‘Transcendence’: Internet Is Evil

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The dystopian future envisioned by last year’s critical darling Her reappears in Transcendence, albeit with a lot more testosterone. You could even call this new thriller — in which a godlike artificial intelligence, played by Johnny Depp, starts building an army of cyborg zombies — “Him.” Unlike that …

Actor Marlon Wayans is Very Serious About Funny Business

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Marlon Wayans isn’t trying to change the world. He just wants to change your mood. “There’s no vanity in comedy,” he says. And in a rare moment, the 41-year-old funny guy isn’t joking as …

After Success of ‘Philomena,’ Actor Seeks Fun and Substance

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Philadelphia — When we last checked in with Steve Coogan — all the way back in early December — the British actor and comedy star was chin-deep in awards-season mode, campaigning for Philomena, the prestige picture in which …

TV Had Its Coming Out Party 75 Years Ago at the World’s Fair

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New York — The day was bright and sunny, much like the future the 1939 World’s Fair was promising. The 35,000 guests who watched President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s opening day speech at the Court of Peace in New York City’s Flushing Meadows on April 30, 1939, were dressed …

Crystal Revives ‘700 Sundays’ on HBO for Posterity’s Sake

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Los Angeles — When he turned 65, Billy Crystal decided to reprise 700 Sundays, his Tony Award-winning 2004 one-man show. The title refers to the number of Sundays he had with his father, Jack, before he died of …

Alicia Silverstone Advocates Vegan Parenting

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New York — She’s famous as an actress for Clueless. But Alicia Silverstone is also famous for her sometimes controversial ideas about mothering, and now she’s put those philosophies down in writing in a just-published book, The Kind …

Goat Collaborative Aids Farms, Refugees

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Colchester, Vt. — A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock. The half dozen kids — …

Mother Knows Best in Disney Nature Film ‘Bears’

Thursday, April 17, 2014

For the past several years, Disneynature has marked Earth Day by releasing a documentary celebrating Mother Nature. Bears is the studio’s latest nature doc with a twist. It’s more reality show than peer-reviewed research, and like any reality …