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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 …

B.B. King’s Kids and A Potential Legal Mess

Saturday, May 23, 2015

B.B. King insisted: Every Day I Have the Blues. But for a guy who had the blues every day, King, who died last week at 89, was remarkably laid back. The stress, it seemed, just never got to him. “If a woman I’ve been with says the child …

Books Outside the Big Box

Friday, May 22, 2015

Pittsburgh — At the time Dan Iddings opened the doors of Classic Lines Bookstore in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood last year, his greatest fear was that the technologies that ate up some of his largest competitors would swallow …

On Poetry: Former Dartmouth Professor Was a Man of Orthodox Faith, but Unorthodox Humility and Insight

Friday, May 22, 2015

This column is distinctly different from any of its predecessors. In it, I will try to sell you on a book called The Grace of Incorruption, written by a great man and a great friend who died in …

Book Review: Vivian Gornick and the Ghosts of New York

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir by Vivian Gornick; Farrar, Straus and Giroux (176 pages, $22) Vivian Gornick’s The Odd Woman and the City is a book of ghosts. Ghosts of the past; ghosts of New York, which is for her both home and character; ghosts …

If You Could Print Out the Whole Internet, How Many Pages Would It Be?

Friday, May 22, 2015

We all understand, courtesy of our daily contributions to social media and our search struggles with Google, that the Internet is huge, and only growing more huge. More than 3 billion people are now online. By the end of 2016, Internet traffic could eclipse one zettabyte a year. …

At Cannes, Attendees Watch, but Many Are There to Work

Friday, May 22, 2015

Cannes, France — “ I’m going to Cannes” can mean many things. For most festival-goers, it means ignoring the glorious weather in mid-May on the French Riviera to burrow into dark screening rooms, the better to catch the …

Some Christians Affirm Homosexuality, but Remain Celibate

Friday, May 22, 2015

Pittsburgh — Wesley Hill is convinced that taking a road less traveled doesn’t have to be a lonely journey. Hill, a professor at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Penn., and a small corps of other writers around …

Why Did Letterman Get the Love Viewers Denied Jay Leno?

Friday, May 22, 2015

When David Letterman signed off on CBS’ The Late Show Wednesday night, a bunch of A-listers turned up to bid him goodbye. But one celebrity who didn’t show? Letterman’s friend-turned-nemesis, Jay Leno. According to Letterman’s producers, the former host of NBC’s Tonight Show was invited but declined. There …

Ready to Swim

Friday, May 22, 2015

Todd Danis and his son Jake, 5, were on hand while John Aldrich of Mountain Milk fills the Danis’ 8,400-gallon pool in Bradford on Thursday. Danis said his children use the pool just about every day over the …

Split Maple

Friday, May 22, 2015

Larry Benoir, right, and his nephew Jacob Benoir, both of Randolph, were hired by Muriel Carpenter to split wood from a Maple tree that was felled by the power company in her front yard in Randolph on Thursday. …