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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 …

‘Top Gear’ Hires Matt LeBlanc

Friday, February 5, 2016

Top Gear is getting its first ever non-British host, and it’s going to be Matt LeBlanc — yes, that Matt LeBlanc. He’ll be joining Chris Evans (no, not that Chris Evans) in the revamped show that’s hitting the BBC in May, following a series of scandalous incidents. Evans …

Coen Brothers Talk About Diversity and Hollywood Today

Friday, February 5, 2016

In conversation, as in their work, sibling filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen are known for a kind of uncanny symbiosis. Their sentences run together as effortlessly as they divide the writing, directing and producing duties they have shared …

Art Notes: Painter Eric Aho Looks Deep Into a Hole in the Ice

Thursday, February 4, 2016

On a recent mild day, the painter Eric Aho stood on a frozen pond in Walpole, N.H., and, taking a 6-foot-long saw, begin slicing through the 6- inch-thick ice as easily as if it were birthday cake. When …

Entertainment Highlights: Young Couple Demonstrate Ballroom Dances in Claremont

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Go ahead: Try telling Drayton Harvey that ballroom-style dancing belongs to your parents’, your grandparents’ or your great-grandparents’ generation. Or that you don’t have the time. Better still, go to the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center in Claremont …

Theater Review: ‘Mad Love’ Exposes 20-Somethings Stumbling Toward Intimacy

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The sharpest comedy has a way of slicing into meaty issues, and Mad Love, by Hanover playwright Marisa Smith, deftly carves up love, sex, dating and commitment in the Internet age. Now in a world premiere production at Northern Stage’s Barrette Center for the Arts, Mad Love follows …

Even Kate Winslet Thinks Rose Let Poor Jack Die in ‘Titanic’

Thursday, February 4, 2016

It’s considered one of the greatest love stories of the past century. A young man and woman of vastly different means meet in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean aboard a ship bound for a tragic end. One …

What Counts as a ‘Hit’ TV Show These Days?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Defining a “hit” TV show used to be so easy: Just look at the ratings! Not so much these days. With hundreds of series available, it’s impossible to figure out. NBC’s Blindspot was the most-watched new show of the fall. But everyone is talking about Netflix’s Making a …

Strategies for the Soup Pot: Famed Eatery Sparks Love of Mulligatawny

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The first time I had mulligatawny soup was at Herren’s Restaurant, an Atlanta landmark for more than 53 years, where I occasionally had lunch with my father. Herren’s, which was the place to be seen in the city, …

Notes From the Garden: Flower Shows Start Soon

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

This has been a relatively easy winter for me. No heavy snows requiring me to climb up on my roof to shovel off the flat part above a death-defying 30-foot drop. No temperatures lingering below zero for days on end. Still, it’s winter and I’m a gardener who …

It’s So Easy to Make Your Own Concentrated Soup Base

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

We all love shortcuts to a good soup — and by “good,” I mostly mean one that has well-developed flavor, the kind that can sometimes take a little time. That’s why we buy bouillon cubes, why we make …