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Do, See, Taste

Homeplate: A quick primer on FODMAP foods

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Warning: This is not one of my usual food columns filled with delicious recipes and lovely photographs. In fact, this column is going to get downright unappetizing. But before you stop reading, consider these questions: Do you have gastric distress – symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea or constipation – that remain unexplained even after thorough medical evaluations? Have you kicked …

America says no to cappuccino potato chips

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Americans say ‘no’ to cappuccino chips America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips. Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives …

Roasted beets can brighten up any holiday table

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Beets are the perfect addition to bountiful fall feasts. They are satisfying without being heavy, and their rich ruby and golden tones add visual interest …

‘Recognition’ of the problems with memory, homelessness

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A bedraggled figure begging for money at a busy intersection – it’s a familiar sight, and in this case, the intersection happens to be in the Washington, D.C., area. Some panhandlers are patiently silent, some are hostile, but …

The literary ghosts of ‘Neverhome’ haunt its pages

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ghosts crowd thick in Laird Hunt’s Civil War novel, Neverhome, and they’re not just the shades of dead Blues and Grays. A host of literary allusions haunt this book, from Cold Mountain to The Red Badge of Courage …

The Mindful Reader: ‘Lightkeeper’s Wife’ strays from the ordinary

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cape Cod author Sarah Anne Johnson’s debut novel The Lightkeeper’s Wife begins as an ordinary work of historical fiction. In 1843, Hannah Snow is the lighthouse keeper’s wife on a treacherous stretch of coast. There’s a wreck one …

Sumac is a lovely addition to the fall landscape

Sunday, October 12, 2014

This year’s foliage season is shaping up to be a gorgeous one. Red maples in the swamps started the parade of color and the yellows of the birches and orange sugar maples are lining up to add their …

Come sail away in a powerchute

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The enormous fanlike propeller behind the passenger whirs, then begins to howl as the pilot hits the accelerator. The wheels bump along the gravelly desert and a small jolt tugs on the safety belts as the chute billows …

Over-wintering your perennials in pots? Here are some tips

Sunday, October 12, 2014

In simpler times, container gardening meant small-scale landscaping using flowering annuals. Enjoy their color for one season and go with something new the next. But shifts toward food production and mixed container planting – perennials with annuals – …

Get crafty this Halloween

Sunday, October 12, 2014

There’s a chill in the air, and it’s time to get crafty with Halloween and fall decor. Decorate your home inside and out with Halloween candy, milk jugs, jars and other items for beautiful Halloween and fall displays. …

Six design blogs to make you happy

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Are you looking for a regular dose of DIY adventures? Try reading one of these design blogs with your morning espresso or midafternoon snack break: ∎ A Beautiful Mess: Two sisters share their ideas for homemade style, whether painting your own outdoor rug, creating DIY house numbers or throwing …

Baggage Check: Talking through feelings hurt by a spouse and a good friend

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Q: My husband has become very involved in online message boards, to the point that it’s all he talks about. There is a woman on several of these boards with him. She lives across the country, but I know they Skype a lot. He doesn’t think he’s doing …

The new family portrait? 3D-printed statue selfies

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Walk into Eddie DaRoza’s office and you’ll find two of him there: the actual 32-year-old video producer and a 5-inch statuette of him. “There are a lot of double takes. It’s like a little action figure of myself,” …