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August 20, 2017

My grandchildren start a new school year tomorrow. One will be in first grade, one in fifth, and one in seventh. They’re all at the same school, just on different halls or wings. In this respect, their private school experience reminds me of my public school days.

I, too, am a product of one…


Netflix wins 'Scandal' creator Rhimes in blow to Disney, ABC

August 17, 2017

NEW YORK — Netflix has lured Shonda Rhimes, the well-regarded creator of TV series “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” from ABC, its latest big get as media companies old and new fight for viewers’ attention.

The streaming service’s announcement late…


Hibiscus margaritas blend two Mexican favorites

August 16, 2017

If you’ve spent much time traveling in Mexico or the southwestern United States, you may have seen folks enjoying an agua fresca on a hot day. Agua frescas are simply water blended with sugar, fresh fruit, seeds (like chia) or dried flowers to make a refreshing, non-alcoholic drink.

Fruits…


Serve grilled BLT salad with buttermilk dressing

August 16, 2017

When I first heard about folks grilling romaine lettuce, I was pretty skeptical. Lettuce is supposed to be crisp. Grilling would make it soggy. What's the point?

Now, having tried it myself, I see the point. Grilling the romaine not only really amplifies its flavor, it also adds the same lip-…