Spicy food meets its match with this $15 citrusy white wine

Spicy food meets its match with this  citrusy white wine

The Russian River Valley is famous for its pinot noirs, many of which are priced way out of reach of the average drinker. Here’s a fine example of the style at $30, still a splurge but relatively affordable for this region. For more modest investments, we have a citrusy-floral white blend from Portugal and a fun, juicy Valpolicella from northern More...

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Carolyn Hax: Husband is all in on game, checked out of his marriage
By MDN On Thursday, February 22nd, 2024
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Carolyn Hax: Husband is all in on game, checked out of his marriage

Adapted from an online discussion. Dear Carolyn: My husband plays an online strategy game for six to eight hours a day. He is semiretired, gets his work and chores done, and is pleasant. He is an introvert. More...

Sister-in-law touts pricey gift for her kid. Hax readers give advice.
By MDN On Wednesday, February 21st, 2024
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Sister-in-law touts pricey gift for her kid. Hax readers give advice.

We asked readers to channel their inner Carolyn Hax and answer this question. Some of the best responses are below. Hi Carolyn: I’m lucky enough to be pretty well off and generally in a better position More...

How (and why) to peacefully coexist with squirrels
By MDN On Wednesday, February 21st, 2024
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How (and why) to peacefully coexist with squirrels

Bill Carver immediately recognizes the sound of nibbling rodent teeth on his roof. “I hear it … and I’m jumping up and banging on the side of the camper, or running out the door to yell at them,” More...

Braised chicken with white wine and artichokes is a weeknight star
By MDN On Tuesday, February 20th, 2024
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Braised chicken with white wine and artichokes is a weeknight star

I love a good Sunday afternoon braise, when I have hours to turn a tough cut of meat into a dish that is sublimely tender with a luscious sauce to boot. But braising has range. The cooking technique can be More...

Why skipping your dog’s walk is a bigger deal than you think
By MDN On Tuesday, February 20th, 2024
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Why skipping your dog’s walk is a bigger deal than you think

My landlord recently installed a fence around the shared front yard of our building in Upstate New York. Each of her tenants has a dog, and she thought it would be nice to provide a safe off-leash space where More...

5 common baking mistakes and how to fix them
By MDN On Monday, February 19th, 2024
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5 common baking mistakes and how to fix them

A plaintive email arrived in my inbox a week before Christmas. A reader’s beloved ginger cookies went sideways — literally, as they spread too much and turned crunchy — days before her son was due to arrive More...

Ask Amy: I don’t know how to tell my family I crave being alone
By MDN On Monday, February 19th, 2024
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Ask Amy: I don’t know how to tell my family I crave being alone

Dear Amy: I’m a mid-50s mother of adult children. I have healthy relationships with my folks, siblings, children, and my loving partner. All that said: I crave being alone. I have never lived alone. I More...

A Cantonese-style tofu dish from a dynamic father-son duo
By MDN On Sunday, February 18th, 2024
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A Cantonese-style tofu dish from a dynamic father-son duo

“A Very Chinese Cookbook” does not look like most of the output from the publishing arm of America’s Test Kitchen. For one thing, there’s that cheeky title — and even cheekier subtitle: “100 Recipes More...

They kissed on a school bus. Now, 77 years later, they’ve reconnected.
By MDN On Sunday, February 18th, 2024
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They kissed on a school bus. Now, 77 years later, they’ve reconnected.

Bill Hassinger gave his high school sweetheart, Joanne Blakkan, a silver bracelet with green gems more than seven decades ago. They parted ways after Blakkan left for college, but she kept it in her jewelry More...