Wishing all a glorious New Year

Blood orange juice sparks a New Year's cocktail.

Glory to God in highest heaven, Who unto man His Son hath given; While angels sing with tender mirth, A glad new year to all the earth. —Martin Luther New Year’s Eve is a glorious time to reflect upon the events of the year, to cherish fond memories, acknowledge achievements, and to be humbled ...

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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES: Low gas prices work against it

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage – right car, wrong year. That about sums up the rebirth of Mitsubishi’s subcompact hatchback as a minicar. The Mirage’s premise is not styling, performance or comfort. It’s a no-nonsense little car that gets fairly high marks for versatility, warranty, fuel economy ...

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2015 Honda CR-V AWD Touring: Only one complaint with this version

2015 Honda CR-V AWD Touring

What’s not to like about the Honda CR-V? This enduring staple of the compact-crossover segment has grown quieter, roomier, more refined and more fuel-efficient over the years. It’s the right size for most families. With available all-wheel drive, it’s more than capable in most kinds of weather. ...

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A family treasure: Nana’s Sponge Cake

Nana's Sponge Cake, a century-old recipe.

Finally, after years of talking about this special sponge cake … we found the family sponge cake recipe!  It is a recipe our mom has been raving  about for years. Every time we ask her a question about any cake recipe we write about, she always says, “I wish I could find Nana’s sponge ...

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Relax with some old favorites

It's A Wonderful Life.

With a hectic holiday weekend ahead, watching a movie may be just the ticket to some by-the-fire relaxation. Here are a few favorites on broadcast and cable television this weekend. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) What would the holidays be without a chance to savor this classic from director ...

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Into the Woods captures the Sondheim magic

Meryl Streep as the witch in Into the Woods.

Yes, Into the Woods can still sing. On its inspired journey from stage to screen, this musical from Stephen Sondheim retains all of its magic from the stage as it transforms into a rich visual experience. Rather than recreate the theatricality of the original, director Rob Marshall reimagines ...

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Escape from ‘Black Friday’ at Macedonia Brook

The view southwest from Cobble Mountain. —Rob McWilliams photo

My wife suggested that my column this month begin with a nightmare. In this nightmare I would be dressed for hiking, down to my pack and trekking poles. And I would be walking, though dazed by bright lights and a thousand voices. I’d be jostled by other people who were walking, running even, ...

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