January 20, 2011
- Storing dried fruit in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer keeps it fresher and prevents it from drying out and becoming too hard. - If dried fruit does get too dry and hard, microwave it briefly with a little water in a covered container on low power, or soak it in hot water to plump it before adding to cake batters or bread dough. If you're using dried fruit in a cooked dish, it will soften after a few minutes of simmering.
October 5, 2010 |
More than two decades after President Reagan had a solar water heating system removed from the White House roof, President Obama will become the first to use solar energy as a means for powering the first family's White House residence. Plans to install solar panels and a solar water heater on the roof of the White House residence were announced Tuesday by Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Nancy Sutley, who heads the Council on Environmental Quality, as part of a larger Energy Department effort to portray solar power as reliable and accessible.
August 10, 2010 |
German president Christian Wulff's preference for bread and baked goods made in distant Hanover has got the country's newly elected head of state into hot water. German media and opposition politicians have criticized Wulff for importing the bakery specialties from 300 km away to Berlin, calling it a waste of taxpayer money and a poor example as far as his carbon footprint is concerned. "Why don't you eat Berlin bread, Mr. President," Bild newspaper wrote on Tuesday. Claudia Haemmerling, a member of Berlin's local assembly for the Greens party, said it was absurd to truck bakery goods to Berlin from Hanover because Berlin has plenty of top bakeries.
July 28, 2010 |
If this were any other football season, Oregon might be a safe bet to repeat as Pacific 10 Conference champion. If this were any other season, USC might figure to bounce back from last year's disappointing record, guided by an older, wiser Matt Barkley at quarterback. But this isn't any other season. Not with the Ducks losing their starting quarterback to legal troubles and the Trojans saddled with NCAA sanctions that will shut them out of a bowl game no matter how often they win. As the Pac-10 gathers at the Rose Bowl on Thursday for its annual media day, there's trouble at the top of the standings that could leave an opening for contenders such as Washington, Stanford, Oregon State and Arizona.
May 21, 2010
Two of a kind Re "Senate candidate under fire," and "GOP lawmaker resigns over affair with aide," May 19 How appropriate that the revelations about two more dishonest politicians should appear side by side on the same page. We have Democratic Senate hopeful Richard Blumenthal, who confesses to having "misspoken" about his service record "on a few occasions." Then there's Indiana Rep. Mark Souder, who righteously preached celibacy and fidelity while cheating on his wife.
May 2, 2010 |
Many first-time buyers are unprepared for the financial burdens of homeownership. Lenders to tell them the maximum they can afford based on their incomes with little regard for the "extras" such as utilities, upkeep and improvements. You're told what your monthly nut for principal, interest, taxes and insurance — the all-important PITI — will be. But likely because you won't know exactly what the other costs will be until you actually move into your new place, they are rarely mentioned.
January 31, 2010 |
Question: Several times I have looked forward to sitting in a motel hot tub only to find out that it isn't working. No one told me this at check-in. I've asked for a discount and have been told that it wasn't possible. Of course, now when I book I ask whether these things are working, but what should I do in the future if no on tells me upfront? What recourse do I have? Gordon Fuller Palmdale Answer: You have the three magic words at your disposal. Your mother may have taught you that those words were "please" and "thank you," but Al Anolik, a Bay Area attorney and author of "Traveler's Rights," has taught me that in travel the magic words are "breach of contract" (although being polite might help too)
January 28, 2010
Filmmaker James O'Keefe III is 25, meaning he was born about 13 years after five men were arrested for trying to bug the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate complex in Washington. The subsequent scandal, which led to the resignation of the burglars' boss, President Richard M. Nixon, was fodder for history books by the time O'Keefe was old enough to read them. Chances are, he didn't. O'Keefe, the Internet "journalist" who became an overnight sensation after his undercover reports revealed unethical behavior by the liberal activist group ACORN, now finds himself in the middle of his own bugging scandal.
January 10, 2010 |
I was sitting on the banks of the Garavogue River in Sligo on a spring day last year when a local woman parked her bike and sat down next to me. We chatted about this and that, and then she asked whether I liked spas. It was like asking Santa whether he liked reindeer. "I find most spas very fussy," she said, "but I think you'd find the Voya seaweed baths in Strandhill really different. It's less than 10 kilometers from here." Because locals are my favorite guidebooks, I jumped into my rental car, and off I went.
January 6, 2010
Sizzling shrimp with garlic and hot pepper Total time: 25 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 Note: Adapted from "Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking" by Paula Wolfert. She recommends using an 11- or 12-inch Spanish cazuela or straight-sided Flameware skillet. She also recommends using a heat diffuser for slow, steady cooking (especially if using an electric or ceramic stove top). Aleppo pepper can generally be found in Middle Eastern markets and cooking stores, as well as online.