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Grillmasters: Read the meat labels

The challenge of being a grillmaster is more than throwing a slab of meat on a wire grate. It takes an understanding of the different cuts of steak, and selection of the best quality. Certain meat cuts are more conducive for grilling....

What is an acceptable wait at a diner?

Q: Eating out, how long should we wait to be acknowledged by the host? What about being waited on? Is waiting 10-15 minutes before being acknowledged by our server acceptable? A: In most situations, a host should welcome you in less...

What if this cat was roaming your neighborhood?

Sometimes, wildlife can become a nuisance. Rabbits ravaging gardens, skunks skulking under porches, and deer dining on shrubs can be a little aggravating but, in Los Angeles, Jason Archinaco’s problem makes these problems pale. A...

It’s time to spray for bagworms

Bagworms began to hatch from their protective cocoons several weeks ago. A few bagworms do little harm. However, many bagworms on a shrub or tree can cause excessive defoliation. A severe infestation may kill the plant within one or...

Where can blue jeans be recycled?

Q: There was a place that recycled denim/blue jeans, but we don’t remember where. Do you? — Sue. A: Charities will take wearable jeans. Chopin Hall used to take unwearable ones for the Bluffton Senior Center to make into...

This fisherman’s story is a whale of a tale

As a kid, a favorite fishing method was a tight-line and a favorite bait laid close to the bottom of a lake or stream, and just waiting for that big fish to take the hook. It was fun, relaxing, and sometimes a bit surprising. Richard...

Farmers assessing crop damage

Challenges to crops have started early this season with too much rain and flooding. Farmers have a chance this week to appraise their crops after an extended wet period. Most of the corn in the area had a good start, being planted...

Why do chefs dip fingers in salt bowl?

Q: Why do TV chefs season their dishes by dipping their fingers into a bowl of salt instead of using a salt shaker? Is it a matter of measurement? — Marlene Brown, Van Buren. A: Yes. A chef uses salt from a bowl to be more...
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