| Nov 1, 2011
| 5:18 PM
Ellen Slaby has things to do. She is a director of marketing for a publisher, cares for her elderly parents, sits on a charity board and has season tickets for the Red Sox. Yet, she throws several dinner parties each month.
"People are afraid to have a...
| Nov 21, 2010
A Short History of Private Life
Doubleday: 500 pp., $28.95
"At Home: A Short History of Private Life" begins on the roof of the Victorian rectory that Bill Bryson and his family occupy in flattest Eastern England. Surveying the...
| Mar 20, 2011
As the zeitgeist in fashion moves further away from cookie-cutter, trend-driven dressing, the concept of über-creative personal style as the height of modern chic is also pervading the bridal industry.
That's why the new bridal headpieces designed by L....
| May 22, 2011
From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards: What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are
How the American identity and its contradictions — democratic ideals and aristocratic pretensions — are...
| Jul 17, 2011
Some babies have all the luck. The recent birth of Skyler Morrison Berman, for example, inspired a series of baby gifts that could have been lifted from the pages of Vogue: a custom-made sweater the size of a tea cozy from Angela Missoni, a child-size...
| Nov 11, 2010
Some people are just natural hosts. Then there are the rest of us.
We yearn to be invited to somebody else's house for holiday dinners and parties and weekends and pretty much anything. And to be invited back again — and again.
While there's an...
| Mar 27, 2011
| 9:19 AM
Martha Stewart’s cooking up some comedy with Conan O’Brien and Seth Meyers on “Martha Stewart Presents: Men Who Make Us Laugh” (7 p.m. March 27, Hallmark Channel; *** out of four).
Stewart sits down with O'Brien on the set of...
| Nov 25, 2011
| 2:49 PM
With the partial exception of Bartletts, great locally grown pears are scarce at farmers markets in Southern California, where warm winters and disease render cultivation problematic. This makes it all the more special that Al Courchesne of Frog Hollow...
| Apr 21, 2012
Long before Rick Bayless, the Too Hot Tamales and even Diana Kennedy, there was another teacher and cookbook writer who introduced authentic Mexican food to a wider American audience. Though she is all but unknown today, at the turn of the 20th century...
| Jun 30, 2011
Food photographer and blogger Matt Armendariz knows how to be the life of the party: Make food on a stick.
"It almost doesn't matter what you actually make. People see food on a stick and they just start to smile and laugh and they love it. I think it...
| Sep 1, 2010
| 4:33 AM
Hallmark Channel pulled the signals of its two cable channels from the AT&T U-Verse system late Tuesday, less than two weeks before the launch of Hallmark's high-profile programming makeover. The company, operated by Crown Media Holdings and controlled by...
| Sep 1, 2010
| 4:34 PM
McClatchy Newspapers Websites every new parent should bookmark: OrlandoSentinel.com/Momsatwork Why it's bookmarked: We share funny stories, serious moments, advice, deals and everything mom. Babycenter.com Why it's bookmarked: It's hard to pick just one...