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Nov 30,2007
If you think molded gelatin salads have gone the way of "Laugh-In" and "The Monkees," think again. These colorful rings, towers and crowns are still a staple on many holiday tables.   MERRY CHERRY HOLIDAY DESSERT - Merry Cherry Holiday Dessert, from the Jell-O test kitchen, incorporates angel food cake into the Jell-O. CNS Photo courtesy of Kraft Foods.    CRANBERRY-ORANGE DREAM - Cranberry-Orange Dream calls for a graham cracker crust topped with sweetened cream cheese, then Jell-O ... [full story]
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Nov 30,2007
Watching the perpetually zany antics of Robin Williams on a morning talk show the other day brought to mind the equally antic character he created almost 30 years ago, but which still lives on in Nostalgialand: the alien Mork from the planet Ork on the "Mork & Mindy" TV show in the late '70s. "Mork & Mindy" was a spin-off from an episode of the hugely popular "Happy Days" show titled "My Favorite Orkan," which ... [full story]
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Nov 30,2007
Q: I inherited the covered jar seen in this photo. The lid is trimmed in red and the base in blue. On the lid is the image of U.S. Navy Adm. George Dewey and on the side of the jar is a coat of arms, the date May 1,1898, and the words "Steam Ahead and Follow Me." On the other side is Dewey's flagship, the cruiser Olympia. The overall height is 9 inches and the ... [full story]
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Nov 30,2007
As 2008 near its end, it is time put away your garden tools and start planning how to make it easier to work in next spring's garden and landscape. It also time to find the right gift for the gardener on your list.  Perhaps you are the gardener. If so, you might wish to leave this article in a place where someone will see it and get the hint. One of my favorite pruning tools ... [full story]
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Nov 23,2007
Pull up a chair. Open the wine and turn on the music. Gloster Furniture has recently launched a new line, Symphony.   SYMPHONY - With its rich, chestnut all-weather wicker intertwined with plantation teak, the Symphony collection brings a touch of elegance to your home. CNS Photo courtesy of Gloster Furniture.    THE NEST - Gloster Furniture's Scoop Collection includes this inviting oversized Nest lounger. CNS Photo courtesy of Gloster Furniture.    KINCAID - Spice up your life with this ... [full story]
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Nov 23,2007
  When purchasing a door lock, be sure to pick the best locks you can afford and that all locks are properly installed. When choosing a lock set; deadbolt; lock set types; bore-mounted lock set; mortise-mounted lock set; door knob; doorjamb …  [full story]
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Nov 23,2007
Q: We live really hectic lives during the week so I'd like to make our new mountain house as simple and straightforward as possible, without being severe.   SIMPLE, YET ELEGANT - Far from 'Sex and the City,' Sarah Jessica Parker's dining room in the country is dramatically simple. CNS Photo courtesy of Filipacchi Publishing. I'm having a hard time finding "ordinary" furniture. Everything is overwrought - all patterns and lace and dripping crystals. Maybe you have ... [full story]
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Nov 23,2007
It's the time of year to put your flour prowess to the test. The people at your holiday table want pie - and lots of it. And whether you are making one pie or 100, take your crust cues from two bakers whose pie making reaches lofty proportions.   PIE SECRETS - With an apple juice glaze and atypical looks, this large rectangular Apple Slab Pie has all the flavor of a traditional pie, and it ... [full story]
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Nov 23,2007
An interesting array of varied gift-appropriate books is just hitting the bookstores in time for holiday consideration. For any political malcontent on your list, a perfect choice would be "The Art of Ill Will: The Art of Political Cartoons" by Donald Dewey (NYU Press, $35.) It's no coincidence that the word cartoon rhymes with lampoon - and harpoon, come to think of it - because this book provides hundreds of examples of what political cartoonists ... [full story]
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Nov 23,2007
Q: Enclosed is a photo of part of my dinnerware set. The set is a service for 12 and includes some serving pieces. Each dish is marked with a rectangle with the words "Gladding McBean & Co. - Made in U.S.A. - Franciscan Earthenware" and the letters "C - R." The pattern is "Desert Rose."   DINNER FOR 12 - Gladding McBean and Co., founded in 1875 in Los Angeles, made this dinnerware around 1961. It ... [full story]
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Nov 23,2007
Normally, I am not in favor of most home recipes that try to substitute for legal pesticides. In many cases there is a lack of science, if not absence of intelligence, in the promotion of homemade concoctions. They can be less safe for the environment and ineffective for the intended purpose compared to the original product.  However, today I am looking for volunteers to try a new possible solution to fire ants and maybe even ... [full story]
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Nov 16,2007
For time-stressed families, nothing beats speed cooking. As parents and kids struggle to make the most of limited hours together, a home-cooked meal is often reheated takeout or a nuked frozen entree.   READY IN A FLASH - GE is the latest appliance maker to introduce induction cooktops, favored by chefs for speed cooking. CNS Photo. Today, though, a quick meal doesn't have to mean "fast food." Appliance innovations are making it possible to enjoy fresh-cooked meals ... [full story]
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Nov 16,2007
It's green, it's soy, and it works on your toughest of cleaning chores from grills to graffiti to granite.   SOYSAFE - SoySafe products, a line of all-natural green home cleansers, range from graffiti remover to grill cleaner. CNS Photo courtesy of SoySafe Products Inc.    PEELER - The Kyocera Ceramic Y Peeler comes in six colors. CNS Photo courtesy of Kyocera.    SLICER - Make perfect matchstick strips in seconds with the Kyocera Wide Julienne Slicer mandolin. CNS Photo ... [full story]
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