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Don’t let corn be a summer sideshow. Grill it for a salad!

The two most common side dishes at a barbecue are coleslaw and potato salad. But as much as I love those, I firmly believe it’s time for corn salad to take its rightful place at the picnic table. Corn is summer’s chameleon. It can take on a sweet and delicate personality when eaten raw or […]

Why order out when mastering great steaks at home is easy?

I have a confession to make. I never order steaks in restaurants. That’s because it is so easy to make an outstanding steak at home. And it isn’t just because I am a professional. With a little knowledge, anyone can make a great steak. While there are several cooking techniques that will produce superior steaks, […]

Using a spiral cutter to put a healthy twist on french fries

MELISSA D’ARABIAN, The Associated Press I’ve been watching the “zoodle” craze from the sidelines. Admittedly, I’ve been tempted to jump in. Noodles made from healthy zucchini using a super-cool spiral cutter? Yes, please! But truthfully, I’ve harbored fears that the fad (and my interest) would quickly fade, leaving me with one more gadget to add […]

Housing market rebound increases threat of mortgage scams

Most homeowners probably smile when they think about the steady recovery of the residential real estate market and how far values have risen since the housing market collapsed in 2007-08. Well, homeowners aren’t the only ones taking advantage of rising equity. Scam artists also have dollar signs in their eyes. Economic Notes recently touched base […]

Age no barrier for this new hedge fund owner

I don’t want my wife Clare to see this article from Friday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal. Since I retired two years ago, I’ve claimed that 71 is too old to do anything useful except to shop at Raley’s or Trader Joe’s and fix dinner. Now I see that George Zweig, an experienced market […]

Airbnb’s Cuba gambit shows promise in spot US-led coup failed

As an infant, Carlos Jimenez survived a U.S.-backed invasion of his south Cuban village, the infamous failed coup at the Bay of Pigs in 1961. Today, Jimenez is expecting another American invasion — of tourists — as he awaits the chance to list his home on Airbnb. “I never had the chance to visit the […]

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Start-ups take on storage

Dreading a move this summer? Here’s help: A new wave of start-ups is trying to bring the convenient user experience popularized by companies such as Uber and Airbnb to the unglamorous world of moving and storage. A handful of companies, such as Boxbee, Clutter, MakeSpace and Roost, have popped up in recent years, targeting the […]

Scientists in Oregon develop bacon-flavored seaweed

PORTLAND, Ore. — What grows quickly, is packed with protein, has twice the nutritional value of kale and tastes like bacon? The answer, according to scientists at Oregon State University, is a new strain of seaweed they recently patented. Dulse is a form of edible seaweed that grows wild along the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines. […]

Lamb burgers, anyone? The other red meat is suddenly hot

Michelle Locke   Chef Michael Costa knows that if you ask diners if they’d like a lamb chop or crown roast, you may get some wary looks. Isn’t lamb a bit expensive? And gamey? But offer them an Adana kebab – spiced ground lamb wrapped around a skewer and grilled to sizzling perfection – and you may […]

Sausages and potatoes become serious comfort on the grill

J.M. Hirsch   Sloppy, fatty, savory, starchy and delicious. Do you really need any other reasons to make this utterly satisfying and summery grilled sausage and potato dish? And it doesn’t get much easier than this. You start by tossing a whole mess of new potatoes with olive oil and salt, then setting those on […]

Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice

NEW YORK — The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel. They have no other choice. As people in countries […]

New live entertainment venue opens on Suisun City waterfront

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City has a new nightspot with the grand opening Friday of the Ovation Ultra Lounge at the location at 700 Main St. that once housed Dimitri’s Lounge. The new business got the review of its conditional use permit approved by the Suisun City Planning Commission on Tuesday night with little problem. Ovation Ultra […]

Greek financial debacle: Prelude to US troubles?

The Greek economic debacle has many lessons for all of us. Perhaps the most distressing comes from the Greek pension system, which is a mess. It is convoluted, weird and gives special treatment to some workers like hairdressers, sausage makers and policemen, while penalizing farmers. Simply put, the pension system has promised too much but […]

Precious metals claims amount to naught

Don’t blame me. Blame William De Vane, the gold huckster whose face is on cable TV perhaps more than any other “celebrity” salesman. Of course, it’s a close call between De Vane and the oily Chuck Woolery who sings the praises of the Willow Curve, the “miraculous” invention that is almost guaranteed to relieve joint […]

Automatically organic: Paris self-serve shops a nod to farms

PARIS — Diners in Paris are flashing back — and forward — to the era of the automat, but this time with a nod to organic farming. A precursor to the era of fast food, automat eateries served hundreds of thousands of customers a day throughout the mid-20th century, allowing on-the-go diners to pick hot […]

ABC to debut Saturday night NBA coverage in January

NEW YORK — ABC will add to its NBA coverage next season with the debut of a Saturday night game in January. “Saturday Night NBA on ABC” will begin Jan. 23 and be the first of eight games that will be televised at 8:30 p.m. ET through the end of the season. The network had […]

Olympic beach volleyball champ may need shoulder surgery

NEW YORK — Three-time beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings says she may need surgery after recently dislocating her shoulder twice. But she’s still planning to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Walsh Jennings was atop the Empire State Building on Thursday ahead of the AVP’s first event in New York City in the […]

Palmer grandson Sam Saunders leads Barbasol Championship

OPELIKA, Ala. — Sam Saunders, Arnold Palmer’s grandson, shot a 7-under 64 in warm conditions Thursday to take the first-round lead in the inaugural Barbasol Championship. Saunders saved par with a 15-foot putt on the par-3 eighth hole and closed with a birdie on the par-4 ninth to cap his bogey-free round on Grand National’s […]

All-Star Game tickets among highest-priced in recent years

CINCINNATI — Dire weather forecasts hanging over the All-Star Game helped drive down costs, yet left the Cincinnati game with among the highest priced tickets for baseball’s midsummer game in recent years. Austin, Texas-based TicketCity reported a final median sale price of $467, tumbling from $536 last weekend. The online service’s figures show that was […]

FIFA ethics panel wants to lift strict secrecy rules

GENEVA — FIFA’s ethics committee wants to lift secrecy rules that protect accused officials from being identified and keep case details private. Fighting back against rules imposed by FIFA’s scandal-hit executive committee in 2012, ethics prosecutor Cornel Borbely and judge Joachim Eckert said Thursday that more openness would even help curb offending. “(G)reater transparency in […]

Swiss extradite detained FIFA official to the United States

Former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb has been extradited to the United States following his arrest in Switzerland on racketeering and bribery charges filed by American prosecutors. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice said Thursday the man was extradited a day earlier after 50 days of detention. “He was handed over to a three-man U.S. […]

Serena pulls out of Swedish Open, citing right elbow injury

BASTAD, Sweden — Wimbledon champion Serena Williams said a right elbow injury forced her to pull out of the Swedish Open on Thursday. Williams said she felt pain in the elbow in the first game of her first-round match on Wednesday, four days after winning her sixth Wimbledon championship and fourth successive Grand Slam title, […]

Harbaugh Effect? Michigan reports increase in ticket sales

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — It looks like Jim Harbaugh is already helping Michigan at the box office. The school is reporting football season-ticket sales of nearly 90,000, an immediate boost following the hiring of Harbaugh as coach. The 89,975 season-ticket sales are the school’s most since 2012, and the 72,076 non-student season tickets are the […]

Rome mayor promotes existing venues for 2024 Olympic bid

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Rome’s mayor is promoting the use of existing venues in the city’s bid for the 2024 Olympics. Ignazio Marino took part in a daylong seminar at IOC headquarters Thursday as part of the new invitation phase for potential host cities. Rome is planning to incorporate many of the facilities that were used […]

Shortstop Everth Cabrera signs minor league deal with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Shortstop Everth Cabrera has signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants. General manager Bobby Evans confirmed the deal Thursday. Cabrera is scheduled to join San Francisco’s Arizona rookie league team initially then move on to Triple-A Sacramento when ready, Evans says. The 28-year-old Cabrera appeared in 29 games for […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder DO NOT FALL ASLEEP AT THE SWITCH Victor Hugo said, “Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.” After an evening bridge session, maybe you find it hard to […]

I was humiliated at a ‘customer appreciation’ event

Dear Annie: The real estate agent who sold me my home nine years ago periodically phones my house, asking whether I plan on selling, and offering his assistance. We have a courteous, professional relationship. I never had a problem with him or his company. Recently, I was a guest at a large customer appreciation event […]

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