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  • Nervy white wines to quench summer thirst

    Nervy white wines to quench summer thirst

    Here it is, the height of summer, when the mercury flirts with the 90s and the 100s. It’s the time of year for wines that whine, wines so dry and high-pitched they seem almost mean — but none is better at quenching thirst on a hot day. Before we go further, let’s make one important point: Even...

  • Your glass of horchata can be a lot more mysterious than you think

    Your glass of horchata can be a lot more mysterious than you think

    A perfect summertime drink, horchata — most familiar as the sweetened, slightly gritty iced beverage found at taquerias — is wildly popular throughout Puerto Rico, Central America and central and southern Mexico through the Yucatan Peninsula. In the U.S., the Mexican style of horchata predominates,...

  • Bell peppers are in season. We have recipes

    Bell peppers are in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: When it comes to sheer variety of colors, bell peppers are the amazing Technicolor fruit of the produce world. The unripe fruit starts out green, but as it matures it can range through shades of red, orange, yellow, purple and even chocolate. Regardless of color, bell peppers...

  • Living the Ugg life: Jeremy Scott's Fall 2017 collaboration with the footwear brand drops Sept. 13

    Living the Ugg life: Jeremy Scott's Fall 2017 collaboration with the footwear brand drops Sept. 13

    Jeremy Scott has long incorporated symbols of pop culture into his designs, and his latest project involves the ubiquitous furry boot. Scott and Ugg have linked on a set of limited-edition styles that will make their debuts on Sept. 13. “Collaborations have been very popular for a long time, and...

  • Food-borne parasite infections on the rise in L.A. County

    Food-borne parasite infections on the rise in L.A. County

    Health officials warned this week that an unusually high number of patients in Los Angeles County have been infected with a parasite that causes a severe stomach illness and can last for months if not treated. Between June and Aug. 1 this year, 14 people in the county had been diagnosed with the...

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  • 5 must-have gadgets for heading back to school

    5 must-have gadgets for heading back to school

    Summer is almost over and the school bell is about to ring. To make sure you and your family are set up for success, equip your home with the best technology devices on the market. Consider this your gadget guide for the best school year yet. Big sound Studies show that listening to music while studying...

  • 5 simple ways to stay connected as a family on a budget

    5 simple ways to stay connected as a family on a budget

    School’s out, summer’s here and the family is ready for some fun-in-the-sun memory making! It’s the perfect time to bond, catch up and enjoy the slower pace of the season. However, with fun on the brain, it’s easy to find yourself dipping into pockets a bit more for ice cream treats and new toys....

  • Practical meets pretty: Fresh herbs at your fingertips, even in autumn

    Practical meets pretty: Fresh herbs at your fingertips, even in autumn

    The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of your gardening enjoyment, even if you don’t have the time or climate for a full plot of food plants. Herbs are perfect fall crops; they are prolific growers, can satisfy your desire for fresh, garden-grown greens and are one of the easiest ways...

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