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Thinking about planting a new tree? Now’s the time

September is a great time to plant trees and shrubs. It is cool enough to prevent heat stress on the plants, and the soil is warm enough to promote rapid root development before heavy frosts at the end of October.

Grilling your corn in the husk is a summertime must

There are lots of good recipes for preparing fresh corn. One of the best is grilling corn on the cob in its husk. Simply throw the ears on the grill in one layer and cover. The corn steams in its husk and picks up a mild smokiness from the grill.

Three new cookbooks to help you get your grill on

Grilling books are getting a bit much these days, aren’t they? Either you’re commanded to build a veritable pyre to sear your steak, preferably on a Patagonian plain, or you must search out a whole hog whose bloodlines are bluer than yours, or you have to rassle almost to the death all those barbecue purists trying to slap that jarred sauce out of your hands.
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Let artichoke possibilities flower

I was giving one of my periodic talks at local libraries the other day, and someone asked if I knew a good way to prepare artichokes. It stopped me cold. “A” good way? Only one? Which one? Do you want artichokes by themselves? Do you want artichokes as an ingredient? Do you want them cooked or do you want them raw? Too many choices.
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Life of pie: 3 months elbow deep into flour, butter, conquers fear of pastry dough

Pies always made me nervous. Didn’t matter if they were deep-dish or mile-high. And you could call them whatever: quiche, tart or galette. It’s the crust and the making of it that always stopped me cold. I would avoid recipes calling for pie dough, or I’d scurry shamed-faced to the frozen food aisle of the local supermarket to buy ready-made.
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Beat ’em to the punch

DETROIT — A battle broke out at this year’s Hudson Family Reunion in Atlanta.

If beer or blue cheese smell good to you, thank your DNA

We all smell things a little differently, and new research shows why: By examining the DNA of hundreds of individuals and testing their sense of smell, scientists found the genetic basis for why we smell certain scents.
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The thrill of the grill

More grilling dishes, including recipes for chicken breasts, pork tenderloin and salmon patties
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For papá, everything tastes better with a Mexican spin

My dad instilled in me a lot of important qualities, the kind any father would hope to pass along to his growing child — determination, an unceasing pursuit of knowledge, a strong work ethic. Not least of these traits, though, is a love of, bordering on obsession with, Mexican cuisine.
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You don’t have to be Queen to make tasty tarts

These dainty little tarts are as easy to make as they are beautiful. These diminutive desserts are perfect vessels for sliced fresh fruit, a guilty shot of ganache, pastry cream or canned pie filling. They’ll easily accommodate instant pudding (just use a little less milk when making it) or a dollop of ice cream.

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Beat the summer heat with a refreshing cold soup

Revenge, patient people tell us, is a dish best served cold. I feel the same way about soup, at least at this time of year. When it gets hot, there are few things that will whet a flagging appetite like a sip of cold soup.

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The inspiring story of the Moon Joggers

DALLAS — When Angie Webb looks at the moon, she sees much more than an orb in a starlit sky, more than a silver circle at dusk or a cream-colored disc at dawn.