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Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:01 am

The critics’ faves are sure bets for the gamer on your list

 Each summer, the top video-game media name the best gaming titles of the year. Here are their picks for the best of the 2013.Titanfall Best of ShowBest Original GameBest Console GameBest PC Game...
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 12:01 am

Daphne Oz, co-host of ABC’s food and talk show ‘The Chew,’ has come out with her second lifestyle cookbook, where she explains how to host fun, stress-free parties at the holidays – or any time of year

 In her first book, The Dorm Room Diet (William Morrow, 2010), certified chef and integrative nutritionist Daphne Oz helped college students tackle dorm living. In her second book, Relish: An Adv...
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 12:01 am

Anticipating a crowd? Use these meal-planning tips from the pros to ensure your next shindig is as successful as it is delicious.

 Feeding yourself and your family is a cinch. Cooking for a large group? That’s another story. Whether you’re hosting a formal dinner party or having a backyard get-together, it can be tricky...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

Prepare your kitchen for the invasion of guest chefs. Clean, organize and stock the shelves for stress-free, heavy-duty cooking and baking this holiday season

 There’s no place like home kitchens for the holidays. Or that’s what it seems, at least, when guests congregate in the heart of the home to chat, snack and offer the host or hostess a helpin...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

Food allergies and dietary restrictions do not mean that everyone cannot enjoy the beloved holiday classics. Try these takes of some old favorites.

 You’re hosting a holiday feast and anticipate preparing a mouthwatering spread.But along with your special bread stuffing and your fabulous apple pie, you’re concerned with making appropriat...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am
Who: Local First SpringfieldWhat: Kickoff Party & Press EventWhere: Isringhausen Imports /BMW StoreWhen: Nov. 13 at 5p.m. The fourth annual Local First Holiday Sweepstakes officially begins on Wed...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

Decking the halls simply isn’t enough when guests are staying over. Give your home a once-over and make these essential repairs – because nothing’s Grinchier than a stopped-up toilet or broken garbage disposal

 Guests will jam your home during the holiday season, many of them staying for a week or longer. You don’t want your furnace to conk out. And you certainly don’t want your toilets to go on th...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

Can you find the bed underneath all that clutter? Organizing experts give tips on how to reclaim your guest rooms

 It’s there, at the end of the hall, tauntingly filled with boxed ornaments, folded tablecloths and holiday-themed towels: The dreaded guest bedroom, holder of all things leftover and misplaced...
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 05:30 pm

The true story of a Depression-era Christmas trip to a better life in Illinois

“It takes a worried man to sing a worried song,It takes a worried man to sing a worried song,It takes a worried man to sing a worried song.I’m worried now but I won’t be worried long...

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