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  • ‘Guest’ a thrilling nod to 1980s horror schlock Sep 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    After proving they could knock-off a conventional home-invasion thriller in “You’re Next,” director Adam Wingate and writer Simon Barrett go totally bat-poop crazy with “The Guest,” a Frankenstein’s stew of horror, suspense, military and action genres seasoned with nervous black humor, synthesized 1980s vibes and tough female empowerment.

  • Sergio Mendes spreads joy of Brazil’s music Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Sergio Mendes continues his mission of spreading the joy of Brazilian music to a global audience on new album “Magic.” At 73, Mendes doesn’t indulge in nostalgia, instead offering mostly new songs that he wrote or co-wrote, blending contemporary styles with Brazilian rhythms in sometimes unexpected collaborations with musicians from different genres.

  • Making the indoors safer for allergy sufferers Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Although the thought of sleeping with millions of dust mites — microscopic arachnids that feast on flakes of skin — is just plain gross, it’s something most people can handle without worry. For the many people who suffer from allergies, though, the allergens in dust-mite feces and body parts can lead to chronic sinus problems and coughing, among other symptoms. Luckily, homes can be made more livable for allergy-sufferers — and less amenable to dust mites — in just a few steps.

  • Trout Cakes with Asian Apple Slaw Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    David Rench cooked up Trout cakes with Asian apple slaw for his Challenge recipe.

  • Sweet Potato and Apple Stuffing Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Apple and Sweet Potato Stuffing makes a good accompaniment to Roberta Fahey's Asian Trout.

  • Sweet Corn-Chicken-Rice Soup and Chicken Fritters Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Aban Daboo had $10 and a can of corn and came up with a chicken chowder for her budget challenge.

  • Asian Slaw Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Apple-carrot slaw spiked with ginger and Sriracha accompanies David Rench’s Asian Trout Cakes.

  • Charcoal Beef Lettuce Wraps with Black Bean and Corn Salad Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Molly Sutton turned $10 and a can of corn into grilled beef lettuce wraps with black bean-corn salad for her Cook of the Week Challenge budget challenge

  • Cook of the Week Challenge: Cheese queen, baking winner join judging panel Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Get to know the people who are evaluating recipes in the 2014 Cook of the Week Challenge.

  • Whole grains and honey make for healthy snack cake Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Since she was a child Melissa d'Arabian has been sweet on honey. She fondly recalls a sweet apple-honey Rosh Hashana-style torte. Now she adds a dollop of honey to sweeten smoothies or iced tea. She steeps it with rosemary and brushes it on salmon, or drizzles it on top of ricotta or Greek yogurt with roasted fruit for a quick dessert.

  • Honey Applesauce Snack Cake with Orange Glaze Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Whole grains and honey make this applesauce cake with orange glaze a healthy snack with loads of fiber.

  • Roberta’s Asian Trout with Apple and Sweet Potato Stuffing Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Apple and Sweet Potato Stuffing makes a good accompaniment to Roberta's Asian Trout.

  • Go for the food: The ultimate beer run in Vermont Sep 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    The ultimate beer journey. For the ultimate cult beer. If you have even a passing interest in great beer, chances are good you’ve heard of Heady Topper, the intensely hoppy, grapefruitily-delicious American double IPA by The Alchemist Brewery in Waterbury, Vermont. It is wildly popular, famously hard to get, and always comes emblazoned with the admonishment: “Drink from the can!”

  • Compost Happens: Tips for making it happen right Sep 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    As the bumper sticker on my truck reads, “Compost Happens.” Sometimes, however, it doesn’t happen fast enough. That problem usually can be traced to some limiting factor in what a pile is fed, or to issues of moisture or aeration.

  • Food and entertainment shine at Art in Your Eye in Batavia Sep 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    It’s been said that art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. At Batavia’s Art in Your Eye festival, you can be the judge. The 10th annual fine arts show takes place Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19-21, at the Batavia Riverwalk. Admission is free.

  • Tortilla Crisps Sep 17, 2014 5:46 AM
    DIY spiced tortilla crisps cost a fraction compared to commercial brands. Molly Sutton serves them along side steak lettuce wraps.

  • Cook of the Week Challenge: Geddes's pear-glazed meatloaf, Allen's stir-fry earn them spots in Round 2 Sep 17, 2014 7:28 AM
    For incorporating pear into a glaze for her Modern Meatloaf, Geneva mom Emily Geddes advances to Round 2 of the Cook of the Week Challenge. She will face Denise Allen of Hanover Park who impressed the judges with her garlicky-anchovy noodles and stir-fry. Find out what the judges said about their recipes and which cooks won Fan Favorite honors.

  • Paramount’s ‘Cats’ practically purr-fect Sep 17, 2014 6:16 AM
    There's plenty of theatrical spectacle and acrobatic stunts to spare in the Paramount Theatre's new take on composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats." The international hit dance revue musical directed by Shawn Stengel and choreographed by Harrison McEldowney plays in Aurora now through Sunday, Oct. 12.

  • Lawyer: Thicke exploited in 'Blurred Lines' suit Sep 17, 2014 7:10 AM
    Robin Thicke's attorney says the estate of Marvin Gaye exploited the singer's “moment of personal vulnerability” in an attempt to prove that the hit “Blurred Lines” was a ripoff of a Gaye hit. The estate sued Pharrell Williams and Thicke over the song last year. In a deposition, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, Thicke says Pharrell Williams did much of the writing on the Grammy-nominated song and says, “I was just lucky enough to be there when he wrote it.”

  • ‘Easy Rider’ bike going to auction Sep 17, 2014 9:24 AM
    The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in “Easy Rider” has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it’s for sale. The auction house Profiles in History told The Associated Press that it estimates the Harley-Davidson will bring $1 million to $1.2 million at its Oct. 18 sale being held online and at its galleries in Calabasas, California.

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