Food & Recipes

Cilantro-Lime Rice Like You’ve Never Made It Before

I have no idea why on the one hand I seriously DO NOT care for cilantro but on the other

Home & Family

Confused by Product Dating? Yes, We Are!

Pop quiz: You pull a chicken from the fridge to fix for dinner and notice that yesterday was the “Sell

Home & Family

A Good Hot Cup of Coffee

So you like coffee. A lot. Me too. I like it so much I’m a home roaster. And an importer.

Money and Finances, Tips

Little Things Readers Do to Save Time and Money Every Day

If you are taking salad for lunch, pour the amount of dressing you will need into the bottom corner of

Dear Mary, Home & Family

Can’t Remove the Carpet Stain? Cut it Out!

DEAR MARY: How can I fix carpet that has bleach spots on it? I tried using fabric pens about the

Gift Guides, Gifts, Home & Family

Our Best Mother’s Day Gift Guide Yet!

Since Mother’s Day is two weeks away and since I have a feeling you’re as surprised by that as I am


These Bugs Detect Water Leaks You Cannot See

My readers do come up with great tips, tricks and ideas for how to save time and money every day.

Food & Recipes

The Art of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A surefire signal that I’m out of town is the big square burn mark in my best stainless skillet. That’s

Gift Guides, Home & Family, Mary's Perspective

16 Favorite Things I Use (Almost) Daily

I wonder how well I’d do as a contestant on the hit TV show, Survivor. Have you seen the rules for what

Dear Mary

Got a Carpet Stain? Twist it Out!

DEAR MARY: Is there anything that will take Crystal Light fruit punch stain out of beige carpeting? It has been on

Home & Family, Miscellaneous

The High Cost of Clutter

Okay, I’ll confess right up front. I’m a clutterbug. However, unlike others in my category, I don’t hang onto junk.

Mary's Perspective

How to Get Fiscally Fit

We all know about getting physically fit: Participate in aerobic exercise, do some weight training and walk whenever you can.

Home & Family

Would You Haul a $750 Sofa to the Dump or Spend $50 to Fix It?

Try to imagine this scenario: You spend $750 for a new sofa and chair—not on a whim, but after saving

Food & Recipes

What Would You Do with 35 Pounds of Lemons?

I kinda’ went nuts on my last trip to California. You’ll recall from a previous column we make that trip quite

Home & Family

This Summer … Vacation at Home!

A cash shortage need not eliminate the idea of a family vacation. Clever and creative parents can turn several days


Low and Slow on the Bacon Plus 7 More Useful Tips

FOOLPROOF BACON. The easiest mess-free way to cook bacon with the least amount of shrinkage is low and slow in

Mary's Perspective

Half-Price State of Mind

The data is in and it’s not pretty: The average overspending American spends $1.22 for each $1 of income. If you’re

Food & Recipes

Storing Onions, Making Beef Jerky

I recall the event as if it happened yesterday. I purchased a beautiful bag of sweet white onions (10 pounds