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BC-AP Lifestyles Digest

February 4, 2019

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GENERAL LIFESTYLES:

CRAFTS-WHICHCRAFT-FOILED VALENTINES _ Have you taken a shine to someone sweet? Show them with a handmade Valentine’s Day card decorated with foil. By Holly Ramer. UPCOMING Wednesday: 600 words, photos.

NERDWALLET-LIZ WESTON-CHOOSE YOUR ADVISER _ “Affinity fraud” targets people with something in common. That’s a big reason why it’s smart to do your own research on any adviser recommended by friends and family. By NerdWallet columnist Liz Weston. SENT: 790 words, photo.

FRANCE-CULINARY COMPETITION _ Nordic nations have swept the top four prizes at the world’s most prestigious culinary competition in France, beating Gallic gourmet chefs at their own game with Northern European simplicity and local ingredients. By Jari Tanner. SENT Sunday: 300 words, photo.

FOOD COLUMNS:

FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-PEANUT BLOSSOM COOKIES _ Peanut blossom cookies are simply a peanut butter cookie topped with a Hershey’s Kiss. We started with the original recipe and made tweaks to it with the goal of achieving a more robust peanut flavor. By America’s Test Kitchen. UPCOMING: 530 words by 2 p.m. Monday, photos.

FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-CHICKEN FLORENTINE _ We wanted a simplified recipe for the elegant dish Chicken Florentine with clearer, brighter flavors. Braising was the perfect technique to achieve this. By America’s Test Kitchen. UPCOMING: 460 words by 2 p.m. Monday, photos.

FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-OVERNIGHT OATMEAL _ Whole-grain, steel-cut oats take longer to cook than old-fashioned rolled oats, but the results are so much better. By America’s Test Kitchen. UPCOMING: 390 words by 2 p.m. Monday, photos.

FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-CURRIED BUTTERNUT SQUASH _ Butternut squash soup is a fall staple, but many recipes fail to live up to their potential, ending up too sweet or with too little squash flavor. The solution is a Dutch oven. By America’s Test Kitchen. UPCOMING: 530 words by 2 p.m. Monday, photos.

FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-MACARONI AND CHEESE _ There are two distinct styles of macaroni and cheese and this recipe experiments with a cheesier-flavored custard version. By America’s Test Kitchen. UPCOMING: 550 words by 2 p.m. Monday, photos.

HOMES AND GARDENING:

GARDENING-FEEDER WARS _ Feeding birds is popular, but many ornithologists say it’s more rewarding for people than for birds, and could even put wild birds at risk. Some tips on responsible bird-feeding. By Dean Fosdick. UPCOMING Tuesday: 500 words, photos.

HOMES-DESIGNER-FLOORING _ How do you find flooring that will add beauty to your home while also being durable enough to keep those good looks for years? Three interior design experts offer advice. By Melissa Rayworth. UPCOMING Wednesday: 600 words, photos.

TRAVEL:

TRAVEL-PORTUGAL-LAGOS-SLAVERY _ A museum dedicated to slavery is helping the Portuguese beach town of Lagos come to terms with its role in fostering the forced enslavement of an estimated 12.5 million Africans eventually who were shipped off around the world. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING Wednesday: 900 words, photos.

SUMMER CAMPS:

SUMMER CAMPS-THE RIGHT CAMP _ How do you find the right summer day camp? Think about your own child, not everybody else’s. By Lisa A. Flam. UPCOMING Tuesday: 800 words. Photos.

SUMMER CAMPS-COUNSELORS ROCK _ Dear employers, please take ``overnight camp counselor’’ seriously on a resume. Counselors learn plenty of valuable skills that carry over into the workplace and life. By Molly Sprayregen. UPCOMING Tuesday: 650 words. Photos.

SUMMER CAMPS-DEBATE _ Policy debate camps offer teens some summer immersion in the world of ideas. By Katherine Roth. UPCOMING Tuesday: 760 words. Photos.

SUMMER CAMPS-TRANSGENDER _ Inclusion is a core value shared by many summer camps, and in recent years many camp directors have been discussing how to help transgender and gender-nonconforming youth at camp. While change is happening at some camps faster than others, it does seem to be happening _ from staff training to updated policies. By Molly Sprayregen. UPCOMING Tuesday: 650 words. Photos.

SUMMER CAMPS-CARE PACKAGES _ What to send? How much and how often? There’s nothing like the thrill of opening a care package at camp, but for parents it’s not always clear what should go into that great little mid-summer gift. By Katie Workman. UPCOMING Tuesday: 700 words. Photos.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

GENERAL LIFESTYLES: NERDWALLET-LIZ WESTON-5-DIVORCE-MISTAKES

FOOD: FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-TIRAMISU, FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-PROVENCAL VEGETABLE SOUP, FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-CHOCOLATE CHIP SKILLET COOKIE, FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-REAL BUTTERED POPCORN, FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-FALLEN CHOCOLATE CAKES

HOMES AND GARDENING: GARDENING-POTTING SOIL, HOMES-KITCHEN SMARTS-SUPER BOWL TACO PARTY, HOMES-RIGHT-KITCHEN ISLANDS

TRAVEL: GRAND CANYON-WATERFALLS, CATALINA ISLAND MARINES, WWII EXHIBIT-LOUISIANA

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SPECIAL EDITIONS CALENDAR:

Feb. 5 — Summer Camps

March 5 — Spring Homes

April 2 — Weddings

May 7 — Pursuits/Outdoors

July 9 — Back to School

Aug. 6 — Fall Homes

Oct. 1 — Pets

Nov. 12 — Holidays

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