This reliable jam recipe will let you savor the best berries and stone fruit...

Overview Ingredients StepsThese glorious months of raspberries and peaches, blackberries, plums and nectarines inevitably lead me to making jam. I can’t leave a farmers market without pounds of ripe fruit destined for glistening jars lined up in the pantry. Because I’ve been making fruit jams for most of my life, I know what the bubbles look…

Keep you and your kitchen cool this summer with refreshing cocktails, icy treats and...

Add to listOn my list(Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)It’s hot out there. Really hot. Many of us want to keep our cooking to an absolute minimum; some of us don’t want to turn on the stove or oven at all.If you’re feeling the heat, these…

Carolyn Hax: College friend’s distance adds to her grief

(Nick Galifianakis/for The Washington Post)Dear Carolyn: A few years ago, my husband died, and immediately after that, I had a miscarriage. It was a very low time in my life. I have a group of friends from college, and one of them did not reach out during this time at all. No note, text, email,…

The Pacifica Salad – The Healthy Maven

Jump to RecipeThis take on a fast-casual staple, this pacifica salad features grilled chicken, quinoa + a medley of veggies in a cilantro jalapeno vinaigrette for a filling and flavorful meal you can make at home. I love trying out new recipes and new restaurants, but I’ll also admit that I’m the type of person…

Miss Manners: Are my homemade condolence cards tacky?

Dear Miss Manners: Somewhere along the line, I was led to believe that a handwritten note was preferable to a printed card for expressing sympathy.I've been sending handwritten notes on notecards I make on my computer — the front has a picture of a butterfly flying toward a bright light, and the back has our…

Hints From Heloise: Encouraging a friend’s weight loss

Today’s Sound Off is about weight loss jealousy:Dear Heloise: I have been able to lose 65 pounds with diet and exercise, and although I had to really work at it, the rewards have been great. I have fewer aches and pains, my blood pressure is lower and there has been a significant improvement in my…

Ask Amy: Aunt wonders if a violent abuser can change

Dear Amy: Several years ago, my niece's boyfriend pulled a gun on her and broke her cheekbone. I was horrified. I was even more horrified when my niece decided to have a baby with her abuser.I made it known that I wasn't going to stick around the hospital room with this man when my niece…

With a handful of ingredients and a smart technique, this sweet potato hash is...

Overview Ingredients StepsIn the pantheon of using-up-leftovers dishes, hash is at or near the top, alongside fried rice and the frittata. Do I need to even state the obvious, that you shouldn’t limit hash to breakfast or brunch? I didn’t think so.It’s flexible, too: Saute whatever allium you like, add cubed potatoes or sweet potatoes,…

Summer of KidsPost: Camping and water fun

Avi Dabi, 6, and Riya Dabi, 12, of Houston, Texas, took KidsPost for a float in the pool. Kids from all over can take part in Summer of KidsPost this year by printing out a PDF of one of our pages. (Family photo)KidsPost readers are still finding ways to enjoy summer vacation despite the coronavirus…

How one hour of slow breathing changed my life

The place looked like something out of an old horror film: all paint-chipped walls, dusty windows, and menacing shadows cast by moonlight. I walked through a gate, up a flight of creaking steps, and knocked on the door.When it swung open, a woman in her 30s with woolly eyebrows and oversize white teeth welcomed me…
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