Funny American place names abound, from Gun Barrel City, Texas, to Why, Arizona. This list celebrates towns and cities with names worth a second look, a smile, and a smirk.
In Central Park, winter gives way to spring colorfully and obviously, with sprouts, shoots, buds and blooms in April.
Learn how to make small batches of red raspberry ice cream at home. These recipes explain how to create rich raspberry ice cream, with or without eggs.
Growing up in California, loquats and loganberries were two familiar backyard edibles. Combined, they make a juicy, unusual pie filling.
Green peas and fresh mint pair perfectly in this springtime soup. It's quite different from a salty split pea soup or a bacon-flavored stew. Thanks to the mint, it's a warm soup that's as refreshing as it is satisfying.
There's something perfect about the mix of refreshing mint, sweet cream and chocolate goodness in mint chocolate chip ice cream. Here's how to create a homemade version.
Fried plantain slices make a quick, simple starter or appetizer. It's just between you, the frying pan and a firm, starchy version of the common banana. Try serving fried plantain slices as a snack in place of chips,...
Store-bought peaches just aren't as good / Photo by E. A. Wright It was under the dry, scorching glare of the afternoon sun in August, far off the beaten path in California's Central Valley. It was at a roadside stand...
Nasturtiums are brightly colored, cheerful flowers that are also fully edible. The flowers pair sweetness and spice while the leaves deliver peppery punches.
Comparing a Meyer lemon to the lemons typically sold in supermarkets is a bit like comparing an apple to a bunch of oranges. Everything is different: the taste, the color, the shape — even the thickness of the skin....
Edible flowers add elegance, color and spice to salads. Learn where to find them, what they look like and how those pretty, edible petals taste.
Mints are hardy, versatile herbs that come in a wildly varied range of shapes and flavors. Take fresh pineapple mint. It's as different from peppermint as it is from Standard Issue Toothpaste.
No spice lover should skip culinary lavender. That's especially so for spice fanatics who like a dash of hotness in their desserts. If you think mixing a bit of pepper into chocolate is an amazing idea, you may love...
For New York City residents hoping to avoid the disgusting sludge that is spoiled milk, the dual expiration dates printed on most milk cartons until a few years ago presented a puzzle.
A guide to fragrant, sweet-smelling flowers: From lilacs to freesias, these flowers are treat for the nose.
100 songs about California: The ultimate California playlist.
Few cities in Northern California get sung about the way Los Angeles does. Here's celebrating 10 Northern cities that have made their way into song.
Thinking of leaving home for California? These 10 songs will get you packed up and moving to the Golden State. California's calling.
These 10 songs about places in Southern California journey across the region from San Diego to San Simeon.
California beach songs are as bright and mellow as sunshine itself, and these 10 songs are great for a California beach party.
In California, life takes gasoline. Find proof in these 10 songs celebrating California's car culture.
15 Classic Songs About California: A list of the best California songs from the 1960s and 1970s.
In Big Sur, towering mountains drop away to meet the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. This is some of California's most dramatic scenery.
Kiwi fruit makes an unusual, but tasty, sorbet ingredient. This sorbet recipe combines ripe kiwi fruit and fresh lime juice into a unique, homemade frozen dessert.
Don't you hate it when your favorite shampoo is discontinued? (Goodbye, Thermasilk.) I'm no longer surprised when this happens, but I can still get annoyed.
A detailed, state-by-state guide to current gift card laws as of August 2009.
Gift cards offer convenience but come with catches. Here's what savvy consumers need to know about gift card expiration dates, fees and the evolving patchwork of gift card laws.
While playing the long distance love game for a half dozen years, I searched for the perfect long distance relationship soundtrack. These are the songs that helped me through that difficult time.
Visiting New York City for the first time can be overwhelming and confusing. It's big, noisy and crowded. Here are a few practical tips for NYC tourists to make a visit to the city a bit less stressful.