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Asparagus, front and center

Asparagus has been a delicious symbol of spring since at least as far back as the Greeks, who called it asparagos — literally, “to spring up.” But however it is spelled, it makes me happy.

Giving mint its due in a savory lemon chicken wrap

Fresh mint so rarely gets its due in America. We gladly pair it with chocolate and fruit, but it almost never makes appearances in savory dishes. But the rest of the world knows better, adding it with abandon to all manner of savory dairy, vegetable and meat dishes. That’s because a little bit of its naturally sweet, herby flavor can go a long way to playing up the savory elements of a dish.

Movie Guide | 4-17-14

Editor’s note: Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted.

Miso-marinated cod with grilled pineapple relish

I’m forever on the prowl for ways to make fish enticing for my family. This simple method does the trick. Red miso and pineapple juice combine to make a flavorful, quick marinade. Meanwhile, fresh pineapple slices and scallions go on the grill. It all takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.

A quick take on a Chinese classic

This is a quick take on a popular Chinese classic. It’s made with sauteed pork tenderloin and shredded cabbage, which cook in just a few minutes in a hot wok. I have used whole wheat tortillas as the wrap.

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Recalls this week: children’s pajamas, tool chests Recalls this week: children’s pajamas, tool chests The Associated Press Recalls this week: children’s pajamas, tool chests The Associated Press Recalls this week: children’s pajamas, tool chests

Children’s pajamas that fail to meet flammability standards are among this week’s recalled consumer products. Other products recalled include tool chests sold at Costco that pose a laceration hazard.

Movie Guide | 4-11-14

Editor’s note: Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted.