FILE - In a Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, singer Joan Osborne arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles. The Grammy-nominated singer of the hit “One of Us” has put together an album of her unique takes on 13 of his classic songs. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Music, theater and more in Snohomish County

Hear Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Joan Osborne on Jan. 15 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

FILE - In a Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, singer Joan Osborne arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles. The Grammy-nominated singer of the hit “One of Us” has put together an album of her unique takes on 13 of his classic songs. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Olivia Colman in "The Lost Daughter." (Yannis Drakoulidis/Netflix/TNS)

Rigors of motherhood are tested in absorbing ‘Lost Daughter’

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s first movie as a writer and director asks a lot of compelling questions, including: “Isn’t being a mom hard?”

  • Dec 30, 2021
Olivia Colman in "The Lost Daughter." (Yannis Drakoulidis/Netflix/TNS)
cookie cookbook

Sick of holiday sweets? Then check out these savory cookies

Campari shortbread cookies, red wine brownies and Parmesan cheesecake bars are a delightful change from sugar-laden Christmas treats.

  • Dec 28, 2021
cookie cookbook
prawns shrimps roasted in a black pan with garlic, lemon, spices  and italian parsley garnish, close up, selected focus, narrow depth of field

Tide guests over with assertively seasoned pan-seared shrimp

This dish from the folks at “America’s Test Kitchen” also can be paired with rice for a main course.

  • Dec 28, 2021
prawns shrimps roasted in a black pan with garlic, lemon, spices  and italian parsley garnish, close up, selected focus, narrow depth of field
The 2022 Genesis GV70 exhibits a sporty image with its crest grille positioned below the headlamps and a skid plate beneath the bumper. (Manufacturer photo)

2022 Genesis GV70 is an SUV alternative to G70 sports sedan

The new luxury compact seats five with 28.9 cubic feet of cargo space to spare.

The 2022 Genesis GV70 exhibits a sporty image with its crest grille positioned below the headlamps and a skid plate beneath the bumper. (Manufacturer photo)
Bardsley

Holiday disasters that will live in infamy

Sewage raining from the ceiling onto the dinner table, and other red-letter days in Bardsley family lore.

Bardsley
Snowshoeing 
Gold Creek Trail
Outdoor Leadership Training Program
Washington Trails Association
February 4, 2017
Photo by Emma Cassidy @eacas

How to hike safely in winter wonderlands

Planning, precautions and common sense are the key elements of a snowy-season expedition that ends well.

  • Dec 26, 2021
Snowshoeing 
Gold Creek Trail
Outdoor Leadership Training Program
Washington Trails Association
February 4, 2017
Photo by Emma Cassidy @eacas
A winding path in Switzerland's Berner Oberland region.

Rick Steves searches for edelweiss in the Swiss Alps

The storied flower of “Sound of Music” fame survives along with traditional Alpine culture.

A winding path in Switzerland's Berner Oberland region.

Six tips for staying healthy in the New Year

Good health enables you to do the things you want to do and feel good while you’re doing them.

Where’s the refund from her canceled Canadian rail tour?

Kay Nelson’s Canadian rail tour gets canceled after the pandemic outbreak. But the tour operator has given itself permission to keep her money and offer only an expiring voucher. Can she get a refund instead?

  • Dec 26, 2021
Cutline: Holiday feasts make delicious leftover meals, like this turkey and cranberry sandwich.

Christmas chow: Love it, but just don’t waste it

Here are some food waste reduction tips to make the most of your favorite things to eat during the holidays.

  • Dec 24, 2021
Cutline: Holiday feasts make delicious leftover meals, like this turkey and cranberry sandwich.
abstract background from a grass covered with hoarfrost

What a La Nina winter means for the Puget Sound gardener

Wet winters pose several challenges — not the least of which is saturated soil.

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This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Keanu Reeves in a scene from "The Matrix Resurrections." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Movies: ‘Matrix Resurrections’ brings franchise back to life

Lana Wachowski brings an unapologetic earnestness and sense of pleasure to this remix of the classic film franchise.

  • Dec 23, 2021
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Keanu Reeves in a scene from "The Matrix Resurrections." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
Ralph Fiennes, left, and Djimon Hounsou in "The King’s Man." (Peter Mountain/Twentieth Century Fox/TNS)

Movies: Clothes don’t make the man in tepid ‘The King’s Man’

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” was a rollicking hit in 2015. The sequel was a flop. And surely nobody asked for this third movie in the franchise.

  • Dec 23, 2021
Ralph Fiennes, left, and Djimon Hounsou in "The King’s Man." (Peter Mountain/Twentieth Century Fox/TNS)
Heart by Heart

What’s going on: Music, theater and more

Celebrate Christmas Eve with Heart by Heart, the Heart cover band with two original members of the group.

Heart by Heart
Human stomach on fire. Heartburn, gastritis and acid reflux, indigestion and stomach pain problems. Vector flat cartoon illustration on white background

Do you have a case of heartburn? Listen to your body

Think about what and when you’ve been eating, or whether you’ve been lifting heavy items or had a stomach ache.

  • Dec 22, 2021
Human stomach on fire. Heartburn, gastritis and acid reflux, indigestion and stomach pain problems. Vector flat cartoon illustration on white background
The 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback provides 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat. (Manufacturer photo)

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback is a stunner, just like the sedan

Both versions are sleek and sporty, but only the hatchback offers the choice of a manual gearbox.

The 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback provides 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat. (Manufacturer photo)
Hot and nourishing, this easy chicken pozole is made with jarred salsa verde. (Gretchen McKay/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)

Hominy-based chicken soup will chase the sniffles away

If you can’t find tomatillos for this Mexican-inspired soup, a jar of salsa verde will suffice.

  • Dec 21, 2021
Hot and nourishing, this easy chicken pozole is made with jarred salsa verde. (Gretchen McKay/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)
Cooked Greasy Bacon against a back ground

32 things he learned about every day cooking

Rule No. 1: Cook bacon in the oven, or put on a shirt before dropping it in a skillet.

  • Dec 21, 2021
Cooked Greasy Bacon against a back ground
Clockwise from top left: Holiday roasted vegetables, silky mashed potatoes and roasted beet goat cheese salad. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

At your Christmas dinner, don’t neglect the side dishes

Here are four sides that are worthy of a special dinner, yet are easy to prepare and won’t detract from the roasted goose, or whatever’s the main dish.

  • Dec 21, 2021
Clockwise from top left: Holiday roasted vegetables, silky mashed potatoes and roasted beet goat cheese salad. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)