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Ice pops are a quintessential summer treat. Here's how to make your own.

Ice pops are a quintessential summer treat. (Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post)

Few summer treats are as iconic as the ice pop. Hot days, a rainbow of colors dripping down your arm: It's pure bliss. And it happens to be bliss that you can easily create in your own kitchen, especially if you're hesitant to bring home store-bought varieties that may have artificial colors and...

Gochujang brings the big flavor that skinny pork chops need

Spicy Broiled Pork With Citrus Slaw (Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post)

When I hear a new song that I like, I sometimes listen to it over and over again until I know it well. I can't get enough of it. The same thing happens to me with condiments. I'll use one in a new way that grabs me and then I can't stop using it. I had tasted gochujang, the Korean chile...

Comfort cooking calls for spicy heat. Find it in these Thai-style grilled ribs.

Pork country ribs marinate before being grilled and then served with fresh lime and bottled peanut sauce. (Shannon Kinsella/food styling) (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

I don’t need food to be hot. But I do like it spicy. Even comfort food. I add chile flakes to pasta, hot sauce to mashed potatoes, black pepper to scrambled eggs.     The penchant for warm spice stems from college days enjoying skewers of chicken satay and pad...

Zucchini crust pizza? Yes!

This vegetarian pizza is made with shredded zucchini, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and egg. (Gretchen McKay/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)

It’s exactly what it sounds like — pizza made on a bed of shredded zucchini.

New London's iconic chef Jack Chaplin pushes on

Jack Chaplin talks about his career and his plan for the future while on the porch of his restaurant Daddy Jack's, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in New London.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

In the midst of a pandemic, New London chef/video star Jack Chaplin gets re-energized and moves forward.





Rocks in my head: A top geologist sets me straight

Former state geologist Ralph Lewis cleared up a few misconceptions about rocks the other day while hiking with our small group through the 201-acre Candlewood Hill Wildlife Management Area in Groton.

Rick's List — "FANNN-tastic!" Edition

"FANNN-tastic!" I will never read or hear the word "fantastic" again without thinking of my friend John Bresser's distinctive pronunciation thereof. When you saw John, which I did most mornings in The Day newsroom until he retired, and we...