Saturday is Record Store Day, an occasion to give thanks to the socially challenged luddites and misfits who are bravely and somewhat foolishly keeping the big 12-inchers alive and rotating from coast to coast! Huzzah! And Gabba Gabba Hey, y'all! I confess without shame that, many years ago as an art student, I spent most of my tuition money at one such hot, dusty vinyl den, Aron Records on Melrose Ave. in Hollywood, Calif. It was in Aron's burgeoning bins of advance DJ copies (50 cents each) that I discovered a young, wildly talented Elton John, stumbled upon the great Ry Cooder and the criminally underrated Little Feat, fell hard for Dusty Springfield, and built my voluminous Monk collection. And that was just my first semester. As you might imagine, I've unearthed a few treasures over the years at Aron, Rhino Records, and other favorite haunts. Here are five gems that you'll never see warping in the sun at a garage sale at my house.
Bring on the sunshine! Flowers with orange and amber blooms brighten the garden. A garden designer recommends five great plants to experiment with.
Gardeners in Southern California and elsewhere around the country will find that starting flowers and vegetables from seed is simple and offers choices of many different types of plants.
A dreamy dessert made sweet with chewy, shredded coconut.
Whole cumin seeds, jalapeño, red bell peppers, garlic, and onions deliver a lively taste.
At the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, N.C., a spring gala celebrates exciting changes at the well-known garden.
Think of it as asparagus with a deconstructed hollandaise sauce.
Nettle pesto has a surprisingly savory flavor. Cooking removes their sting.
Gruyere surchoix and toasted almond grilled cheese is so sweet it could be dessert.