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  • Mardi Gras 2011: New Orleans-style buttermilk beignets

    Mardi Gras 2011: New Orleans-style buttermilk beignets

    Mardi Gras 2011 wouldn't be complete without enjoying warm beignets.

  • Fat Tuesday 2011: Top cities that celebrate Mardi Gras

    Fat Tuesday 2011: Top cities that celebrate Mardi Gras

    Partying has begun today in major cities to mark Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, a last gastronomical hurrah before the Christian fasts that start on Ash Wednesday and continue during the season of Lent. The festivities that precede Fat Tuesday are known as Carnival in Catholic European nations, Latin America, and Canada. They are known as Shrovetide in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Mardi Gras in the US and Australia. The Mardi Gras season starts on twelfth night (January 5) and ends on Fat Tuesday, but the festivities and parade season usually last for only the few days nearest Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday 2011 falls on March 8, but the day falls on a different date every year depending on when Easter falls. This year Fat Tuesday is being celebrated later than any other Fat Tuesday in over 150 years. The festivities include rich, fatty foods, masks and elaborate costumes, balls, and large scale parades at which participants throw small gifts. In the early days of the Mardi Gras parades, participants would throw candy or nuts. The "throws" have since evolved to include whistles, trinkets, cups, fake money (called doubloons), beaded necklaces, oranges, and even coconuts.

  • Mediterranean diet: Greek salad

    Mediterranean diet: Greek salad

    Mediterranean diets are full of with the healthy and robust flavors found in a Greek salad.

  • Big ideas for small, money-saving water features

    Big ideas for small, money-saving water features

    Here are three examples of not-so-big water features that can make a big impact in your yard but carry a small price tag.

  • Guyanese pancakes for Mardi Gras

    Guyanese pancakes for Mardi Gras

    Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, is also known as Pancake Day.

  • Cyberwar and defense against it

    A Christian Science perspective: A defense against cyberwar is a defense against fear.

  • Haiti earthquake aftermath: A baby and a plea for help

    Haiti earthquake aftermath: A baby and a plea for help

    A Monitor photographer experiences the state of Haiti's recovery on a very personal level.

  • Beguiled by a loop of string

    Beguiled by a loop of string

    As the girl played cat's cradle on the train, the elderly lady beside her brightened with interest.

  • Moral relativism comes to the copy desk

    A question from a colleague reminds the Monitor's language columnist how often an editor's notions of 'right' and 'wrong' are grounded in specifics, not absolutes.

  • A top-dog tale

    When a new dog arrived, cocker spaniel Heidi seemed to lose more than her familiar status.

  • Mardi Gras food: Fastnachts doughnuts for Shrove Tuesday

    Mardi Gras food: Fastnachts doughnuts for Shrove Tuesday

    Mardi Gras food consumed the day before Lent is celebrated in German-American kitchens with decadent doughnuts.

  • Meatless Monday: Hot and sour lime soup

    Meatless Monday: Hot and sour lime soup

    Green is the color of spring, growth, and spicy hot and sour lime soup.

  • How to grow and prepare beets

    How to grow and prepare beets

    A gardener and a chef team up to show you how to grow beets and then use them in a delicious salad.

  • Unexpected courage and strength in an emergency

    A Christian Science perspective: Where do the desire, courage, and strength needed to help others in an emergency come from?

  • Google logo gets a 'Spirited' look

    Google logo gets a 'Spirited' look

    To celebrate the 94th birthday of comic book legend Will Eisner, Google's Doodle bases its look today on Eisner’s classic character 'The Spirit.'

  • Make a terrarium

    Make a terrarium

    A group of gardening friends gathers to create 'new' terrariums.

  • Do you know the Mardi Gras plant?

    Do you know the Mardi Gras plant?

    Common names for plants can be colorful and descriptive. Maybe you've heard of dooryard plant or hearts a bustin'.

  • Carmen in 3D: movie review

    'Carmen in 3D' is a great opera, beautifully sung and the latest in a line of classic operas now showing in movie theaters.

  • Happythankyoumoreplease: movie review

    Happythankyoumoreplease: movie review

    ‘Happythankyoumoreplease’ hangs on three stories, each of them a little tedious.

  • A thoroughly modern opera: Robots enter a new frontier

    A thoroughly modern opera: Robots enter a new frontier

    Tod Machover's futuristic opera, 'Death and the Powers,' features robots and puts technology in the leading role.