Simon Cowell, the British judge in a T-shirt, is almost forgotten. Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr., and Jennifer Lopez have taken over as judges. But even with the changes and competing singing shows, American Idol still reigns as one of the most successful shows in television history. How well do you know this pop-star machine? Take our quiz.
A beautiful garden is more than just plants. It can always be enhanced by attractive garden ornaments.
A light cake with a mild taste of cornmeal brightened by citrus flavors.
Navy beans slow cooked with smoked ham hocks make a rich, hearty soup.
Redbud trees are a colorful sign of spring. And they're easy to grow. Here's how to to force their branches into bloom indoors weeks before they flower outside.
Mardi Gras pralines can easily be made using a microwave. Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Paczki is a Polish jelly doughnut enjoyed on Fat Tuesday.
Fat Tuesday is the perfect excuse to go whole hog.
Mardi Gras is the perfect occasion for shrimp creole, a traditional Louisiana dish.
Pancake recipes can be imaginative and used for almost any holiday.
Mardi Gras 2011 wouldn't be complete without enjoying warm beignets.
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 diets are full of with the healthy and robust flavors found in a Greek salad.
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.
Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, is also known as Pancake Day.