Why tomatoes lose flavor in fridge

This Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 photo shows a variety of miniature tomatoes displayed for sale at a farmers market in Falls Church, Va. Cooling tomatoes below 54 degrees stops them from making some of the substances that contribute to their taste, say researchers. That robs the fruit of flavor, whether it happens in a home refrigerator or in cold storage before the produce reaches the grocery shelf, according to a report released Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

NEW YORK (AP) — If you buy tomatoes from John Banscher at his farmstand in New Jersey, he’ll recommend keeping them out of the fridge or they’ll lose some of their taste.

Cod recipe creates a richer, meatier dish

This Oct. 6, 2016 photo shows cod with red wine pan sauce and mushrooms in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

I think we all know that eating fish several times a week is a good call, both for our hearts and our brains. In the summertime, it’s easy. I love tossing a piece of fish seasoned with just a little salt and pepper on the grill, giving it a bit of char and squeezing it with bright lemon and serving it next to a lightly-dressed coleslaw or a chopped grilled veggie salad. In summer, I like not feeling full.

Mix-and-match banner makes mantel decor easy

This Oct. 2, 2016 photo taken in Hopkinton, N.H., shows a rainbow-hued banner displayed on a fireplace mantel. The colorful decoration brightens up a birthday celebration, but this banner also can be transformed for nearly any holiday or season thanks to reversible, removable pennants. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — I recently moved to a new house that is less than half the size of my former home, but the new place has one key feature the old one lacked: a fireplace. Or, more specifically, a fireplace mantel to decorate.

Designing a functional yet stylish mudroom

This undated photo provided by The Home Depot shows a cabinet serving as storage in the foyer of a home. One portion of an open foyer can function as a mudroom with help from a cabinet, like the one shown here, that combines closed storage, hanging space, shelving and seating. (The Home Depot/Home Decorators Collection via AP)

Mudrooms have been a staple of large houses, especially in climates with plenty of rain and snow. But increasingly, a mudroom has become a design essential even for apartment dwellers and those with small homes.

Using a coldframe is like moving your garden south

This undated photo shows a bi-fold coldframe in New Paltz, N.Y. Seedlings can keep warm and cozy even in cold weather when the bi-fold cover of this coldframe is closed to capture and hold the sun’s warmth. (Lee Reich via AP)

In one weekend, you could effectively move your garden — or at least part of it — a few hundred miles south. If you’re handy, you could do it in less than a day.

Succulents are good indoor winter houseplants

This June 19, 2013 photo provided by Dean Fosdick shows a succulent assortment in Fosdick's Langley, Wash., greenhouse. Succulents offer a wide variety of eye-catching foliage and flower colors and are easier to care for than traditional houseplants. The soft, juicy leaves and enlarged stems of succulents allows the plants to store water under dry conditions. That makes them ideal for growing indoors in winter. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

If you’re shifting to houseplants as cold weather approaches, consider gardening with succulents. Succulents are easy, disease-resistant, and thrive despite the dry air common indoors in winter.


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