Thanksgiving travel woes? There’s an app for that

This cell phone screen capture shows traffic alerts along a route displayed on a cell phone app called Waze, in Los Angeles on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, getting from Point A to Point B can be a headache. Technology provides relief in the form of apps that can let you know which roads are clogged, how long the wait is at the airport and whether the trains are running on time. (AP Photo/WAZE)

Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in Thanksgiving can make it a throbbing migraine.

Calorie count to appear with many prepared foods

FILE - In this July 18, 2008 file photo, calories of each food item appear on a McDonalds drive-thru menu in New York. The Food and Drug Administration announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules Tuesday, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus, menu boards and displays. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply. (AP Photo/Ed Ou, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Diners will soon know how many calories are in that bacon cheeseburger at a chain restaurant, the pasta salad in the supermarket salad bar and even that buttery tub of popcorn at

Mastering deep-frying to get perfect doughnuts

This Nov. 3, 2014, photo shows chai-spiced doughnuts in Concord, N.H. The best kind of oil for these doughnuts is one thats flavorless and has a high smoke point. The smoke point is the temperature at which a given oil starts to smoke; it can catch fire if it gets much hotter than that. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Plenty of us have a perfectly understandable fear of frying. After all, it can be both messy and dangerous. But it doesn’t have to be.

Slow cooker short ribs that are worth the trouble

This Oct. 6, 2014 photo shows red wine braised slow cooker short ribs in Concord, N.H. There is not a way to brown meat or vegetables within the moist confines of a slow cooker, which means that those ingredients will require some time in the skillet beforehand. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Many people love the idea of a slow cooker because it seems so simple — open the pot, insert ingredients, cover the pot, turn on the heat, then leave it alone.

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