Wallpapers that take you on a trip

This undated photo provided by Osborne and Little shows wallpaper created by Londoner Nina Campbell. Campbell's new Fontibre collection for Osborne & Little is inspired by the travels of her great uncle, who was an accomplished watercolorist. Campbell's Fontibre pattern, shown here, is named after the source of the River Ebro in the Iberian Peninsula and features an arrangement of stylized painted foliage. (Simon Brown/Osborne and Little via AP)

Wallpaper goes in and out of fashion. Right now, it’s enjoying an “in” moment.

Smoking your own ribs as easy as grilling them

This April 23, 2016 photo provided by Elizabeth Karmel shows smoked ribs in Chicago. The best way to test for doneness is to make sure that the meat has receded from the end of the bones and that you can bend the rack without breaking it in pieces. The best ribs should be tender but have a little chew left. (Elizabeth Karmel via AP)

There was the year that I demonstrated how to make ribs eight times on the same national morning show. Each time, I would remind them we did ribs the last time, and the producer would say, “I know but everyone loves ribs!” And that is true.

Cardamom lends fragrant twist to banana bread

This June 2, 2016 photo shows banana bread with cardamom in London. In small amounts, cardamom has delicate floral and eucalyptus notes, which brings out the best in more traditional ingredients in banana bread and makes for a fragrant treat. (Meera Sodha via AP)

Banana bread is a time-tested American classic, perfect for making in advance for picnics, gifts and for using up ripe bananas. And given it’s all-American status, it’s a perfect way to start (or end) July 4th.

Pair stone fruits & raspberry jam for a sweet dessert

This May 30, 2016 photo shows a quick stone fruit crumble in New York. This crumble works equally well with ripe and not-so-ripe fruit. It's also a smash whether you choose just one kind of fruit or a mix. (Sara Moulton via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Summertime is harvest time for sweet stone fruits: apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines and plumcots, a hybrid of a plum and an apricot. Plumcots have been around at least since the days of Luther Burbank, who named them. They’re also known as apriplums.

Don’t get so sour about pickles. Make them yourself

This June 9, 2016 photo shows six-ingredient pickles in Coronado, Calif. Quick pickles are made in minutes, not days, so the veggies stay crisper than store-bought versions. Plus, you can customize them to be as tart, sweet, sour, spicy or salty as you want. (AP Photo/Melissa d'Arabian)

In the world of summer barbecues, the pickle hardly plays a starring role.

Summer pruning

Question: I understand that summer is a good time to prune my flowering shrubs. Is this also a good time to take the sprouts off my apple trees?


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