When I was growing up, my parents never took down our Christmas tree. It was a synthetic tree from the 1960s, its faded green branches plasticine and matted, imbued with the soot, tobacco, and laughter of the dozens of Christmases it had presided over, making no pretense of being an actual tree. It was bejeweled/smothered with a cacophany of lights- indoor and outdoor, colored and clear, blinking, non-blinking, and chasing. It was frenetic and tacky, more Jackson Pollack than Norman Rockwell, but we wouldn't have changed a thing about it.
Winter and the cold weather calls for soup, and a warming, spicy soup is just right. The soup recipe I’m sharing today gets a nice smoothness from butternut squash and spiciness from a red curry paste.
The particular red curry paste I use is Maesri brand. I use this paste because it already has dried red chilies, garlic, shallots, lemongrass, lime, coriander seeds, cumin, cardamom so it really cuts down on what I need to use to prepare a curry dish or even a nice miso curry salad dressing.
It's back to the drawing board for a slightly revamped State Board of Health, which now has new political appointees. The Board has decided to study and amend abortion clinic regulations that have only been in effect since last year. The regulations’ defenders say the inspections have uncovered unsafe conditions, while abortion-rights advocates say the rules may force clinics to close.
Many people venture out during the holiday season to see Christmas lights. Richmonders have been doing it, too, and they have a name for it: The Tacky Light Tour.
Colleen Curran is a staff writer with Richmond.com, and says the holiday tradition has been going on for decades. This year, the only criteria to make the list is that the home must have at least 40,000 lights.
Click here for a list of all the homes on the tour.
83 years ago on this day, prohibition ended in the United States. During the years when it was illegal to sell alcohol, a crime syndicate was born whose tentacles still stretch to the present day.
Prohibition is the setting for Virginia Tech's Ed Falco's new book. "Toughs" is the fictionalized, real life story of one of the first drive by shooting on record. The result of the gangland feuds that characterized prohibition. His new book has awful resonance with gangland drive-bys today.