Fire up the grill for a Memorial Day meal from start to finish

The unofficial start of grilling season is the perfect time to try some new flame-kissed dishes.


    WASHINGTON, DC- APRIL 22: Stephen Gregory Smith is one of the people being profiled in our story about actors with interesting day jobs. He is a dog walker and occasional candle maker.  Photographed in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 2015.   (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

    When art doesn’t pay the bills, an actor needs a good supporting role

    Five local actors talk about the roles they play when they’re not onstage.


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    A tourist tastes  Carmenere wine, during a tasting at El Carmen winery in the Maipo Valley, about 40 km south of Santiago, on September 23, 2014. Originally one of the essential varieties in the great Bordeaux, Carmenere was belived to a relic of history for more than 100 year, until 1994 when it was rediscovered in Chile by French scientist Jean Michel Boursiquot who found it intermingled among the merlotvines in Carmen's esteemed Alto Maipo vineyards. . AFP PHOTO/MARTIN BERNETTIMARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images

    Those wine-snob behaviors? There’s a good reason for all of them.

    We tilt, swirl, sniff and gargle to better appreciate what’s in the glass, not to annoy you.



    How to cure a workout hangover

    So you overdid it and your muscles are barking at you? Try a little hair of the dog, i.e., more exercise.

    Weddings & Romance

    Jacqueline and Matt

    Date Lab: She’s already a winner in his book

    At first sight, he said, “Wow!” She said, “Great!” Will the rest of this couple’s evening be as beautiful?


    2015- HANDOUT IMAGE: Alexandria's 11-year-old Meybelin Alvarez's completed room after SOHO room renovations. (handout image)

    Girls’ rooms and futures look bright

    Space of Her Own pairs fifth-graders with mentors to redesign their rooms and learn life skills.


    Carolyn Hax: Mom wants to feel appreciated, but not with a group card

    Her son’s family signed a Mother’s Day card, and her grandson made one, but she wants more from her son.

    Reliable Source

    Alan Alda dines with author Alice McDermott in Glen Echo

    America’s favorite Army doc is in town on business for his second career -- as a science communicator.


    Why do filmmakers insist on portraying Yves Saint Laurent as a ‘fragile genius’?

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    TAPICHALACA RESERVE, ECUADOR - JANUARY 2015 - A pair of Golden-plumed Parakeets (Leptosittaca branickii) squawk from their natural wax palm nest in Quebrada Honda valley. The valley is one of four sites at Tapichalaca Reserve where artificial nest boxes help supplement the lack of palm cavities due to the tree’s endangerment, providing parakeets with valuable nesting spots. (Jessie Williamson)

    Wing tips: Bird-watching adventures high in the Andes Mountains

    Two nature lodges nestled in the lush cloud forest of Ecuador offer a shot to see rare and threatened species.

    Travel coverage

    Home & Garden

    Mount Cuba Center near Wilmington, Del., is an exemplary garden of native plants that comes alive in the spring.

    At the Mount Cuba Center, native plants flourish in their natural setting

    The wooded hillside garden in Delaware is worth a visit (at least once) in the spring.


    On Parenting: Meghan Leahy, Amy Joyce take questions about parenting

    Join us at 11 a.m. to talk all things parenting.