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Dave Says: Keep your dignity and work your way out

Dear Dave: My wife and I will both turn 30 next month. We have two young children, and we make a little over $85,000 combined. The problem is we have about $70,000 in debt. Some of... — Updated 1/15/2020

 

WOLFGANG PUCK'S KITCHEN

So many people think of sourdough as an all-American - or at least North American - phenomenon. Credit that to the fact that sourdough starters (wild yeast cultures regularly fed an... — Updated 1/15/2020

 
 By Rick Steves    Lifestyles

RICK STEVES' EUROPE

Nighttime's the right time - and reservations are smart any time - when it comes to seeing the great sights in Northern Italy. With all the crowds heading for the same few... — Updated 1/15/2020

 

MY PET WORLD

Dear Cathy, We've always had multiple dogs and now own a black lab who is 9 months old. She is the easiest puppy in the world to potty train, but I have never had a dog chew so... — Updated 1/15/2020

 

MAYO CLINIC

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: At her most recent well-child checkup, my 13-year-old daughter was given a questionnaire about depression, even though she doesn't have any symptoms of depression.... — Updated 1/15/2020

 

Dave Says: Making resolutions become reality

Dear Dave, My wife and I have our budget ready for next month, and we'll be following your plan in 2020 to pay off debt and get our finances in order. Do you have any tips for... — Updated 1/8/2020

 

WOLFGANG PUCK'S KITCHEN

It seems to me that people who love to cook at home often have two separate styles of recipes that they rely on. First come the everyday dishes that they make week after week for th... — Updated 1/8/2020

 
 By Rick Steves    Lifestyles

RICK STEVES' EUROPE

Though visiting Paris' Notre-Dame cathedral won't be possible for the foreseeable future following a devastating fire, there are plenty of fine examples of Gothic cathedrals - and... — Updated 1/8/2020

 

MY PET WORLD

I took in a 10-year old indoor/outdoor cat who needed a home. I am a senior and she is the only pet, but I have had cats before. After about a week, she started becoming acclimated... — Updated 1/8/2020

 

MAYO CLINIC

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is it common to only have a partial thyroidectomy to remove Hurthle cells? My doctor is recommending this procedure, but I wonder if I should have my entire... — Updated 1/8/2020

 

Dave Says: 'Why not just budget and save for holidays?'

Dear Dave, I've never heard you talk about store layaway programs. With Christmas coming, I wanted to ask your opinion of using layaway for buying gifts. Meg Dear Meg, If you know... — Updated 12/18/2019

 

WOLFGANG PUCK'S KITCHEN

During the almost 18 years I've had the pleasure of writing my "Wolfgang Puck's Kitchen" column, one theme has recurred again and again, regardless of the ingredients, the... — Updated 12/18/2019

 

MAYO CLINIC

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What is transcranial magnetic stimulation, and how does it work? Is it effective for treating depression? ANSWER: Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is a... — Updated 12/18/2019

 
 By Rick Steves    Lifestyles

RICK STEVES' EUROPE

For scenes straight out of a box of old-fashioned Christmas cards, head to England. Many classic Christmas trappings, from caroling to mince pie and wassail, have been part of Engli... — Updated 12/18/2019

 

MY PET WORLD

Dear Cathy, This summer, my family adopted a teacup Shorkiepoo. He was 8 months old when he joined our family, which includes two older dogs. He has mastered peeing on wee-wee pads,... — Updated 12/18/2019

 

MY PET WORLD

This may be a silly question, but do you know if nature gives feral cats anything special to keep them from freezing in very cold weather? I know they survive, but how? - Dick,... — Updated 12/12/2019

 

Dave Says: Should I cash in savings bonds?

Dear Dave, My wife and I are following your plan, and recently we found some old savings bonds that had been given to her by her grandfather when she was a kid. Do you think we shou... — Updated 12/11/2019

 

WOLFGANG PUCK'S KITCHEN

Anyone who has dined in one of my restaurants, read one of my books or articles, seen me on TV, or cooked or eaten with me personally knows that I think of the whole world as my pan... — Updated 12/11/2019

 
 By Rick Steves    Lifestyles

RICK STEVES' EUROPE

With its romantic coastline, inviting beaches, and reliable sunshine, southern France's Riviera region has been a tourist destination since the 1860s. A hundred years ago,... — Updated 12/11/2019

 

MAYO CLINIC

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I had an extremely painful headache that was diagnosed as a cluster headache in the emergency department. I was treated with oxygen, and the pain disappeared. Is... — Updated 12/11/2019

 

Dave Says: Landlords & duplexes

Dear Dave: I'm 23, debt-free, and I've almost got my fully funded emergency fund in place. I was curious about your thoughts on saving up money to buy a duplex, living on one side,... — Updated 12/4/2019

 

WOLFGANG PUCK'S KITCHEN

If you've been a reader of my column these past many years, you know you can expect one thing from me as surely as the fact that I love to help people cook and eat the best food pos... — Updated 12/4/2019

 

RICK STEVES' EUROPE

Seeing the top sights in Europe's big cities can be intense. It's hot, it's crowded, and your dream of having a quiet moment with the Mona Lisa is shared by around six million... — Updated 12/4/2019

 

MY PET WORLD

Dear Cathy, My Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix drinks his water much too quickly. He starts coughing and wheezing as the water goes down the wrong pipe. I hold him on my lap, hold his... — Updated 12/4/2019

 

MAYO CLINIC

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I keep reading about weight loss and other health benefits from a diet where people eliminate lectins. Is there any truth to the claim that a lectin-free diet can... — Updated 12/4/2019

 

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