Find St. Patrick’s Day Food Bargains

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays.  It’s so much fun, and it’s a great time to save money by stocking up on some items that almost always go on sale at supermarkets as “loss leaders.” Those are specially priced, highly-advertised sale items designed specifically to get you in the store. Of course corned beef served with boiled cabbage and potatoes is a classic – and economical – St. Patrick’s Day dish, and equally tasty any time of …

The Takeaway: Weekend Edition (Updated)

Update: New York legalizes same-sex marriage in late Friday vote. Newly-married New Yorkers will see their lives change significantly – legally and financially. But for those older couples who don’t live in the six states recognizing gay marriage, planning is still essential. P.M. Notes: Peter Falk, right, dies at 83. TV’s Lt. Columbo, who reportedly suffered from dementia, died Thursday at his home in Beverly Hills.

The Takeaway: Jack McKeon; Foods that Make You Fat; Wellness Visits

Is the “apple of the earth” bad for you? Potatoes, the go-to starch for many Americans, can add pounds over time, a new Harvard study reveals.  In fact one extra serving “was found to cause more weight gain than downing an additional 12-ounce can of a sugary drink or taking an extra helping of red or processed meats.” The study, published in today’s New England Journal of Medicine, also examined how losing weight isn’t as simple as “eat less, exercise …