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March 7 birthdays

TV personality Willard Scott, 84; International Motorsports Hall of Famer Janet Guthrie, 80; actor Daniel J. Travanti, 78; entertainment executive Michael Eisner, 76; rock musician Chris White (The Zombies), 75; rock singer Peter Wolf, 72; rock musician Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum), 72; Pro Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris, 68; Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Lynn Swann, 66; rhythm-and-blues singer-musician Ernie Isley (The Isley Brothers), 66; rock musician Kenny Aronoff (BoDeans, John Mellencamp), 65; actor Bryan Cranston, 62; actress Donna Murphy, 59; actor Nick Searcy, 59; golfer Tom Lehman, 59; International Tennis Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl, 58; actress Mary Beth Evans, 57; singer-actress Taylor Dayne, 56; actor Bill Brochtrup, 55; author E.L. James, 55; author Bret Easton Ellis, 54; opera singer Denyce Graves, 54; comedian Wanda Sykes, 54; actor Jonathan Del Arco, 52; rock musician Randy Guss (Toad the Wet Sprocket), 51; actress Rachel Weisz, 48; actor Peter Sarsgaard, 47; actor Jay Duplass, 45; classical singer Sebastien Izambard (Il Divo), 45; rock singer Hugo Ferreira (Tantric), 44; actress Jenna Fischer, 44; actor Tobias Menzies, 44; actress Sarayu Rao, 43; actress Audrey Marie Anderson, 43; actor TJ Thyne, 43; bluegrass singer-musician Frank Solivan, 41; actress Laura Prepon, 38; actress Bel Powley, 26; actress Giselle Eisenberg (TV: "Life in Pieces"), 11.

Today in history

In 1965, a march by civil rights demonstrators was violently broken up at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, by state troopers and a sheriff's posse in what came to be known as "Bloody Sunday."

Wine of the week

Dr. Loosen Riesling is this week's featured wine.

Region: Mosel, Germany

Varietals: 100 percent Riesling

Notable: "This extremely popular introductory wine embodies the elegant and racy style of classic Mosel Riesling. It is refreshing and fruity, with a fine mineral edge that is typical of the region. The grapes used to make Dr. L come exclusively from traditional vineyards with steep slopes and slate soil."

Notable: This wine received a 87 point rating from the Wine Spectator.

Price: $13.49

This wine will be open for tasting at The Decanter Fine Wines on Saturday.

Decanter Fine Wines

Multicooker issue

If you own a Gem 65 8-in-1 multicooker, you likely enjoy all the ways it helps you prepare food.

According to Instant Pot, the manufacturer, you should also check your unit to make sure the bottom won’t melt. On an Instant Pot community Facebook page, Instant Pot said a small number of customers who have the multicooker have reported overheating that has resulted in the underside of the unit melting.

The company said the problem likely affects only batch codes 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734 and 1746. Those codes are the four-digit number at the bottom right on a silver label on the bottom of the unit.

The company said to stop using the product immediately if you have one of the affected models, and it will provide further instruction once it learns more from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Customers can also call the company at 1-800-828-7280, ext. 2.

Make this

BLACK BEAN AND SAUSAGE SOUP: Slice 2 links Italian sausage down the middle lengthwise; brown both sides in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Transfer to a board; cut into ¼-inch half moons. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to Dutch oven. Add 1 onion, chopped, and 1 each poblano chile and red bell pepper, seeded, chopped; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Pour in 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, drained, rinsed, and 3½ cups low-sodium chicken broth; stir in sliced sausage. Cook until heated through. Serve topped with crema. Makes: 4 servings

Recipe by Joe Gray

 

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