Problem solved: I’ve got this rusty mess and GE won’t help

Christopher Elliott, the Travel Troubleshooter ...

Q: I purchased a GE Appliances washer and dryer set last November. I started noticing rusting around the entire top drum of my washer. I contacted GE in February concerning this issue.

Christopher Elliott

I felt like something was wrong with the drum. There’s no way it can form rust when it has contact with water every time it’s in use.

GE sent a technician to my house. After examining the washer, he said a part was broken and that GE would replace the drum.

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All was well until I saw rust again in June. I contacted GE again. It sent out another technician. He said he’d never seen anything like this before. He blamed the water level and detergents.

I don’t know what’s wrong with my washer. Is it a defective part or the water levels and detergent? The last technician didn’t even examine my machine. He left after five minutes. I would like a new washing machine or a full refund. Can you help me?

Adrian Scott, Columbia, South Carolina

A: GE should have fixed your rusty washer quickly. After all, it was still under warranty. If GE couldn’t replace the defective part, it should have offered you a new machine or a refund.

Washing machines are complicated devices. My …read more

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Carolyn Hax: She expects me to keep this devastating secret from my husband

DEAR CAROLYN: My mother-in-law told me she questions her son’s (my husband’s) paternity. She claims her ex, his father, doesn’t know. She said she wanted me to know in case something happens to her and there’s a medical reason to know such information.

She didn’t want to tell him because she fears how it might affect her relationship with him.

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I feel like I’m keeping a secret from my husband. I don’t think it’s my place to tell him though. Do I just carry the weight of this information and not say anything? Do I tell her she needs to disclose this to him or I will?

Carrying the Weight

DEAR CARRYING: Explain to her, calmly and kindly, that you understand her concern that telling him might affect her relationship with her son.

However — and unfortunately — your having this knowledge and keeping it from him has already started to affect your relationship with her son.

And you can’t have that. You can’t hold her secret — one you never asked for — in your marriage.

Once you spell out the problem for her, then, yes, you say she …read more

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Ask Amy: I worry about my teens in this family of drinkers

DEAR AMY: I’ve been married for 20 years. My in-laws all live locally and are all very high-functioning daily alcohol consumers.

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)

We are all involved in a prominent successful family business that involves several liquor licenses.

Alcohol was not part of my childhood culture, and I very rarely drink.

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We all meet every Sunday at Grandma’s for a lovely meal where alcohol is omnipresent, although no one gets “out of hand.”

I am panicked, and feeling very isolated, as I watch all our children come of age with the associated teenage experimentation and boundary pushing. How can I go about asking my husband and extended family to model family life and social activity without alcohol consumption when our teens are present?

How do I respond when they likely refuse, or worse, agree but then don’t follow through?

Tea Total

DEAR TEA TOTAL: Is it possible that your in-laws are actually demonstrating how to consume alcohol responsibly? Adults coming together and drinking wine with a meal, for instance, is how many cultures around the world celebrate togetherness.

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Seattle chef Tom Douglas’ Avery Island Wings recipe

Whether you’re tailgating at the stadium or hosting a party in your backyard, chicken wings are classic fare. The only problem? The idea of chicken wings often outstrips the reality. We’ve all encountered sad wings that are burned on the outside and woefully pink within, or so slathered with Buffalo sauce they only taste like Frank’s red.

That’s not the case with the Avery Island Wings recipe from James Beard award-winning restaurateur and chef Tom Douglas, whose culinary empire includes more than a dozen Seattle restaurants (Dahlia Lounge, Etta’s and more), the Hot Stove Society cooking school and a Seattle Kitchen radio show.

The recipe is named for a Louisiana island best known for Civil War-era resident Edmund McIlhenny and the hot sauce company he founded in 1868. The McIlhenny Company has been making Tabasco ever since.

Tabasco, as you might guess, figures prominently in this chicken wings recipe, whose zesty success relies on a few key tricks. First, the chicken marinates overnight in a spicy, flavorful mixture that includes that peppery sauce, plus Dijon mustard, garlic, fresh ginger and herbs. The marinade is so tasty, it makes a great finishing glaze, too. Be sure to set some aside for that purpose, before any raw chicken hits the bowl. And finally, cook the chicken wings low and slow, Douglas says, “so they cook thoroughly before the glaze burns.”

Here’s the recipe:

Avery Island Wings

Serves 6


1 cup soy sauce

½ cup Dijon mustard

½ cup water

½ cup Tabasco sauce

¼ cup chopped garlic

¼ cup peeled and chopped fresh ginger

2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage

2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary

18 whole, large chicken wings, or 24 small wings


Whisk the soy sauce, mustard, water, Tabasco, garlic, ginger and herbs together in a bowl. Reserve ½ cup of the marinade — cover and refrigerate …read more

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