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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Put greater emphasis on performance. The way you handle yourself under pressure will impress someone who can help you advance. Don’t let a bad vibe at home get you down. If someone is being difficult, keep your distance.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Take time to have fun and explore new avenues. Opportunities will develop through the people and pastimes you encounter. Romance is in the stars, so engage in an activity conducive to love.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Being playful is good, but don’t have fun at the expense of someone’s feelings. You have to be careful not to say something that will cause an emotional mishap. Put your effort into moneymaking proposals or projects that expand your interests.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Make the first move. Say what’s on your mind tactfully. Use your insight when dealing with emotional matters. A partnership will enable you to build a secure and stable connection with someone.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Nothing should matter as much as what you have to accomplish. Look at the big picture, and don’t let the little things get you down. If you are calculating and precise, you will fit everything in to your schedule and still leave room for something new.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Don’t be afraid to show your emotions. You stand a better chance of getting what you want if you are open about the way you feel. Changes at home or to your geographical location will pay off. Focus on creativity, innovation, and, most of all, romance.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Get busy fixing up your house or planning for something you want to host. Do your best to sign paperwork that can lead to a secure future. Don’t let someone or something you love sway you from making the right decision.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Say less, and do more. Once you have established your priorities and shown everyone what you can do, the rest will fall into place. Love is on the rise, and a commitment will help change your life for the better.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Don’t get angry over an emotional matter. That is what everyone expects and will criticize. Instead, make the necessary changes to alter a situation that is bothering you without making a fuss.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Set your goals, and stick to your plans. Don’t let a mishap or someone’s change of heart stand in the way of your accomplishments. Love is in the stars, but if you don’t do something conducive to romance, you aren’t likely to enjoy the benefits.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don’t push your luck when dealing with friends, relatives, or neighbors. You have to make allowances for others if you want to keep things running smoothly. Work toward making your home user-friendly.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Love looks very promising. Take the initiative to make things happen. Spend time developing a creative idea, and you will find a way to market it successfully. You can take care of a problem that has been holding you back if you go directly to the source.





Things learned while cooking in a restaurant kitchen:

• If you’re really allergic to onions, I’d recommend not being anywhere near any restaurant kitchen ever.

• Butter comes in quarter-pound bricks for a reason: that’s the smallest unit you’ll ever need to use.

• Garlic makes everything taste better.

• Bacon is like garlic, in meat form.

• Something doesn’t taste right? More salt.

• Still doesn’t taste right? More garlic.

• Still doesn’t taste right? More bacon.

• Still doesn’t taste right? Screw it; it tastes better this way.

• You wouldn’t think it, but it’s possible for someone to send back a well-done steak for being overcooked.

• Never eat anything a line cook offers you on a spoon.

• Always smell your water. It could be vinegar.

• Yesterday’s chowder is tomorrow’s bisque — assuming the immersion blender gets fixed in time.

• Oh, your feet hurt? Sorry, but that’s what the boxed wine is for.

• Unless you cut off at least an inch of your finger, you don’t need to go to a doctor. Suck it up and keep working.

• Culinary schools are for people who don’t belong in restaurant kitchens.

• Restaurant kitchens are for people who don’t belong in public.

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