Wahlberg Brothers

MOM'S MACARONI SALAD

Mark Wahlberg and his big brother-chef Paul Wahlberg of Alma Nove restaurant-still crave this childhood fave

ALMA'S MACARONI SALAD

Serves 6 to 8

1 lb. elbow macaroni

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

¼ cup diced green peppers

¼ cup diced celery

2 tbsp. diced red onion

1 tsp. celery salt

1 tsp. garlic powder

2 tbs. chopped parsley

3 tbs. mayonnaise

Salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain again. Place macaroni in bowl and set aside to cool.

2. Add vegetable oil to macaroni and toss. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Chill and serve.

Visit Paul Wahlberg's eatery Alma Nove, in Hingham, Mass.

Kate Middleton

PARTY LIKE A PRINCESS!

Make any occasion a crowning achievement with the help of the Middleton family's online party-supply store

1 NOBLE NAPKINS

According to the site, Middleton's mom, Carole, launched Party Pieces to "inspire other mothers to create magical parties." Six gem napkin holders; about $24

2 LIGHT APPETITE

The royal girlfriend's fondest party memory? A marshmallow cake her mom made for her when she was 7. Shortbread candle; about $12.

3 CROWN TOOLS

For little girls, baking get-togethers "are great fun," Middleton has said. But, she warns, "they can be messy!" Princess-crown-shaped cookie baking gift set; about $9.

4 PARTY GAME

Growing up, Middleton's favorite party activity was musical statues: "I have always been a keen dancer!" After Dinner trivia; about $20.

All items are available on www.partypieces.co.uk. Minimum shipping cost to the U.S. is $43.

CELEBRATE MUSEUM DAY

Art appreciation is free on Sept. 25, when more than 1,300 museums open their doors at no cost. Fodor's Salwa Jabado picks four must-sees

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON

With 450,000 works of art, there's no danger of getting bored. "Head to the second floor to check out the Monets," Jabado advises art fans, who can take in the largest collection of the artist's work outside of France-including the famed painting La Japonaise.

Info: mfa.org

SAN DIEGO AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

Located inside the kid-friendly Balboa Park, it's home to the first hot-air balloon, and "cool fighter planes" hang from the rafters. Bonus: At night, "the building looks like a lit-up UFO!"

Info: sandiegoairandspace.org

THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE, PHILADELPHIA

After admiring the 20-ft. Benjamin Franklin statue, visitors should check out Jabado's other favorite larger-than-life feature: "A two-story model heart you can walk through, as if you were blood flowing through it."

Info: fi.edu

HIGH MUSEUM OF ART, ATLANTA

Along with its current exhibit of Dali's later work, this museum houses an impressive collection of contemporary art within a "really striking modernist building."

Info: high.org

For a list of museums participating in the annual event, visit smithsonianmag.com

  • Contributors:
  • CONTRIBUTORS Moira Bailey,
  • Liza Hamm,
  • Thailan Pham,
  • with Anne Driscoll,
  • Simon Perry.