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Idea Alley: Pasta sauce recipe fills reader request

posted: 07/23/2014 2:51 a.m. Discuss

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Peach party

posted: 07/23/2014 2:46 a.m. Discuss

It's a sure sign that summer has hit her stride: blushing, juicy, succulent peaches.

Gadgets & Gizmos

posted: 07/23/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

The Oxo Grape and Tomato Cutter won't save you any time, but it might save your fingers -- if you're prone to knife accidents.

Front Burner: Meatless lasagna has baby eggplant

posted: 07/23/2014 2:42 a.m. Discuss

Little fairy tale eggplants were the inspiration for this recipe. That and a strong craving for Italian food.

Canned wild salmon works as inexpensive alternative

posted: 07/23/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

With the climbing price of seafood, it's no wonder fresh fish for many families is a special-occasion meal. Prized for its great taste, convenience and excellent nutritional qualities, canned wild Alaskan salmon is an inexpensive alternative.

Cooking for two: Mint, cardamom spice up shrimp salad

posted: 07/23/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

Indian cooks know that toasting whole spices, then grinding them, pays off with fuller flavor, maximizing the just-released oils: in this case, from cardamom, coriander and cumin seeds as well as dried red chiles.

Super Quiz: First name puns (male and female)

posted: 07/23/2014 2:35 a.m. Discuss

1. "I'm the winner," said --------. (M)

Arkansas postcard past

posted: 07/23/2014 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Harrison, 1941

Uncorked: Russians first found valley rich in grapes

posted: 07/23/2014 2:33 a.m. Discuss

California's Russian River Valley has sustained farmers for more than 150 years, and today remains one of the state's prized growing grounds for astounding grapes. The Sonoma County valley got its name from Russian explorers who settled around Fort Ross, near the river's mouth on the Pacific Ocean, around 1812. They were there to set up a military site to explore, fish and hunt for their settlements in Alaska.

7DAY MENU PLANNER

posted: 07/23/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: These Mediterranean Beef Kebabs (see recipe) make a delicious family meal. Serve the kebabs over spaghetti. Add steamed fresh zucchini on the side, along with this Wilted Spinach Salad. Toss torn spinach, yellow bell pepper strips and cucumber slices with warmed balsamic vinaigrette. Add Italian bread sticks. For dessert, make Ambrosia. Layer sliced fresh strawberries, orange sections, fresh pineapple chunks and sweetened flaked coconut in a glass serving bowl. Repeat layers once or twice, sprinkling with sugar if needed.

Cooking With Diabetes: Shrimp and slaw meal is so quick and so easy

posted: 07/23/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

This meal comes together in little more time than it takes to boil a pot of water.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 07/23/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. This year you focus your efforts on the clients, projects and jobs that are truly stimulating. Your curiosity leads you to a special relationship in August. A career leap is featured in September. Give a relative a hand now, and the favor will be returned in January. Finances improve in October and May.

On Christianity

posted: 07/23/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We had a big debate the other day in our Bible study class about which is the more damaging emotion -- anger or hatred. We couldn't decide, but wondered what you'd say.

Helpful Hints

posted: 07/23/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: My family has come up with a hint that may help others who never know if the dishes in the dishwasher are clean or dirty.

Recipes as pretty as a peach

posted: 07/22/2014 11:13 a.m. Comment 1

Few things are better on a hot summer day than a perfectly ripe Arkansas peach, writes Kelly Brant.

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