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Wintertime attractions

posted: 02/10/2016 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Winter has a warm side to it -- vegetables.

Front Burner: Mint, chile powder crown squash soup

posted: 02/10/2016 2:01 a.m. Discuss

I've lost count of how many times I bought fresh mint with plans to make this soup only to use it in a different recipe or let it turn black in the fridge.

Gadgets & Gizmos

posted: 02/10/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

We're big fans of popcorn at my house. But we're not big fans of the chemicals and artificial flavors in many microwave popcorns. And using brown paper bags -- though easy, convenient and relatively chemical free -- isn't exactly environmentally responsible if you make a lot of microwave popcorn.

Cooking for two: Carrot, avocado salad pairs with salmon

posted: 02/10/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

I have Emilie Raffa, author of The Clever Cookbook, to thank for bringing this combination of flavors to my attention: avocado and Mexican-spiced roasted carrots. The creamy avocado and the sweet-yet-spicy carrots is a match unlike any I've had before and one I will definitely revisit.

Son's Chicken Tinga wraps give weekend peppery tingle

posted: 02/10/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

When your son offers to cook for you, you don't say no, even when you know you'll be footing the bill for the groceries. Then again, I would have paid handsomely in a restaurant for this spicy Mexican dish, which features shredded chicken in a smoky red sauce made with six varieties of dried chile.

7-day menu planner

posted: 02/10/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Prepare something special for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day, such as this Honey-Ginger Grilled Salmon (see recipe). Serve with couscous, sugar snap peas and baguettes. End the meal with this divine dessert from Le Creuset, Balsamic Roasted Cherries.

Uncorked: Sean Minor labels have family roots

posted: 02/10/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

If you have been reading my column over the years, you know about my fascination with wine labels. Sometimes it's the art that draws me in, sometimes it's a name.

Idea Alley: Barbecue sauce almost tomato-free

posted: 02/10/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Shrimp is a staple for easy, tasty dish

posted: 02/10/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Shrimp is one of my go-to ingredients to have on hand for a quick meal. I always have a few pounds of it tucked away in the freezer ready to make an appetizer or meal at a moment's notice. Shrimp is ideal because it cooks quickly and most people love it.

Casserole uses ravioli for lasagna noodles

posted: 02/10/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

This meaty, cheesy casserole combines the layers of lasagna with the convenience of ready-to-cook ravioli.

Later, not sooner

posted: 02/10/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

The characters of Maurice Sendak may live in the imaginations of children around the world, but many of those characters were born in a wooded residential neighborhood on the outskirts of this small town, in a rambling shingle house where Sendak lived and worked beginning in the early 1970s.

Creature Feature

posted: 02/10/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

My Yorkie is 13 years old. I began noticing a couple of months ago that sometimes her bed would have a wet spot in it. I thought she might be drooling in her sleep. Then after she napped on the couch, I saw a small damp spot. I could keep her off the couch, but she's my baby (even though she's old) and I don't want to. I put a towel on the couch for her. After that, I figured out she wasn't drooling, but was urinating a little bit while asleep. Is that normal?

Sharon Randall: New start attributed to readers

posted: 02/10/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

I was standing at the sink peeling shrimp for dinner (and thinking how I like to eat shrimp more than I like to peel them) when I had a revelation.

Parenting: Confiscate games, phone to wake up sleepy son

posted: 02/10/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Q We would like to limit our 16-year-old son's video game and cellphone time. We think homework should come first and then free time. He wants to relax with his video game and phone after school, which frequently results in homework not being done before he must attend a two-hour team practice at 7 p.m. That means he's not done with homework until around midnight and struggles the next morning to get out of bed. What is a fair requirement concerning his electronics or an appropriate punishment if he cannot get up in the morning and be ready on time?

Money Manners

posted: 02/10/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My alma mater recently launched a major fundraising campaign, to which I agreed to make a substantial bequest. In response, the president of the university wrote me a very nice thank-you letter. Included with his letter, however, was a document that clearly came from my file in the Development Office, a document that had been enclosed by mistake. Among other things, this enclosure contained an actuarial projection of my life expectancy (i.e., it indicated the number of years the university expected to have to wait before receiving its inheritance from me). I realize why the Development Office would want to estimate when particular bequests are likely to arrive, and I was amused, not offended, by the enclosure. All the same, I would have preferred not to know that my beloved alma mater has in mind a specific date by which they expect me to expire. Should I let the Development Office know that this mistake occurred? I don't want to get anyone in trouble.

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