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Roll your own

posted: 08/24/2016 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Summer is a lot of things, but fun for the cook ain't necessarily one of them.

Front Burner: Sour grapes' place is Cornmeal Cake

posted: 08/24/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Even though grapes are available year round, they always taste their best to me during late summer. I love eating them fresh out of hand, but I also like to incorporate their juicy sweetness into a variety of dishes, from salads and entrees to desserts.

TIDBITS

posted: 08/24/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

COOKING CLASSES

Cooking for two: Easy Caprese is to-go salad for summer

posted: 08/24/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

This salad is perfect for lunch away from home -- whether it's a picnic, tailgate party or a weekend road trip.

Zucchini stars in savory tart

posted: 08/24/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Houseguests can be ingrates. Once, I invited an asparagus family to the garden, and the whole clan stalked away. Perhaps my hostess skills need some work.

7day menu planner

posted: 08/24/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: The family is in for a treat with Spicy Skillet Chicken (see recipe). Serve with rice, mixed greens and biscuits. Make Peach Shortcake for dessert. Top angel food cake with sliced fresh peaches and light whipped cream.

Uncorked: Red grapes shine in plenty of wines

posted: 08/24/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

If we judged wine based on what we see on the shelves at wine shops it would seem there are very few red grape varieties worth drinking. Cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinot noir dominate the offerings in stores and on restaurant wine lists. And because of this strong presence many wine drinkers have a mistaken impression that the world's other red grapes are inferior in quality and flavor. The good news is this simply isn't true. There are many other red wines to explore.

Lemon juice is key to weeknight dinner

posted: 08/24/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Baked dinners are a classic weeknight dinner solution, but how to make one that is nutritious, flavorful and easy?

IDEA ALLEY: How to make The Villa Italian Restaurant's bread

posted: 08/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Unless otherwise noted, recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Cooking with diabetes: Steak-potato salad with spicy dressing makes hearty meal

posted: 08/24/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Even as I attempt to eat less red meat, I still crave steak. During the summer months, its virtues suit our lifestyles. Steak cooks quickly, is easy to transport to a picnic and tastes great hot, warm and chilled. Grilled steak, piled on garden-crisp greens topped with a freshly made dressing, ranks as a favorite dinner on a warm evening.

Frugal family

posted: 08/24/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Sam Fatzinger prowls the aisles of an Aldi grocery store with an engineer's precision. Workers greet her, mostly by name.

Creature Feature

posted: 08/24/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Why is it important for my dog to have blood tests during his annual exam? Why does he need a blood test even when he's obviously healthy?

SHARON RANDALL: Brother's blind, not in need of prying sis

posted: 08/24/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

I got in big trouble with my brother last week. He says I messed in his business without permission. If I'd asked him for permission, he'd have said no.

PARENTING: Things to look for when picking a child's school

posted: 08/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Q We are looking for a private school for our 4-year-old. Regardless of the school we ultimately choose, we want to keep him there through eighth grade at least. We live in a suburban area so we have a lot of options to choose from. Our son is intelligent, creative and very imaginative. Do you have a recommendation?

MONEY MATTERS

posted: 08/24/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I recently overheard my nice, 30-something dental hygienist telling another patient about the investments she and her husband are making as they save to buy a house. I know something about investing, and from what she said, I could tell that these two have no idea how risky these investments are and what high fees are hidden in them. Should I say something?

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