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Salsa recipes offer myriad ways to spice things up

posted: 07/30/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

From eggs to tacos, a dollop of salsa enlivens almost any food it touches.

Front Burner: Wraps critiqued with munching sounds

posted: 07/30/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

The pre-dinner conversation: "Whatcha cooking?" asks husband.

Reading Nook: 'Good and Cheap'

posted: 07/30/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

Leanne Brown didn’t set out to write a buzz-worthy cookbook for people who want fine-dining taste on a food stamp budget.

Cooking for two: A harvest of pancakes from garden

posted: 07/30/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Gardening is slow going. Drop a seed; harvest a carrot. In between there's watering, weeding, waiting. No chase scene, no explosion, no big reveal.

Feta cheese, spinach give turkey burgers Greek twist

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

These burgers combine ground turkey, oregano, feta cheese and spinach for a Greek twist.

Uncorked: Murphy clan creates an oasis at Presqu'ile

posted: 07/30/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

My passion for wine begins with people. I may be a little sentimental in admitting it, but it's truly how I connect to wine. When I know the story, the place and, more importantly, the people behind the wine, I genuinely appreciate it more.

7 day menu planner

posted: 07/30/2014 2:21 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: The family will enjoy another version of Chicken Pollo (see recipe). Serve with corn-on-the-cob and a lettuce wedge. Pick up a loaf of Cuban or French bread at the bakery. For dessert, buy or make flan.

Rounds of tomato release flavor in grilled beef panini

posted: 07/30/2014 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Almost any sandwich can be improved with rounds from a glorious tomato. This recipe simply, successfully marries the fruit with watercress in a stack that tastes especially great straight from the warmth of a panini maker.

Idea Alley: Side dish, dessert among Kats' gifts

posted: 07/30/2014 2:18 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Mediterranean dish unites eggplant, beef

posted: 07/30/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

This eggplant dish's roots can be traced to Greece, but the flavors here are decidedly Italian.

Chicken sausage, pesto a nice change for pizza

posted: 07/30/2014 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Chicken sausage stands in for traditional pork sausage on this easy pizza. You can make this pizza in the oven or on the grill.

Little stitches, homemade britches

posted: 07/30/2014 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Instructional books like Erin Bried's How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew (published in 2009) underscore how, in the midst of today's technological boom, the domestic arts have suffered a blow.


posted: 07/30/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

My dog gets groomed every month and I recently switched groomers. The new groomer, who works in my veterinarian's office, says that my dog needs to be vaccinated for kennel cough because she spends the day with the other dogs there for grooming. In fact, she says my dog needs the shot before she can be groomed there. How long does a shot last? Is it really necessary?

Sharon Randall: Writing, reading nurture kinship

posted: 07/30/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

For a writer, it's a gift to know someone reads your writing. For a storyteller, it's high praise to hear a story in return. Have I mentioned I love getting mail?

Parenting: 'Hold it all night long' is goal of toilet training

posted: 07/30/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Q Using your advice, I successfully toilet-trained my daughter by age 16 months. It is now three months later and we are still using diapers at naps and nighttime. At her nap, which lasts several hours, she fully soaks her diaper. At night, she is taking off her diaper prior to falling asleep, wetting the bed after she goes to sleep, and then crying for us when she wakes up in a pool of urine. Is this a sign that I should begin night training? I'm hesitant to do this because I am 8 months pregnant and don't relish the idea of waking up several times a night to take her to the bathroom and tending to a newborn as well. I would prefer to continue using diapers until she is old enough to get out of bed and take herself to the potty (even a potty in her room). Is this unrealistic? Or should I just deal with the extra night wakings and start taking her to the potty a few times a night now? If not, how do I keep her diaper on at night?


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

Q I'm pregnant with my first child. I'll soon be married to the father, who also has one biological daughter and a 7-year-old son who he found out wasn't his when establishing paternity for child support after the boy turned 1 year of age.


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

DEAR JEANNE &; LEONARD: I'm concerned that my friend "Sarah" doesn't understand how much the gift I gave her is worth. She and I have been good friends since eighth grade, so when she graduated from medical school, I gave her a pair of one-of-a-kind silver earrings. They cost a lot, but I have a great job now and can afford it. I can see, though, that while Sarah loves the earrings, she doesn't understand how valuable they are. Should I tell her she could buy a weekend in Cancun for what they cost?

Decimal can annul Pell Grant

posted: 07/30/2014 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form.

Helpful Hints

posted: 07/30/2014 2:02 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: Have you enjoyed the delicious taste of the funny little brown, furry kiwi? These small, fuzzy fruits are just plain fun to eat.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 07/30/2014 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. New friends will invigorate, charm and amuse you. You'll commit to a difficult job, and what you'll have accomplished by the end of August will make you proud.

On Christianity

posted: 07/30/2014 2:02 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Are the Ten Commandments found in the Bible, or did some church make them up? I've heard of them all my life, but I don't come from a religious family so I've never had an opportunity to study them. Are they still important?

Super Quiz: People named Jesse

posted: 07/30/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

1. Wild West outlaw

What's hot? There's a lot

posted: 07/29/2014 2:28 a.m. Discuss

August sizzles like a smelter; even bugs and lizards swelter. August is the parched month that cries out, "water! -- water! -- watermelon!" Camels go dry, but elephants -- white elephants -- are for sale by the yard.

What's in a Dame: Live like Kim, 'til the bolts go dead

posted: 07/29/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

This. Just. Happened.

Listen Up: Montgomery hits home

posted: 07/29/2014 2:26 a.m. Discuss

B+ Bonnie Montgomery


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