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Cuisine in a kit

posted: 10/01/2014 2:05 a.m. Discuss

You have the best of intentions. You'd like to make something more exotic, and more healthful, for dinner than spaghetti, Hamburger Helper or Southern fried chicken. But time and money never seem to cooperate, and even if you've heard of farro or fennel, you wouldn't know where to look for the stuff.

Front Burner: Mercury concerns prompt guidelines for good, bad fish

posted: 10/01/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Deciding what to eat, for many of us, feels like navigating a minefield.

Cooking for two: Salmon, lima beans pack a lot of protein

posted: 10/01/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Smoked cheddar cheese and chipotle hot sauce give canned salmon a Southwestern flavor in this easy dinner. Pair the salmon patties with lima beans for a one-two protein punch.

Pea liquid, puree persistence are key to creamy hummus

posted: 10/01/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Here are two tips that I consider essential to making hummus as creamy as what you can order at any Middle Eastern deli.

Uncorked: For any type of wine, there's a chicken dish

posted: 10/01/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Chicken is one of the modern table's most versatile foods.

7day menu planner

posted: 10/01/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Impress the family with your own recipe for leg of lamb. Accompany your prize with Balsamic Cherry Rice Salad With Toasted Walnuts.

DIY Romantic Dinner kit for 2 delivers

posted: 10/01/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Some home-delivered meal kits take a bit more work -- and shopping -- but promise to make the results worthwhile.

Idea Alley: Dinner, times two; a dessert to chew

posted: 10/01/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Not all recipes that appear in Idea Alley have been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Cooking with diabetes: Turkey substitution lightens beef recipe

posted: 10/01/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

This dish is a lightened take on stewed beef with onions and mushrooms. Here turkey tenderloins take the place of brisket or short ribs. A variety of mushrooms lends sophistication, and white wine adds a little acid.

All in the family

posted: 10/01/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

"It's all good in the Braswell 'hood." -- Family saying Leah and Erica Braswell joke that they had a 13-year engagement. In their minds, they became a couple during the ice storm of 2000, but under Vermont law, they became a couple last September.

CREATURE FEATURE

posted: 10/01/2014 1:45 a.m. Discuss

I adopted an older dog that had not been neutered. Although he has now been neutered, he continues to mark inside my house. My veterinarian says he probably can't be housebroken. Any thoughts?

Sharon Randall: Moments are gifts received, not made

posted: 10/01/2014 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Life gives us moments for doing things. Being young, for example. We don't get to do that forever. Except maybe at heart.

Parenting: 'Blackhawk parenting' ambushes schools

posted: 10/01/2014 1:45 a.m. Discuss

A second-grade teacher writes: "I teach in a very competitive school where parents have developed a 'mob mentality' for bullying administrators and teachers. They have gone beyond helicopter parenting to Apache Blackhawk parenting."

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 10/01/2014 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I took out a $5,000 burial insurance policy for my brother because I was concerned that when he dies, there'd be no money to cover the cost of burying him. (I had to pay for our sister's funeral and interment, and it was very expensive.) I've been paying on this policy for almost 15 years. Well, now my brother tells me he needs money and he's planning to borrow against the policy. He says he has the right to do this because, even though I'm the person who's been paying the premiums, he's considered the "owner" of the policy. What can I do?

Helpful Hints

posted: 10/01/2014 1:41 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I'm wondering if you have a cleaning hint for the ice/water dispenser on my refrigerator. I love the convenience, but am concerned how to clean the dispenser and keep it sanitary, particularly the tip of the dispenser.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 10/01/2014 1:41 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You can do it wrong and still get it right, which is a theme this year. If you fail, don't worry about it; you'll fail upward. You'll approach love with gutsy energy, and your relationships will be richer for it. November shows you giving an acceptance speech.

On Christianity

posted: 10/01/2014 1:41 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My father never had any problems with alcohol, but after mother died last year he began drinking heavily, and now it's gotten out of control. How can my brothers and I help him? If we try to say anything he just leaves the room.

Super Quiz: What happened?

posted: 10/01/2014 1:40 a.m. Discuss

1. Sept. 2, 1945: The USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay

Arkansas postcard past

posted: 09/30/2014 4 a.m. Discuss

Jonesboro, circa 1940 The largest city in northeast Arkansas, Jonesboro shares Craighead County seat status with Lake City. The community's First Baptist Church was established in 1911. Located at 701 S. Main St., the building in this photo is still in use today.

october calendar: It's haunting season

posted: 09/30/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

October is when ghosts whine, hosts wine and dine, spooks trick-or-treat, cooks whisk and beat, movies screen and goblins scream: Boo!

Music: Show is a night of solo drums

posted: 09/30/2014 2:06 a.m. Discuss

In the world of beating on percussion devices, Terry Bozzio is one of those drummers who could probably compile a shorter list of prominent fellow musicians in the rock and jazz worlds with whom he has not yet played, to contrast with the long list of folks on his musical resume with whom he has collaborated, recorded or toured.

Jones, son tour in The Music Man

posted: 09/30/2014 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Actress-singer Shirley Jones returns to The Music Man, but not as prim librarian Marian Paroo, the role she played in the 1962 film.

Ballpark singers mark anthem's bicentennial

posted: 09/30/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Why do they sing the national anthem before baseball games? So they can throw out the first "pitch."

The TV Column: ABC debuts 2 sitcoms, CBS unveils dark drama

posted: 09/30/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Here's the new and returning lineup for the next two days. New shows are in bold:

Tell Me About It: What will her family think?

posted: 09/30/2014 2:02 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: My spouse and I are on the cusp of what feels like the next phase in our lives. Our only child is a senior in high school and is very excited about going off to college next year. My spouse is finishing up his master's degree in January and looking for new career opportunities. I am in a contract (teacher) until next summer, but I could look for another position at any time.

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