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PARENTING: Nice restaurants not etiquette training grounds

posted: 07/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A couple of weeks ago The Wall Street Journal published a story with advice from New York chef Daniel Eddy on how to have a mutually successful experience with a young child in an upscale restaurant. The newspaper obviously thinks that being a chef qualifies one as an expert on the subject. It seems to me, however, that a waitperson would have the better perspective.

DEAR ABBY: Single mom craves family’s embrace of her daughters

posted: 07/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I am a single mother of two biracial daughters ages 2 and 4. They fill my life with joy and I am thankful to be their mother. My problem is, I haven’t been

FRONT BURNER: Squash overload? Try it with chicken

posted: 07/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

It happens every summer.

Competitive potlucking: When host says bring a dish, Southern cooks know it can’t be just any dish

posted: 07/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Potluck is a competitive sport, at least when it's done right.

Gadgets & Gizmos

posted: 07/27/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

It took a few tries to get the hang of using the Angurello Watermelon Slicer & Server but once we did, we fell in love. The stainless-steel slicer looks like a curved set of tongs but with the gripper ends connected by wire.

Cooking for two: Red chile sauce flavors grilled porterhouse steak

posted: 07/27/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

This always happens: I eat one meal while devising the next.

Uncorked: Wine in can is handy and starting to catch on

posted: 07/27/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Wine in a can is slowly but surely making its way onto retail shelves. Canned pinot grigio and chardonnay are showing up in coolers alongside beer. This trend, which is making wine more approachable, convenient and inexpensive, is often referred to as the "beerification" of wine.

7day menu planner

posted: 07/27/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Grilling days are here, so put your own grilled chicken on the menu. For the perfect accompaniment, try Horseradish Potato Salad (see recipe) and pickled beets (from a jar). Add crusty bread. Make this easy Pineapple Angel Food Cake for dessert. Mix 1 package (4-serving size) instant vanilla pudding with 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple and juice; stir in 1 cup frozen whipped topping (thawed). Set aside. Slice a 10-ounce round angel food cake horizontally into three layers. Place bottom layer, cut-side up, on a cake platter. Spread 1 1/3 cups of pudding mixture onto cake layer; cover with middle cake layer and 1 cup pudding mixture; top with remaining cake layer and spread with remaining pudding. Garnish with fresh strawberry slices. Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to serve.

Idea Alley: Entree of linguine uses pesto, beans

posted: 07/27/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Black beans, okra a succotash samba

posted: 07/27/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

This week's recipe puts a Brazilian twist on an American staple, succotash. It should be just the ticket in August, when millions of us watch the Olympics being played in Rio de Janeiro.

Not quite retired

posted: 07/27/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

After a long nursing career, Gerry Bradley, 82, still needed to supplement her retirement income. So she tried different freelance jobs before settling on DogVacay. Now she's a sought-after sitter who specializes in special needs dogs.

CREATURE FEATURE

posted: 07/27/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

We do small-dog fostering for a local pound and we currently have a 1-year-old Chiweenie. We've had her almost a week. The issue is crating her. If we crate her at night, she has a screaming fit. To get some sleep, we finally gave up and let her out of her crate. She's happy and sleeping with us. But when we both leave, we crate her -- we're afraid of what the house will look like if we leave her running loose. She really, really, really hates the crate. We put toys in the box for her, but every time we leave her, she howls and urinates in it. Do you have any suggestions?

SHARON RANDALL: Oh, Lord, why did I forget the knocking?

posted: 07/27/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

I wrote a column last week in which I addressed the question, "What's this world coming to?"

MONEY MATTERS

posted: 07/27/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: When I was in high school, my mother -- swearing me to secrecy -- revealed that she was planning to divorce my father and that she had begun siphoning some of their money into a bank account in her sister's name. She told me this because, she said, she needed to talk to someone, and I was the only person she could trust. Well, after I finished college, my parents filed for divorce, and it has become increasingly acrimonious. Their main battle is over money, and I feel uncomfortable knowing that my mother has this secret stash that should be included in their settlement. What should I do?

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 07/27/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q After dating nearly two years, my fiance and I are engaged to be married this month. He has two adult bonus children from a prior marriage. He continues to be active in their lives and a great friend to his ex-wife, although she initiated the divorce five years ago. My fiance told me that his ex-wife refuses to meet me, and tonight I also learned that his bonus daughter wants to come to our wedding, even though I have not met her, either. I can't help feeling she is being sent as a "spy." What's good ex-etiquette?

Helpful Hints

posted: 07/27/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: When having a large barbecue, try this hint for cooking corn on the cob. It's so easy and keeps corn hot all day. Boil a large (soup) pot of water, shuck all the corn, place the corn in a clean cooler and pour the boiling water over it. Now just close the lid for 35-40 minutes. Every time you take out a piece of corn, make sure to close the lid again to keep the remaining corn hot.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 07/27/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You'll go into this year with clear goals and wind up with a completely different set by the end of August because of all the inspiration you'll soak up over the next four weeks. Physically you're getting stronger, and in September you'll capture someone's fascination. October and February bring a windfall.

On Christianity

posted: 07/27/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I grew up believing that my race was superior to every other race, and the reason (I was taught) was because that's what the Bible teaches. Does it? If so, then I don't want anything to do with your faith.

Super Quiz: Fictional Deaths

posted: 07/27/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

1. Entangled by the line of his own harpoon, he falls overboard and drowns as the whale dives.

AUGUST CALENDAR: It's a fruitful time in Arkansas

posted: 07/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

August is the month of watermelons, water balloons and, most of all, water meters -- and nary a raindrop to sprinkle the charred remains of the lawn. September brings the cool relief of fall. August brings the idea that maybe winter isn't such a bad idea after all.

The TV Column: Season 2 of Born This Way starts today on A&E

posted: 07/26/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

"It's important to recognize that even though we all have abilities and we all have disabilities that we don't define ourselves and describe ourselves by those."

Listen Up: Blink-182's latest is mediocre music by aging, average band

posted: 07/26/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

C blink-182 California

Aye, aye, Captain!

posted: 07/26/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

The Little Rock River Market’s Movies in the Park will screen Captain America: The First Avenger

Artbeat: LR galleries' exhibits salute two Arkansas artists

posted: 07/26/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Two late Arkansas artists, one whose star had just started to rise and one an established presence in central Arkansas' art scene, are being celebrated at two Little Rock galleries.

What's in a Dame: Pop, pop and fizzle, fizzle: Beauty tip is full of hot air

posted: 07/26/2016 1:48 a.m. Comment 1

You can't tell most days by my frizzy mop and smudged eyeliner (I do morning radio; I can only muster so much magic at 3:45 a.m.), but I'm addicted to beauty tips and tutorials.

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