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House blend yogurt

posted: 08/20/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Making yogurt isn't cooking. Not really. It's more like conjuring spirits: You create the conditions that summon mysterious creatures, invisible to the naked eye, to do all the real work.

Front Burner: Banana bread's how the cookie crumbled

posted: 08/20/2014 2:11 a.m. Discuss

It was a potential baking disaster.

Reading Nook: 'Crazy for Breakfast Sandwiches'

posted: 08/20/2014 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Earlier this year I reviewed the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker. The machine is easy to use, and that is half the battle. You just plug it in, let it heat, layer the ingredients in a fool-proof manner and wait for the sandwich to be done.

Cooking for two: Fruit, cream dish a smashing treat for two

posted: 08/20/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Dessert recipes that make just two servings are hard to come by, which explains why we often reach for a carton of ice cream for an after-dinner treat. But this dish is easy to tailor to make as many or as few servings as desired.

Bacon, marshmallow, chile add zest to corn on the cob

posted: 08/20/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

It's hard to improve on the delicious simplicity of summer-perfect corn on the cob slathered with butter and sprinkled with salt.

Uncorked: Now is time to try overlooked whites

posted: 08/20/2014 2:06 a.m. Discuss

By summer's end I find myself eager to explore and ready to move beyond my usual and familiar white wines. With the many white wine styles available there are lots of options.

Hearty pasta dish is one-pot wonder

posted: 08/20/2014 2:06 a.m. Discuss

This recipe is so easy it's almost autopilot. And it's a fun way to feed, say, a distracted band of students.

7 day menu planner

posted: 08/20/2014 2:05 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Enjoy Asian Barbecued Chicken (see recipe) for family day. Serve it with jasmine rice and sugar snap peas. Add a bibb lettuce salad and baguettes.

Idea Alley: Sandwich cools it with pimento, ham

posted: 08/20/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

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

Watermelon fits more than sweet role

posted: 08/20/2014 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Watermelon is one of those foods you really don't need to overthink.

Cooking with diabetes: Sliced vegetables + chicken = fast dinner

posted: 08/20/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

This stir-fry is an easy go-to dinner. The only real work and time is in chopping and slicing the ingredients. Do that while the water boils for the pasta and this dinner will be on the table in no time.

Still in love with in-laws

posted: 08/20/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

I've been divorced for three years, and my mother is still hoping it's just a phase.

Creature Feature

posted: 08/20/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Can you offer any tips/advice for leash training a very skittish small dog? He's a stray that we adopted about seven years ago. I don't think he was abused, but I feel he was never properly socialized. He's now to the point where I can actually hold and pet him and even bathe him. I recently placed a collar on him, which, to my surprise, didn't bother him at all.

Sharon Randall: Prepping to speak to tough audience

posted: 08/20/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

I get a lot of odd requests. This was the first of its kind.

Parenting: Parents' anxiety is the real potty training problem

posted: 08/20/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

On one of my websites I, along with a team of certified parent coaches, answer questions submitted by parents. In the last two days, 67 percent of the questions have concerned toilet training. A 3-year-old is afraid of the potty. A 26-month-old will only use the potty independently if he's not wearing clothes. A 23-month-old seems oblivious to Mom's expectations. And so on.

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 08/20/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: A good friend's daughter is applying to law school. I've known "Jess" most of her life, and I'm familiar enough with her academic record to know that she's not going to get into a top-tier school. While of course there's no disgrace in this, the unfortunate truth is that these days, graduates of the kind of law school Jess can hope to attend generally have difficulty finding jobs that pay enough to justify the mountain of debt they've accumulated while in law school.

Helpful Hints

posted: 08/20/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: Recently, a reader shared her hint about storing cooking fat in a glass jar, in the freezer, before garbage day. Here are just a couple of readers' hints on the subject.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 08/20/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You're lighter and brighter. What used to bother you no longer will. Next month brings new people and much love into your life.

On Christianity

posted: 08/20/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My boss is asking me to do something on a government contract that isn't legal. I need my job, and as a Christian I've always been taught to be loyal, but this makes me uncomfortable. What should I do?

Super Quiz: Literature

posted: 08/20/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

1. Set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution

Emmy boldly strides out of Oscar’s shadow

posted: 08/19/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Once upon a time, boys and girls, in the magical land of La La, there lived a poor little golden statuette named Emmy.

What's in a Dame: Chips off a new block: It's crunch time, Lay's

posted: 08/19/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

How about some potato chips -- venti-size with a double shot and extra foam?

Listen Up: Art Amiss mix features 22 NW Arkansas bands

posted: 08/19/2014 2:21 a.m. Discuss

B Various artists

First pitches are hit or miss

posted: 08/19/2014 2:21 a.m. Discuss

It's tough being a celebrity. You put yourself out there, and all people do is laugh and point and mock.

The TV Column: TV more accepted on 'intellectual high ground'

posted: 08/19/2014 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Note: Consider this column a companion piece to the Emmy story on today's section front. Be sure to check it out.

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