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Front Burner: Frittering away season's fresh kernels

posted: 08/16/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

One of the first cookbooks to come into my possession as a professional food writer was Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. The original version was published in 1997 and still graces my overloaded bookshelves. Madison released an updated version of the comprehensive tome in 2014, but it's the 1997 version I turn to again and again.

Reading Nook

posted: 08/16/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Tokyo is one of the world's greatest food cities, a massive and glorious place to eat that spans the culinary spectrum, from Michelin-starred restaurants to izakayas and ramen alleys. But much of that food can also be made at home, and it's probably a lot more accessible than you might think. Which is reason to pick up a copy of Tokyo Cult Recipes by Maori Murota, a writer and chef who was born and reared in Tokyo, and whose project is to bring the dishes of her childhood to a larger audience.

Cooking for two: Sausage, pasta dish hits plates in a jiffy

posted: 08/16/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

The savoriness of Italian sausage is complemented by the sweetness of slightly cooked Sun Gold cherry tomatoes in this almost effortless pasta dish.

Even culinary challenged can make this fruit dessert

posted: 08/16/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Here's a ridiculously simple summer dessert -- the happy marriage of blueberry pie and French toast with a little cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. It's perfect not only for blueberry lovers, but also for those home cooks who consider themselves dessert-impaired.

7day menu planner

posted: 08/16/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Grilled Steak and Watermelon Salad (see recipe) is perfect for family day. Pair it with baked potato wedges coated with olive oil spray and sprinkled with chile powder and crusty bread. Top vanilla ice cream with toasted coconut for dessert.

Uncorked: Inquiring readers ask good questions

posted: 08/16/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

One of my favorite things about writing this column is answering your questions. And based on reader feedback, it's one of your favorites, too. This week I'll address decanting boxed wine, the difference between sulfates and sulfites and the term "Cape red."

Idea Alley: A summer dessert, cookies, savory pie

posted: 08/16/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

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

COOKING WITH DIABETES: DIY tzatziki sauce great on fried fish

posted: 08/16/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Any flaky white fish would be perfect in this recipe. You just want a mild, moist fish, which then will be encased in a crunchy coating, and a base for the flavorful, creamy and crunchy sauce. Serve this up with some steamed or sauteed green beans to round out the plate.

Brake for baby boomers

posted: 08/16/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Dolores Munson, 85, got tired last winter of waiting behind a police car that had made a traffic stop about a mile from her home. She swerved into the next lane to pass, but couldn't help looking to see who had gotten in trouble. "I was nosy," the woman says. Distracted, Munson slammed into the front of the police car hard enough to break an axle on her white Volkswagen Passat. The cruiser was unharmed.

Issues with child's teacher? Get to the bottom of it fast

posted: 08/16/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

As you get to know more about your student's teachers this year, some will immediately stand out, and others may raise a flag of concern. Particularly, in a sometimes difficult subject such as math, parents can be on high alert.

SHARON RANDALL: Penguins or bats? Surprises all around

posted: 08/16/2017 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Bats over penguins -- that's how I describe things that defy expectations and leave me drop-jawed in surprise.

Parenting: Law can't take parents' place of authority to say 'no'

posted: 08/16/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

When I was a child, a popular comic strip was There Oughta Be a Law. It ran in the newspaper that came to our doorstep every morning and was one of the first things I went to when it was my turn to get ink all over my fingers. I later realized that at one level the cartoonist was satirizing people who hold to great faith in the ability of government to solve all manner of social problems.

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 08/16/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: As a matter of principle, I believe it's wrong to tip on the tax on a meal. The restaurant isn't going to give that portion of the tip to the government, not that I'd want them to. Instead, I tip 20 percent on the pre-tax amount -- that is, on the charge for the food and drink. Is there anything wrong with this? Some friends seem to think so. By the way, where I live, the sales tax is almost 10 percent.

Ex-Etiquette

posted: 08/16/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Q I have been married to my husband for 30 years. We have raised a family and are very happy. His ex-wife -- they had no kids together -- lived on the other side of the country until her husband of 35 years became terminally ill and she decided to move "closer to family." She moved a mile from our home and just showed up one day acting like she was our best friend. Sometimes I will come home from work to find her sitting in my backyard, alone, relaxing, or she will stop by to take pictures of the house. Last week she openly reminisced about her wedding day to my husband like it was yesterday and offered to give open house tours when we are not home. I think this is very weird, and I'm worried about her. What's good ex-etiquette?

Helpful Hints

posted: 08/16/2017 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: You had a recipe for fast coleslaw that was easy to make and had a nice taste. Having just graduated from college and moved into my first apartment, I have to prepare my own meals, and I'd love to have that recipe.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 08/16/2017 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You'll change simple and small behaviors and get incommensurately favorable results. It turns out that your healthy choices don't affect only you. As you do the things that help you command good energy, you'll improve your career, family and social ties in the process.

On Christianity

posted: 08/16/2017 1:42 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: A few months ago we made the mistake of welcoming some people who came to our door to talk about their religion. Now they won't leave us alone. My nephew says they are a cult, but how can we get rid of them?

Super Quiz: "Ear"

posted: 08/16/2017 1:42 a.m. Discuss

1. The bottom part of your ear

DEAR ABBY: Unapologetic mother continues affair with married boyfriend

posted: 08/16/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: My mother is dating a married man, and this is not the first time. While I love her, I don't think what she's doing is right.

Car line chaos: Parents agree the worst part of a school day is dropping off, picking up kids

posted: 08/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Drive-through lines are all the rage for picking up dry-cleaning, fast food and even groceries.

What's in a Dame: How tweet it is: Peace is restored

posted: 08/15/2017 2:02 a.m. Discuss

I've got a serious tweeting problem.

The TV Column: NBC hoping for Wayans magic with new Marlon

posted: 08/15/2017 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Marlon Wayans is a talented, versatile stand-up comedian, actor, writer and producer and a member of a gifted family.

Rare is the August release that film fans relish

posted: 08/15/2017 2 a.m. Discuss

You might call August the dog days of summer, or you might call it back-to-school season. In the movie business, there's another name for August, though you'll rarely hear it said aloud.

'Body Like a Back Road' leads to summer smash

posted: 08/15/2017 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Defining the "song of the summer" is a fraught concept, with so many options from so many genres -- but there's no question that one of the top contenders of 2017 originated in Nashville, Tenn.

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