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Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. To read recent restaurant reviews in their entirety, visit

TELL ME ABOUT IT: Which appeals more: Boyfriend with debt, or comfort?

posted: 04/17/2014 2:37 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: I finished my undergraduate degree a year ago, have a good job, and consider myself financially stable. My boyfriend is finishing his master’s and will graduate with $200,000 in student debt.


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DEAR READER: The column on the importance of every household having carbon-monoxide detectors prompted the following questions : “Why do I need a carbon-monoxide detector? I have no gas appliances, no fireplace, no charcoal grill and no attached garage. … I don’t understand why I would need one.” — Patricia J. in Virginia


posted: 04/17/2014 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Friendly to everyone, you’re never sure from whence your next luck will spring, but you’re sure it will be good, and you’re right. You’ll shake hands and make deals with VIPs.


posted: 04/17/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why did Judas betray Jesus? It’s never made sense to me, because for years he’d been close to Jesus, hearing His teachings and seeing His miracles.

Super Quiz: Name the state in the song

posted: 04/17/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

1. Do You Know the Way to San Jose 2. I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo 3. Okie From Muskogee 4. Wichita Lineman

Yum, it’s Easter … hummus?

posted: 04/16/2014 3:14 a.m. Discuss

When it comes to Easter entrees, ham and lamb reign supreme for meat eaters, but many people are choosing to eat less meat these days.

FRONT BURNER: Chocolate turnovers an overnight success

posted: 04/16/2014 3:06 a.m. Discuss

After testing and photographing the recipes in the main feature about vegetarian dishes to serve for Easter I was left with one sheet of thawed puff pastry.


posted: 04/16/2014 3:04 a.m. Discuss

From Petaluma, Calif.-based CamelBak, the Camel-Bak Relay Filtration Pitcher is a time- and space-saver. It filters water as fast as you can fill it from the tap; that’s 10 times faster than comparable filter pitchers.

Cooking for two: Grain salad gets pep from peppers, citrus

posted: 04/16/2014 3:02 a.m. Discuss

It was late in the afternoon, yet I hadn’t eaten lunch, and dinner seemed far off. A kitchen raid was in order.

Green beans shine brightly in Asian-influenced recipe

posted: 04/16/2014 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Asian-inspired, this dish is made with minimal amounts of oil and soy sauce. And that lets the green beans shine through.

7 day menu planner

posted: 04/16/2014 2:59 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Celebrate Easter with Smoky Barbecued Leg of Lamb.

UNCORKED: Red and white picks for the Easter table

posted: 04/16/2014 2:54 a.m. Discuss

There are many special foods and traditions associated with the Easter celebration.

IDEA ALLEY: Aunt Tootle ends Wacky Cake hunt

posted: 04/16/2014 2:53 a.m. Discuss

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

COOKING WITH DIABETES: Bacon perks up flavor of bean, cabbage meal

posted: 04/16/2014 2:50 a.m. Discuss

Beans and bacon are a classic combination. Here they join with pasta and Napa cabbage to make a rustic dish that comes together in 20 minutes.

Taming toddler tantrums

posted: 04/16/2014 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Joan Barnes knows the last few minutes before 4-year-old Brody’s computer time ends are the quiet before the storm.

Creature feature

posted: 04/16/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

A stray cat adopted our garage and a week later she had four kittens. I am worried about their eyes. One kitten has both eyes open and the other kittens have only one eye open. Do I need to do anything or is this normal?

Traveling lighter, but hang on to Tupperware

posted: 04/16/2014 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Years ago, I had a stunning realization that has served me well in all my seasons since.

PARENTING: Son’s withdrawal likely tied to video game use

posted: 04/16/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

Q Our 14-year-old son seems depressed — to us, at least. His principal sees no sign of depression but thinks he’s socially anxious. The subjects of counseling and medication have come up. We have suggested to him that he get more exercise and spend less time playing video games and watching TV, but he says he hates sports.


posted: 04/16/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: How can we save our mother from a con man? Mom’s in her mid-80 s and very capable, but she’s fallen under the sway of a clever scam artist, who has tricked her into believing he’s her friend. We’ve contacted the district attorney’s office, and they agree that he’s a crook. However, they say they can’t do anything until a crime has actually been committed.


posted: 04/16/2014 2:41 a.m. Discuss

Q My ex and I were together for two years. We lived with my parents and she has been working for my father managing his office and upgrading his website. We had a horrible fight, which was all her fault, and she moved out last week.


posted: 04/16/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: If you plan on hiding eggs this Easter, here are some things to think about: Do you want to use real eggs that you dye, or plastic ones?


posted: 04/16/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You do what you really want to do this year. Money and prestige have nothing to do with your decision-making process.


posted: 04/16/2014 2:38 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Out of curiosity, I read through one of the Gospels recently, and I was puzzled why some people opposed Jesus and even wanted to kill Him. It seems to me that they should have welcomed Him. It didn’t make sense to me. — P.R.

Super Quiz: Five-letter anagrams

posted: 04/16/2014 2:38 a.m. Discuss

1. He paddled the ——— out into the ———. 2. The pain begins just ——— my ———. 3. The work ——— had to tighten every ———. 4. He ——— from the scene whenever he ——— threatened.


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