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Citrus spills luscious color into a drab winter day

posted: 02/25/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

The sky tends to be grayer than blue during long winters. And after the fun and games of those first feathery snowstorms, the constant cold, slush and ice start to wear on you.

Front Burner: Simple lasagna cups bring out inner child

posted: 02/25/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Working for a newspaper I don't get snow days (or ice days as was the case last week). But that doesn't stop me from enjoying the winter weather when it happens.

TIDBITS

posted: 02/25/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

BOOK SIGNING AND COOKING CLASS Kirsten Shockey and Christopher Shockey, authors of Fermented Vegetables, will sign copies of their book and conduct a fermentation class at Eggshells Kitchen Co., 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Cooking for two: Leftover beans make salad effortless

posted: 02/25/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

This is the kind of recipe we turn to on those days when we're dreaming of warmer weather and don't feel like cooking. The hearty salad comes together in as little time as it takes to chop some lettuce and open a can of beans. If you have them, leftover home-cooked beans are delicious here. We used pink beans (similar to pinto, but slightly smaller), but black beans or kidney beans would work well too.

Texas Tamale recipe reduces fat by substituting lean turkey

posted: 02/25/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

When it comes to stick-to-your-ribs comfort foods, it's hard to beat tamale pie.

Uncorked: Every cuisine has a wine to match it

posted: 02/25/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Compared to just a few decades ago, we are living in a foodie and wine lover's heyday. We can peruse grocery store aisles with choices from around the world and opt for a dinner out on the town featuring the flavors of Thailand, Italy, India, Japan and more.

7day menu planner

posted: 02/25/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Take the family's senses to the islands with Caribbean Chicken Stew (see recipe). Ladle the stew over rice and add a romaine salad on the side. Serve with crusty rolls. For dessert, pineapple upside-down cake (from a mix) is easy.

Chocolate coats figs, sweets, nuts

posted: 02/25/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

These are easy and especially tasty with the combination of chocolate, marshmallow and nuts. If you can't find large figs, use small pieces of walnuts instead of whole walnuts.

IDEA ALLEY: Lemon Bars offer tangy temptation

posted: 02/25/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Microwave steps cut meatloaf baking time

posted: 02/25/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Meatloaf in 20 minutes! Here is a modern variation for one of America's favorite comfort foods.

Schooled advisers

posted: 02/25/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

The next school year won't start for months, but right about now pre-kindergarten teachers everywhere are talking to their little charges about what will be expected of them when they step up to kindergarten.

Creature feature

posted: 02/25/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

My dog, Agatha, likes to tell people hello by jumping on them. I know this is bad and my friends don’t like it, but I have a hard time keeping her from just jumping on me. But I know she can learn things. She knows how to sit and can walk on a leash, but I’m not having much luck getting her to quit jumping. What can I do?

Sharon Randall: Big fish, tadpoles soak up life's joy

posted: 02/25/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

At the shallow end of an indoor Olympic-size pool, he waits for a signal from the instructor to join the class.

Parenting: 50-50 custody is good only for divorcing parents

posted: 02/25/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Equality under the law is a uniquely American principle, one that no freedom-loving person would oppose, but the manner in which said principle is currently applied to the issue of child custody treats children as property, like pieces of furniture or bank accounts, rather than human beings with rights, including the right to stable living conditions.

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 02/25/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I've remained good friends with my college roommate over the years, although our lives have followed different paths. I'm a chemical engineer and have always made a good living. "Eric" was an art major, who now works in the framing department of an art-supply store, and his wife is a yoga instructor. When my wife and I had them to dinner recently, I happened to mention that we'd recently seen The Book of Mormon, and they grew strangely silent. Afterward, my wife said I was wrong to bring up an event they couldn't afford to go to, but I think she's nuts. I understand that Eric and his wife aren't rolling in dough, so, for example, I say very little about our vacations, and I never talk about things like home improvements. But just how "sensitive" do I have to be?

Ex-Etiquette

posted: 02/25/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Q When a son divorces, should his family stay in contact with the ex-wife? The son has a new lady in his life, and almost every member of the family is keeping in contact with his ex. They loan her money and baby-sit their children, plus children that are hers and not the son’s. It just seems like too much and makes things very difficult. What’s good ex-etiquette?

Helpful Hints

posted: 02/25/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: A number of years ago, I purchased a good amount of food, canned goods, etc. (a stockpile in case of an emergency). A review indicates that many have a "use by" date that has expired. Should I throw these in the dump, or can they be safely used by some organization?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 02/25/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. This year you work quickly so you can play slowly and lavish your loved ones with the attention and affection that makes you feel so fulfilled to give. A discovery in March will help you determine where to go with your career.

On Christianity

posted: 02/25/2015 1:42 a.m. Comment 1

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My nephew says he's an atheist and doesn't want anything to do with religion or religious people. If someone wants to be religious, that's their business, he says, but he resents people trying to change him. How can I convince him he's wrong?

Super Quiz: Countries of South America

posted: 02/25/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

1. Its official name literally translates to "Republic of the Equator."

Dear Abby: Overpacking for business trip prompts questions of trust

posted: 02/25/2015 1:41 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I'm in my 40s and my boyfriend of three years is 12 years older. We are in love and our relationship is great. He travels for work and lives in another state, so he flies in to see my daughter and me every other week. Because he is older, he uses Viagra, and it's kept at my place in a drawer. I assumed that's where it was always kept.

Birdman soars with best picture, director

updated: 02/24/2015 3:42 a.m. Discuss

For the third time in four years, Hollywood's top honor went to a story mostly about itself: Birdman won best picture at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday night.

Oscar winners

updated: 02/24/2015 3:41 a.m. Discuss

List of winners at Sunday's 87th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

MARCH CALENDAR: Spring ahead ... uh ... forward

posted: 02/24/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

March is when leprechauns leap, fiddlers play a high old tune, and kites get all up in the air. A pot of gold is there to be found at the end of the rainbow. But everybody loses something, too. With the start of daylight saving time -- a lost hour. Poor little lost hour, it had plans for the day.

Jim Ed Brown returns with tour

posted: 02/24/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Longtime Grand Ole Opry member Jim Ed Brown is still pursuing his passion -- performing country music.

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