(Advertisement)

With great toppings, hot dogs go gourmet

Subscriber onlyBehold, the humble hot dog. Tucked into a tender split bun and slathered in mustard and relish, the Americanized sausage is as sure a sign of summer as any picnic dish. Continue reading...

Lemony cookies embrace ice cream

Subscriber onlyA scoop of cold, creamy ice cream on a hot summer day is a great way to finish a meal or simply enjoy a treat. But bowls aren't exactly portable. And you need a spoon. Popsicles are nice, but they melt. Quickly. And there's the matter of what to do with the stick. But ice cream sandwiches -- they're portable and there's nothing to throw away. Continue reading...

Tidbits

Subscriber onlyFood Festival A Very Veggie Fourth of July, an all-vegetarian food festival, will take place 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Bernice Garden, 1401 Main St., in Little Rock. Continue reading...

Pasta dish a 'what's in the pantry' special

Subscriber onlyThis pantry friendly recipe has been a favorite over the years for a couple of reasons, including the fact that the original sauce-only ingredient list called for five components instead of three (not including salt and pepper; see the name of the cookbook it came from). The slight goof makes me smile. But you get the drift: It's 1-2-3 easy. Continue reading...

Add-ins bulk up traditional celebratory macaroni salad

Subscriber onlyWe reached all the way back to the Mad Men era for inspiration as we crafted this classic Independence Day side dish. It's macaroni salad in all its tangy, comfortingly mayonnaise-rich, decades-ago glory. Continue reading...

7-day menu planner

Subscriber onlySUNDAY: Treat the family to aromatic and colorful Asian Pork and Pineapple Kebabs (see recipe). Serve the beautiful entree over rice and drizzle Thai peanut sauce over all. Add sourdough bread. For dessert, make Strawberry Shortcake with fresh strawberries, vanilla ice cream and angel food cake. Continue reading...

Pouring empathy into helpful efforts

Subscriber onlyWhenever I shop -- be it for groceries, clothes or even shoes -- I am always searching for those companies "giving back." The idea of a winery "giving back" is not a new concept, but vineyards and wineries aren't likely to immediately come to mind for most of us when we think of charitable companies. Continue reading...

Visitor shares her Peanut Butter Pie

Subscriber onlyRecipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Continue reading...

Salmon gets saucy with orange juice

Subscriber onlyThis salmon dish couldn’t be simpler or fresher-tasting. Continue reading...

Stuffing fills burgers with bigger flavors

Subscriber onlyThis plump, juicy burger is my desire-driven answer to the nutritional call to limit the portion size of a piece of lean meat to a deck of cards. Continue reading...

Mourning … must post

For social media fans, funerals are now fair game: Share, comment or take a selfie?

Subscriber onlyTaya Dunn Johnson has been living large online for years, embracing Facebook, Twitter and other social streams to frequently share her most mundane and intimate moments. Continue reading...

Creature feature

Subscriber onlyI have two questions about cats. First, why do their eyes shine green in the dark? And second, can they see colors? I wonder about the colors because my cat Abby (a gray striped tabby) has a yellow catnip bird toy and the same one in red. She seems to like the yellow one better than the red one. Continue reading...

Baby is born, and the angels dance

Subscriber onlyWhat do you know about the day you were born? What's the first sentence of the first chapter of the story of your life? Continue reading...

2-year-old isn't jealous of new baby, just curious

Subscriber onlyQ My 2-year-old is constantly wanting to be in her newborn baby brother's face, poking and touching him. How can I help her with her jealousy? Continue reading...

Money Manners

Subscriber onlyDEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My husband "Timothy" unexpectedly inherited a large amount of money when his parents were killed in a car crash. It would take us half our working lives to save up the amount he received, and I'm concerned that we invest it wisely. Timothy agrees, but he's convinced he can do the investing himself. Unfortunately, my otherwise wonderful husband is a fool when it comes to money. Not that he's a spendthrift; it's just that he has no judgment when someone starts pitching hot-sounding investments (if Bernie Madoff had a phone in prison, he could sell Timothy the Brooklyn Bridge). I'm horrified by the prospect of my husband responding to TV ads that push gold coins and commodity trading strategies or, worse yet, falling under the sway of an unscrupulous stockbroker who realizes he can sell Timothy anything as long as it sounds cool. What should I do? Timothy insists there is nothing to worry about. Continue reading...

« Previous