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Love of Brussels sprouts a lifelong affair

Subscriber onlyI almost wish I hated Brussels sprouts. Continue reading...

Lemony oil spurs sprouts tolerance

Subscriber onlyIt's true. I'm not a fan of the Brussels sprout. My earliest exposure to the tiny cabbage-like balls came as the result of a bribe when I was about 6 years old. My mother said my brother and I could stay up an extra 30 minutes later for each Brussels sprout we ate. Continue reading...

Gadgets & Gizmos: Cuisinart Round Classic Waffle Maker

Subscriber onlyCuisinart Round Classic Waffle Maker is good for smaller appetites or smaller households. Waffles are just under a half-inch high and about 7 inches in diameter and cook in just under three minutes. The nonstick coating makes cleanup as easy as wiping the grate with a damp cloth. However, the iron must be unplugged to turn off, and the lid should be lifted carefully to avoid the steam release. The maker can stand on its end for easy storage in a cramped kitchen. Continue reading...

Pepper plus peanuts punch up pad thai

Subscriber onlyPunctuation strikes you as handy, tidy and responsible. It's rash to sound off without the pause inspired by the comma or the deep breath mandated by the period. Punctuation saves lives -- when applied judiciously. You sigh over that panda turned criminal in "eats, shoots and leaves." Continue reading...

Shredded meat meal quick, easy made in slow cooker

Subscriber onlyThe process is simple. You start with either boneless, skinless chicken thighs or country-style pork ribs or rib chops. Throw them in the slow cooker with a handful of aromatics and a flavorful liquid. Put your cooker on low and head off to work. When you get home from work, you'll have a tender meat ready to shred and turn into an easy dinner. Continue reading...

7day menu planner

Subscriber onlySUNDAY: This Pot Roast (see recipe) reminds me of the one that my mother used to make. Serve it with a spinach salad and whole-grain rolls. Slice angel food cake, top it with blueberries and add a dollop of whipped cream for an easy dessert. Continue reading...

Keys to preferences found on the palate

Subscriber onlyThere are hundreds of red wines, but most of us only think of a few familiar varietals such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinot noir. When it comes to learning about wine, and having a better understanding of your palate (what you may like or dislike), these well-known varietals are not necessarily the best to use for your study. Continue reading...

Punch blend stirs tropical daydream

Subscriber onlyNot all recipes that appear in Idea Alley have been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Continue reading...

Spicy Afghan soup thaws winter’s chill

Subscriber onlyWhen the mittens and scarves come out, people come in for Homayon Karimy’s aush. The fragrant, sienna-colored, deeply spiced Afghan soup takes its name from the flat wheat noodles, often spelled “ash,” that turn silken as they cook with vegetables, lemon juice, yogurt and ground sumac. Continue reading...

Bean soup offers taste of Southwest in a jiffy

Subscriber onlyThis thick, hearty soup is a great 25-minute supper. It's a whole flavor-packed meal in a bowl. It also freezes well. Continue reading...

Study reveals uncanny ability to match dogs, their owners

Subscriber onlyComparing a person to his dog generally isn't a compliment. Continue reading...

Creature Feature

Subscriber onlyOur newly adopted dog is about to start heartworm treatment and the vet said he won't be able to go for walks or even play in the house for weeks. We hate for Higgins to be stuck in the house for that long and want to get a stroller for him so we can move him around in the house and take him for walks. Do you have any ideas on what to look for? Continue reading...

Follow a heart, arrive at 'oh, my'

Subscriber onlyA covey of quail skitters across the lawn, spooked by my arrival. Or maybe my lack of makeup. Continue reading...

Teen's panic attacks real, likely to be short-lived

Subscriber onlyQ My 13-year-old son has developed overwhelming anxiety about going to school. This began a year ago, but has gotten steadily worse since then. At this point, he fights me every morning about going to school, and even if I can persuade him to get in the car, he won't get out. If I try to force him, he becomes nearly hysterical. I'm a stay-at-home mom, so there have been many days this year when I've simply taken him back home. His principal and everyone at the school say he's fine once he's in the building. He's a straight-A student and doesn't have any social issues. When I ask him to explain his fears, he just says he feels scared but can't identify why. The principal says he should see a therapist. What do you think? Continue reading...

MONEY MANNERS

Subscriber onlyDEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My husband's family sometimes gives presents jointly. For example, when one of the grandchildren graduated from high school recently, everyone got together and bought her a $500 gift certificate. My mother-in-law, who's in charge of these gifts, always splits the cost on a per person basis, not per household. So for that gift certificate, she asked her single daughter to contribute $42 and my husband and me to contribute $84. Can this be fair? While there may be two of us, my husband and I have only one income. Continue reading...

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