Building a better burger: From grill, skillet or oven, burgers best with homemade seasonings, condiments

Subscriber onlySummer is almost here. And for many that means burger season. Whether you like them meaty or veggie, topped with cheese and onions or plain-Jane, few foods are more quintessentially American and universally beloved than the hamburger. Continue reading...

DEAR ABBY: Mom who wanders at night could be ill or just nosy

DEAR ABBY: My mom lives with me and my hubby. Recently I found out that she walks around at night because she hears noises or is restless -- and puts her ear on our bedroom door, too! Continue reading...

Oven-toast sugar to get dry caramel

Subscriber onlyDry caramel. Continue reading...

Tidbits

Subscriber onlyRECIPE CONTEST The Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice Council is accepting recipes in its seventh annual "Get Wild With Wild Rice" recipe contest. Continue reading...

Spiral-cut vegetables curl into Asian salad

Subscriber onlyThere are no noodles in this colorful chicken salad, but there are oodles (and oodles) of spiralized vegetables. Continue reading...

Chilly chocolate snack for your 'polar bears'

Subscriber onlyThe polar bear is no picky eater. It goes for seal -- raw. Lacking seal, it will settle for whatever's handy, even kelp. It's hard to believe a string of seaweed satisfies the thousand-pound carnivore. But the Arctic menu is limited. Continue reading...

7day menu planner

Subscriber onlySUNDAY: Burgers are always welcome around here, and we especially liked these no-meat Black Bean Burgers With Cilantro Lime Aioli (see recipe). Serve on whole-grain hamburger buns, with lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Make or buy potato salad and add coleslaw to go on the side. Pick up some brownies for dessert. Continue reading...

Art of Wine event a 3-day celebration

Subscriber onlyWhen people ask what my favorite wine events in Arkansas are, the Walton Arts Center's Art of Wine Festival always makes the top of my list. Each year I enjoy, not only tasting wine with many friends and colleagues from our state, but meeting many visitors to Arkansas. With hundreds of wines, some of Northwest Arkansas' premier restaurants and entertainment, what more could you want for a weekend here at home? Continue reading...

German pancakes found on website

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

Pineapple, coconut tasty tropical union

Subscriber onlyThis luscious pineapple dessert not only is packed with island flavor, it healthfully satisfies a sweet tooth as well. Continue reading...

What did you do this summer?

Vacation time’s on the way, packed with camps and fun galore

Subscriber onlyAh, summer, with its sunny days, cookouts and family vacations. Continue reading...

Creature Feature

Subscriber onlyI have a problem with my cat that maybe you can help with. She's friendly most of the time, but sometimes when I'm petting her she gets crazy and starts attacking me with her back feet and claws. She even tries to bite me. She's not a mean cat. Why is she acting so weird? I took her to the veterinarian and she checked out fine. Continue reading...

Staying afloat for life's ups and downs

Subscriber onlySummer is still weeks away, but it started early for me with three big surprises. Continue reading...

Home-school teacher and students need 'recess'

Subscriber onlyQ I home-school my three children, ages 8, 6 and 5. The older two have a very poor attitude about doing school, especially math, and the younger one is starting to pick up on it. Their poor attitudes make the lessons take longer and they complain and cry about finishing their assignments. I've tried sending them to their rooms until they have a better attitude, but that seems like more of a reward to them because they get to do nothing. They are not working independently yet so I still need to teach them the lessons, but I get so frustrated when they huff and puff and act like school is so hard. They are all working at or slightly above grade level so it isn't that they don't understand, they just don't want to do the work. We do school each morning for about four hours, and then they can play the rest of the day. How can I show them they need to have a good attitude about learning? Continue reading...

MONEY MATTERS

Subscriber onlyDEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: When my husband's mother died, his brother's bossy wife, "Nora," put herself in charge of divvying up Mom's belongings. I'd been very close to my mother-in-law (my own mother died when I was young), and the one thing of hers I wanted was her monogrammed silverware. Nora grabbed it for herself, and I thought that was that. Well, recently Nora called to say she no longer wants the silver, and she's offering it to us for -- get this! -- $2,500. I was shocked. For one thing, that silver is a family heirloom, and I believe a relative shouldn't have to pay for a family heirloom. And for another, the price is ridiculously high. So what should we do? By the way, if we had Mom's silverware, we'd leave it to our children. But Nora and her husband don't have any kids. Continue reading...

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