No pie plate? No problem — a perfect pie starts with the crust, then the ingredients

Subscriber onlyThe first pie I baked from scratch without assistance from my mother or grandmother was in a quiche pan. I was living in a tiny house -- a converted garage -- with limited kitchen space and even more limited equipment. How I came to own a fancy quiche pan but not a pie plate is a mystery to this day. When I served the pie to my mom and granny they both commented on how it tasted good, but it sure did look funny. Continue reading...

Enchilada dip good enough for meal

Subscriber onlyEvery so often my husband comes across a recipe he wants to try making. And fortunately for me and this column, most of the time they turn out great and become part of our regular rotation. Continue reading...

Reading Nook

Subscriber onlyAir fryers are the rage these days. Continue reading...

Pork the protein of choice in Chinese stir-fry

Subscriber onlySimilar dishes at Chinese-style restaurants often goop up the mixture or make it too sweet. This one has a nice savory balance. Continue reading...

Oregano, honey, cayenne spice up quick, tasty pork

Subscriber onlyThis is one of those recipes that makes you feel like a bit of a genius because it's so easy, requires so little active time, and tastes as if you worked your little fingers to the bone. Continue reading...

7day menu planner

Subscriber onlySUNDAY: Try these Yellow Rice Crab Cakes (see recipe) for a special family meal. Alongside, make potato salad and add coleslaw and hush puppies. Buy a Boston cream pie for dessert. Continue reading...

Strawberry season ripe for stuffed fruit

Subscriber onlyI developed this recipe to take advantage of strawberry season. Some of you are naturally scratching your head. "Strawberry season? Name a time of year that isn't strawberry season." And it certainly can feel that way. Continue reading...

'Cobbler' Kat hits two more winners

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

Joy vs. misery

Happiness can start with being grateful and grow from there

Subscriber onlyMegan Novotney was shocked to be pregnant six months after giving birth to triplets. Continue reading...

Creature Feature

Subscriber onlyAs we cruise through the end of May, here are some tips and tidbits from the living-with-pets grab bag. Continue reading...

Watching wild birds teaches us we can fly

Subscriber onlyMost of us have a few good bird stories. Here are some of mine. Continue reading...

Good mothers should be applauded frequently

Subscriber onlyBy the time this column appears in most newspapers to which it is distributed, Mother's Day 2017 will have come and gone. Nonetheless, I'm going to talk about mothers -- one in particular. Continue reading...

MONEY MANNERS

Subscriber onlyDEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: While my brother "Eric" was always happy to accept financial help from our mother, he paid almost no attention to her. When she died last winter, he hadn't visited her in 11 years, and, obviously, he never helped with her care. Mom was aware of his indifference, and in her will she left him only 20 percent of her estate, while leaving 40 percent to me and 40 percent to my sister. Now Eric has asked for an accounting of the estate's finances (I'm the executor), and I'm furious. While the will says he's entitled to an accounting, preparing one would be a lot of work for me. I understand, of course, that Eric is within his rights, legally. But isn't it wrong for this guy who never lifted a finger for our mother to make this demand? Continue reading...

Ex-Etiquette

Subscriber onlyQ Lately, my 4-year-old child has been waking up in the middle of the night crying. He doesn't appear to know where he is and it takes quite a bit to calm him down. His mother and I just separated and he goes back and forth between our homes every couple of days and I attribute it to that, but I'm not sure, and I'm not sure what to do about it. What's good ex-etiquette? Continue reading...

Summer film options for kids

Subscriber onlyChildren are out of school and looking for something to do. Why not plan on heading into the comfy confines of the local cinema this summer? Continue reading...

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