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Gardeners makes room for veggies among the flowers

Subscriber onlyThere are varied reasons for those with green thumbs to plant their own vegetable gardens. But the biggest reason, according to Tontitown gardener Gail Pianalto? "If you grow them yourself, then you are in control of what you put in your family's body." Continue reading...

Beyond 'Stranger Danger'

Supportive, alert parents best defense against child abuse

Subscriber only"It's not stranger danger. It's not the creepy guy in the white van. It's not the stereotype," said Abra Lang Morgan, a social worker and child advocate at the Children's Safety Center in Springdale. Continue reading...

A Tale of Two Dishwashers

Dirty and dirtier plates spawn family debate

Subscriber onlyI've heard horror stories about how some spouses constantly butt heads with their in-laws. And I'm lucky because I don't have those war stories. I love my husband's family, and he loves mine, and we're blessed to get along the way we do. Continue reading...

Nondairy milk is trendy and easy to make at home

Subscriber onlyNuts. And water. That’s really all there is to nut milk. Continue reading...

Leftovers stirred into a cash-saver

Subscriber onlyWhen all you have in the fridge are bits and pieces of other meals and a few stray vegetables, coming up with dinner can seem like a daunting, if not impossible task. Those are the nights when I find myself tempted to order takeout or delivery. Continue reading...

Gadgets & Gizmos: Spatulas by Pampered Chef

Subscriber onlyFor getting all of the cake batter into the pan or for capturing every bit of peanut butter from the bottom and side of the jar, flexible scrapers such as these silicone-and-bamboo spatulas from Pampered Chef are indispensable in our kitchen. Continue reading...

Sauce adds sweet heat to skewered beef

Subscriber onlySriracha, brown sugar, peanut butter and lime juice give this beef dish a spicysweet flavor with a Southeast Asian flair. Continue reading...

Mushrooms, ginger, noodles make a lively lo mein dinner

Subscriber onlyThe scallions are an oniony counterpoint to the mushrooms here, and a modest amount of soy sauce and sesame oil give the dish a light Asian taste without drowning the mushrooms’ flavor. Continue reading...

The best wine goes in glass, not the pan

Subscriber onlyThere are countless rules surrounding wine, but one of my least favorites is the old-fashioned guidance, “Always cook with the same wine you will be drinking.” I remember the first time the rule struck me as one I would not be following in my kitchen. Continue reading...

7 day menu planner

Subscriber onlySUNDAY: Fire up the family grill for your grilled pork chops. Serve with Parmesan Couscous. Continue reading...

Chili powder heats up tilapia

Subscriber onlyChili powder, garlic and lemon give tilapia some kick in this quick — on the table in less than 30 minutes from start to finish — recipe. Paired with asparagus, the dish is ideal for springtime. Continue reading...

Recipes are dillies for sweet pickles

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

Some grapefruit zest ’n’ stuff meet in a bar

Subscriber onlyGrapefruit, love child of an orange/pomelo hookup, flaunts one parent’s sunny nature and the other’s thick skinned, rotund ways. The hybrid is all sunny bright, easy-peel, sweet and sour cheer. That’s how it rolls. Continue reading...

The truth about robins

The ‘red’-breasted bird’s here year-round; we just notice them now

Subscriber onlyBecoming expert at bird identification requires years of study and experience, but pretty much anybody can recognize a robin. Continue reading...

Creature feature

Subscriber onlyMy friend has adopted a huge dog that looks like a full-blooded Great Dane. She lives in a one-bedroom apartment. I think that’s a lot of dog for such a small place. My friend takes the dog for short walks, but isn’t it kind of cruel to keep a big dog in an apartment? Continue reading...

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