Have a beer and eat it too: Next time you pop a top, save some to cook with and taste the difference

Subscriber onlySometimes we like to drink beer. Continue reading...

Cookbooks with local flavors to be savored

Subscriber onlySeveral cookbooks of local interest have landed on my desk in recent weeks. Continue reading...

Egg Foo Young easy way to go meatless

Subscriber onlyThe name sounds slightly inauthentic. But egg foo young is a most approachable, Cantonese-style dish with a tradition of its own: an eggy pancake with a kitchen-sink helping of tender and crisp vegetables, pork, shrimp, even water chestnuts and bean sprouts. Continue reading...

Carrots play starring role in smooth bisque-like soup

Subscriber onlyHumble, bumpy, rough carrots. We peel and slice them into sticks and stuff them in lunchboxes, or put them out with a dip when company comes. We chop them and use them in soups and stews, but rarely do we let them star on their own. Continue reading...

7-day menu planner

Subscriber onlySUNDAY: For family day, prepare Pork Loin Roast With Herbed Pepper Rub. Continue reading...

Drink up: Wines really don't need to be aged

Subscriber onlyMany years ago, I was given a bottle of wine that sparked my greatest wine dream: my own private wine cellar. A cellar designed with bottles lining a dark romantic room. Wines waiting among the spider webs while time works its magic. If you are fortunate enough to realize this idealistic cellar it is a significant achievement, but do we need a space in our homes to allow decades of wine aging? Continue reading...

Sweet nuts, bread mark fall's arrival

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

Beer: Ales and lagers

Subscriber onlyThis is by no means a comprehensive list, as there are literally hundreds of beer styles. This is simply a glossary of those mentioned in the accompanying story. Continue reading...

By the book?

Children’s stories turned into films can be a mixed bag

Subscriber onlyWhat's better? The book or the movie? Continue reading...

Pet vet

Subscriber onlyFrampton is a 12-year-old cat who is well taken care of by Alan and Tammie. Despite their efforts, Alan and Tammie have been unsuccessful at making Frampton an indoor cat. He has insisted on spending time outside through various signaling methods -- not the least of which was urinating on the furniture. Continue reading...

Still more good ones than bad in world

Subscriber onlyFor weeks, the news had been filled with stories of death and devastation, with hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, and earthquakes in Mexico. Continue reading...

Girl has chemo-brain and ADD pills not necessary

Subscriber onlyQ After two years of chemotherapy for acute lymphocytic leukemia, our 6-year-old daughter is now in remission. We've recently noticed she has difficulty focusing and staying on task. Otherwise, she is bright, happy and well-behaved. Her physician told us that chemotherapy involves neurotoxins that can cause focusing problems in children. He referred us to a neuropsychiatrist who administered a five-hour battery of tests, diagnosed attention deficit disorder and prescribed an ADD drug. After reading you for years, I don't believe that an "illness" called ADD truly exists. But is chemotherapy-induced ADD a valid thing and if so, what do you recommend? Continue reading...

MONEY MANNERS

Subscriber onlyDEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I am the trustee for an 80-something widower who has begun to slip mentally. I look after his money and, more generally, his welfare. "Frank" has four children. One, "Adam" -- a would-be novelist -- lives with his father and looks after Dad to a degree (he does some cooking and cleaning). The other three children have long been on their own, and they resent their brother for living off their father. (He doesn't hold a job and pays none of the household expenses.) I'm writing because the three self-sufficient children want me to kick Adam out of their father's house, while Adam is equally adamant about staying. I'm inclined to take Adam's side because, even now, he's something of a caretaker for his father, meaning he is contributing to the household. Moreover, I believe his contribution will grow in importance as Frank continues to fail, since professional caretakers can be very expensive. Your thoughts? Continue reading...

Ex-Etiquette

Subscriber onlyQ My daughter's father was verbally abusive when we were together and continues to be to this day. Exchanging our child is the worst! Just yesterday he stood in the middle of the street and yelled profanities at me. I have tried to get along with him for years. He blames it on me. I blame it on him. We just can't co-parent. What's good ex-etiquette? Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: I have a recipe that calls for tarragon vinegar and xanthan gum. I can't find either. Continue reading...

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