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DEAR ABBY: Unaffectionate husband is not likely to change

DEAR ABBY: I knew my husband for two years before we married four years ago. My problem is we are no longer intimate -- not even hugs or kisses. For the first two years we did have sex, but the only affection I get now is a kiss on my forehead or my hand. Continue reading...

FRONT BURNER: Cinnamon sirloin, vegetables sizzle

Subscriber onlyGrowing up, whenever my family went out to eat at a steakhouse (usually Bonanza or Western Sizzlin') I always ordered the steak tips with peppers and onions. When my plate arrived, I'd carefully scoop off the peppers and onions and place them on my mother's plate. Continue reading...

Cool idea: With no-cook desserts, forget about getting hot under the collar

Subscriber onlySummer sweets are full of cooling options: ice cream, popsicles, sno-cones. But some occasions call for a dessert to savor, not slurp. Continue reading...

Gadgets & Gizmos

Subscriber onlyHas this ever happened to you? Continue reading...

Slather salsa verde on roasted eggplant

Subscriber onlyEggplant steaks: You cut the eggplant in half lengthwise, roast with garlicky oil and serve with salsa verde and yogurt. Any recipe that includes a green sauce like this one catches our fancy. (It's the Italian variety that's heavy on herbs, not the Mexican one based on tomatillos, although that one is good, too.) Continue reading...

Two-pea Asian salad ready in a snap; fine warm, chilled

Subscriber onlyCulinarian James Beard was an early fan of the sugar snap pea. Continue reading...

7day menu planner

Subscriber onlySUNDAY: Fire up the grill for your grilled chicken. Add this light and summery Bacon and Basil Pasta Salad (see recipe), a Boston lettuce salad and crusty rolls. Buy a chocolate layer cake for dessert. Continue reading...

Wine cocktails fit for a festive toast

Subscriber onlyI'm always looking for unique ideas when it comes to entertaining and July Fourth is one of my favorite holidays for getting together with family and friends. Of course, anyone coming to any of my soirees will find wine on the menu, but this year I thought refreshing and patriotic wine cocktails would make a fun addition to the festivities. Continue reading...

Food Bucks plan (mostly) adds up as pitched

Subscriber onlyBob Barnhill, owner of Barnhill Orchards near Lonoke, sifts through a handful of silver and gold $2 tokens. On this Sunday morning at Bernice Garden Farmers Market in downtown Little Rock, Barnhill and his granddaughter have sold $40 worth of produce to shoppers who collect federal food assistance. As part of a new program called Double Up Food Bucks, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) shoppers can use up to $20 in SNAP money and receive a matching amount to spend on produce at participating farmers markets. Continue reading...

Slake chocoholics with Ganache Pie

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

Suffering in silence

Saving young adults from the ‘underground epidemic’ of mental illness

Subscriber onlyNot here. Continue reading...

CREATURE FEATURE

Subscriber onlyHere's a grab bag of pet information to ponder as you relax and retreat from the summer heat. Continue reading...

Dogs can teach us so much about love

Subscriber onlySometimes the best gift is something you never wanted. Continue reading...

MONEY MATTERS

Subscriber onlyDEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: A young man noticed that the car in my driveway had a "For Sale" sign on it, and he offered me 100 hours of labor in exchange for my vehicle. I said OK. "Zach's" been working down the hours, and everything's going fine. Recently, though, he's been bringing a helper with him, and now I'm unsure about where things stand between us. Do I count the helper's hours toward the 100 hours Zach agreed to work, or should Zach work the 100 hours himself and pay his helper as he sees fit? And is this my decision or his? Continue reading...

EX-ETIQUETTE

Subscriber onlyQ I have been divorced for about two years, and I share custody of my three kids: ages 8, 12 and 17. My ex has a very strong personality and I am often intimidated into silence when he's around. When we were together he was rarely home. I did everything. All of a sudden, he's "Father of the Year" with creative energy to spare and I feel overwhelmed and inadequate. So, after almost 20 years, I have decided to abandon my soccer mom role, sell the minivan and let him take over. I want to be a great mom, but I feel like I'm tripping over myself. I'm worried I'm letting the kids down, which overwhelms me even more. I don't know what to do. What's good ex-etiquette? Continue reading...