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Subscriber onlyThere are lots of things to love about the Black and Decker Stainless Steel Electric Kettle. Continue reading...

Soothe your soul with roasted squash soup

Subscriber onlyFor cold, uncertain times, there is soup. Continue reading...

Subbing out dessert's carrots with parsnips a piece of cake

Subscriber onlyMeet parsnip cake, carrot cake's sweet, blond cousin. Continue reading...

7day menu planner

Subscriber onlySunday: Lemon Chicken With Rice and Artichokes (see recipe) is perfect for family day. Serve the one-dish meal with a Boston lettuce salad and dinner rolls. Apple turnovers and vanilla ice cream are a family kind of dessert. Continue reading...

Wine quality really depends on the dirt

Subscriber onlyIt's no secret that wine geeks like myself very much enjoy talking about soil. Some people discuss movies... well, we sit around and discuss the soil and how one vineyard can boast Pinot Noir on clay while another silt. Continue reading...

Homey spaghetti is a Facebook find

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

Roasted tomatoes pack herby frittata

Subscriber onlyIt could be time to reset your attitude about the egg white frittata, and this is just the recipe to help. Think not about deprivation or dieting or a dumping ground for leftovers; instead, consider it as an opportunity to make a fast, inexpensive, protein-packed, breakfast-for-dinner meal. Continue reading...

Fish cakes hail from Napoleon's isle

Subscriber onlyMiddle of nowhere is a long haul for a fish cake. But apparently that's the best spot. Continue reading...

Creature Feature

Subscriber onlyDogs and cats may not always be the best of friends, but having both in your home or on your farm can successfully keep mice and other "pest rodents" away, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says in an article at ScienceDaily.com. Continue reading...

Birthday's best gift is one more year lived

Subscriber onlyFrom the end of December to mid-February, 10 of the 16 members of our big, blended family celebrated a birthday. Continue reading...

Oh, come on! High school nap club? Good grief!

Subscriber onlyThere must be some relationship between aging and the "You've got to be kidding me!" response -- if I am any indication, that is. What was once occasional has become almost daily. Continue reading...

MONEY MANNERS

Subscriber onlyDEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: My husband and I purchased a round-trip plane ticket for our daughter's boyfriend, who lives in Europe, so he could join us here for Christmas. Unfortunately, a flight cancellation en route left him stranded in a connecting city for 12 hours. "Francois" had a huge hassle getting booked on another flight, an uncomfortable overnight at the airport and then a painfully early departure the next day. The airline, we've now learned, will be rebating $500 of the ticket price to compensate for the canceled flight. The question is: To whom should the money go? Since we paid for the ticket, we think it belongs to us. But since our daughter's boyfriend put up with the inconvenience that, in his words, "earned the rebate," he thinks it should go to him. Continue reading...

EX-ETIQUETTE

Subscriber onlyQ My husband's ex will not allow their 2-year-old child to meet me because, she says, the child is too young. She thinks it will confuse the child, and she will not know who her mother is. According to their court order, my husband is supposed to have equal custody, but since I moved in and we got married, his ex will only let him see their daughter for the day, and she is not allowed to come to our home if I am there. What's good ex-etiquette? Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: I have a very old "Instant Chocolate Cake" recipe from the '60s or '70s that calls for 11/4 cups of instant flour. You mix it directly in a square cake pan. I can no longer find "instant" cake flour. Can you suggest a substitute? Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Subscriber onlyHappy birthday. Your times of wishful thinking are over. You're ready to make it happen this year. March sees you well-connected, and relationships lead to prosperity in the months to follow. You'll choose assertiveness over diplomacy in March, and appropriately so. Continue reading...