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Better duck, if your poultry takes wing

Subscriber onlyThe duck, noting chill air and dusky sky, takes off. In arrow-sharp formation, his squadron flaps out many a message: Winter's coming. Who needs Waze? Take that, chickens! Continue reading...

For crafting perfect crust, it's all about the luscious fat

Subscriber onlyPassionate pie bakers tend to have a religious zeal about what type of fat goes into their crusts, and not without good reason. Continue reading...

7-day menu planner

Subscriber onlySUNDAY: Aromatic and delicious, Pork Chops With Fruited Couscous (see recipe) will be a family favorite. Serve the combination with fresh broccoli and whole-grain rolls. For dessert, try strawberry ice cream. Continue reading...

Zinfandel lauded with a special day of celebration

Subscriber onlyI always love any reason to celebrate, but when it's considered a "National Day" and includes wine, that's even better. Today is National Zinfandel Day -- a made-up worldwide celebration of the Zinfandel grape variety. The day celebrates and gives Zinfandel lovers around the globe a platform to express their passion for the grape and the wines made from it. Continue reading...

Cake, onion dish seasonal surprises

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

Tortilla Soup fast, filling comfort food

Subscriber onlyI owe the idea to well-meaning fans, who over the years would approach me to thank me for the genius of making 10-minute-meals. I never had the heart to correct them: I hosted Ten Dollar Dinners. Ten-minute meals, I always mused, would be about a thousand versions of PB&J, which sounded like hard television to pitch my producer. But the idea marinated. And then it became a challenge: what could I make in 10 minutes that wouldn't be a PB&J (no disrespect to the sandwich-anthem of my childhood)? Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: I work at a food pantry where we collect and distribute food in our community. With the holidays coming up, we need more canned goods for families who would otherwise go without a decent meal. In this land of plenty, there should be no hungry children, but the groups so often overlooked are the elderly and shut-ins. I would urge people to invite one or two extra people -- a serviceman or -woman, or an elderly neighbor, for example -- to share this Thanksgiving. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Subscriber onlyHappy birthday. You are strong on your own, and yet you'll also have a hero in your life this year. In 2018 you'll make a trade that improves your lot. Also you may be willing to give something up for love -- but not everything. A brush with fame has a lesson in it. You'll be building a team in February. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My uncle says my aunt had a glimpse of Heaven just before she died. How does he know? Maybe she was just having a hallucination. I admit I'm a bit skeptical, although my aunt was a very spiritual person who read her Bible every day. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Classical mythology

Subscriber only1. All that this king touched turned to gold. Continue reading...

DEAR ABBY: Well-written thank-yous don’t have to be long compositions

Dear Abby: You have mentioned in the past that you have a booklet on writing letters, including thank-you notes. Where do I send for it? Continue reading...

Arkansas originals: Exhibit showcases items made in each of the state’s 75 counties over the years

Subscriber onlyThey hide in attics, stuffed into boxes, wrapped in paper or even out in plain sight. And, often, the owners don't even realize they have a treasure in their house. Continue reading...

Let it go! Let it go! Let it go!

Subscriber onlyDo you hear what I hear? (Do you hear what I hear?) Continue reading...

Sam Smith best when he stays in middle

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Deering exhibits smaller art with big emotion

Subscriber onlyA warm intimacy embraces viewers of the 13 works that make up "Little Rock Journal," John Deering's new exhibit at Cantrell Gallery. Continue reading...