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Meals in mugs: Find comfort in the little things with fast and easy dishes made in the microwave

Subscriber onlyLurking deep within cupboards across the country is a versatile piece of cookware that has long been a staple at yard sales and thrift stores -- the coffee mug. The concept isn't new, but over the last few years it has blossomed into a movement of sorts. Continue reading...

FRONT BURNER: Loving the parts without sum success

Subscriber onlyFood editor Kelly Brant's criteria for judging whether her husband and she will like a new dish is pretty simple: do they like all of its ingredients? Continue reading...

Reading Nook

Subscriber onlyThe Bloody Mary is perhaps the most famous of brunch cocktails, especially for those looking to cure their hangover by imbibing. But despite its popularity, its origin story is as murky as the drink. Several theories abound, but most historians credit bartender Fernand "Pete" Petiot at Harry's New York Bar in 1920s Paris as its creator. Continue reading...

Play it lean, spicy with creamy radish sandwich

Subscriber onlyFrench breakfast radishes, a springtime favorite commonly eaten with butter and sea salt, make a simple, satisfying sandwich when layered with cream cheese, arugula and sun-dried tomato. Have one for a light lunch or pre-dinner bite. Continue reading...

Scotch bonnet peppers put bite in jerk chicken

Subscriber onlyScotch bonnet peppers are the chiles of choice in Caribbean cooking, lending a fiery bite to sauces and marinades. Pureed with sugar, green onion and warm spices, the yellow-red pepper pods are an essential ingredient in jerk chicken, one of the best-known Jamaican dishes to have been exported from the island. Continue reading...

7day menu planner

Subscriber onlySUNDAY: Prepare Oven-Roasted Lemon Herb Spatchcock Chicken (see recipe). Accompany the juicy chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy and Brussels sprouts garnished with crumbled bacon. Add dinner rolls. For dessert, coconut macaroons and orange sherbet are a perfect combination. Continue reading...

Rose a light sippy for sissys? Hardly!

Subscriber onlyIf you read my column regularly you know I am a dedicated rose wine enthusiast. One of my greatest joys as a wine educator is to watch someone who thinks of rose as strictly sweet discover the palate-pleasing range of styles this wine has to offer. Continue reading...

'Izzy's' ice box pie is a lemony winner

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

Wheat berries add substance to salad

Subscriber onlyWheat berries are great little nuggets -- a whole grain, containing the germ, endosperm and bran. They have a nice dose of fiber and protein, as well as the B vitamins and several minerals. Continue reading...

Old-time Brown Betty works with blueberries

Subscriber onlySo who, or what, the heck is Brown Betty? Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: I like to buy the 19-ounce size can of soup. It usually has four or five cubes of meat, about 1/2 can of vegetables, and the rest is broth. I usually buy a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, cook it, then freeze in small containers and add as needed to the soup. Works great! Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Subscriber onlyHappy birthday. To be automatically liked in a new circle is an exciting perk to this solar return. Some of it has to do with a fresh attitude and an uncanny ability to connect quickly with what matters to others. In a lot of ways you'll be lighter and brighter this year. There's a breakthrough with a project close to your heart in December. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: One of my uncles says God is like a stern judge, just waiting to punish us when we do wrong. But another uncle says he's wrong, because God is like a kindly father who loves us and forgives us, no matter what we do. Who is right? Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Americana

Subscriber only1. Provide the next phrase: "The old gray mare ..." Continue reading...

Old folks get 15 minutes on latest Harvey show

Subscriber onlyHere's a variation on a recent theme. Anything, I suppose, to kill time during the summer. Continue reading...

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