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No pie plate? No problem — a perfect pie starts with the crust, then the ingredients

Subscriber onlyThe first pie I baked from scratch without assistance from my mother or grandmother was in a quiche pan. I was living in a tiny house -- a converted garage -- with limited kitchen space and even more limited equipment. How I came to own a fancy quiche pan but not a pie plate is a mystery to this day. When I served the pie to my mom and granny they both commented on how it tasted good, but it sure did look funny. Continue reading...

Enchilada dip good enough for meal

Subscriber onlyEvery so often my husband comes across a recipe he wants to try making. And fortunately for me and this column, most of the time they turn out great and become part of our regular rotation. Continue reading...

Reading Nook

Subscriber onlyAir fryers are the rage these days. Continue reading...

Pork the protein of choice in Chinese stir-fry

Subscriber onlySimilar dishes at Chinese-style restaurants often goop up the mixture or make it too sweet. This one has a nice savory balance. Continue reading...

Oregano, honey, cayenne spice up quick, tasty pork

Subscriber onlyThis is one of those recipes that makes you feel like a bit of a genius because it's so easy, requires so little active time, and tastes as if you worked your little fingers to the bone. Continue reading...

7day menu planner

Subscriber onlySUNDAY: Try these Yellow Rice Crab Cakes (see recipe) for a special family meal. Alongside, make potato salad and add coleslaw and hush puppies. Buy a Boston cream pie for dessert. Continue reading...

Strawberry season ripe for stuffed fruit

Subscriber onlyI developed this recipe to take advantage of strawberry season. Some of you are naturally scratching your head. "Strawberry season? Name a time of year that isn't strawberry season." And it certainly can feel that way. Continue reading...

'Cobbler' Kat hits two more winners

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

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: After peeling or slicing onions, sprinkle a bit of salt on your damp hands and rub the salt over them. Rinse and dry to remove odor. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Subscriber onlyHappy birthday. You approach your work with great attention to detail. The next 10 weeks represent a surge in the usefulness, popularity and demand for what you do. Inside you may be your own worst critic, but outside you're your own best PR person. Enjoy love lavished on you in November, too. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: One of my New Year's resolutions was to read through the Bible. Well, I got started in Genesis, but I only lasted a few weeks. I just couldn't get interested in things that happened to people thousands of years ago. What am I missing? Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Literature

Subscriber only1. Mr. Darcy Continue reading...

Technicolor tresses: Crazy, bold hair color is all the rage

Subscriber onlyAt one time or another, we've all given the side-eye to people whose hair color didn't exactly come from nature. Continue reading...

Grunge, I barely knew ya

Subscriber onlyI'm sad that Chris Cornell of Soundgarden died. Continue reading...

Aquarium vocalist sets White Water concert

Subscriber onlyA highly personal album of rootsy sketches and character studies from B.J. Barham's hometown of Reidsville, N.C., got its start in Belgium. Continue reading...

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