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IDEA ALLEY: How to make The Villa Italian Restaurant's bread

Subscriber onlyUnless otherwise noted, recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Continue reading...

Roll your own

Venerable Vietnamese summer rolls aren’t complicated and they’re customizable

Subscriber onlySummer is a lot of things, but fun for the cook ain't necessarily one of them. Continue reading...

Sour grapes' place is Cornmeal Cake

Subscriber onlyEven though grapes are available year round, they always taste their best to me during late summer. I love eating them fresh out of hand, but I also like to incorporate their juicy sweetness into a variety of dishes, from salads and entrees to desserts. Continue reading...

TIDBITS

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Easy Caprese is to-go salad for summer

Subscriber onlyThis salad is perfect for lunch away from home -- whether it's a picnic, tailgate party or a weekend road trip. Continue reading...

Zucchini stars in savory tart

Subscriber onlyHouseguests can be ingrates. Once, I invited an asparagus family to the garden, and the whole clan stalked away. Perhaps my hostess skills need some work. Continue reading...

7day menu planner

Subscriber onlySUNDAY: The family is in for a treat with Spicy Skillet Chicken (see recipe). Serve with rice, mixed greens and biscuits. Make Peach Shortcake for dessert. Top angel food cake with sliced fresh peaches and light whipped cream. Continue reading...

Red grapes shine in plenty of wines

Subscriber onlyIf we judged wine based on what we see on the shelves at wine shops it would seem there are very few red grape varieties worth drinking. Cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinot noir dominate the offerings in stores and on restaurant wine lists. And because of this strong presence many wine drinkers have a mistaken impression that the world's other red grapes are inferior in quality and flavor. The good news is this simply isn't true. There are many other red wines to explore. Continue reading...

Lemon juice is key to weeknight dinner

Subscriber onlyBaked dinners are a classic weeknight dinner solution, but how to make one that is nutritious, flavorful and easy? Continue reading...

Steak-potato salad with spicy dressing makes hearty meal

Subscriber onlyEven as I attempt to eat less red meat, I still crave steak. During the summer months, its virtues suit our lifestyles. Steak cooks quickly, is easy to transport to a picnic and tastes great hot, warm and chilled. Grilled steak, piled on garden-crisp greens topped with a freshly made dressing, ranks as a favorite dinner on a warm evening. Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: After reading the comments in your column about things accumulating in the bottom that clog up dishwashers (Heloise here: labels from jars), I'd like to add another thing to check. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Subscriber onlyHappy birthday. What you used to think of as pressure you now consider to be a friendly force intent on making your dreams come true. Ask directly for what you want. Family will be involved in the delivery of your wishes in November. A March financial bonus will give your personal life new purpose. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I don't think it's up to us to judge who is religious and who isn't. I have my beliefs, and I get upset when someone tries to question me about them or make me believe the same way they do. Didn't Jesus say somewhere that we shouldn't judge others? Continue reading...

Super Quiz: U.S. Presidential Slogans

Subscriber only1. "I like Ike." Continue reading...

JENNIFER CHRISTMAN: Sizzled Twinkies dazzle or fizzle

Subscriber onlyIt's where the freezer meets the fair: Deep Fried Twinkies. Continue reading...

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