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Love of Brussels sprouts a lifelong affair

Subscriber onlyI almost wish I hated Brussels sprouts. Continue reading...

Lemony oil spurs sprouts tolerance

Subscriber onlyIt's true. I'm not a fan of the Brussels sprout. My earliest exposure to the tiny cabbage-like balls came as the result of a bribe when I was about 6 years old. My mother said my brother and I could stay up an extra 30 minutes later for each Brussels sprout we ate. Continue reading...

Gadgets & Gizmos: Cuisinart Round Classic Waffle Maker

Subscriber onlyCuisinart Round Classic Waffle Maker is good for smaller appetites or smaller households. Waffles are just under a half-inch high and about 7 inches in diameter and cook in just under three minutes. The nonstick coating makes cleanup as easy as wiping the grate with a damp cloth. However, the iron must be unplugged to turn off, and the lid should be lifted carefully to avoid the steam release. The maker can stand on its end for easy storage in a cramped kitchen. Continue reading...

Pepper plus peanuts punch up pad thai

Subscriber onlyPunctuation strikes you as handy, tidy and responsible. It's rash to sound off without the pause inspired by the comma or the deep breath mandated by the period. Punctuation saves lives -- when applied judiciously. You sigh over that panda turned criminal in "eats, shoots and leaves." Continue reading...

Shredded meat meal quick, easy made in slow cooker

Subscriber onlyThe process is simple. You start with either boneless, skinless chicken thighs or country-style pork ribs or rib chops. Throw them in the slow cooker with a handful of aromatics and a flavorful liquid. Put your cooker on low and head off to work. When you get home from work, you'll have a tender meat ready to shred and turn into an easy dinner. Continue reading...

7day menu planner

Subscriber onlySUNDAY: This Pot Roast (see recipe) reminds me of the one that my mother used to make. Serve it with a spinach salad and whole-grain rolls. Slice angel food cake, top it with blueberries and add a dollop of whipped cream for an easy dessert. Continue reading...

Keys to preferences found on the palate

Subscriber onlyThere are hundreds of red wines, but most of us only think of a few familiar varietals such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinot noir. When it comes to learning about wine, and having a better understanding of your palate (what you may like or dislike), these well-known varietals are not necessarily the best to use for your study. Continue reading...

Punch blend stirs tropical daydream

Subscriber onlyNot all recipes that appear in Idea Alley have been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Continue reading...

Spicy Afghan soup thaws winter’s chill

Subscriber onlyWhen the mittens and scarves come out, people come in for Homayon Karimy’s aush. The fragrant, sienna-colored, deeply spiced Afghan soup takes its name from the flat wheat noodles, often spelled “ash,” that turn silken as they cook with vegetables, lemon juice, yogurt and ground sumac. Continue reading...

Bean soup offers taste of Southwest in a jiffy

Subscriber onlyThis thick, hearty soup is a great 25-minute supper. It's a whole flavor-packed meal in a bowl. It also freezes well. Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: I often purchase the frozen pie shells to bake pies, and I have difficulty removing slices from the pan after they are baked; the pie crust is always stuck. Do you have any suggestions for how to make this easy without breaking up the slices? Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Subscriber onlyHappy birthday. This month's challenge is a no-brainer. You'll excel because you do what you're supposed to be doing. Next month will bring a new deal. Putting in extra work hours will help you fulfill a wish. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I've had good health all my life (I'm 78 now), but now the doctor says I have something that's going to make me weaker and weaker, and eventually it will kill me. I just can't face being weak and having to depend on others to take care of me. I admit I'm angry with God, but why shouldn't I be? Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Entertainment

Subscriber only1. What is the name of the elementary school in The Simpsons? Continue reading...

4 Arkansans are known to have flown as WASP members

Subscriber onlyAt least four women with ties to Arkansas flew planes during World War II as members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). The program was established to fly noncombat military missions in the United States under the Army Air Corps so male pilots would be available to fly in combat overseas. Continue reading...

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