Ark City Voices

At the push of a button: Fitness is about small choices, not just eating right

I love buttons. I can push a button to open my garage door. I can push a button to change television channels. I can push a button to wash my dishes and clothes. I even can push a button on my wrist watch to answer a phone call. But each […]

Corn salsa combines fruit juices, jalapeño kick to balance spice, sweetness

My brother is a fan of spicy foods. The spicier they are, the happier he is, it seems. There are few in my family who love jalapeños, or other hot peppers, quite as much as he does. But this particular salsa recipe is both spicy and sweet. It creates a […]

With Manga Art, Crilley presents treasure trove of Japanese-styled pieces

The world of manga (Japanese comics) has captured the imagination of artists, both aspiring and professional alike. Now best-selling artist and art instructor Mark Crilley presents the most complete look yet at the variety of creative options available in the world of manga. Crilley fills each chapter with gorgeous, original […]

Hash brown casserole with sausage sure to please most breakfast guests

Every once in a while, my husband and I have guests who stay overnight. Inevitably, I am tasked with making sure the entire group enjoys breakfast. Whether canned cinnamon rolls or eggs, it does not matter. However, as an individual who is not particularly a morning person, I’ve come to […]

Peanut butter cookies a hit for all seasons, with option for secret ingredient

Christmas still might be several months away, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the tastes of Christmas now. Given the unseasonably cooler weather we have been enjoying, it’s been quite easy to turn on the oven and bake. This recipe for peanut butter cookies is based on one […]

Sick? Stock up ahead of time for easy chicken noodle soup ingredients

Flu season always is the worst time of year, especially after moving away from home. My first illness experience outside of my parents’ home was spent in an apartment less than 15 minutes away. It was at the point when I no longer could leave my apartment that I realized […]

In honor of college students’ return, try macaroni and cheese change-ups

In honor of Cowley College classes starting next week, I’m going to present two ways of dressing up average macaroni and cheese. After all, eating like a poor college student doesn’t have to look like eating like a poor college student. Don’t get me wrong — I love mac and cheese. […]

Poppy seed chicken casserole feeds many, makes great leftover lunches

Poppy seed chicken is a recipe my aunt brought back with her from her time in Alabama. I am sure it was a Southern dish to begin with, probably born in the kitchen of a mother who needed to cook for a household of growing kids. This hearty meal is […]

Chicken carbonara recipe a great stand-in for dearth of Italian food locally

One thing Arkansas City lacks is an Italian restaurant. (They don’t seem to last long here, for whatever reason.) For some, that might not be an issue, but for my husband, it long has been a source of frustration. He could eat pasta for every meal if I let him. Thankfully, […]

Facebook privacy, safety tips even more important as hacking on the rise

Yet another Facebook hacker scare appeared on the popular social media site last week. But instead of dwelling on who “Jayden K. Smith” is or on the messages that continue to appear on Facebook, I’d like to focus on how to keep your social media page safe. Before we start: […]