Ark City Voices

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: […]

English muffin spread makes versatile breakfast baked goods even tastier

English muffins are a breakfast staple in some households.   Before she passed away, my grandmother’s kitchen always had these muffins hidden away in it. It was not uncommon to find her in the morning, eating peanut butter on her muffin. It is a versatile breakfast baked good that can […]

Easy chicken salad a helpful recipe to avoid cooking on hot summer days

Summer meals are difficult to plan for sometimes. Longer days make for longer working hours in some households. In ours, the days always are long. Let’s face it — no one wants to turn on the stove or the oven when temperatures reach the upper 90s. This chicken salad can be […]

Financial Freedom: Declare your financial Independence Day from debt

We’re drawing close to the Fourth of July, when we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in this country. The U.S. Constitution grants us many of these liberties, but we have to earn others — such as our financial freedom. What steps can you take to achieve the financial independence you […]

Three unbeatable ways to beat eggs into delicious French toast recipes

French toast is undeniably one of the sweetest breakfast foods. I am not a huge fan of breakfast foods in general, but this is one of my husband’s favorites. There are many recipes for French toast, each with their own little, unique twist. Today, I’m giving you three from which […]