Cheerful cheers: Brush up on toasting skills
Only a very small percentage of people can stand up in front of strangers and pull off a toast that strikes the perfect balance between humility and humor.
Cheryle Finley: Appetizers can be a bite or a whole meal
Hors d'oeuvre, a word we all can pronounce but have trouble spelling, is from the French word meaning "apart from the main work," as in food set aside to supposedly give you an appetite for the main course that follows.
Amanda Stone: Radishes go well in salads
I was once asked this question: If you could only eat a food based on its texture, what would it be? My first thought was radishes.
Joplin couple opens restaurant that pairs smoked meats in wraps
David Reed and Nathan Born have worked together for about six years, most recently mowing lawns. When Reed and his wife, Melanie, decided to open a restaurant, he knew he wanted Nathan and his brother, Chris, to be on the staff.
Dave Woods: Hamner-Barber veterans tribute raises bar
Dave Hamner and Jim Barber's variety show is filled with magic, music, ventriloquism and, near the end of the show, a veterans tribute like none I had seen before. It brought me to tears and raised the Branson veterans tribute bar for me.
Benji Tunnell: Downey, Black reunite to improve 'Iron Man'
Jon Favreau, director of the first two films, steps aside this time and turns over the reins to co-writer/director Shane Black, allowing a reunion between Black and his "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" star Robert Downey Jr., reprising his role as Tony Stark.
Jeremiah Tucker: Now easier than ever to find new music online
Listening to hours of music every day used to mean turning on the radio and subjecting yourself to programming formats bloated with songs so overplayed that they are the auditory equivalent of putting a wad of pre-chewed gum in your mouth.
Joe Hadsall: 'Orphan Black' features great story, performance
The central story arc of one of the most brilliant shows to hit TV was revealed early in its third episode. Jokes about "Clone Club" and "Attack of the Clones" are running rampant in media coverage of the show, so there's no point in holding that tidbit back, or treating this column with a spoiler alert warning.
Prayers credited with increase in FCA members at Carthage Middle School
Travis Bolin believes in prayer, especially when it comes to Carthage Middle School. The CMS counselor and Fellowship of Christian Athletes coach points to the dramatic increase in FCA membership at the Carthage school as proof of the power of prayer.
Terry Mattingly: Zombies, spirituality intertwined
But anyone who is interested in the worldview of zombie life must come to grips with the cable-television parables offered in the AMC series "The Walking Dead." This phenomenon, said Beard, has become so influential that it cannot be ignored by clergy.
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