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Savory jellies may take some getting used to, but we relish them

posted: 03/25/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Embracing unusual flavored jellies such as basil, beer or roasted garlic involves a bit of taste-bud reset. These are not dessertlike spreads meant for slathering on hot biscuits or mixing with peanut butter for classic sandwiches.

Front Burner: 2 peppers pep up Mac and Cheese

posted: 03/25/2015 2:12 a.m. Discuss

In one of those instances of serendipitous timing, while I was typing out the recipe for this column, I received a call for entries from the organizers of Mac 'N' Cheez Mania, a festival devoted to macaroni and cheese taking place at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock on April 11.

Reading Nook: 'Salad Love'

posted: 03/25/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

For most of us, salads are mainly unplanned affairs. Which is why the idea of salad cookbooks can seem kind of silly.

Cooking for two: Ginger gives fresh asparagus flavor boost

posted: 03/25/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Bundles of pencil-thin asparagus are appearing in produce sections, signaling that spring has officially sprung.

Salmon Cakes like Mom's wear bread crumb jackets

posted: 03/25/2015 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Mom picked up on the first ring. She'd been thinking of me. She had just finished dinner and was thinking about sitting in my chair.

7day menu planner

posted: 03/25/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Make family day special and prepare Broiled Steak With Cheesy Polenta and Pasta Sauce (see recipe). Serve it with sugar snap peas and Italian bread. Buy a cherry cobbler for dessert.

Uncorked: Toast to 10 fine years of sharing knowledge

posted: 03/25/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

As I am typing this column I am a bit sentimental, reflecting that March marks Uncorked's 10th anniversary -- reinforcing as I say every year -- the feeling that time certainly flies when you're having fun.

Cooking with diabetes: Seasoned carrots, beans stand in for french fries

posted: 03/25/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

We won't lie and say these vegetable fries taste just as good as french fries, but they are good. And if you're craving something salty, crunchy and fried they hit the spot.

Idea Alley: Two cheesecakes: 1 is baked, 1 is not

posted: 03/25/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Leftovers leave plenty to appreciate later on

posted: 03/25/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

When I hear someone say that they don't save leftovers, I don't know what to think.

Helpful Hints

posted: 03/25/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: You are never too old to learn an easy way to peel hard-boiled eggs. I boiled 10 eggs and put them in the refrigerator. A few days ago, I wanted hard-boiled eggs, but I didn't want cold eggs. I put two eggs in the microwave for 20 seconds. I cracked the shell on the large end and peeled.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 03/25/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. In the next four weeks, you'll connect passionately with one of the great loves of your life (which may be an activity and not a person). Your talent will be spotlighted. Financial success will hinge on a good business plan.

On Christianity

posted: 03/25/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I've tried to talk to a friend of mine about God and Jesus, but she's never shown any interest. I finally got up enough courage to ask her why, and she admitted it was because she doesn't want God to mess with her life. What can I say to her?

Super Quiz: Ends in "Fly"

posted: 03/25/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

1. Insect also known as a devil's darning needle

Beets me

posted: 03/18/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

My sister and I were taking a break at my house a few weeks ago, watching one of Nigella Lawson's cooking shows. She was wearing white, from bottom to top, and had white gloves on. Very elegant. Then she picked up a red beet.


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