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Breakfast jump-start

posted: 01/18/2017 2:01 a.m. Discuss

If only I were the kind of person who could wake up easily, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to tackle the day. You know, Beyonce-level, "I woke up like this" alert, with a cup of coffee in one hand and a perfectly composed, Instagram-ready breakfast in the other.

Front Burner: Tweaked Tex-Mex chicken, rice dish a delight

posted: 01/18/2017 2 a.m. Discuss

I've been on a bit of a Tex-Mex kick lately. It started with a batch of homemade tamales at Christmas, and then there was a pot of taco soup, followed by last week's enchiladas.

Cooking for two: Fresh salsa verde spices up tostadas

posted: 01/18/2017 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Our house has long been toasty on the bottom and cold on top for reasons we've never investigated.

For pie crusts, try switching to whole wheat, other flours

posted: 01/18/2017 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Your kitchen is lightly dusted with flour, the bowls of ripe fruit are ready to be translated into filling, or maybe a pot of Meyer lemon curd or melted Valrhona chocolate stands on the stove. The fruit and curd and chocolate are all things that can go into the glorious pie you're making. But how much thought have you given to the crust itself?

7day menu planner

posted: 01/18/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Surprise the family with Cajun Baked Turkey Breast.

Uncorked: Budget bubbles? Choose Prosecco

posted: 01/18/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Prosecco is often compared to Champagne because of its dainty rich bubbles, but they are very different wines. The most noticeable difference is Prosecco's price tag. But this Italian wine is much more than just inexpensive bubbles.

Chiles and cheese give muffins kick

posted: 01/18/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

These spicy cornbread muffins are delicious paired with chili or beans.

Idea Alley: Chicken, turkey salad have little or no mayo

posted: 01/18/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Tuna stuffing fills eggs with protein

posted: 01/18/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

There's nothing more elemental and satisfying than good bread, but the standard loaf is loaded with empty calories. Eggs, by contrast, are low-carb, high-protein and gluten-free. And just about anything you can slide between two slices of bread can also be stuffed into a hard-cooked egg.

Pork chops given boost by sauce's flavorful shallots

posted: 01/18/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

To make a great pan sauce you need just a few ingredients. One of those is shallots.

Helpful Hints

posted: 01/18/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: A number of years ago, when I got my first glass-top range, I was under the impression that I could not use cast-iron skillets on it, so I got rid of those beloved skillets. Now I'm wondering if that was a mistake. Is it OK to use this type of cookware on a glass-top range?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 01/18/2017 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You take an active role in your environment. Your every interaction is a kind of creation. People insist you join them, stating, "It won't be the same without you," and they're right. You'll work in different groups and take home two victory "trophies" by April. Heartfelt promises will be exchanged in May.

On Christianity

posted: 01/18/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I know we ought to forgive people who have hurt us, but why bother if it doesn't make any difference? Although my ex-husband hurt me very deeply, I think I can honestly say that I've forgiven him. But when I told him I'd forgiven him, he just laughed at me. Why did he do this?

Super Quiz: It's elemental

posted: 01/18/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

1. Winston Churchill's term for the division of Europe: ______ Curtain

PHOTOS: From Dairy Queen to downtown bowling, 14 developments in Little Rock area coming in 2017

posted: 01/17/2017 7:07 p.m. Discuss

GALLERY: Commercial development projects in Little Rock, North Little Rock to watch in 2017

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