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Fermenting vegetables

posted: 07/29/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Gardens and farmers markets are about to be overflowing with fresh produce, and home cooks are dusting off the Mason jars and pulling out the giant canning pot to "put up" all of this glorious food. But wait! This year, why not do something good for your gut and jump on the probiotics bandwagon by fermenting some of your bounty?

Front Burner: Beef-quinoa tacos cut cost, keep taste

posted: 07/29/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Last week I wrote about how I was inspired to re-examine my grocery spending and look at ways to cut back. One pricey item my husband and I buy quite frequently is ground beef.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Purple Ball jars

posted: 07/29/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Whether you use Mason jars for home canning, storage, flower vases or as drinking glasses, these limited-release purple glass jars from Ball are sure to add some brightness to your kitchen or pantry. A word of caution: Not all foods look appetizing canned in purple glass.

Cooking for two: Basil, lime, sugar add flavors to mojito

posted: 07/29/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

What makes this drink really sing are the glasses. As suggested by a recipe I found on the Internet, I mixed together some basil and sugar in a food processor, moistened the rim of the glasses with lime juice, and dipped the glasses in the basil sugar. I did this, of course, before putting anything else in the glasses. The basil sugar along the rim gave the drink a festively sweet complexity, and club soda to top it off kept the drink light and perfect for the summer.

Tomato mixes with peach to sweeten up barley salad

posted: 07/29/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

We've been counting the days until the overlap of tomato and peach season to make this grain-based salad.

7day menu planner

posted: 07/29/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: What better way to enjoy family dinner than with Atlanta chef and cookbook author Virginia Willis' Basil-Peach Chicken Breasts (see recipe) on the menu? Serve the summer combo with rice and a spinach salad. Add biscuits. For dessert, buy or make a carrot cake.

Uncorked: Chill out on hot days with icy adult treats

posted: 07/29/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Who says adults can't have summer treats? As the summer heat continues bearing down on us I have been scouring magazines and the Internet for some of the best summer cool-down desserts and drinks. And of course wine is involved.

New products offer options to taste-test

posted: 07/29/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

The following are my thoughts on some new (or new to me) products I've tried recently. These items were bought at Little Rock retailers unless otherwise noted.

Dressing adds zip to corn, quinoa

posted: 07/29/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

This easy, portable recipe pairs skillet corn and other vegetables with protein-packed quinoa in a piquant dressing that sings of lime.

Cooking with diabetes: Buckwheat waffles go against the grain

posted: 07/29/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Despite its name, buckwheat is not a form of wheat at all. It is a seed in the rhubarb and sorrel family -- not even technically a grain, botanically speaking. But because it is eaten as a grain and is rich in fiber, B vitamins and antioxidants like grain, it is fair to call it a whole grain. And a gluten-free one at that.

Select proper container to safely ferment veggies

posted: 07/29/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

One of the keys to successfully fermenting vegetables is keeping the food submerged in the brine while allowing the gasses that form during the process to escape. You can put the food in any crock or container, use some type of weight to keep it submerged, and cover the vessel with cheesecloth to protect the food while letting the gasses escape, but this method requires some additional monitoring to ensure that mold doesn't form during the process. A better method is to create an anaerobic (airless) environment to protect the food, and there are plenty of choices available.


posted: 07/29/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Due to the lack of recipe contributions and requests Idea Alley does not appear today.

Helpful Hints

posted: 07/29/2015 1:39 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I save broken cookies, coarse chop them and freeze for use as open-face fruit-pie crumble toppings. They are delicious.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 07/29/2015 1:38 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Your birthday kicks off a series of accomplishments. Share your good fortune with others in October, and teach them what you know. Someone falls deeper and deeper in love with you at the end of the year. The award in February comes with more money and responsibility.

On Christianity

posted: 07/29/2015 1:38 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Does God always discipline us when we do something wrong? We discipline our children when they misbehave, but it seems like God lets some people get by with their wrongdoing, and they never do pay for their sins.




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