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FRONT BURNER: Squash overload? Try it with chicken

posted: 07/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

It happens every summer.

Competitive potlucking: When host says bring a dish, Southern cooks know it can’t be just any dish

posted: 07/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Potluck is a competitive sport, at least when it's done right.

Gadgets & Gizmos

posted: 07/27/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

It took a few tries to get the hang of using the Angurello Watermelon Slicer & Server but once we did, we fell in love. The stainless-steel slicer looks like a curved set of tongs but with the gripper ends connected by wire.

Cooking for two: Red chile sauce flavors grilled porterhouse steak

posted: 07/27/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

This always happens: I eat one meal while devising the next.

Uncorked: Wine in can is handy and starting to catch on

posted: 07/27/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Wine in a can is slowly but surely making its way onto retail shelves. Canned pinot grigio and chardonnay are showing up in coolers alongside beer. This trend, which is making wine more approachable, convenient and inexpensive, is often referred to as the "beerification" of wine.

7day menu planner

posted: 07/27/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Grilling days are here, so put your own grilled chicken on the menu. For the perfect accompaniment, try Horseradish Potato Salad (see recipe) and pickled beets (from a jar). Add crusty bread. Make this easy Pineapple Angel Food Cake for dessert. Mix 1 package (4-serving size) instant vanilla pudding with 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple and juice; stir in 1 cup frozen whipped topping (thawed). Set aside. Slice a 10-ounce round angel food cake horizontally into three layers. Place bottom layer, cut-side up, on a cake platter. Spread 1 1/3 cups of pudding mixture onto cake layer; cover with middle cake layer and 1 cup pudding mixture; top with remaining cake layer and spread with remaining pudding. Garnish with fresh strawberry slices. Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to serve.

Idea Alley: Entree of linguine uses pesto, beans

posted: 07/27/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Black beans, okra a succotash samba

posted: 07/27/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

This week's recipe puts a Brazilian twist on an American staple, succotash. It should be just the ticket in August, when millions of us watch the Olympics being played in Rio de Janeiro.

Helpful Hints

posted: 07/27/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: When having a large barbecue, try this hint for cooking corn on the cob. It's so easy and keeps corn hot all day. Boil a large (soup) pot of water, shuck all the corn, place the corn in a clean cooler and pour the boiling water over it. Now just close the lid for 35-40 minutes. Every time you take out a piece of corn, make sure to close the lid again to keep the remaining corn hot.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 07/27/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You'll go into this year with clear goals and wind up with a completely different set by the end of August because of all the inspiration you'll soak up over the next four weeks. Physically you're getting stronger, and in September you'll capture someone's fascination. October and February bring a windfall.

On Christianity

posted: 07/27/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I grew up believing that my race was superior to every other race, and the reason (I was taught) was because that's what the Bible teaches. Does it? If so, then I don't want anything to do with your faith.

Super Quiz: Fictional Deaths

posted: 07/27/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

1. Entangled by the line of his own harpoon, he falls overboard and drowns as the whale dives.

Food: What to take to a potluck

posted: 07/26/2016 11:37 a.m. Discuss

Most potluckers throw something together quickly at the last moment or they make it on the cheap. If a cookie is made with margarine instead of butter, you can be sure it is never going to win. To truly impress at a potluck, especially if you know that other guests also realize it is a competition, you have to make something that looks as good as it tastes.

FRONT BURNER: Fried red Roma tomatoes: Best thing ever

posted: 07/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

I don't know Diane Unger, but I admire her work. I'd like to tell her thank you for creating one of the best recipes I've ever tried.

Just chill: These simple refrigerator pickles are sure to please

posted: 07/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Refrigerator pickles are simply the easiest kind of pickle to make, especially if your house is big on refrigerator space but short on pantry shelves. They don't require any special equipment and because they are refrigerated shortly after making, they carry a low risk of food-borne illness.

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