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Front Burner: Maple pie is part fall, part therapy

posted: 09/17/2014 2 a.m. Discuss

To celebrate the impending arrival of fall (and because I'm still working through that stress I mentioned two weeks ago) I baked a pie. But not just any pie. Not one of the usual autumn pies. Not pumpkin. Not apple. Not pear. Not pecan. I baked a maple pie.


posted: 09/17/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

CALL FOR ENTRIES The Arkansas Cornbread Festival is accepting entries in its cornbread bake-off.

Cooking for two: Polenta pairs with cheese, broccoli rabe

posted: 09/17/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

This recipe uses a solid America's Test Kitchen trick: The bit of baking soda helps to soften the cornmeal's endosperm, and that cuts the cooking time.

Uncorked: Festival of Wines is tasters' heaven

posted: 09/17/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

The American Heart Association's 2014 Central Arkansas Festival of Wines is the state's largest wine tasting, providing festivalgoers the opportunity to explore hundreds of wines from every corner of the wine world in one venue. This year's event is Oct. 2.

7day menu planner

posted: 09/17/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Gather the family for a traditional meal of Pot Roast With Root Vegetables (see recipe). Add a romaine salad and dinner rolls. For dessert, buy a deep-dish blackberry cobbler.

Date Honey perfect for dipping, spreading

posted: 09/17/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Fruit is a place where sweetness and nourishment meet. But dipping apples in honey, a fall fruit treat, poses a problem for vegans. Honey is made by bees, and vegans abstain from animal products.

'Natural' on label doesn't have FDA definition for food

posted: 09/17/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

When you buy a box of crackers labeled "natural," do you just assume they're organic? Don't. When you choose an "all natural" chocolate syrup for your kids' ice cream, are you thinking it has less sugar? Read the label.

Idea Alley: Sausage aids sauce; recipe box runs low

posted: 09/17/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Not all recipes that appear in Idea Alley have been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Cooking with diabetes: Pumpkin seeds, lime make zesty fish topper

posted: 09/17/2014 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Roasted pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, as they are known in Spanish, are a delicious, protein-rich treat. But they're also a lot of work if you prep them yourself.

Helpful Hints

posted: 09/17/2014 1:40 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: When a recipe calls for butter, does it mean real butter, or can you use margarine? Will it make a difference? I always associated "butter" with margarine, but I know they are not the same.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 09/17/2014 1:40 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You'll share your solutions with the world, and people will employ a few of them and be better as a result. This is what matters to you: making a difference in the lives of others. A wrong will be righted next month.

On Christianity

posted: 09/17/2014 1:39 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I escaped with only minor injuries from a bad car accident a few months ago. Did God have something to do with this, like one of my friends says, or was I just lucky? I've never thought about questions like this before.

Super Quiz: The Last?

posted: 09/17/2014 1:39 a.m. Discuss

1. The final meal that Jesus shared with his Apostles

Cardamom can flavor every course of a meal, plus the tea

posted: 09/17/2014 12:05 a.m. Discuss

Here is the wildest, craziest, most mind-blowing fact about cardamom: Not only is it a spice that is used in savory and sweet dishes, it is an important ingredient in the cuisines of India, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Scandinavia.

A pie recipe for fall

posted: 09/16/2014 10:58 a.m. Discuss

To celebrate the impending arrival of fall, Food editor Kelly Brant baked a pie. But not just any pie. Not one of the usual autumn pies. Not pumpkin. Not apple. Not pear. Not pecan. She baked a maple pie.


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