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Rediscovered recipes bake up treasured treats

posted: 12/17/2014 2:05 a.m. Comments 2

I never met Cora Chacey, but I know two things about her: She liked to make sweet things, and she gave credit where it was due.

Different systems organize paper or digital recipes

posted: 12/17/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Whether you're an experienced cook or a novice in the kitchen, chances are you'll be preparing at least one or two dishes for a holiday meal this month. Maybe you're thinking about making one of your tried-and-true recipes. Do you know where to find it?

Front Burner: Hottie mix stirs up peanuttiest eggnog

posted: 12/17/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Homemade eggnog is a holiday tradition at my house. My aunt Frances' is out-of-this-world-delicious and our extended family Christmas gathering -- affectionately dubbed Smithmas -- wouldn't be the same without it.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Extra-Wide Convection Oven

posted: 12/17/2014 2:02 a.m. Discuss

When my oven stopped working early last year and I started using my small toaster oven in its place, I quickly learned a toaster oven can handle a lot of what I cook in a conventional oven. It is fine for a six-muffin pan or an 8-by-8 cake pan, but forget baking bigger things.

Cooking for two: No beef with these saucy chicken burgers

posted: 12/17/2014 2 a.m. Discuss

These are lip-smacking good. The burgers taste just as great cold as they do straight from the stove.

Crushed pretzels are base of granny's congealed salad

posted: 12/17/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Strawberry pretzel salad is a familiar dish at potlucks and church suppers in North Carolina. Fans love the combinations of sweet and salty, soft and crunchy.

Uncorked: Serving good wine and saving a dime

posted: 12/17/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

This time of year I think many of us are looking for ways to save money on entertaining. Whether planning a large cocktail party or intimate gathering, these tips can help keep you on budget for holiday wine buying.

7-day menu planner

posted: 12/17/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Serve Baked Lamb Shoulder Chops for a new flavor today.

Oops

posted: 12/17/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

A step of the instructions was omitted in the Double Chocolate Shortbread Rings recipe that appeared in last week’s section.

Idea Alley: Pie's ready in a jiffy; eggnog takes a cake

posted: 12/17/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Olive oil will intensify pumpkin bread flavor

posted: 12/17/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

With all it has going for it, why not look beyond the usual -- dipping, sauteing and dressing salads -- and try using olive oil instead of butter in your baked goods? It works remarkably well, especially in cakes, muffins and quick breads that have a Mediterranean flair or lend themselves to deeper, more savory notes.

READING NOOK

posted: 12/17/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

First let me say this: I tried. I really, really tried. I wanted desperately for Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Baking Revolution Continues With 90 New, Delicious and Easy Recipes Made With Gluten-Free Flours by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois to measure up to its claims.

Helpful Hints

posted: 12/17/2014 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: Some restaurants are quite generous with french fries. I take them home and "recycle" them by dicing and sauteing them in a bit of olive oil, adding seasonings such as herbs or cayenne.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 12/17/2014 1:42 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You'll go into your new year with a radiant confidence. Don't worry about what you'll achieve, because any goal you set before February is sure to change. First observe and then seek education based on whom and what you're most attracted to.

On Christianity

posted: 12/17/2014 1:42 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I admit I've always been jealous of my sister. She's had all the breaks and been very successful. Normally, this isn't a problem, but now she'll be spending a few days with us at Christmas, and I don't know how I'll handle it. Any advice?

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