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Strawberry soiree

posted: 05/20/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

While we can't imagine getting tired of strawberry shortcake, we know not everyone shares our unyielding love of layered pastry, berries and whipped cream. And shortcake isn't the only way we enjoy strawberries. The following recipes showcase some of these.

Front Burner: Rich sauce jazzes up tortellini, vegetables

posted: 05/20/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

This is one of those indulgent recipes I prepare only once or twice a year. The rich Alfredo-style sauce is one of my and my husband's favorites. Here it is paired with fresh vegetables and cheese tortellini for a meatless dinner. You could easily swap out the vegetables here for whatever is in season or what you have on hand. If I'd had some on hand I would have added some halved cherry tomatoes and yellow squash.

Reading Nook: 'The Cuban Table'

posted: 05/20/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

While recent changes in U.S. policy have made it easier to travel to Cuba, a tourist-style summer vacation to the island nation is still off-limits for most of us. But one needn’t leave home to enjoy the delectable flavors of Cuba with The Cuban Table by Ana Sofia Pelaez and Ellen Silverman (St. Martin’s Press, $35).

Cooking for two: Omelet + souffle = Schaumomelett

posted: 05/20/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

An omelet souffle-- a Schaumomelett -- mixes the beaten egg yolks of a standard omelet with the whipped egg whites of a souffle. When heated on the stove, this mixture cooks into a dish that is ethereally light and delicious. It has lemon zest in it for added flavor and a bit of sugar for sweetness. But the real genius of the dish comes once you take it off the stove.

Saucy pasta dish gets name from friend of restaurateur

posted: 05/20/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

This is a simple yet winning way to showcase the sweetness of green onions. A relatively small amount of butter helps create the creamy sauce. The dish originated at Pascal's Manale in New Orleans and was named in honor of a family friend of the restaurant's owner.

7day menu planner

posted: 05/20/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Present delicious Cinnamon-Pineapple Pork (see recipe) with rice for today's family meal.

Uncorked: Homegrown wines worth exploring

posted: 05/20/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

I am asked frequently about Arkansas wines -- my opinion on quality, future of the industry and do I buy them?

IDEA ALLEY: Peanut butter pies fulfill Kat's query

posted: 05/20/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Berries, horseradish zip up salad

posted: 05/20/2015 1:48 a.m. Comment 1

This recipe makes two servings as written, but it easily doubles or triples to make as many servings as needed. The recipe is from Linda Gassenheimer's new cookbook Quick and Easy Chicken Diabetes-Friendly Recipes Everyone Will Love ($9.95) published by the American Diabetes Association.

Helpful Hints

posted: 05/20/2015 1:41 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I scrambled six dozen eggs and placed them in a hot slow cooker for Sunday brunch after church services. I covered the pot with aluminum foil, put the lid on, then covered with more aluminum foil for transport. The eggs were fine when I left the house and fine when I got to church.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 05/20/2015 1:41 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. It's your year to make things official. Celebrate the successes you achieve in June. In July, you'll be reaching into new emotional territory. A VIP will come into your life in August.

On Christianity

posted: 05/20/2015 1:41 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I admit I was a lousy father, and after I dumped my wife I lost all contact with my kids. Now, 30 years later, for some reason, I really want to reconnect with them, but they've made it clear they don't want to see me. Should I keep trying, or just forget it?

Super Quiz: Beverages

posted: 05/20/2015 1:40 a.m. Discuss

1. This beverage is the drink chosen as the state beverage for 19 of the states.

Spicy bath puts devil in otherwise blah dish

posted: 05/20/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Baked, breaded chicken is usually so boring. Not to mention predictable.

Food: Succulent berries

posted: 05/19/2015 10:56 a.m. Discuss

Strawberry season is in full swing. Food editor Kelly Brant shares a variety of recipes — from savory salads to cool cocktails — that showcase the fruit’s delicious versatility.


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