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GALLERY: Restaurants to come in Little Rock, North Little Rock

posted: 06/22/2017 2:44 p.m. Discuss

GALLERY: Restaurants to come in Little Rock, North Little Rock

Meals in mugs: Find comfort in the little things with fast and easy dishes made in the microwave

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Lurking deep within cupboards across the country is a versatile piece of cookware that has long been a staple at yard sales and thrift stores -- the coffee mug. The concept isn't new, but over the last few years it has blossomed into a movement of sorts.

FRONT BURNER: Loving the parts without sum success

posted: 06/21/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Food editor Kelly Brant's criteria for judging whether her husband and she will like a new dish is pretty simple: do they like all of its ingredients?

Reading Nook

posted: 06/21/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

The Bloody Mary is perhaps the most famous of brunch cocktails, especially for those looking to cure their hangover by imbibing. But despite its popularity, its origin story is as murky as the drink. Several theories abound, but most historians credit bartender Fernand "Pete" Petiot at Harry's New York Bar in 1920s Paris as its creator.

Cooking for two: Play it lean, spicy with creamy radish sandwich

posted: 06/21/2017 1:55 a.m. Discuss

French breakfast radishes, a springtime favorite commonly eaten with butter and sea salt, make a simple, satisfying sandwich when layered with cream cheese, arugula and sun-dried tomato. Have one for a light lunch or pre-dinner bite.

Scotch bonnet peppers put bite in jerk chicken

posted: 06/21/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Scotch bonnet peppers are the chiles of choice in Caribbean cooking, lending a fiery bite to sauces and marinades. Pureed with sugar, green onion and warm spices, the yellow-red pepper pods are an essential ingredient in jerk chicken, one of the best-known Jamaican dishes to have been exported from the island.

7day menu planner

posted: 06/21/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Prepare Oven-Roasted Lemon Herb Spatchcock Chicken (see recipe). Accompany the juicy chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy and Brussels sprouts garnished with crumbled bacon. Add dinner rolls. For dessert, coconut macaroons and orange sherbet are a perfect combination.

Uncorked: Rose a light sippy for sissys? Hardly!

posted: 06/21/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

If you read my column regularly you know I am a dedicated rose wine enthusiast. One of my greatest joys as a wine educator is to watch someone who thinks of rose as strictly sweet discover the palate-pleasing range of styles this wine has to offer.

Idea Alley: 'Izzy's' ice box pie is a lemony winner

posted: 06/21/2017 1:52 a.m. Comment 1

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

Cooking with diabetes: Wheat berries add substance to salad

posted: 06/21/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Wheat berries are great little nuggets -- a whole grain, containing the germ, endosperm and bran. They have a nice dose of fiber and protein, as well as the B vitamins and several minerals.

Old-time Brown Betty works with blueberries

posted: 06/21/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

So who, or what, the heck is Brown Betty?

Helpful Hints

posted: 06/21/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I like to buy the 19-ounce size can of soup. It usually has four or five cubes of meat, about 1/2 can of vegetables, and the rest is broth. I usually buy a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, cook it, then freeze in small containers and add as needed to the soup. Works great!

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 06/21/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. To be automatically liked in a new circle is an exciting perk to this solar return. Some of it has to do with a fresh attitude and an uncanny ability to connect quickly with what matters to others. In a lot of ways you'll be lighter and brighter this year. There's a breakthrough with a project close to your heart in December.

On Christianity

posted: 06/21/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: One of my uncles says God is like a stern judge, just waiting to punish us when we do wrong. But another uncle says he's wrong, because God is like a kindly father who loves us and forgives us, no matter what we do. Who is right?

Super Quiz: Americana

posted: 06/21/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

1. Provide the next phrase: "The old gray mare ..."

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