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Going with the grain

posted: 05/04/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

This is the second in a two-part series about cooking with whole grains.

Front Burner: Berries rest easy atop fresh cast-iron skillet shortcake

posted: 05/04/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Mom -- if you're reading this -- happy (early) Mother's Day. Here's a preview of the shortcake we'll eat this year.

Reading Nook

posted: 05/04/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Asked why she wrote the cookbook Breakfast for Dinner (Ryland Peters & Small, $19.95), author Carol Hilker admits that the morning meal doesn't always get the time and respect it deserves: "We skip breakfast a lot. We don't always have time in the morning to stop and cook, but you can do it at dinner."

Cooking for two: Pork is juicy, tender in easy one-pot dish

posted: 05/04/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Pork tenderloin remains juicy and tender in this quick and easy one-pot meal. Using frozen chopped onions and green bell peppers cuts down on preparation time. Paprika gives a smoked flavor to the dish. (Ground chipotle pepper will also give a smoked flavor, but also adds a bit of spicy heat.)

Cinnamon coffee cake slice a cure for sweet tooth ache

posted: 05/04/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Sometimes simple is just what the doctor ordered. And sometimes cake is just what the doctor ordered.

7day menu planner

posted: 05/04/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Show your mother you learned your lessons well and prepare Bacon, Cheddar and Tomato Mini Frittatas (see recipe) for her. Accompany the brunch with orange slices and strawberries. Add toasted whole-grain English muffins.

Uncorked: Vintners feel heat of rising air temps

posted: 05/04/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Does the issue of global warming have the potential to affect our next glass of wine?

Idea Alley: Brown sugar glaze equals tasty fin-ish

posted: 05/04/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

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

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 05/04/2016 1:41 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Your solar return emboldens you to grab at the things you would have let pass you by last year. Your opportunities will multiply as they are seized. June features someone who challenges you, makes you laugh and gives you your preferred brand of trouble. Education will be your great passion in July.

On Christianity

posted: 05/04/2016 1:40 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My grandma keeps telling me that she thinks it's harder to be a young person today than when she was growing up, but I'm not sure I understand what she means. Was her generation more religious or something?

Super Quiz: Science Glossary: OR

posted: 05/04/2016 1:39 a.m. Discuss

1. An idea that you consider true for which you are seeking proof

Lemon mousse: Yellow elegance

posted: 05/04/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

This pale yellow mousse is lovely heaped into small glass bowls and topped with fresh berries.

Food: Cooking with whole grains

posted: 05/03/2016 11:08 a.m. Discuss

Whole grains, delicious and nutritious on their own, can add flavor and texture to baked goods and salads and can even stand in for meat.

Layers of goodness: Whole grains pack big nutrition into a tiny package

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

This story is part one of a two-part series about cooking with whole grains. Next week will feature recipes that star or incorporate whole grains.

FRONT BURNER: Is this still edible? App helps decide

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

I've written before about my ongoing quest to avoid wasting food -- planning meals that use the same or similar ingredients in an effort to use up every last bit, and finding ways to transform leftovers into new dishes. Estimates vary, but according to statistics from the United States Department of Agriculture between 30 percent and 40 percent of the food grown or harvested in the United States is thrown out. Some of that happens at the farm and quite a bit happens at the grocery store, but consumers are responsible too. On average, we throw out as much as a quarter of the food we buy.

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