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FRONT BURNER: Cinnamon sirloin, vegetables sizzle

posted: 06/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Growing up, whenever my family went out to eat at a steakhouse (usually Bonanza or Western Sizzlin') I always ordered the steak tips with peppers and onions. When my plate arrived, I'd carefully scoop off the peppers and onions and place them on my mother's plate.

Cool idea: With no-cook desserts, forget about getting hot under the collar

posted: 06/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Summer sweets are full of cooling options: ice cream, popsicles, sno-cones. But some occasions call for a dessert to savor, not slurp.

Gadgets & Gizmos

posted: 06/29/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Has this ever happened to you?

Cooking for two: Slather salsa verde on roasted eggplant

posted: 06/29/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Eggplant steaks: You cut the eggplant in half lengthwise, roast with garlicky oil and serve with salsa verde and yogurt. Any recipe that includes a green sauce like this one catches our fancy. (It's the Italian variety that's heavy on herbs, not the Mexican one based on tomatillos, although that one is good, too.)

Two-pea Asian salad ready in a snap; fine warm, chilled

posted: 06/29/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Culinarian James Beard was an early fan of the sugar snap pea.

7day menu planner

posted: 06/29/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Fire up the grill for your grilled chicken. Add this light and summery Bacon and Basil Pasta Salad (see recipe), a Boston lettuce salad and crusty rolls. Buy a chocolate layer cake for dessert.

Uncorked: Wine cocktails fit for a festive toast

posted: 06/29/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

I'm always looking for unique ideas when it comes to entertaining and July Fourth is one of my favorite holidays for getting together with family and friends. Of course, anyone coming to any of my soirees will find wine on the menu, but this year I thought refreshing and patriotic wine cocktails would make a fun addition to the festivities.

Food Bucks plan (mostly) adds up as pitched

posted: 06/29/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Bob Barnhill, owner of Barnhill Orchards near Lonoke, sifts through a handful of silver and gold $2 tokens. On this Sunday morning at Bernice Garden Farmers Market in downtown Little Rock, Barnhill and his granddaughter have sold $40 worth of produce to shoppers who collect federal food assistance. As part of a new program called Double Up Food Bucks, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) shoppers can use up to $20 in SNAP money and receive a matching amount to spend on produce at participating farmers markets.

Idea Alley: Slake chocoholics with Ganache Pie

posted: 06/29/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

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

Helpful Hints

posted: 06/29/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I hated the directions for cooking gravy mixes, starting in cold water and constantly stirring until done. Now, for a 1-cup package, I put 3/4 cup water in a pan to boil. Meanwhile, I dissolve the mix in 1/4 cup cold water, add this to the boiling water and stir constantly. The gravy is done in less than a minute.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 06/29/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. While there are those around you who endeavor to get rich and gather honors, your aim is to do good and be useful. Your modest goals will bring results. Unencumbered by the warped perspective of ambition, you'll be attractive and have your choice of company all year.

On Christianity

posted: 06/29/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I've heard a lot about asteroids that might hit the earth, or new diseases that could destroy all life, or new weapons of war, and I can't help but be worried about the future. Is this the way the world is going to come to an end?

Super Quiz: Americana: "I"

posted: 06/29/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

1. In what film is the line "I coulda been a contender"?

Makin' bacon: We tried two methods to make our own

posted: 06/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

After days of anticipation, the moment arrived: The do-it-yourself bacon brining in the refrigerator for a week had been cured and was ready to slice, fry, eat.

FRONT BURNER: Raspberry mixture makes sunny sauce

posted: 06/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

I was shopping for blackberries, but it was the stacks of Sunshine and regular red raspberries that caught my eye.

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