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Wintertime attractions

posted: 02/10/2016 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Winter has a warm side to it -- vegetables.

Front Burner: Mint, chile powder crown squash soup

posted: 02/10/2016 2:01 a.m. Discuss

I've lost count of how many times I bought fresh mint with plans to make this soup only to use it in a different recipe or let it turn black in the fridge.

Gadgets & Gizmos

posted: 02/10/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

We're big fans of popcorn at my house. But we're not big fans of the chemicals and artificial flavors in many microwave popcorns. And using brown paper bags -- though easy, convenient and relatively chemical free -- isn't exactly environmentally responsible if you make a lot of microwave popcorn.

Cooking for two: Carrot, avocado salad pairs with salmon

posted: 02/10/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

I have Emilie Raffa, author of The Clever Cookbook, to thank for bringing this combination of flavors to my attention: avocado and Mexican-spiced roasted carrots. The creamy avocado and the sweet-yet-spicy carrots is a match unlike any I've had before and one I will definitely revisit.

Son's Chicken Tinga wraps give weekend peppery tingle

posted: 02/10/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

When your son offers to cook for you, you don't say no, even when you know you'll be footing the bill for the groceries. Then again, I would have paid handsomely in a restaurant for this spicy Mexican dish, which features shredded chicken in a smoky red sauce made with six varieties of dried chile.

7-day menu planner

posted: 02/10/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Prepare something special for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day, such as this Honey-Ginger Grilled Salmon (see recipe). Serve with couscous, sugar snap peas and baguettes. End the meal with this divine dessert from Le Creuset, Balsamic Roasted Cherries.

Uncorked: Sean Minor labels have family roots

posted: 02/10/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

If you have been reading my column over the years, you know about my fascination with wine labels. Sometimes it's the art that draws me in, sometimes it's a name.

Idea Alley: Barbecue sauce almost tomato-free

posted: 02/10/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Shrimp is a staple for easy, tasty dish

posted: 02/10/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Shrimp is one of my go-to ingredients to have on hand for a quick meal. I always have a few pounds of it tucked away in the freezer ready to make an appetizer or meal at a moment's notice. Shrimp is ideal because it cooks quickly and most people love it.

Casserole uses ravioli for lasagna noodles

posted: 02/10/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

This meaty, cheesy casserole combines the layers of lasagna with the convenience of ready-to-cook ravioli.

Helpful Hints

posted: 02/10/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I try to avoid sweets these days. During Christmas, I bought a lot of ingredients for a cookie exchange and used only half of them. Rather than keep them (chocolate chips, vanilla chips, coconut, graham crackers, brown sugar, etc.) and end up throwing them away later, I came up with this hint: I'm going to offer the leftover ingredients to a young mother with small children, because all of that stuff isn't cheap.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 02/10/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Yours is the long way, but that is also the way you gain the most confidence, the greatest amount of skills and the highest likelihood of making good on the same gold mine for years to come. You've an instinct for the winning move!

On Christianity

posted: 02/10/2016 1:41 a.m. Comments 3

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I get very upset when I read about all the starving children in the world. Why doesn't God do something? Sometimes I wonder if God even cares.

Super Quiz: The Beatles

posted: 02/10/2016 1:41 a.m. Discuss

1. "Well, she was just 17, You know what I mean."

Saucy chimichurri a versatile add-on

posted: 02/10/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Chimichurri is one sauce worth adding to your repertoire.

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