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Newfound versatility stirs up the U.S. yogurt market

posted: 05/27/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

When I whisk garlic into yogurt, I'm hardly a renegade. After all, the two foods pair frequently in such dishes as Greek tzatziki and Turkish ali nazik kebab, char-grilled eggplant and lamb sauced with garlicky yogurt. And garlic isn't the only yogurt booster, of course. In Lebanon, labneh -- that super-strained, lightly salted version -- gets dusted with zaatar and drizzled with olive oil, no sugar bowl in sight. In South Asia, roasted cumin is as common a feature in the region's raitas as it is in its cooling, savory lassis.

Front Burner: Golden syrup sweetens caramel bars

posted: 05/27/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

While I dread grocery shopping after a day at the office or at peak shopping hours, I love visiting new grocery stores. Whenever I travel I like to visit a local grocery store. I love seeing the different produce and products available. And this is true even when I "travel" across town.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Measuring Colander

posted: 05/27/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

My kitchen (regrettably) is full of gadgets and gizmos I probably don't really need. And The Measuring Colander from Chef's Planet definitely falls into that category. I first wrote about the colander-meets-measuring cup in 2012. I liked it. I liked it so much I forgot I already owned one and bought a second one. It's the sort of tool I find myself using often during berry season, but considering it can also be used to drain beans and canned tuna, perhaps I should find an excuse to keep it visible, so I'll remember I have it. My main complaint is the cup lacks printed measure lines, and it can be difficult to read the embossed lines in poor lighting.

Cooking for two: No turning oven on for chickpea salad

posted: 05/27/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

As the weather continues to heat up, I continue to feel less inclined to turn on the oven.

Perfectly seasoned steaks herald grilling season's start

posted: 05/27/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Go ahead. Take a whiff. Doesn't it smell great outside?

7day menu planner

posted: 05/27/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Fire up the grill today for your own grilled chicken breasts. Serve the easy entree with Mediterranean Couscous With Raisins and Feta.

Uncorked: Rosé revival proof fan pitch has merit

posted: 05/27/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

It’s that time of year when rose lovers give their rosé revival pitch to all who are not yet on board. The effort may (finally) be making a difference. In the past year I’ve seen rosé wines show up on more wine lists and more shelf space devoted to the blushing wine than in years past. A few years ago it was rare to see more than a few brands available. And just last week I saw retailers lining whole sections with this joy of a wine.

Idea Alley: Peanut butter rules in ooey gooey cake

posted: 05/27/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Flavor triple play is a hit on chicken

posted: 05/27/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

We loved the tangy-savory-sweet combination of this chicken dish from The American Heart Association's new cookbook.

Helpful Hints

posted: 05/27/2015 1:41 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: Would somebody let me know what to do with a new package of brown sugar? After opening, it turns to rock and is not usable. Please help me as to what to do to keep it usable.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 05/27/2015 1:40 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. As each year passes, you care less and less about what people think of you. Without the distraction of having to please, you'll make fiscal, personal and creative breakthroughs in the next three months. September will bring a family addition. November will focus you on a special relationship and maybe a move.

On Christianity

posted: 05/27/2015 1:40 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We're facing some hard decisions about my mother. She's getting more feeble and confused, and we don't think she ought to be living alone. But we have a very small house and just don't have room to take her in. To make things worse, she refuses to admit she even needs help. What should we do?

Super Quiz: People Who Drowned

posted: 05/27/2015 1:39 a.m. Discuss

1. Actress who drowned in a suspicious yachting accident in 1981

Cheese grater fits a number of tasks

posted: 05/27/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

A cheese grater is really just an old-school food processor, except it's a lot easier to work with. And you can just throw it in the dishwasher when you're done. Here are some other ways to use one:

Food: Golden sweetener

posted: 05/26/2015 11:09 a.m. Comment 1

Golden syrup, sometimes called cane syrup or treacle syrup, is often used in British (Australian and New Zealander, too) recipes, writes Food editor Kelly Brant.

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