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With great toppings, hot dogs go gourmet

posted: 07/01/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Behold, the humble hot dog. Tucked into a tender split bun and slathered in mustard and relish, the Americanized sausage is as sure a sign of summer as any picnic dish.

Front Burner: Lemony cookies embrace ice cream

posted: 07/01/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

A scoop of cold, creamy ice cream on a hot summer day is a great way to finish a meal or simply enjoy a treat. But bowls aren't exactly portable. And you need a spoon. Popsicles are nice, but they melt. Quickly. And there's the matter of what to do with the stick. But ice cream sandwiches -- they're portable and there's nothing to throw away.

Tidbits

posted: 07/01/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Food Festival A Very Veggie Fourth of July, an all-vegetarian food festival, will take place 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Bernice Garden, 1401 Main St., in Little Rock.

Cooking for two: Pasta dish a 'what's in the pantry' special

posted: 07/01/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

This pantry friendly recipe has been a favorite over the years for a couple of reasons, including the fact that the original sauce-only ingredient list called for five components instead of three (not including salt and pepper; see the name of the cookbook it came from). The slight goof makes me smile. But you get the drift: It's 1-2-3 easy.

Add-ins bulk up traditional celebratory macaroni salad

posted: 07/01/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

We reached all the way back to the Mad Men era for inspiration as we crafted this classic Independence Day side dish. It's macaroni salad in all its tangy, comfortingly mayonnaise-rich, decades-ago glory.

7-day menu planner

posted: 07/01/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Treat the family to aromatic and colorful Asian Pork and Pineapple Kebabs (see recipe). Serve the beautiful entree over rice and drizzle Thai peanut sauce over all. Add sourdough bread. For dessert, make Strawberry Shortcake with fresh strawberries, vanilla ice cream and angel food cake.

Uncorked: Pouring empathy into helpful efforts

posted: 07/01/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Whenever I shop -- be it for groceries, clothes or even shoes -- I am always searching for those companies "giving back." The idea of a winery "giving back" is not a new concept, but vineyards and wineries aren't likely to immediately come to mind for most of us when we think of charitable companies.

Idea Alley: Visitor shares her Peanut Butter Pie

posted: 07/01/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

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

Salmon gets saucy with orange juice

posted: 07/01/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

This salmon dish couldn’t be simpler or fresher-tasting.

Cooking with diabetes: Stuffing fills burgers with bigger flavors

posted: 07/01/2015 1:54 a.m. Comment 1

This plump, juicy burger is my desire-driven answer to the nutritional call to limit the portion size of a piece of lean meat to a deck of cards.

Helpful Hints

posted: 07/01/2015 1:41 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: My husband insists on spraying nonstick spray in the nonstick skillet when he cooks eggs. They get soggy and fall apart. I say the nonstick skillet does not need any nonstick spray. What's the scoop?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 07/01/2015 1:41 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Your full moon birthday starts your solar year with a gift to enhance your perspective. You'll provide help to many through the summer. An idea you'll have in August is bankable. The completion of a project will start a chain of events that turns your life into a ride.

On Christianity

posted: 07/01/2015 1:40 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I started selling drugs to get out of debt, thinking I could do it quietly and not get in trouble. Now I'm in prison, and I've wrecked my life and my marriage. Please warn people not to do what I did. I wish someone had warned me.

Super Quiz: Arabia

posted: 07/01/2015 1:40 a.m. Discuss

1. Name two other countries on the peninsula.

Herbs, alcohol liven lemonade

posted: 07/01/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Summer puts us in the mood for lemonade. But not just any old lemonade. Here are three ways to brew up a special batch. (If you're feeling really ambitious, start with a fresh-squeezed base: one-and-a-half cups of fresh-squeezed lemon juice -- about 12 lemons -- to a cup of sugar, plus eight cups of water. Adjust to taste.)

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