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Jerry Seinfeld was right: You can’t beat a babka

posted: 04/09/2014 3 a.m. Discuss

In an old Seinfeld episode, Jerry and Elaine stop at a bakery on their way to a dinner party, intending to buy a chocolate babka as a hostess gift.

FRONT BURNER: Teriyaki Spam gains at least one fan

posted: 04/09/2014 2:58 a.m. Discuss

For about a week or so I left several cans of Spam sitting in plain view on my desk. The cans were part of a press kit sent to me by the Spam folks to promote the new flavor, Spam Teriyaki.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Pizzacraft’s Double Dough Roller

posted: 04/09/2014 2:55 a.m. Discuss

Big rolling pins are the go-to tool for all sorts of pies. But when that pie is pizza, then Pizzacraft’s Double Dough Roller should come in handy.

Cooking for two: Easy Shepherd’s Pie cooks quickly

posted: 04/09/2014 2:54 a.m. Discuss

Shepherd’s Pie is a traditional pub dish. Some claim it as British, others as Irish. In either case, it’s a quick dish to enjoy any night of the week.

Add cashews to create creamy texture in pesto

posted: 04/09/2014 2:52 a.m. Discuss

Cashews give this pesto a rich creaminess. The recipe can be doubled easily.

UNCORKED: Ideal temperature essential for wine

posted: 04/09/2014 2:51 a.m. Discuss

A liquid’s temperature plays a critical role in taste and smell. So much so that tasting a drink at the wrong temperature can ruin the experience. Just consider your reaction to warm, flat soda or room temperature coffee. Yuck, right?

Fish cakes a treat with curry, citrus tastes

posted: 04/09/2014 2:50 a.m. Discuss

This Thai-inspired recipe is adapted from The Flavour Principle by Lucy Waverman and Beppi Crosariol. Use haddock, whiting, cod or any white firm flesh fish (shrimp is another option) for these cakes, which may be deep-fried instead of pan-fried, if desired.

IDEA ALLEY: 3 recipes to make banana split cake

posted: 04/09/2014 2:49 a.m. Discuss

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

COOKING WITH DIABETES: Dijon Scallops offer elegance from the ocean

posted: 04/09/2014 2:46 a.m. Discuss

This simple and elegant dish is sure to impress your family and guests. The creamy Dijon sauce is accented with the light onion taste of the chives. The addition of carrots to the rice adds a new dimension to the side dish.

7 day menu planner

posted: 04/09/2014 2:45 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Keep family day simple with your own roast turkey breast. Pair it with Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions.


posted: 04/09/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Your winning attitude prevails this year. Even though you will have to cope with opposition, part of you never loses sight of the truth:


posted: 04/09/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I love the self-cleaning feature on my oven. I have noticed, though, that sometimes I have a lot of smoke and smells that linger in the house during and after the cleaning cycle. Do you have any hints?


posted: 04/09/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I got involved in something I knew was wrong (and also stupid), but a couple of friends talked me into it, and now we’re in jail and facing trial. I never thought this would happen to me, and it’s really hurt my parents. Pray I’ll get out of this somehow. — R.K.

Super Quiz: Name the Confederate state

posted: 04/09/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

1. Fort Sumter 2. The Battle of Vicksburg 3. Its large coastline made it difficult to stop blockade runners. 4. Sherman’s March to the Sea 5

Food: A salute to Spam

posted: 04/08/2014 11:07 a.m. Discuss

I am a beer snob. I am definitely a coffee snob. But I am by no means a food snob. I eat Velveeta. I eat Spam. And I am not ashamed, writes Food editor Kelly Brant.


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