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Do-it-yourself yogurt

posted: 08/19/2014 11:06 a.m. Discuss

Making yogurt isn’t cooking. Not really. It’s more like conjuring spirits: You create the conditions that summon mysterious creatures, invisible to the naked eye, to do all the real work.

Okra gets a big OK

posted: 08/13/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

We have a love-hate relationship with okra.

Front Burner: Fresh eggplant dip to make baba grin

posted: 08/13/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

One of the things I love about Facebook is that the social networking site gives us the opportunity to get glimpses into our friends' and family's lives that we normally wouldn't have. For example, a friend recently posted about whipping up a batch of baba ghanoush at 3 a.m.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Pocket thermometer

posted: 08/13/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Taylor Instant Read Digital Pocket Thermometer can register temperatures between minus 40 degrees to 302 degrees (minus 40 to 150 Celsius) on an easy-to-read LCD display.

Cooking for two: Egg sandwich from griddle is taste of home

posted: 08/13/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Home called; would I come? Not home to husband and dishes. Home to flowered bedroom and mom in apron. Home home.

Pressed in a mold, ordinary macaroni salad is less plain

posted: 08/13/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Here's an old-time twist on making a macaroni salad. Forget the bowl and dig out a Bundt pan or ring mold. Make the salad and press it into the mold. Refrigerate the salad overnight so it holds together.

7 day menu planner

posted: 08/13/2014 2:06 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Prepare a Marinated Flank Steak for the family using any packaged dry or prepared marinade and follow the directions on the package. Grill the (1- to 1 1/2-pound) steak 17 to 21 minutes on a medium-hot grill.

Uncorked: Those stuck corks and vintage values

posted: 08/13/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Last week I was asked what are the most frequent questions you get from readers. There are many, and I will cover others in future columns, but these two are a good start.

Technique tops ingredients with simple crab apple jelly

posted: 08/13/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

This is more of a technique than a recipe for crab apple jelly.

Idea Alley: Cream stabilized to make topping

posted: 08/13/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Healthful grapes add big taste to pan sauce

posted: 08/13/2014 2 a.m. Discuss

The big flavor in this sauce comes from the grapes and the mustard. I never knew how "grapey" a grape could be until I first made sole Veronique -- sole served in a cream sauce with peeled (!) green grapes -- in cooking school. You'll see for yourself.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 08/13/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. As you go into your new year, you'll feel like you're flying. The next five weeks bring a happy change in your living situation. Unfinished business finally gets wrapped up in September.

Helpful Hints

posted: 08/13/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I organize place mats by using pants hangers, the ones with the clips. I hang and organize them by color. It's so much easier than sifting through the endless place-mat pile!

On Christianity

posted: 08/13/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: For years some friends and I have gotten together for lunch every month or so, and I've always enjoyed it. But recently it seems like all we do is gossip, and not always in flattering ways. I've grown uncomfortable with this, but what can I do?

Super Quiz: Mars

posted: 08/13/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

1. How many planets are closer to the sun than Mars?


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