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FRONT BURNER: White Russian kick steps up cake flavor

posted: 08/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The White Russian is one of my favorite sweet cocktails. The creamy, cool blend of coffee liqueur, vodka and cream -- when made right -- is a coffee-lover's dream cocktail.

Makeshift meals: The cupboard might seem bare, but these ad-libbed dishes add up to a feast

posted: 08/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

I was leaving for a weekend event, with a six-hour drive ahead, and cranky-hungry from getting ready to go without pausing for lunch. I'll just drive through someplace quick on the way out of town, I told myself. Then I looked at the dinner I was packing to eat on the way, and the dim light bulb brightened.

Gadgets & Gizmos

posted: 08/17/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

The Colori Titanium paring knife from Kuhn Rikon has been my go-to paring knife since it arrived a few weeks ago. The knife has a 4-inch ice-hardened Japanese carbon steel blade and gets its unique color from its titanium coating. The titanium is combined with carbon, nitrogen or oxygen to create the colors. No pigments are used. The knife is pretty to look at, but it's how it feels in my hand that makes me keep going back to it. The handle is comfortable to grip and the knife, though lightweight, is well-balanced and still has a bit of heft.

Cooking for two: Shrimp turns bread salad into meal

posted: 08/17/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, olives and two-day-old bread are the basis for this Tuscan Panzanella Salad. Tuscans don't waste a crust of bread. They turn it into a delightful summer salad. The old bread is rehydrated with juice from fresh tomatoes and vinaigrette. If rustic, artisan bread isn't available, toast whole grain bread until very firm. This salad is a perfect way to use the bounty of fresh seasonal tomatoes and vegetables.

Stuffed tomato hits the spot as a summer dinner option

posted: 08/17/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

When it's sizzling outside, it's time to keep cool in the kitchen. That means making meals that are either no-cook or ones that need little preparation or cooking time. A hearty tomato stuffed with a cool filling is just the ticket as a light dinner option. Today's recipe is a favorite because it's easy and cool-tasting.

7day menu planner

posted: 08/17/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: For family day, Ginger-Grilled Pork Tenderloin (see recipe) is a dish the whole family will enjoy. Serve it over spaghetti, along with asparagus garnished with sesame seeds. Add peeled, seeded and sliced cucumbers in cider vinegar on the side, along with bread sticks.

Uncorked: More minor fruits gaining star status

posted: 08/17/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

The United States is seeing an all-time high in wine diversity. This is in part to consumers looking for more options, but also wholesalers and retailers charting the globe to bring us wines from widespread regions of the world. These wines are no longer seen as "other" on a restaurant wine list or pushed into an obscure section of the retail store. Once viewed as eccentric, they are gaining favor on the mainstream palate.

Idea Alley: Kats cook cookies, pear cake with glaze

posted: 08/17/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: No heat required for turkey or sauce

posted: 08/17/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

This is easy, breezy, no-cook meal assembly. You know the drill: The fewer the ingredients in a recipe, the better their quality should be. So go for the naturally roasted turkey breast at the deli counter and an oil-packed brand of canned tuna that you trust.

Company's coming ... now! Time to improvise a menu

posted: 08/17/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

When I lived in Little Rock, I ate out with friends once or twice a week, covering a range of cuisines and conversation topics. But the best meals were in our homes. The food was seldom fancy, but we were at ease.

Helpful Hints

posted: 08/17/2016 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: How do you keep raisins in the larger containers from drying out and clumping?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 08/17/2016 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. The cosmos trumpets a welcome to your year of big love. You'll give and receive at a more immersive level and feel what it's like to be a fixture in the lives of others.

On Christianity

posted: 08/17/2016 1:42 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I have a neighbor who's into all kinds of strange things (at least from my point of view) -- seances, mystical crystals, fortune-telling, astrology, you name it. Why would anyone do this, instead of believing in God?

Super Quiz: Twelve

posted: 08/17/2016 1:42 a.m. Discuss

1. What was the gift on the last day of the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas"?




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