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Pot stickers are unfussy, easy to make

posted: 04/15/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

The thought of making some foods at home can be intimidating. For me, Asian dumplings fall into that camp.

Front Burner: Work-free week still involves stove

posted: 04/15/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

You may have noticed my column didn't run last week. I was busy doing nothing on a week-long staycation. My husband and I spent a day at Petit Jean State Park, toured the Rock Town Distillery, drank our fill of locally produced craft beer. We took the dogs for long walks and short hikes. We slept as late as the dogs would allow. And we ate dinner together every night.

Reading Nook: Simply Vegetarian Thai Cooking

posted: 04/15/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

In Thailand, where fish sauce and shrimp paste flavor many recipes, vegetarian food is typically difficult to find, outside a few dedicated restaurants and an annual festival.

Cooking for two: Sauce turns ordinary bird extraordinary

posted: 04/15/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

The ingredient in this chicken dish that elevates the humble fowl to extraordinary is sorghum molasses. Sorghum syrup, as it is sometimes called to avoid confusion with molasses from cane sugar, adds a distinctive sweet, spiciness to the sauce that other sweeteners don't have. If you don't have sorghum, substitute honey or maple syrup. Sugar cane molasses will add an unpleasant bitter flavor.

Chive pesto dresses pasta

posted: 04/15/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Those who don't eat meat, or other nonvegetable protein such as fish or cheese, may feel slighted by the wine and food pairing club. You don't hear much about chardonnay with chard or peas with pinot. But the elements in foods and food preparations that make for delicious wine pairings -- fats, salt, acidity and cooked-in or roasted sugars -- are often more present in vegetable-based dishes than they are in those that feature meat.

7day menu planner

posted: 04/15/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Introduce the family to the flavors of Greece with Honey-Lemon Rack of Lamb (see recipe). Serve with rice tossed with chopped fresh mint. Add green peas and crusty rolls to accompany the meal.

Uncorked: Stella Rosa makes wine cocktails sing

posted: 04/15/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

As I walked through a wine retail shop recently, a brochure caught my eye. It featured wine cocktail recipes using a low-alcohol wine, Stella Rosa. There was a time when I was not a fan of mixing wine with anything, but after a little exploration I learned quickly that these cocktails were not asking for my prized Bordeaux Haut Brion to be mixed with orange juice and spritzer. One must not use the expensive stuff for creating refreshing and straightforward drinks with wine.

Idea Alley: Pie like Shoney's uses fresh berries

posted: 04/15/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Brussels sprouts fit as tangy slaw's base

posted: 04/15/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

If it's winter, oven-roasted, even slightly charred Brussels sprouts are my jam. But with warmer, longer days, my thoughts turn to spring and summer slaws.

Lemonade adds zest to fish

posted: 04/15/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

The batter for this fish is a quick blend of sparkling lemonade, lemon zest and seasoned flour.

Helpful Hints

posted: 04/15/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: Instead of scraping the jar for that last bit of peanut butter, I stick the jar in the microwave for a few seconds, allowing the "dregs" to reach a very soft to liquid stage. Timing depends on the amount left in the jar, so keep an eye on it.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 04/15/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Many things become clear as you get to know yourself better. What you used to consider an expense is really a worthy investment in who you are. Act on the lightning-bolt moments in May. New financial partners come along in June and October.

On Christianity

posted: 04/15/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My wife seems to be getting more and more depressed. A friend of hers says she just needs to pray more and have more faith, but I'm not sure if that's right. Is depression just a spiritual problem, like her friend says?

Super Quiz: Board Games

posted: 04/15/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

1. By what name is checkers known in England?

Tomato, coconut blend well in soup

posted: 04/15/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

This soup is the creation of Lauren Ziemski of the Firefly on Bastimentos Island in Panama. She serves the soup garnished with fried shrimp and basil-infused oil.


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