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Joyous jumbles: New name, ingredients give old favorite a fresh take on easy dessert

posted: 05/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The name may be unfortunate and unappetizing, but it's hard to beat the ease and taste of the "dump" cake.

Gadgets & Gizmos

posted: 05/18/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Storage- wise, these stoneware bowls from Tastefully Simple are as functional as they are attractive. And the fact that the bowls are oven-safe up to 350 degrees makes them especially appealing. But the bowls fell short on one of their main selling points: The dials on the lid to track the freshness of the contents. We love the concept -- a built-in dial (that also functions as a pop-up vent) to note the date the food went in the fridge. Unfortunately, the raised numbers on the small white dial are too hard to read. But that hasn't stopped us from using the bowls to store and reheat foods, we just had to revert back to our old tracking system of masking tape and magic marker. For more information, visit tastefullysimple.com.

Cooking for two: Swordfish crisp on outside, tender inside

posted: 05/18/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Dishes pair nicely with podcasts. And by podcasts I mean Serial. The download serves up "one story, told week by week." The unraveling is riveting. Especially if you don't wait the week and binge-wash.

Fresh mole sauce at its best using Mexican chocolate

posted: 05/18/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Don't be fooled into thinking mole (pronounced mole-EH) is just a Mexican chocolate sauce. Though it is rich and decadent, it is savory, not sweet. In fact, depending on how it is made, it can pack significant heat. Most varieties involve some sort of ground nuts or seeds, which give these sauces a stick-to-your-ribs thickness that begs to be paired with hearty meats.

7day menu planner

posted: 05/18/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Impress the family with Moroccan Lamb Stew With Carrots and Almonds (see recipe). Top couscous with the flavorful mixture. Serve it with a romaine salad and flatbread. Add the Easiest-Ever Peach Sorbet for dessert.

Uncorked: Travel conditions led to fortification

posted: 05/18/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

When we think of wine we usually think in terms of red or white, but there is another, almost forgotten, world of fortified and sweet wines.

COOKING WITH DIABETES: Chickpeas get lift from cheese, grain

posted: 05/18/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Roasted chickpeas can be a surprisingly meaty snack. They also can be a delicious addition to grain and fresh salads, adding a savory, crunchy component to an otherwise humdrum dish.

Blue-veined cheese a creamy complement to steak

posted: 05/18/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Sometimes, just one ingredient brings an entire meal together. In today's recipe, it's the tanginess of a blue cheese.

Idea Alley: Summer beckons with grilling sauce

posted: 05/18/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

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

Helpful Hints

posted: 05/18/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I know you are not supposed to put meat on the counter to thaw. So what is the best method for defrosting frozen meats in the microwave?

On Christianity

posted: 05/18/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why is Jesus any different from all the other religious leaders who have ever lived? I admire His teachings, but I've also studied other religious leaders and philosophers, and I respect them too.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 05/18/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You will have greater control over your words and actions this year, and fewer regrets in the future. Someone special will work to keep you interested.

Super Quiz: Spoken words of warning

posted: 05/18/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

1. A warning shout in golf

Food: Old cake, fresh take

posted: 05/17/2016 11:01 a.m. Discuss

The name may be unfortunate and unappetizing, but it’s hard to beat the ease and taste of the “dump” cake, writes food editor Kelly Brant.

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