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Citrus spills luscious color into a drab winter day

posted: 02/25/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

The sky tends to be grayer than blue during long winters. And after the fun and games of those first feathery snowstorms, the constant cold, slush and ice start to wear on you.

Front Burner: Simple lasagna cups bring out inner child

posted: 02/25/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Working for a newspaper I don't get snow days (or ice days as was the case last week). But that doesn't stop me from enjoying the winter weather when it happens.

TIDBITS

posted: 02/25/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

BOOK SIGNING AND COOKING CLASS Kirsten Shockey and Christopher Shockey, authors of Fermented Vegetables, will sign copies of their book and conduct a fermentation class at Eggshells Kitchen Co., 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Cooking for two: Leftover beans make salad effortless

posted: 02/25/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

This is the kind of recipe we turn to on those days when we're dreaming of warmer weather and don't feel like cooking. The hearty salad comes together in as little time as it takes to chop some lettuce and open a can of beans. If you have them, leftover home-cooked beans are delicious here. We used pink beans (similar to pinto, but slightly smaller), but black beans or kidney beans would work well too.

Texas Tamale recipe reduces fat by substituting lean turkey

posted: 02/25/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

When it comes to stick-to-your-ribs comfort foods, it's hard to beat tamale pie.

Uncorked: Every cuisine has a wine to match it

posted: 02/25/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Compared to just a few decades ago, we are living in a foodie and wine lover's heyday. We can peruse grocery store aisles with choices from around the world and opt for a dinner out on the town featuring the flavors of Thailand, Italy, India, Japan and more.

7day menu planner

posted: 02/25/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Take the family's senses to the islands with Caribbean Chicken Stew (see recipe). Ladle the stew over rice and add a romaine salad on the side. Serve with crusty rolls. For dessert, pineapple upside-down cake (from a mix) is easy.

Chocolate coats figs, sweets, nuts

posted: 02/25/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

These are easy and especially tasty with the combination of chocolate, marshmallow and nuts. If you can't find large figs, use small pieces of walnuts instead of whole walnuts.

IDEA ALLEY: Lemon Bars offer tangy temptation

posted: 02/25/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Microwave steps cut meatloaf baking time

posted: 02/25/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Meatloaf in 20 minutes! Here is a modern variation for one of America's favorite comfort foods.

Helpful Hints

posted: 02/25/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: A number of years ago, I purchased a good amount of food, canned goods, etc. (a stockpile in case of an emergency). A review indicates that many have a "use by" date that has expired. Should I throw these in the dump, or can they be safely used by some organization?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 02/25/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. This year you work quickly so you can play slowly and lavish your loved ones with the attention and affection that makes you feel so fulfilled to give. A discovery in March will help you determine where to go with your career.

On Christianity

posted: 02/25/2015 1:42 a.m. Comment 1

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My nephew says he's an atheist and doesn't want anything to do with religion or religious people. If someone wants to be religious, that's their business, he says, but he resents people trying to change him. How can I convince him he's wrong?

Super Quiz: Countries of South America

posted: 02/25/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

1. Its official name literally translates to "Republic of the Equator."

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