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Reading Nook

posted: 03/22/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

"It's important to me that you know this isn't a diet book," writes Jessica Murnane in the introduction to her cookbook, One Part Plant (Harper Wave, $27.99).

Cooking for two: Basque main dish salad a medley of flavors

posted: 03/22/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Main dish salads are a way to put together a meal with several components. They are also impressive. And today's main dish salad has a lot going for it. Perfectly cooked moist chicken, soft buttery lettuce and a chunky, lemony and slightly sweet vinaigrette.

Dark-roasting coffee beans creates bitter antioxidants

posted: 03/22/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q: What chemical changes occur with dark-roasting coffee beans? Are they what make coffee bitter?

7day menu planner

posted: 03/22/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: For a special family day, slow cooker Beef Burgundy (see recipe) will please everyone. Serve it over egg noodles with green peas, mixed greens and whole-grain bread. For dessert, angel food cake with a dab of chocolate ice cream is easy.

Uncorked: Sip like Spaniards: Pick verdejo, rioja

posted: 03/22/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

When I travel, my priority is exploring and learning the local wine regions. My family has been traveling to Marbella, Spain, for several years. As is sometimes the case with a traveling writer, I am typing this column while sitting on the beach enjoying the soft rolling waves of the Mediterranean Sea and, of course, a glistening glass of local wine is sitting on my side table. Which brings me back to exploring local wines.

Idea Alley: White bean soup a pre-grilling meal

posted: 03/22/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Simple stir fry lets kids expand tastes

posted: 03/22/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Most Americans have become familiar with a style of Chinese food that bears only a mild resemblance to what diners in China eat every day. While American-style Chinese food may not always be authentic to the flavors of China, it is an opportunity to introduce our families, especially children with developing palates, to flavors they may not experience every day.

Ice cream not so vanilla with pomegranate kick

posted: 03/22/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Pomegranate is a heavy fruit. In ancient tale and tradition, it’s a stand-in for fertility (count those seeds!), power (check out that crown) and demise (taste the tannins). That’s a lot of ground to cover, for a berry.

Helpful Hints

posted: 03/22/2017 1:42 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I love fresh grapefruit. To keep it fresh for the next morning, I place the cut side upside down on a coffee-can lid or other plastic lid.

On Christianity

posted: 03/22/2017 1:42 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM.: My boyfriend says he believes in Jesus, but he has some bad habits he doesn't want to get rid of, and this worries me since we're beginning to get serious. Do you think he's really a Christian, or is he just trying to impress me?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 03/22/2017 1:42 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You'll hear praise from many corners over the next 10 weeks. You'll be asked to join a person or group in an arrangement that excludes other options. Think carefully; take your time. Lifestyle upgrades happen in June and September. Because of new influences your work takes a different direction in July.

Super Quiz: Literature

posted: 03/22/2017 1:40 a.m. Discuss

1. Who wrote How to Win Friends and Influence People?

Food: Last call for soup

posted: 03/21/2017 11:01 a.m. Discuss

Spring has officially sprung. And soon the weather will be so warm that few of us will have soup on our minds when it comes to dinner. So before grilling and salads take over, Kelly Brant answers two recent soup requests — Smoked Sausage and White Bean Soup and Lavender-Carrot Soup — in Idea Alley.

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