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Kelly Brant

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Front Burner: Lemony cookies embrace ice cream

posted: 07/01/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

A scoop of cold, creamy ice cream on a hot summer day is a great way to finish a meal or simply enjoy a treat. But bowls aren't exactly portable. And you need a spoon. Popsicles are nice, but they melt. Quickly. And there's the matter of what to do with the stick. But ice cream sandwiches -- they're portable and there's nothing to throw away.

Idea Alley: Visitor shares her Peanut Butter Pie

posted: 07/01/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

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

No-churn ice cream

posted: 06/24/2015 2 a.m. Discuss

One of the benefits of making ice cream at home is the opportunity to create flavors not available at the grocery store. However, most homemade ice cream recipes require a machine -- either electric or hand-crank -- to churn and chill the ice cream base. But that isn't the only way to make ice cream.

Front Burner: Frozen desserts too good to miss

posted: 06/24/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Sometimes I set out to research and write a specific story -- say, something on frozen desserts -- and it morphs into something else -- how to make ice cream without an ice-cream maker. In the process I often end up with delicious recipes I can't use in the story. These two are excellent examples and they are simply too good not to share.

Idea Alley: Stuffing mix rushes quiche to the table

posted: 06/24/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

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

Front Burner: Joe's barbecue elixir sweet, smoky, spicy

posted: 06/17/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

It isn't very often that my husband announces he has a new recipe he wants to try. With the exception of a handful of dishes -- meatloaf, biscuits and gravy, spicy beef and potato wraps, chocolate chip cookies and burgers -- he leaves the cooking to me, preferring to be the official taster.

Idea Alley: Spicy, cheesy entree uses rice as its base

posted: 06/17/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Shrimp dish fats high, but they're good ones

posted: 06/17/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Spicy shrimp, creamy avocado, juicy tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts and briny capers combine in this ideal-for-warm-weather entree. If desired, the "boats" can be made in advance and chilled until ready to serve.

Front Burner: Easy-to-cook bulgur peps up brown bag salad

posted: 06/10/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

I pack a lunch -- often leftovers from recipe testing -- most every day to eat at my desk at work. Lately I've been on a salad kick. But not just simple mixtures of greens and dressing. I've been adding cooked cracked wheat, more commonly known as bulgur.

Idea Alley: Kats offer up fixes for flat cake fiasco

posted: 06/10/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Seasoned catfish has Southeast Asian style

posted: 06/10/2015 1:53 a.m. Comment 1

When most of us think of catfish we picture it deep-fried and golden. But the freshwater fish is excellent in baked and grilled dishes as well.

Homemade blends spice up grilled foods

posted: 06/03/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Rubs and seasoning blends are one of the easiest and tastiest ways to add flavor to grilled and roasted foods. Many can be made with items already in your pantry -- and unlike commercially prepared ones -- when you make your own you can control the salt and the heat. And for those of us looking to avoid food additives (MSG, maltodextrin, caramel color, corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, cellulose, tricalcium phosphate) making our own is the only way to go.

Front Burner: Dark chocolate treat fills gap in candy bars

posted: 06/03/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Any recipe that begins with 1 1/2 pounds of chocolate is bound to make this chocolate lover swoon. Add peanut butter and honey and you've hit the trifecta. Throw in some crisped rice and that's a dream come true.

IDEA ALLEY: Kats share recipes for grapelade, jam

posted: 06/03/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

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

Front Burner: Golden syrup sweetens caramel bars

posted: 05/27/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

While I dread grocery shopping after a day at the office or at peak shopping hours, I love visiting new grocery stores. Whenever I travel I like to visit a local grocery store. I love seeing the different produce and products available. And this is true even when I "travel" across town.

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