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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.

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.

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.

Idea Alley: Banana nut bread loaded with extras

posted: 02/18/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

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

Souped-up cauliflower

posted: 02/11/2015 2:06 a.m. Comment 1

If groundhogs really can predict weather, spring won't be here until its regularly scheduled arrival in late March. (According to his handlers, the famous Punxsutawney Phil was greeted by his shadow as were we in Arkansans on Feb. 2.)

Front Burner: Cro-Nots deliver sweet with less fat

posted: 02/11/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Maybe you've heard of the Cronut, the doughnut-croissant hybrid that was all the rage in 2013. The Cronut, made famous by the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York, is a deep-fried doughnut made with croissant dough. The fried pastry is then pumped full of pastry cream and glazed.

Gadgets & Gizmos

posted: 02/11/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Ceramic knives are lightweight, hold their edge longer than steel, will never rust and won't discolor food. These characteristics make them my favorite kitchen knives.

Cooking for two: Spicy Polenta Cakes not just for vegans

posted: 02/11/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Not all of the recipes in The Lusty Vegan: A Cookbook and Relationship Manifesto for Vegans and the People Who Love Them by Ayinde Howell and Zoe Eisenberg make just two servings, but those looking for ways to spice up romantic dinners will find plenty to entice their taste buds.

Idea Alley: Oat muffin options: Sweet or breadlike

posted: 02/11/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

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

Front Burner: Samoa cake gussies up Scouts cookie

posted: 02/04/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Girl Scout cookie orders will be delivered in just a few short weeks. But if you're like me and you dream of Samoas -- the luscious combination of caramel, coconut and chocolate -- year-round, the following recipe is worth clipping and saving for those long months when the girls' cookies aren't available.

Idea Alley: Search successful for tomato cocktail

posted: 02/04/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

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

Recipes run hunger interference during Super Bowl

posted: 01/28/2015 2:12 a.m. Comment 1

Whether you plan to spend this coming Sunday watching Super Bowl XLIX (5:30 p.m., NBC), Puppy Bowl XI (3 p.m., Animal Planet), Kitten Bowl II (11 a.m., Hallmark Channel) or commercials, you'll need some snacks to fuel all that time in front of the television or computer.

FRONT BURNER: Chocolate fiends, this one's for you

posted: 01/28/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

Serious chocolate cravings call for intensely chocolatey treats. These double chocolate brownies definitely fit that bill. The dark, almost black brownies are rich without being too sweet. Espresso sugar gives them a depth of flavor that accentuates the deep, toasty chocolate flavor without making the brownies taste like coffee.

Idea Alley: Restaurant recipes very hard to obtain

posted: 01/28/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

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

Simple single-dish meals

posted: 01/21/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

The ease of cleanup from a one-pan supper is hard to beat. Especially if the cook has an arrangement with the diners that she who cooks doesn't clean.

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