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Kelly Brant

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Savory jellies may take some getting used to, but we relish them

posted: 03/25/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Embracing unusual flavored jellies such as basil, beer or roasted garlic involves a bit of taste-bud reset. These are not dessertlike spreads meant for slathering on hot biscuits or mixing with peanut butter for classic sandwiches.

Front Burner: 2 peppers pep up Mac and Cheese

posted: 03/25/2015 2:12 a.m. Discuss

In one of those instances of serendipitous timing, while I was typing out the recipe for this column, I received a call for entries from the organizers of Mac 'N' Cheez Mania, a festival devoted to macaroni and cheese taking place at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock on April 11.

Cooking for two: Ginger gives fresh asparagus flavor boost

posted: 03/25/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Bundles of pencil-thin asparagus are appearing in produce sections, signaling that spring has officially sprung.

Cooking with diabetes: Seasoned carrots, beans stand in for french fries

posted: 03/25/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

We won't lie and say these vegetable fries taste just as good as french fries, but they are good. And if you're craving something salty, crunchy and fried they hit the spot.

Idea Alley: Two cheesecakes: 1 is baked, 1 is not

posted: 03/25/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

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

Earthlike essence varies by variety

posted: 03/18/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Many people find beets unappealing because of their distinctly earthy flavor.

FRONT BURNER: Oats, whole wheat blend for light loaf

posted: 03/18/2015 2:01 a.m. Discuss

This bread is soft, yet chewy, with a nice nutty, slightly sweet flavor. Using a combination of steel-cut and rolled oats gives the bread a richer texture than rolled oats alone. Using one-third white whole wheat flour ups the nutritional value while keeping the crumb light and tender.

Today’s pressure cookers safe, versatile

posted: 03/11/2015 2:08 a.m. Discuss

I'll be honest. It has taken me several (OK, six) years to really make friends with my pressure cooker.

FRONT BURNER: Croissant baking perfect for winter

posted: 03/11/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

The constant bombardment of wintry precipitation last month and the first few days of this one kept me in a baking mood.

Idea Alley: Tater Tots topping for suppertime dish

posted: 03/11/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

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

Lemony oil spurs sprouts tolerance

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

It's true. I'm not a fan of the Brussels sprout. My earliest exposure to the tiny cabbage-like balls came as the result of a bribe when I was about 6 years old. My mother said my brother and I could stay up an extra 30 minutes later for each Brussels sprout we ate.

Idea Alley: Punch blend stirs tropical daydream

posted: 03/04/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Not all recipes that appear in Idea Alley have been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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.

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