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Kelly Brant

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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.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Measuring Colander

posted: 05/27/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

My kitchen (regrettably) is full of gadgets and gizmos I probably don't really need. And The Measuring Colander from Chef's Planet definitely falls into that category. I first wrote about the colander-meets-measuring cup in 2012. I liked it. I liked it so much I forgot I already owned one and bought a second one. It's the sort of tool I find myself using often during berry season, but considering it can also be used to drain beans and canned tuna, perhaps I should find an excuse to keep it visible, so I'll remember I have it. My main complaint is the cup lacks printed measure lines, and it can be difficult to read the embossed lines in poor lighting.

Cooking for two: No turning oven on for chickpea salad

posted: 05/27/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

As the weather continues to heat up, I continue to feel less inclined to turn on the oven.

Idea Alley: Peanut butter rules in ooey gooey cake

posted: 05/27/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Flavor triple play is a hit on chicken

posted: 05/27/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

We loved the tangy-savory-sweet combination of this chicken dish from The American Heart Association's new cookbook.

Strawberry soiree

posted: 05/20/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

While we can't imagine getting tired of strawberry shortcake, we know not everyone shares our unyielding love of layered pastry, berries and whipped cream. And shortcake isn't the only way we enjoy strawberries. The following recipes showcase some of these.

Front Burner: Rich sauce jazzes up tortellini, vegetables

posted: 05/20/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

This is one of those indulgent recipes I prepare only once or twice a year. The rich Alfredo-style sauce is one of my and my husband's favorites. Here it is paired with fresh vegetables and cheese tortellini for a meatless dinner. You could easily swap out the vegetables here for whatever is in season or what you have on hand. If I'd had some on hand I would have added some halved cherry tomatoes and yellow squash.

IDEA ALLEY: Peanut butter pies fulfill Kat's query

posted: 05/20/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Berries, horseradish zip up salad

posted: 05/20/2015 1:48 a.m. Comment 1

This recipe makes two servings as written, but it easily doubles or triples to make as many servings as needed. The recipe is from Linda Gassenheimer's new cookbook Quick and Easy Chicken Diabetes-Friendly Recipes Everyone Will Love ($9.95) published by the American Diabetes Association.

Personal space

posted: 05/16/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Anthony Tally Where I live: I live in North Little Rock between Park Hill and Indian Hills with my fantastic wife, Becca, and our two dogs Boone, 6, and ChaCha, 15.

Front burner: Pecans in the guac rock the taste buds

posted: 05/13/2015 2 a.m. Discuss

Last week for Cinco de Mayo my husband I shared a very low-key dinner at home. Our menu consisted of bean and cheese enchiladas, guacamole and entirely too strong margaritas.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Mastrad's Onion Mask

posted: 05/13/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

If chopping onions sends you running for a box of tissues, wearing a Mastrad's Onion Mask may help. The goggles have a foam seal to block the tear-inducing sulfur compounds from reaching your eyes, while the anti-fog lenses and wrap around design allow for a full-view of the work area.

Cooking for two: Tangy cream cheese mixture fills peppers

posted: 05/13/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

If you're a fan of cream cheese and you like yogurt, chances are you'll love labneh.

IDEA ALLEY: Punch bowl cake layers the flavors

posted: 05/13/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

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

Front Burner: Recipes stand out in cookbook crush

posted: 05/06/2015 2:01 a.m. Discuss

In the spring and in the fall, cookbooks start arriving on my desk faster than I have time to open and sort the packages, much less take the time to read them. Some days there are so many of them the clerks who sort our mail bring them to me in stacks or even bins.

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