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Kelly Brant

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Front Burner: Work-free week still involves stove

posted: 04/15/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

You may have noticed my column didn't run last week. I was busy doing nothing on a week-long staycation. My husband and I spent a day at Petit Jean State Park, toured the Rock Town Distillery, drank our fill of locally produced craft beer. We took the dogs for long walks and short hikes. We slept as late as the dogs would allow. And we ate dinner together every night.

Cooking for two: Sauce turns ordinary bird extraordinary

posted: 04/15/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

The ingredient in this chicken dish that elevates the humble fowl to extraordinary is sorghum molasses. Sorghum syrup, as it is sometimes called to avoid confusion with molasses from cane sugar, adds a distinctive sweet, spiciness to the sauce that other sweeteners don't have. If you don't have sorghum, substitute honey or maple syrup. Sugar cane molasses will add an unpleasant bitter flavor.

Idea Alley: Pie like Shoney's uses fresh berries

posted: 04/15/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

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

Idea Alley: Fresh strawberries fulfill pie request

posted: 04/08/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

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

Get a jump on Easter with make-ahead brunch recipes

posted: 04/01/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Whether your Easter plans involve a sunrise church service, an Easter egg hunt or sleeping in, having most of the prep work and cooking done beforehand can ease the stress of getting a holiday meal on the table.

Front Burner: Juices, browned bits render savory sauce

posted: 04/01/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Pan sauce is something I tend to overlook. It isn't that I don't appreciate a good pan sauce. Or recognize that pan sauce can be the difference between a good recipe and an outstanding one. I'm neglectful because often I'm in such a rush to get dinner on the table that I don't take the five minutes needed to make the sauce.

IDEA ALLEY: Intense search nets wedding cookies

posted: 04/01/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

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

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.

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