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Kelly Brant

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Front Burner: Hottie mix stirs up peanuttiest eggnog

posted: 12/17/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Homemade eggnog is a holiday tradition at my house. My aunt Frances' is out-of-this-world-delicious and our extended family Christmas gathering -- affectionately dubbed Smithmas -- wouldn't be the same without it.

Idea Alley: Pie's ready in a jiffy; eggnog takes a cake

posted: 12/17/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

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

Sweet treats whipped up at home add that special touch

posted: 12/10/2014 2:11 a.m. Comment 1

Cookies, candies, fudge and fluffy marshmallows are what our holiday dreams are made of. Few things make a sweeter gift than a handmade treat -- whether that treat is for friends, family, Santa or the cook is open to interpretation.

Front Burner: Cookies pack cherry cordial flavor

posted: 12/10/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

For as long as I can remember, every year someone, sometimes several someones, would give my Grandpa Smith a box of Queen Anne cherry cordials for Christmas. And if I was lucky, Grandpa would share one of his cordials with me.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Kitchen Curry Master

posted: 12/10/2014 2:06 a.m. Discuss

One of the challenges of learning to make Indian food is the difficulty finding many of the spices necessary at the supermarket. Sure, you can buy curry spice mix already made up, but true curry doesn't come in a jar. Most cooks prefer to mix their own spices and create a signature blend. The Kitchen Curry Master includes all of the necessary spices (ground cumin and coriander, fenugreek, mustard seeds, whole cumin seed, turmeric, garam masala, chili powder, star anise, cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves and green cardamom), a brushed stainless-steel spice tin with see-through lid, and a step-by-step cookbook and spice guide. The kit includes enough spices to prepare all of the recipes featured in the book at least once. Recipes include a variety of vegetarian and meat dishes and all are gluten-free. Our only complaint about the kit is that the smaller tins for the individual spices do not have lids, meaning the kit isn't airtight and the spices will lose their flavor sooner. And if you happen to drop or tilt the tin, the spices will spill out.

Idea Alley: Toffee, rum cakes some of Kat faves

posted: 12/10/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

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

Front Burner: Cookie combines two treats in one

posted: 12/03/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

These easy-to-make sugar cookies have the flavor of a cinnamon roll, but the portability of cookies (no sticky fingers to clean).

Here's to ... shrubs?

posted: 11/26/2014 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Want to know how to take your drink to the next level? Reach for a bottle of bitters, flavored simple syrup or make a shrub.

Idea Alley: Photo stirs hunt for greens, beans soup

posted: 11/26/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

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

A cornucopia’s worth of stuffing recipes

posted: 11/19/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

If you grew up in the South, chances are cornbread dressing is a staple on your Thanksgiving table. And if you're like many Southerners, it is the only kind of dressing served.

Front Burner: Always room for more cornbread recipes

posted: 11/19/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

I'm a firm believer that one can never have too many good cornbread recipes. Sure I have my go-to recipe, the one I can make from memory. But I'm always on the lookout for new recipes, too. This one from Crescent Dragonwagon's book The Cornbread Gospels uses a blend of half flour and half cornmeal and has a touch of sweetness without being sweet.

Tidbits

posted: 11/19/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

HOLIDAY BAKING HELP The Crisco Pie Hotline -- (877) 367-7438 -- provides information and tips to assist bakers with some of the most common pie-baking challenges.

Idea Alley: Fresh apple cakes fit for festive fetes

posted: 11/19/2014 1:47 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Cheese, herb dusting makes squash special

posted: 11/19/2014 1:46 a.m. Discuss

This seasonal dish is special enough to make an appearance on a holiday table, but quick and easy enough (when prepared with peeled, ready-to-cook squash) to make any time.

Front Burner: Easy-Peasy bean soup good for what ails you

posted: 11/12/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Two weeks ago I got the flu vaccine for the first time. I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to needles so I opted for the mist. The mist -- little puffs of vaccine spray inserted into each nostril -- unlike the shot, contains live, attenuated virus. According to materials provided by the pharmacist administering the vaccine, the viruses in the vaccine have been weakened so that they do not give you the flu.

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