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FRONT BURNER: Floating discs add nice flavor punch to coffee

posted: 11/30/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Food editor Kelly Brant is generally not a fan of flavored coffee.

Idea Alley: Mincemeat recipes beefing up mailbox

posted: 11/30/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

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

Cooking with diabetes: Homemade sauce tops yummy tacos

posted: 11/23/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Our favorite thing about Robyn Webb's The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection: Nine Essential Recipes You Need to Create 90 Amazing Complete Meals is that each entree recipe is accompanied by one to three dish suggestions to create a whole meal.

Idea Alley: Two pies, souffle fulfill Kat queries

posted: 11/23/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

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

Tried and true: Guests will always gobble traditional Thanksgiving dishes

posted: 11/16/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Common wisdom dictates holidays, especially those centered on food, are not the time to try new recipes.

Front Burner: Exotic yet simple, veggie dish for all

posted: 11/16/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

The first time food editor Kelly Brant made this dish she ate the whole pan all by herself.

Gadgets & Gizmos

posted: 11/16/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

One of the more tedious aspects of prepping fresh cauliflower and broccoli is separating the florets from the stalk. Sure, a paring knife does the job, but it isn't necessarily the safest or most efficient method. So we were intrigued when we received a pitch for the Stalk Chop from Chef'n. The spade-shaped tool is designed to quickly and cleanly cut the florets away from the stalk of cauliflower and broccoli. We tested it on a large head of cauliflower with excellent results. We still needed a paring knife to trim the florets into smaller pieces, but after removing we were left with a clean, ready-to-slice stalk with minimal waste.

Idea Alley: Pumpkin popular for bread or cake

posted: 11/16/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

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

Front Burner: Pomegranate juice basis for 'molasses'

posted: 11/09/2016 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Pomegranate molasses does not taste like pomegranates. Nor does it taste like molasses.

Chicken packets are no-hassle meal

posted: 11/09/2016 2:09 a.m. Discuss

These versatile packets can be prepared in the oven or tossed on the grill.

Idea Alley: Kats' encore requests: Rolls, Sue's pie recipe

posted: 11/09/2016 2:08 a.m. Discuss

As the winter holidays approach, food editor Kelly Brant thought it would be a good time to revisit two popular recipes that are frequently requested in Idea Alley.

Pumped about pumpkins: Fritters, chili, soup begin with pureed fruit of fall, winter squash

posted: 11/02/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Winter squash and pumpkin in particular are symbols of the season. It simply isn't fall without pumpkins.

Front Burner: Don't waste them: Roast those seeds

posted: 11/02/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

If you're going to the trouble of cooking fresh pumpkin or winter squash, don't let those tasty seeds go to waste. The seeds of any winter squash -- pumpkin, butternut, acorn and delicata to name a few -- can be roasted. And the whole seed is edible; so there's no need to try to remove the outer (white) husk unless you just really want to.

Idea Alley: Sorghum caramels are creamy delights

posted: 11/02/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

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

Easy oatmeal bars are sure-fire winner

posted: 11/02/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

If you've got school-age children, you're probably busy now that it's fall. Between football games, soccer matches and other school events, kids keep you running. They also can keep you baking, with the time-honored tradition of parents having to prepare treats for booster organizations to sell as fundraisers at the school concession stand.

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