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Kelly Brant

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Front Burner: Mint, chile powder crown squash soup

posted: 02/10/2016 2:01 a.m. Discuss

I've lost count of how many times I bought fresh mint with plans to make this soup only to use it in a different recipe or let it turn black in the fridge.

Gadgets & Gizmos

posted: 02/10/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

We're big fans of popcorn at my house. But we're not big fans of the chemicals and artificial flavors in many microwave popcorns. And using brown paper bags -- though easy, convenient and relatively chemical free -- isn't exactly environmentally responsible if you make a lot of microwave popcorn.

Cooking for two: Carrot, avocado salad pairs with salmon

posted: 02/10/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

I have Emilie Raffa, author of The Clever Cookbook, to thank for bringing this combination of flavors to my attention: avocado and Mexican-spiced roasted carrots. The creamy avocado and the sweet-yet-spicy carrots is a match unlike any I've had before and one I will definitely revisit.

Idea Alley: Barbecue sauce almost tomato-free

posted: 02/10/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

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

Casserole uses ravioli for lasagna noodles

posted: 02/10/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

This meaty, cheesy casserole combines the layers of lasagna with the convenience of ready-to-cook ravioli.

Belly up to the telly: 6 recipes for watch parties

posted: 02/03/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

From beginning (Super Bowl, Sunday) and middle (Grammy Awards Feb. 15 and Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Feb. 15-16) to end (Academy Awards, Feb. 28), February is full of snacking-in-front-of-the-television opportunities.

Front Burner: Polenta 'lasagna' cuts gluten, time

posted: 02/03/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Traditional lasagna can take hours to make, what with making the sauce, cooking the meat and vegetables and boiling the pasta -- and that's just to get the ingredients ready to layer. Figure in assembly time and baking time and it can easily become an all-day affair.

Gadgets and gizmos

posted: 02/03/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Do we really need tongs specifically for waffles? Probably not. But that didn't stop us from picking this pair by Tovolo.

Idea Alley: Kat sends in cake, entree, roll recipes

posted: 02/03/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

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

FRONT BURNER: Meat filling makes puff-pastry magic

posted: 01/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

While testing recipes for a forthcoming story, I recently found myself with an extra cup of filling for a meat pie.

Cake doughnuts with apple are simple to make at home

posted: 01/27/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

These apple-studded cake doughnuts are easy to make at home. Serve with or without a dusting of cinnamon-spiked confectioners' sugar.

Idea Alley: Starter recipe OK for any sourdough

posted: 01/27/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

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

Hugs in a mug

posted: 01/20/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

There's a Spanish proverb that goes "of soup and love, the first is better."

Front Burner: Thanks, madame: This is ... delicieux

posted: 01/20/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

I don't remember where I was the first time I had a croque madame, but I do remember it was love at first bite.

Idea Alley: Sourdough starter uses potato water

posted: 01/20/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

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

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