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Kelly Brant

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Cherries are super solo or in dishes sweet or savory

posted: 07/22/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Whether sweet or sour, red, blushing yellow or deep, blackish purple, cherries are a sure sign summer is in full swing.

FRONT BURNER: Eating on $4 a day as hard as it sounds

posted: 07/22/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Inspired by a friend and a new cookbook, I decided to re-evaluate how Joe and I are spending our food dollars. And how we can save some.

Idea Alley: Dessert, side dish find sweet, savory

posted: 07/22/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Not all recipes that appear in Idea Alley have been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Salads set perfect summer table

posted: 07/15/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Salad isn't the sort of dish that requires an exact recipe, but some inspiration certainly doesn't hurt.

Front Burner: Owl's Brew mixers make cool cocktails

posted: 07/15/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Tea is not something I normally think of when I think of cocktail mixers. Fruit juice? Absolutely. Soda? Sure. Coffee? And Irish cream, yes please. But tea? I don't know. Or at least that was my reaction when I was offered a tea cocktail at a girl's night out last summer at The Green Corner Store in Little Rock.

Idea Alley: Peaches, pineapple make fruity sweets

posted: 07/15/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

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

Front Burner: Turkey cutlets fly right as 'Sturtzels'

posted: 07/08/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

At the grocery store recently, frustrated that I couldn't find any pork tenderloin or ground chicken breast meat without added "natural flavorings" or "enhancing" solutions of water, salt and sodium phosphates, I bought a package of turkey breast cutlets.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Bialetti Pasta Pot

posted: 07/08/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

I have nothing against strainers and colanders. In fact, I own several of each, but when it comes to cooking pasta they can be a bit of a hazard. Lugging a pot of boiling hot water and pasta to a colander in the sink and tipping the pot without getting splashed or burned by steam can be difficult. So when I heard of Bialetti's Pasta Pot, I was intrigued.

Idea Alley: Fruity dessert cool on summer palate

posted: 07/08/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

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

Front Burner: Lemony cookies embrace ice cream

posted: 07/01/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

A scoop of cold, creamy ice cream on a hot summer day is a great way to finish a meal or simply enjoy a treat. But bowls aren't exactly portable. And you need a spoon. Popsicles are nice, but they melt. Quickly. And there's the matter of what to do with the stick. But ice cream sandwiches -- they're portable and there's nothing to throw away.

Idea Alley: Visitor shares her Peanut Butter Pie

posted: 07/01/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

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

No-churn ice cream

posted: 06/24/2015 2 a.m. Discuss

One of the benefits of making ice cream at home is the opportunity to create flavors not available at the grocery store. However, most homemade ice cream recipes require a machine -- either electric or hand-crank -- to churn and chill the ice cream base. But that isn't the only way to make ice cream.

Front Burner: Frozen desserts too good to miss

posted: 06/24/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Sometimes I set out to research and write a specific story -- say, something on frozen desserts -- and it morphs into something else -- how to make ice cream without an ice-cream maker. In the process I often end up with delicious recipes I can't use in the story. These two are excellent examples and they are simply too good not to share.

Idea Alley: Stuffing mix rushes quiche to the table

posted: 06/24/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

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

Front Burner: Joe's barbecue elixir sweet, smoky, spicy

posted: 06/17/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

It isn't very often that my husband announces he has a new recipe he wants to try. With the exception of a handful of dishes -- meatloaf, biscuits and gravy, spicy beef and potato wraps, chocolate chip cookies and burgers -- he leaves the cooking to me, preferring to be the official taster.

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