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Kelly Brant

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FRONT BURNER: Loving the parts without sum success

posted: 06/21/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Food editor Kelly Brant's criteria for judging whether her husband and she will like a new dish is pretty simple: do they like all of its ingredients?

Reading Nook

posted: 06/21/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

The Bloody Mary is perhaps the most famous of brunch cocktails, especially for those looking to cure their hangover by imbibing. But despite its popularity, its origin story is as murky as the drink. Several theories abound, but most historians credit bartender Fernand "Pete" Petiot at Harry's New York Bar in 1920s Paris as its creator.

Idea Alley: 'Izzy's' ice box pie is a lemony winner

posted: 06/21/2017 1:52 a.m. Comment 1

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

Front Burner: Front Burner: Meal fit for a meat-and-potatoes dad

posted: 06/14/2017 2 a.m. Comment 1

Food editor Kelly Brant's dad, like most dads according to the stereotype, is a meat-and-potatoes man. But that's not to say he's boring and unadventurous.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Valek Embossing Rolling Pin

posted: 06/14/2017 1:59 a.m. Discuss

This 100 percent beech wood rolling pin gives pie crusts, sugar cookies and other baked goods an embossed finish.

IDEA ALLEY

posted: 06/14/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

This week brings a clarification and a new request, but no recipes.

FRONT BURNER: Sweet cherries one of summer's lifesavers

posted: 06/07/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Tomatoes, watermelon, blueberries, peaches, cherries, corn, yellow squash, lima beans, cantaloupe, eggplant, peppers, figs -- these are foods to live for. These are the foods that make summer, especially summer in Arkansas, bearable.

Gadgets & Gizmos

posted: 06/07/2017 1:50 a.m. Discuss

From the kitchen and the living room to the spa, Himalayan salt is everywhere you look these days. You'll find it in salt grinders, shaped into cooking blocks, as the base of lamps and even incorporated into massage products. The rock salt is prized for its high mineral content and appealing marbled look in rich red, pink and gray hues. The salt is mined in the region of Punjab, Pakistan, in what is known as the Salt Range, near the Himalayas. There are numerous claims about health benefits associated with the salt, but no evidence to back them up.

Idea Alley: Old recipe makes easy banana bread

posted: 06/07/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Remember Kats, recipe submissions don't need to be in response to a request and requests needn't be limited to restaurant menu items. In fact, restaurant recipes are the most difficult recipes to find.

Cooking with diabetes: Salad main course filling with chicken

posted: 06/07/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

This main-dish salad from The Everything You Need to Know About Diabetes Cookbook: Expert Advice, Plus 70 Recipes Complete With Nutritional Breakdowns by Dr. Karin M. Hehenberger made a perfect dinner on a recent warm evening. It was filling, yet refreshing.

Front Burner: Ode to a tomato: Blessed be the fruit in season

posted: 05/31/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Other than tomato ice cream, Kelly Brant had never (knowingly) had tomatoes in a dessert before making this cake.

Plant-based dyes add tint naturally

posted: 05/31/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

From Kraft to Campbell's, more and more food companies are reformulating their products to be free of artificial colors. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese went artificial-dye-free in 2015, and Campbell's plans to eliminate artificial coloring by 2018.

No pie plate? No problem — a perfect pie starts with the crust, then the ingredients

posted: 05/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

By using items such as canning jars and lids and sheet pans, tasty, company-worthy pies can be made without a pie plate.

Front Burner: Enchilada dip good enough for meal

posted: 05/24/2017 1:56 a.m. Discuss

The dip can be prepared on the stove or in a slow cooker. It makes enough to serve a crowd, so it's ideal for a get-together or for those nights when you just want cheese dip for dinner.

Idea Alley: 'Cobbler' Kat hits two more winners

posted: 05/24/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

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

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