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FRONT BURNER: Floating discs add nice flavor punch to coffee

Subscriber onlyFood editor Kelly Brant is generally not a fan of flavored coffee. Continue reading...

Stellar cellar dwellers

For soup, chips or puree, root vegetables are underground stars of the kitchen

Subscriber onlyIt's easy to root for root vegetables. Continue reading...

Salmon recipe makes enough for 2 meals

Subscriber onlyThis recipe serves two generously with salmon leftovers. The leftover salmon is perfect served cold on a salad the next day. Continue reading...

Chiles, Muenster cheese give tetrazzini spicy kick

Subscriber onlyIt's the hearty, humble stuff of church dinners and weeknight casseroles. Named after an Italian opera star, chicken tetrazzini has been a favorite since its supposed invention either in New York or San Francisco in the early 1900s. Continue reading...

7day menu planner

Subscriber onlySUNDAY: Family day is a perfect time to splurge and serve Pomegranate Roasted Leg of Lamb (see recipe). The lamb goes well with orzo tossed with toasted pine nuts. Serve with Brussels sprouts and crusty rolls. For dessert, serve strawberry ice cream in pretty dessert dishes. Continue reading...

Purple Heart Red good wine, cause

Subscriber onlyI recently tasted and added to my repository of exceptional wines Purple Heart Red Wine, not only for the quality and value but the story behind the label. Continue reading...

Honey, mint, pepper, nuts make citrus dessert special

Subscriber onlyThis lovely, light dessert is like a smiley-face emoticon punctuating a meal. It is sunny and sweet, the perfect extra something to leave you completely satisfied. But this finishing statement has multiple layers of complexity, all easily achieved, and it's not only mouthwatering, but stunning. Continue reading...

Mincemeat recipes beefing up mailbox

Subscriber onlyRecipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Continue reading...

Scratch skillet dish offers more fiber

Subscriber onlyWhen it comes to a quick dinner, every cook could use a helping hand. Continue reading...

Tough cuts of steak best thin, rare

Subscriber onlySkirt steak is for fajitas, right? That's the conventional logic for using one of the tougher cuts of beef you'll find at the store. Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: What causes the hairy strings to grow on carrots, and what causes carrots to have cracks in them? Oh, and are they still safe to eat? Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Subscriber onlyHappy birthday. You're thoughtful, smart and willing to go the extra mile for people who need you. Because you're such a good friend, you'll gain access to exclusive opportunities. Take advantage of the chance to see new places, even though this will come at a cost. The plot twist in March will eventually favor you. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Our 4-year-old keeps asking me questions about God, and I don't know what to tell him. I've tried to put him off by saying that he's too young to understand things like this, but that doesn't satisfy him. What should we do? Continue reading...

Super Quiz: It's "Free"

Subscriber only1. The freedom to say whatever one wants Continue reading...

DECEMBER CALENDAR: Holly, jolly, by golly

Winter is coming, but so are Christmas, parades, dummies and suckling pigs

Subscriber onlyDecember drops down the chimney with a merry thump and tumble and scatter of twinkle trees, elves, shoes, sugarplums, bats, pigs, fruitcakes and bacon-bacon-bacon. Wishes come true for good boys and girls. The rest have to sweep up afterward. Continue reading...