July 29, 2005

Recipe: Recipe: Bacon Grilled Trout

"The following recipe can be grilled using any method. If trout isn't available, use other small whole fish or even 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets with pockets cut in the sides to contain the dill and lemon."

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  • Bacon Grilled Trout


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July 29, 2005

Recipe: Everyone needs one more zucchini casserole recipe

"I sure don't need to go to the gym to lift weights - I just go out to the garden and pick zucchini. Honestly, they look like they're on steroids.

Those of you who grow zucchini know they can grow to gargantuan sizes overnight. I'll be shredding the largest ones, peel and all for the freezer. This winter, the zucchini will add flavor and texture to soups, stews, muffins and breads. "

Includes recipe for:


  • Yummy zucchini tomato casserole


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July 29, 2005

Recipe: Evan and Alexis eat up this mini s'mores recipe

"When your kids are pining for s'mores and a campfire is nowhere to be seen, let them whip up these yummy S'more Brownie Bites.

Evan Good, 5, and sister Alexis, 3, of Canton Township kid-tested this recipe because it is quick and fun to make. At their ages, their attention spans are short, but they love to cook and experiment in the kitchen.

Mom Heidi Good doubled the recipe so they had more to share.

Alexis enjoyed making the treats the most, while Evan couldn't wait to eat them. "It looks good already!" he said while stirring the batter.

It's hard for kids to resist nibbling on the s'more ingredients, so be prepared. For every one marshmallow Alexis pressed in the brownies, she would eat three. Evan, the chocoholic, ate five chocolate chips for every two he pressed in.

The s-mores were a hit, said their mom, Heidi Good. "It was like a little bit of up north right in our kitchen!"

Includes recipe for:


  • S'more Brownie Bites


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July 29, 2005

Recipes: Lemon Gelatin Parfaits, Double Chocolate Refrigerator Roll

Includes recipes for:


  • Lemon Gelatin Parfait

  • Double Chocolate Refrigerator Roll


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July 27, 2005

Recipes: Eggplant recipes

Includes recipes for:


  • EGGPLANT ROLL-UPS

  • CROSTINI WITH ROASTED EGGPLANT AND PINE NUT PUREE

  • GRILLED VEGGIE SANDWICH


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Recipe: You've got tomatoes; we've got recipes

Includes recipes for:


  • Marilyn's Tomato Relish

  • Creamy Tomato and Rice Soup
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Wine News: Who Knew a $10 Bill Had Such a Nice Bouquet?

"Decades ago, when people in wine-producing countries routinely drank a few glasses with every meal, vast amounts of wine were made quickly and cheaply. It was sold for pennies - make that francs, lire and pesetas - to be consumed right away. Most of it was utter swill: thin and sour, or thick, raisiny and volatile.

The wine industry has changed drastically since then, and people tend to romanticize those days, as if the demijohns and jugs filled at the local merchant somehow contained the sort of honest artisanal products that are no longer available. Nonsense.

The fact is that today cheap wine across the board is far superior to what it was 50 years ago. It is not hard to find dry, refreshing, satisfying wines for $10 and under, as the Dining section's wine panel learned in a tasting of 24 bottles."

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July 26, 2005

Recipe: Griddle chicken

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  • Griddle chicken


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July 25, 2005

Recipe: Recipe Box: Tofu Vegetable Marinara

"Many are called, tofu are chosen. This tofu vegetable marinara recipe will pepper you up and help squash your hunger. Best of all, you can enjoy this vegetable medley while following your Zone plan. Who cares where the beef is? With fresh vegetables, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, the taste is right here in this dish. Vegging out has never been more fun."

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  • Tofu Vegetable Marinar


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Recipe: Thai Meatballs in Peanut Sauce

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  • Thai Meatballs in Peanut Sauce


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Recipe: Pasta Nicoise Sauce Recipe

"This is great twist on Nicoise, featuring tuna and eggs for a healthy no cook pasta sauce."

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  • Pasta Nicoise Sauce


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Recipe: Strawberry & champagne trifle with crème fraiche & butter biscuits

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  • Strawberry & champagne trifle with crème fraiche & butter biscuits


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Recipes: Corn recipes

Includes recipes for:


  • Buffalo Corn Ears

  • Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad

  • Corn and Pork Skewers

  • Corn, Seafood and Zucchini Packets


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July 23, 2005

Coffee News: Coffee Growers Try to Revive a Toast of Cafe Society

"Long before Starbucks and even Sanka, the coffee produced in this cool mountain region was internationally beloved - so much that Puerto Rico, barely the size of Connecticut, was among the world's largest, proudest coffee exporters. The cafes of Vienna, Paris and Madrid served Puerto Rican coffee in the 19th century, as did European monarchs and even the Vatican.

But while short and sturdy coffee trees still flourish on parts of the island, it is hard to find Puerto Rican coffee anywhere now.

Puerto Rico does not even produce enough to meet its own demand, forcing the island to buy beans from other countries. Up to a quarter of the annual harvest goes to waste, mostly because of one problem: nobody likes picking coffee beans, and there are far more appealing options for work these days."

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July 21, 2005

Wine News: Wine finds

"Summer's in full swing, the heat is on and frankly, I'm just not in the mood for tannins (those astringent substances in red wine that bring complexity and depth, but also can leave that puckery, dry sensation in your mouth).

And yet, I like a little body in my wine - I don't want to feel I'm drinking flavored water. Refreshing enough to quench thirst, but full enough to go with the drippingly ripe, flavor-charged foods of summer? You bet. Here are some recent finds:"

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July 20, 2005

Recipe: Sesame-Crusted Catfish

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  • Sesame-Crusted Catfish


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Wine News: Nothing like a good white wine to beat the summer heat

"WHEN LAST WE met, I was worrying aloud about our new backyard table, complete with giant umbrella. Little did I know that Mrs. Olken had also purchased a new set of chairs. Or I should say an old set of chairs, wrought iron with grape motif and much in need of repair.

Even in their semi-reincarnated state, they helped set the scene for a magnificent long-cooked brisket in the Texas style.

The thing about summertime barbecue is that we tend to think it all must be heavy meats like brisket or sausages. But recently I tasted an exquisite preparation of salmon, and was reminded again that we do not live by red meat alone.

The salmon tasted like it had been lightly poached and lightly smoked. I cannot think of a better mate for a mid-sized sauvignon blanc. "

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July 19, 2005

Recipes: Fondue recipe is great way to use up fresh tomatoes

"When farmer's markets overflow with in-season tomatoes, I love to shop for an assortment. I especially like the quaintly shaped and colored types that have come to be known as "heirloom" tomatoes, lovingly preserved down through the generations by home gardeners. Slice up three or four different kinds, drizzle them with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, add a sprinkling of sea salt, and you have the perfect seasonal salad.

Let's be honest, though. One of the problems with sun-ripened tomatoes is that when they're in season there are lots of them, and they often ripen beyond the salad stage before you can use them all. Some people become home canners just to preserve the crop. But I like to start thinking about ways to cook those slightly over-the-hill but still perfectly delicious tomatoes.

One of my favorite recipes is the one I share here: Chicken with Tomato Fondue. The word "fon-due," with which you're no doubt familiar from the Swiss cheese dish, simply means something that has "melted." It perfectly describes the way the tomatoes reduce in the oven to form a thick, luscious sauce that bathes the chicken pieces and other summer vegetables."

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  • CHICKEN WITH SUMMER TOMATO FONDUE


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Coffee News: Coffee futures drop, but cheaper brew not seen soon

"New York coffee futures are down more than 30 percent since March, but major U.S. roasters are unlikely to quickly pass the lower prices on to retailers by slashing their list prices, analysts said on Tuesday.

Only four months ago, Arabica coffee at the New York Board of Trade reached the highest levels in more than five years. So roasters are likely to see if lower prices stick before moving the prices they ask from super markets and chains for canned coffee.

"They are much quicker to raise their prices than lower their prices," said Ann Pendergast, a softs analyst at Refco Group. "I would be surprised if roasters lowered their prices," she said."

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Wine News: Chocolate as healthy as red wine - cocoa industry

"Chocolate must be regarded as a health food on a par with red wine, and a bigger taste has to be developed for it in new markets to sustain poor African cocoa farmers, food and industry experts said on Tuesday.

"Everyone knows that red wine is good for the heart, but so is cocoa because it has the same ingredient called flavonoids which reduces hyper-tension or high blood pressure," Cesar Fraga, a nutritionist at the University of California, told a conference in Malaysia.

Fraga, from Argentina, said he gave a group of Argentine footballers cocoa products for a study and they showed a dramatic improvement in blood circulation."

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July 18, 2005

Wine News: What do those wine terms mean?

" Here are some tips on evaluating a wine, contributed by Guy Stout, master sommelier and certified wine educator with Glazer's Distributors of Texas."

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Coffee News: Tasters a key cog in coffee pleasure

"Not a very appetizing thought perhaps, but taste testing is a critical component in how your morning cup of coffee gets from the coffee plantation to the breakfast table or your local convenience store.

And a small Burlington business is the gatekeeper for a number of clients, including Dunkin' Donuts, to ensure the coffee meets the highest quality standards.

Tucked away in a small building on College Street, Coffee Analysts does the sample testing for all Dunkin' Donuts' coffee in the United States and abroad, which is a whole lot of beans - 30 cups of coffee a second, 2.8 million cups a day or 1 billion cups a year are sold by Dunkin' Donuts worldwide.

To ensure their coffee meets the highest quality standards, Massachusetts-based Dunkin' Donuts hired Coffee Analysts to test a sample of every shipment of coffee before it reaches the consumer."

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Food News: Fined dining: Could eating behind wheel earn you a ticket?

"The newest target of safety experts may be people who chow down while driving a car.

But they don't want to stop you from eating.

They just want to help you do it safely.

After all, many experts agree it would be futile to ban such activities as eating, drinking, smoking and changing a CD while driving because people are going to do it anyway, even if it can be dangerous."

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Recipes: Shrimp recipes

Includes recipes for:


  • Wild American Shrimp Salad Sea Island

  • Shrimp Wild Rice Salad

  • Tequila Grilled Shrimp

  • Grilled Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich with Farmers Market Relish

  • Curried Shrimp with Sugar Snap Peas

  • Spicy Asian Glazed Lager Beer Shrimp

  • Short-Cut Paella


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Recipes: Summer brings blueberry days — and blueberry recipes

"Recalling the New England summers of her childhood, food and travel writer Linda Dannenberg says, she thinks of blueberries.

"I can still smell my mother's lattice-topped blueberry pies cooling on our screened back porch, and taste the plump and tender sugar-topped blueberry muffins that we bought every August morning at Humphreys bakery on Martha's Vineyard," she writes.

Years ago, she adds, "We just loved them for themselves - tiny, perfect wash-and-ready fruit with lovely, thin indigo skin, very few seeds, a delicate balance of acidity and sweetness, and dainty, ruffled crowns."

Now, scientific reports published over the last five years, stemming from studies at Tufts University, Rutgers University, and the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, have hailed the blueberry's nutritional assets as a potent antioxidant with beneficial properties."

Includes recipes for:


  • Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes With Blueberry-Peach Compote

  • Blueberry-Beet Borscht

  • Blueberry Ice Cream


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July 15, 2005

Recipe: Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho

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  • Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho


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Recipe: Pumpkin Pasties

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  • Pumpkin Pasties


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July 11, 2005

Food News: Dining out with toddlers

"Q: My husband and I haven't been out to a restaurant since our 18-month old was born. He says we should just take the baby and see what happens. I'm kind of afraid of making a scene. What should we do?

A: I think that as soon as you're feeling brave enough, you should go. But there are a few guidelines I'd suggest:"

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July 9, 2005

Food News: Food allergies a growing concern

"According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, up to 8 percent of children and 2 percent of adults in the United States suffer from food allergies.

For people with severe allergies, consumption of minute amounts of an ordinary food such as milk, peanuts or shellfish commands the immune system to unleash a full-scale assault on the rest of the body. This can lead to consequences such as skin eruptions, asthma attacks, gastrointestinal problems and potentially fatal systemic allergic reactions called anaphylaxis."

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Recipes: Delicious recipes for this summer's vegetables

"With the summer heat, vegetables can make you refreshed and re-energized. Sara Foster, owner of Foster's Market in North Carolina and author of "Fresh Every Day," was invited on the "Today" show to share her recipes for a fresh, tasty, veggie meal."

Includes recipes for:


  • Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Carrot Soup with Tarragon

  • Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Avocado, Roasted Corn and Grape Tomatoes

  • Summer Herb Vinaigrette

  • Cornbread Panzanella with Avocado

  • Skillet Cornbread


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Recipe: Lemon cake easy, tasty and even better with summer berries

"Any time is a good time to bake a cake.

To tell you the truth, chocolate is usually my favorite kind of cake. That's the kind I'll ask for most of the year.

But on a hot summer day, the rich, dark flavor of chocolate can sometimes seem a bit too heavy, even to me. That's why, for summertime cakes, lemon is my flavor of choice.

Lemon is one of the most refreshing tastes I can think of. When the weather is warm, the zesty citrus makes my taste buds feel like they're waking up, ready to go again, after a nap on a shady, breezy porch.

Better still, my recipe for Lemon Buttermilk Cake couldn't be easier to make, so you don't have to spend too much time in a hot kitchen preparing it. The acidity of the buttermilk in the recipe combines with that of the lemon juice to give the cake an extra light and tender texture."

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  • LEMON BUTTERMILK CAKE WITH BERRIES AND WHIPPED CREAM


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July 8, 2005

Recipes: Recipes to pepper your kitchen with

"Michelle Anna Jordan, author of "Salt & Pepper," said salt seasoned with dried herbs, ground spices, crushed chilies, lemon juice or lime juice is a simple way to add flavor to a finished dish. When you make the flavored salts, seeds should be toasted and ground, herbs should be dried and crumbled, and dried chilies should be ground before being combined with the salt. For the best flavor, prepare only the amount of salt you would use within a week.

Here are some recipes to make seasoned salt at home"

Includes recipes for:


  • SAFFRON-FENNEL SALT

  • VANILLA, CINNAMON AND NUTMEG SALT

  • PROVENCAL HERB-LEMON SALT

  • CHIPOTLE SALT

  • GOMASHIO


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July 7, 2005

Recipe: Expert reveals how to achieve flaky, buttery perfection

"EGINA CHARBONEAU knows biscuits. In the mid-1980s, the Natchez, Miss., native started putting her flaky, buttery biscuits into the breadbaskets at her San Francisco restaurant Regina s at the Regis. Praise rolled in from celebrity guests including Tim Curry, Shirley MacLaine, Danny Glover, Patti La- Belle and Lily Tomlin. In 1995 Charboneau opened Biscuits and Blues the San Francisco blues club and restaurant celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a full menu of Southern flavors served up with the music that made Mississippi famous. Natchez in its own right is the biscuit capital of the world, says Charboneau with a glint in her eye. In the South, you pretty much have biscuits for every meal, and when you grow up with something, you miss it."

Includes recipe for:


  • Regina's Butter Biscuits


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Recipe: Grilled Steak with Herb Salad

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  • Grilled Steak with Herb Salad


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Recipe: Southern Pan-Fried Chicken

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  • Southern Pan-Fried Chicken


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July 6, 2005

Recipes: Cook of the Week Recipes

Includes recipes for:


  • Vegetable Pie

  • Caramel Pecan Pie

  • Mandarin Orange Cake

  • Nell's Round Steak & Gravy

  • Fried Apple or Peach Pies

  • Taffy Apple Salad


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Recipes: Beat the heat with cool, fresh recipes

"During these hot, sultry summer days, the last thing anyone wants to do is slave over a hot stove or oven. Give yourself and the family a cool break. Serve salads and sandwiches.

Homegrown, fresh veggies and fruit are readily available at roadside stands throughout Texomaland. And lots of salads can be made ahead of time so that they are ready to take right from the fridge to the table."

Includes recipes for:


  • Cucumber Chicken Pita Sandwich

  • French Club

  • Pimento Cheese Spread

  • Spinach Salad

  • Fried Chicken Salad

  • Spring Salad

  • Apple Coleslaw


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Recipes: Lip-smacking, juicy melon recipes

Includes recipes for:


  • WATERMELON 'DOUGHNUTS'

  • WATERMELON YOGURT MINT SMOOTHIE

  • MINCED PORK AND WATERMELON LETTUCE WRAPS

  • SWEET AND SOUR WATERMELON CHICKEN

  • WATERMELON CRAB CUPS


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Recipes: Reel in your catch of the day with these recipes

"For over 20 years, Linda Greenlaw has been spending her days on the high seas as a successful commercial fisherwoman. Obviously she has a fish tale, and recipe, or two. Now you can fry up your catch of the day the same way, thanks to Greenlaw and her mother Martha’s new cookbook, “Recipes From a Very Small Island.” Here are the recipes."

Includes recipes for:


  • Grilled Marinated Scallops With Ginger and Sesame

  • Simon’s Favorite New England Salad With Berries and Goat Cheese

  • Madeira-Sautéed Lobster on Angel Hair Pasta

  • Maine Blueberry Pie


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Food News: Summer reading list for food lovers

"Before the new 700 pages plus John Irving book comes out in the middle of this month (hefty beach read) and that other great book I’m waiting for, Cormac McCarthy’s "No Country for Old Men," (intense beach read), I still have a stack of books about 4 feet high next to my bed, in my car, and next to the couch in the TV room to get through. (I read while watching "Cooking Under Fire.") Naturally there among the novels and bios are some great foodie books I got just in time to take to the beach. A refreshing lemonade, a hot dog with kraut and the smell of the beach on a sweltering day is not the same without a good book, especially one about food."

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July 5, 2005

Recipe: Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

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  • Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie Recipe


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Recipes: Reader's Recipes: Gluten-free can be delicious

"It's hard living with a food allergy or intolerance. For some people, eating things that most of us take for granted can cause severe discomfort.

Imagine trying to avoid things that most of us eat every day - eggs, milk, wheat, soy.

That's why it's always a delight to find tasty foods that accommodate special diets.

Readers came through with a few good recipes and other sources for people with wheat intolerance"

Includes recipes for:


  • Gluten-free Almond Cookies

  • Peanut Butter-Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies


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Recipe: Pumpkin pancakes

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  • Pumpkin pancakes


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Recipe: Pizza soup

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  • Pizza soup


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July 1, 2005

Recipe: Bakery House Blueberry Pie

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  • Bakery House Blueberry Pie


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