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Tip of the Week: Grilling beyond burgers and dogs
Try a few of these non-traditional – and healthy – ideas when you fire up the grill:
- Cut the fat: Grill up some turkey burgers instead. Add cilantro, shallots or chili sauce to spice things up. Or mix in feta cheese, kalamata olives, oregano and pepper and serve on a pita for a Greek-style burger.
- Cook vegetables on the grill: Baste vegetables such as peppers, corn, eggplant or onions. Season them with herbs and place on a hot grill until they are tender and brown. Or sprinkle sliced zucchini, tomatoes and carrots with a little water and seasoning, wrap in heavy-duty aluminum foil and grill until vegetables are tender.
- Don’t forget dessert: Grill fruit kabobs, pineapple slices or peach halves on low heat until the fruit is hot and slightly golden. Serve them on top of a scoop of low-fat ice cream or angel food cake.
Easy recipe: Gingered carrots
1 pound carrots, sliced
1 tablespoon margarine
5 teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 cup apple juice
2 tablespoons fresh ginger or 1/2 tablespoon dried ginger
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cook carrots in boiling water for 3 minutes or until tender. Let cool.
In a saucepan melt margarine and brown sugar until it begins to boil. Reduce heat, cook for 5 minutes to caramelize.
Add apple juice and bring to a boil. Cook until sauce is reduced to a light syrup.
Add carrots, ginger and cumin. Cook on medium heat until glazed. Add salt and pepper.
Did You Know?
Researchers at Purdue University believe they’ve found a variety of strawberry that astronauts will be able to grow during long space missions.
Works Well: Flexible spatula
How often have we baked the perfect cookies only to shatter them with a spatula on the baking sheet?
The flexible spatula is proving its worth as a handy, modern utensil. Its thin, flexible blade made with silicone enables it to easily slide under food. These are heat-resistant to 600 degrees and dishwasher safe.
Oxo makes a top-quality one for $8.99. They also have omelet and pancake turners in the same design.
-- The Repository
What type of baked treat is vanocka?
C. Quick bread
D. Yeast bread
Answer is at bottom of column
Wise to the Word: Frappe
Your frappé (frap-PAY) depends on where you live.
Universally, it’s a McCafe creamed and iced coffee sold by McDonald’s. But if you go to eastern Massachusetts, it’s a milkshake. In Greece, it is a foam-covered cold coffee. In Australia, it’s a fruit-and-ice blender drink similar to a smoothie but non-dairy. In Italy, it’s a fried dough dessert.
-- The Repository
Number to Know: 114
Calories in an average pint of strawberries (about 357 grams). – calorielab.com
The Dish On …
“The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto: Bold, Fresh Flavors to Make at Home” by F. W. Pearce and Danilo Zecchin
All you need for great gelato and sorbetto is a handful of simple, fresh ingredients, a standard ice cream machine and your imagination.
The magic of this book is that once you learn how to make just one easy custard or simple syrup base, you can dream up an infinite number of flavors.
In addition to being able to re-create Ciao Bella’s award-winning favorites like Key Lime with Graham Cracker Gelato or Hazelnut Biscotti Gelato, you’ll be able to invent your own combinations and mix and match more than 100 desserts.
From the Beer Nut’s Blog: Try a Mexican beer
The best Mexican beers are from the Cucapa Brewing Company of Baja California, Mexico.
The beers are all available in 22-ounce bombers. The best is the Obscura, a brown ale. If you want something a little lighter, the Cucapa Honey ale is a blond ale flavored with honey. It’s light drinking; there is just a hint of honey flavor, so it’s not overwhelming.
The Chupacabras Pale Ale is a hoppy pale ale if you’re in the mood for a little hops.
If you want to stay with a lager, Negra Modelo is a good, easy-to-find option.
To read more from the Beer Nut, visit http://blogs.townonline.com/beernut/
Food Quiz Answer
D. Yeast bread. Vanocka is a Czech yeast-bread that contains almonds and raisins.
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