Weekly food rail, with items on picking and storing apples, a quick and easy chocolate candy recipe, the latest from The Beer Nut, and more
Tip of the Week: Pick a juicy apple
Apples are already hitting the farmers markets, a sure sign that fall is definitely here. Here are some tips and tricks for selecting and storing apples.
- Select apples that are firm to the touch, have a good aroma and are free of skin breaks and bruises.
- Handle them gently to prevent bruising.
- Wash each apple under running water and dry with a clean paper towel.
- To prevent browning, coat apple slices in a mixture of one part lemon juice to three parts water.
-- U.S. Apple Association
Easy recipe: Quick Candy
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup nuts, raisins, chopped dried fruit or a combination
2 tablespoons coconut (optional)
Microwave the chips in a bowl on high until melted. Stir in the coconut, nuts or fruit. Drop teaspoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and chill until firm.
-- Canton Repository
Did You Know?
Brewing engineers in Germany are researching a new process that could enable beer-makers to cut their energy consumption up to 20 percent.
Would You Buy It? General Mills Gluten-Free Rice Chex
Details: People who can’t eat gluten, which is in wheat and some other grains, have had a hard time finding name-brand cereals. Rice Chex has come out in a gluten-free version. Soon to debut are Corn, Honey Nut, Chocolate, Cinnamon and Strawberry Chex without gluten.
Comments: The cereal seemed to have slightly less flavor than regular Rice Chex, something that could be corrected with the addition of fresh fruit. “It’s very crunchy.” “It tastes less grainy than regular Rice Chex, but not bad.” “I would recommend it to my gluten-free friends.”
Would you buy it? Yes, if we were avoiding gluten.
-- State Journal-Register
The name for this pasta translates to "little ears," which they resemble:
Answer is at bottom of column
Wise to the Word: Raita
Spicy cooking requires a cool-down course. Raita (RI-tah) has accomplished that in India for centuries.
This is a simple, whole-milk yogurt salad combining various chopped vegetables, most often cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant and spinach. Fruits, including bananas and citrus, convert it into a dessert.
Raita without the vegetables and fruits becomes a dip or a marinade for grilled kebabs. Fresh parsley, tarragon, mint and dill are among the flavorings.
-- Canton Repository
Number to Know: 14.7
Grams of protein in 1 cup of boiled lima beans. – calorielab.com
The Dish On …
“Seafood alla Siciliana: Recipes and Stories from a Living Tradition” by Toni Lydecker
Nothing could be simpler, healthier or more delicious than baked or grilled fish, served Sicilian style with a simple samoriglio sauce of olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and oregano. This cookbook shows you how to put such a dish on the table.
“Seafood alla Siciliana” provides in-depth information on fish and other sea-faring species used in Sicilian cooking, along with practical suggestions, recipe by recipe, for alternatives available to North American cooks. Seafood buying and handling are covered thoroughly, as are the fundamental ingredients of the Sicilian kitchen.
This book is perfect for anyone with an interest in regional Italian cooking and for the many people who would like to know more about preparing seafood.
From the Beer Nut’s Blog: Stone’s Vertical Epic beers
Stone’s Vertical Epic 09.09.09 was a little late to make it here this year, but it has finally arrived.
This is part of a series in which beers are released one year, one month and one day from the previous year's edition. The ultimate goal is to age the beers until after 12.12.12, and then hold a vertical tasting – sampling each and comparing the different versions.
This year’s version is the best of the five Vertical Epics I have tried. It’s a Belgian porter brewed with dark candi sugar, chocolate malt, tangerine peel and vanilla beans aged on French oak.
The beer also uses two German hop varieties, Perle and Magnum.
I’d recommend giving this a try – buy at least two, one to drink now and one to save until 12.12.12.
To read more from the Beer Nut, visit http://blogs.townonline.com/beernut/
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