Tip of the Week: Keep a jar of marinara handy
A jar of marinara sauce is a good, essential ingredient to keep around the kitchen because it can be used in a variety of meals: add body to stew or chili; make a tangy braise for lamb; and, of course, enhance a hearty pasta dish. Look for sauce that has less than 350 milligrams of sodium, and balance the sugar content by adding salt.
-- Cooking Light magazine
Easy recipe: White Bean Salad
3/4 cup Marzetti Simply Dressed Ranch Salad Dressing
1 (15.5-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained
1 shallot, minced
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1/2 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup cooked bacon, crumbled
Combine dressing in a large mixing bowl with remaining ingredients, and gently toss. Arrange on a serving plate, and serve immediately. Serve with toasted French bread drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt. Serves 6.
Did You Know?
Foods labeled “multi-grain,” “stone-ground,” “100-percent wheat,” “cracked wheat,” “seven-grain” or “bran” are usually not whole-grain products. -- USDA
What means "omelette" in Thai?
A. Kai Tom
B. Kai Dow
C. Kai Jeaw
D. Kai Con
Answer is at bottom of column
Wise to the Word: pancetta
[pan-CHEH-tuh] An Italian bacon that is cured with salt and spices but not smoked. Flavorful, slightly salty pancetta comes in a sausagelike roll. It's used in Italian cooking to flavor sauces, pasta dishes, forcemeats, vegetables and meats. Pancetta can be tightly wrapped and refrigerated for up to 3 weeks, or frozen up to 6 months.
Number to Know
400: One cheeseburger from Dairy Queen is 400 calories.
The Dish On …
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-- Quail Ridge Press
From the Beer Nut’s Blog: Craft beer gaining popularity
There are now more than 2,000 breweries in the United States, and the craft beer industry brewed 1.3 million more barrels in 2011 than in 2010, according to theBrewers Association.
In 2011, craft brewers were responsible for 5.68 percent of the U.S. beer volume produced, up from 4.97 in 2010. In all, nearly 11.5 million barrels of craft beer was brewed, with sales figures around $8.7 billion, up from $7.6 billion in 2010.
To read more from the Beer Nut, visit http://blogs.wickedlocal.com/beernut/.
Food Quiz Answer
C. Kai Jeaw