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Tip of the Week: Try smoker box for your wood chips
Grilling with wood chips adds an extra flavor layer to everything. It’s easy with charcoal, but gas grills require an accessory. You don’t want to burn wood chips on your burners. Enter the smoker box.
These are porcelain, stainless steel or cast-iron containers that hold your chips above your burners. Many have covers with holes; some are uncovered plates.
Some folks use the boxes on charcoal grills. It goes on the ash-gray coals. On gas grills, place the box on the heating element. With either grill, it will take a few minutes to get the smoke rolling, so do this ahead.
-- Canton Repository
Easy recipe: Lemon Dill Egg Salad
6 hard cooked eggs, chopped
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 strips bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
3/4 cup reduced fat ranch salad dressing
Toss all ingredients together and chill for at least 1 hour. Good with sliced tomatoes and lettuce leaves on a French roll.
-- Iowa Egg Council
Food in the News: Risks of eating red and processed meat
Individuals who eat more red meat and processed meat appear to have a modestly increased risk of death from all causes. They also have an increased risk of death from cancer or heart disease over a 10-year period.
There are several mechanisms by which meat may be associated with death, the authors note. Cancer-causing compounds are formed during high-temperature cooking of meat. Meat also is a major source of saturated fat, which has been associated with breast and colorectal cancer.
In addition, lower meat intake has been linked to a reduction in risk factors for heart disease, including lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
-- National Cancer Institute
Did You Know?
Alcohol can cause blood sugar levels to drop more rapidly, which can stimulate your appetite and disrupt your ability to tell when you’ve had enough to eat.
Which of the following is an unleavened bread (in that it contains no yeast)?
Answer is at bottom of column
Wise to the Word: Curry
Curries often are labeled from sweet (mild) to extremely spicy. A curry termed just “curry” will be mild. The “spicy” ones can be torrid.
The curry ingredients are: Turmeric, paprika, fenugreek, coriander, black pepper, cumin, ginger, celery seed, cloves, caraway and red pepper. Changing the pepper amounts adjusts the spiciness.
-- Canton Repository
Number to Know: 10
Calories in half a cup of Raspberry Jell-O Sugar Free Gelatin. – calorielab.com
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“Amuse-Bouche: Little Bites That Delight Before the Meal Begins” by Rick Tramonto with Mary Goodbody
Chefs at many fine restaurants offer guests an amuse-bouche (pronounced ah-myuz boosh), a bite-sized treat that excites the tongue and delights the eye, before the meal is served. Nobody does it better than the executive chef/partner of Chicago’s Tru, Rick Tramonto.
“Amuse-Bouche” offers an array of recipes, from elegant and sophisticated to casual and surprising that will inspire home cooks to share these culinary jewels with their guests.
With more than 100 recipes and with 52 full-page color photographs by photographer Tim Turner, “Amuse-Bouche” enchants the eyes as much as an amuse pleases the palate.
From the Beer Nut’s Blog
I got home from work and was going to have pork chops for dinner. I had a nice bottle of Ommegang’s Abbey Ale chilled, which is a fantastic pairing.
Unfortunately, I did not take into account my stuffy nose. I’m not talking just a little stuffed - it felt like my nose was full of a package of cotton balls. I could not breathe out of it, let alone smell anything.
That took away from my enjoying the beer. A lot of your taste is the smell, and I could not smell the beer at all. The Ommegang was still tasty, but it was not all it could have been. I kind of feel like I wasted a good 750 ml bottle of beer.
To read more from the Beer Nut, visit http://blogs.townonline.com/beernut/
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