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>Let the good times roll

King Arthur Flour will give a portion of the proceeds made from its King Cake kits sold through Mardi Gras, Feb. 28, to the Salvation Army for hurricane relief.

The kit includes a sweet-dough mix, almond paste for the filling, a sugar glaze and 4-ounce bags of yellow, green and purple decorating sugars -- traditional colors for Mardi Gras celebrations. Cost is $18.95 per kit or $17.95 each for two or more.

The cakes can be made and eaten as part of Mardi Gras meals, when many area churches also hold pancake suppers.

To order a kit, call (800) 827-6836.

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>Blue-ribbon recipes

Now's your chance to get your very own Erie County 4-H Cookbook. It is stuffed full of more than 300 recipes for family favorites and blue-ribbon winners. The cost is $10 and proceeds go directly to the 4-H Development program.

The cookbook can be picked up during normal business hours, Monday through Friday at 21 S. Grove St., Suite 300, East Aurora, N.Y. 14052.

Or if you would rather have the book mailed to you, send your payment plus $2 for shipping and handling to that address, attention of Shirley Tulowiecki.

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>Party with 'The Sopranos'

May the lord help us all. Fans of a certain multiaward-winning HBO drama made "The Soprano Family Cookbook" a big best seller. But that just got the party started. Now we have a book on "Entertaining with the Sopranos," purportedly compiled by the Garden State's most famous hostess with the mostest, Carmela Soprano, but actually written by Allen Rucker with recipes by Michele Scicolone (Warner Books, $29.95.)

Since we have two pros doing the job, the book is both full of interesting recipes and photos. And it's also funny. There's even a term paper written by Meadow Soprano on "Why My Grandmother Can't Cook" and Dr. Jennifer Melfi's advice on "party anxiety."

Not to mention recipes for the likes of Carmela's Basil Lasagna and Caponata.

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>Quotable

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."

-- Virginia Woolf

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