Share this article

print logo

GOURMANDISE

Meat-free and good

One of the ways the late Linda McCartney promoted her vegetarian lifestyle was through cookbooks. "Linda McCartney on Tour" (Bullfinch, $29.95) follows two previous efforts. This one, with more than 200 recipes, has an international theme.

You'll find interesting recipes for such dishes as Chinese Crispy Vegetable Wontons, Italian Fennel and Arugula Salad and Creole Vegetable Jambalaya. This is a beautiful, colorful book with lots of fine food photographs. And helpful cooking tips, too.

Stayin' alive

Who says scientists don't have a wacky sense of humor? At this time of year, when holidays have you buzzing around the kitchen, learn important food safety tips in a novel way, thanks to toxicologist Carl K. Winter.

The Knight Ridder wire service reports that Winter, who teaches at the University of California-Davis, has compiled a CD of classic pop tunes turned into food science parodies. Take a listen to this one:

Don't want hepatitis or gastroenteritis

I'm just stayin' alive, stayin' alive

Scrubbin' off my veggies and

I'm heating up all my burgers to 185, 185.

Ah, ah, ah, ah, stayin' alive

More songs can be read and heard on the Web site, http://foodsafe.ucdavis.edu-music.html

Fabulous feast

A medieval banquet to benefit Shakespeare in Delaware Park will be presented Saturday between 6 and 10 p.m. in the Nichols School Dining Hall, and it will be as authentic as it can be (in 1998, anyway).

The "First Remove" will include Creamed Soup of Garlic and Sweet Onion; the second, Wine Marinated Capon with Ruby Port Cumberland Sauce; the third a "Salat" of greens and herbs, and the fourth remove is Roaste of Pork with Herbed Mustard Crust, Red Cabbage with Fruit and Raisins. If you're still hungry, Fruits, Nuts and Pastries will complete the meal.

Methinks your stomache will proteste after this one. For info: 876-7430.

Cereal, marshmallow and butter -- oh my!

OK, we admit it. We love the Rice Krispies elves. And we love the Rice Krispies treats they make. Always have, always will.

That's why the new cookbook/activity book being featured by Kellogg's this month really appeals to us. Called "Cooking With Snap, Crackle and Pop," it contains suggestions for easy-to-make goodies, mostly made from the original Treat recipe. Candy Cane goodies, for instance. Or holiday-shaped cookie/candies that can be decorated with frosting gel.

The child can even place his photo in the back of the book so it appears on every page and looks like he's cooking with the boys. Oh, to be 8 years old again!

The 32-page book is available this month through specially marked boxes of Kellogg's Rice Krispies or Razzle Dazzle Cereal.

Only a phone call away

Now through Dec. 24, you can get great baking advice and recipes by calling the Land O'Lakes Joy of Holiday Baking Hotline. Dial (800) 782-9606 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week.

Twenty-seven (count 'em, 27!) home economists are on hand to help you achieve baking bliss. Just think of it!

Life is good.

Items for a lull in holiday conversation

- Nearly one-third of Americans leave homemade cookies out for Santa Claus.

- Nearly half of Americans give homemade gifts of food during the holidays. The most popular are cookies (46 percent), followed by pies and cakes (21 percent). That's according to Land O'Lakes.

Local cookbook

"A Journey to Successful Cooking," a collection of recipes from St. Ambrose Parish on Ridgewood Road, is available for Christmas giving. It's full of nifty proven down-home favorites such as Copper Carrots, Mom's Cassata and Grandma's Oatmeal Cookies.

It's available by mail. Send a check for $7 plus $2 postage and packing to: St. Ambrose Church Cookbook Project, 65 Ridgewood Road, Buffalo, N.Y. 14220.

Culinary quote of the week

"Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint."

-- Mark Twain