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> Cheerio!

Crush 'em! Roll 'em! Mix 'em!

That's what you can do with one of America's favorite cereals. "The Cheerios Cookbook: Tasty Treats and Clever Crafts for Kids" by the Betty Crocker editors tells all. The book is published by Wiley and sells for $9.95.

It has 25 recipes (Snacks on Sticks, Marshmallow Melties, for example) and 10 crafts suggestions.

We're especially fond of Pipe Cleaner Critters, but a child can also make Christmas Trees and I "Heart" You Picture Frames.

> Cooking classes

"What's Cooking With Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County" is the title of a series of Monday night classes to be taught by nutrition and health educator Jennifer Reardon beginning Sept. 19 at the Extension Center, 420 East Main St., Batavia.

Participants will learn creative cooking techniques and healthy recipes through hands-on preparation. Classes run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Here's the schedule:

Sept. 19: Favorites from the Moosewood Collective

Nov. 7: Everyday greens. (Soups and stews)

Dec. 5: Gifts from your kitchen.

Each class costs $15. For more info, call (585) 343-3040.

> A healthy push

Ali VanGorden, a former nutritionist with the Canandaigua and Onondaga county WIC programs, has been appointed to head the new Fresh Ideas program at Quality Markets. She is to become the chain's chief spokesman for healthy eating.

VanGorden will produce a bimonthly newsletter for customers and give advice in Quality ads, highlighting healthy lifestyles.

There are 24 Quality Markets in New York and Pennsylvania, operated by the Penn Traffic Company.

> Quotable

"Why bother to cook TV dinners? I suck them frozen."

-- Woody Allen

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