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Tip of the Week: Beef for burgers

Shopping for ground beef? Decisions, decisions. You’ll find packages marked:

- Regular ground beef or hamburger: The cheapest price, highest fat content (30 percent), shrinks when cooked.

- Ground chuck: Leaner, lower fat (15 to 20 percent), still juicy but shrinks less, best for grilled hamburgers.

- Ground round or sirloin: Leanest at 11 percent fat, becomes dry when cooked medium and above, best for low-fat diets, casseroles, meatballs and meat loaf.

-- The Repository

Easy recipe: Onion Salsa Salad

Ingredients:
1 cup diced onions
1 small can diced pimento
1/2 cup green onion
1/4 cup fresh chopped jalapeno (optional)
8 ounces black eye peas
1 cup diced bell peppers
1 ounce fresh garlic, chopped
1/4 cup Italian dressing
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions:
Combine all items. Let marinate overnight for best flavor. Serve as a side dish or as an appetizer with low fat crackers.

-- www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov

Did You Know?

KFC’s Double Down, a bacon and cheese sandwich where chicken patties replace slices of bread, is now available in stores.

Would You Buy It? Almond Joy Pieces

Details: Hershey’s has come out with a line of crunchy-shelled, bite-sized nuggets in the flavors of Almond Joy, Hershey’s Special Dark and York (similar to the mint Peppermint Pattie). Almond Joy Pieces are milk chocolate, coconut and almond.

Availability: Nationwide at mass, grocery, drug and convenience stores, including Walgreen’s.

Comments: What can we say? The brown, blue and tan candies taste like Almond Joy bars. “It has the crunch of an M&M.” “For coconut lovers only.” “It’s got all the flavor of an Almond Joy, without melted chocolate on your hands.”

Would you buy it? Yes.

-- State Journal-Register

Food Quiz

What does the “RC” in RC Cola stand for?

A. The inventor's initials
B. Royal Collection
C. Rapid City
D. Royal Crown

(www.funtrivia.com)

Answer is at bottom of column

Wise to the Word: Quinoa

New to the North American market is quinoa (KEEN-wah), a staple grain of the ancient Incas and still an important food in South America. The tiny, white pearls expand and cook like rice. They may be used in any rice recipe. Quinoa has been hailed a “supergrain,” offering more protein and all eight essential amino acids.

-- The Repository

Number to Know: 33.5

Calories in 1 cup of raw asparagus. – calorielab.com

The Dish On …

“Molto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking” by Mario Batali

Chef Mario Batali's zest for life infuses the casual Italian fare that has made his restaurant Otto Enoteca Pizzeria a perennially popular New York City destination.

Now you can have the flavors of Otto at home, with “Molto Gusto,” a collection of recipes for everyone's favorites, from pizza, pasta, and antipasti to gelati and sorbetti.

Filled with Mario's infectious personality and love of robust flavors, and illustrated with luscious full-color photos, “Molto Gusto” makes it easy to spend a night on the town without leaving home.

-- Amazon.com

From the Beer Nut’s Blog: Sam Adams homebrew winners

Sam Adams has announced the winners of the 2009 Samual Adams American Homebrew contest.

New Hampshire resident Michael Robinson’s Old Ale and New Mexico resident Ben Miller’s Barleywine beat more than 1,300 entries to win.

The winning homebrewers had the opportunity to brew alongside the Samuel Adams brewers in Boston, and their recipes were bottled and available nationally in the 2010 LongShot Variety Package.

I had the old ale and barley wine last night and I thought they were both top notch.

To read more from the Beer Nut, visit http://blogs.townonline.com/beernut/

Food Quiz Answer

D. Royal Crown

GateHouse News Service