Serving up good healthWhat's good for the heart can be...

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June 27, 1993|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Staff Writer

Serving up good health

What's good for the heart can be good for the soul as well, especially if it's home cooking. So Church C.H.A.M.P. (Community Health Awareness and Monitoring Program) of Liberty Medical Center and the American Heart Association teamed up to sponsor a cooking contest. "Soul Cookin' for the Heart" drew 20 entries, representing 20 churches in Baltimore City. Then 80 to 100 people attended the event, held June 12 at the Great Blacks in Wax Museum on North Avenue. Prizes were awarded to the church sponsors.

Dishes submitted ranged from pasta and stir-fried vegetables to lemon broccoli chicken to a spinach spaghetti casserole. But the winner in the Judge's Choice category was the aptly named Pizzazz, from Deborah J. Wallace, representing the Lighthouse Chapel Baptist Church, 4244 Reisterstown Road.

* Here's the winning recipe:

Pizzazz

Serves 10 to 12

1 large yellow or orange pepper, diced

1 large red pepper, diced

2 boxes frozen spinach, thawed and drained

1 loaf Italian bread (unsliced)

2 8-ounce containers liquid egg substitute

vegetable cooking spray

1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon pepper

1 8-ounce package low-fat provolone cheese

1 8-ounce package low-fat mozzarella cheese

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 green onions, trimmed and thinly sliced

Heat oven to 300 degrees.

Cut top off bread to form "lid." Hollow out middle and set aside.

Lightly spray saute pan or skillet with cooking spray. Divide egg substitute into 4 portions and prepare 4 patties, cooking to texture of scrambled eggs.

Spray the pan again and cook garlic and mushrooms, stirring, for 2 minutes. Then add peppers, onions, spinach, Italian seasoning and mix well.

To assemble dish, place two egg patties in bottom of hollowed-out bread. Add layer of half of spinach mixture and a layer of each of the low-fat cheeses. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Place top on bread and wrap loaf in aluminum foil. Place in oven for 20 minutes, or until cheeses are melted. Let cool, slice and serve. Best served at room temperature.

Just imagine. What would George Washington, John Philip Sousa, Alex Haley, Mae West, Leo Durocher, Hugh Hefner, John Wayne, Greta Garbo and M. F. K. Fisher say to each other if they could all somehow meet in the same room?

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher would, of course, talk about food, and life, with the particular wit and acumen for which she was known. Ms. Fisher, who died last year, remains one of the most beloved culinary writers in the country. In books such as "Consider the Oyster" and "How to Cook a Wolf" she explored in elegant prose the themes of nurturing and conflict that occupy and bind all human beings.

A portrait of Ms. Fisher, painted by Ginny Stanford just before Ms. Fisher's death, is among new acquisitions at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery. There are more than 50 portraits, including those of the other folks mentioned above, in the exhibit, which runs through Jan. 9, 1994. Many of the subjects are contemporary and well-known, but some are neither famous nor familiar. There are paintings, sculpture, photographs and drawings in the exhibit. The National Portrait Gallery is at F Street at Eight Ave. N.W. in downtown Washington. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day (closed Christmas); admission is free.

What could be more American than baseball and apple pie? If you're a fan of both, or either, you might consider attending, if not entering, the Grand Slam Apple Pie Bake-Off, sponsored by the Baltimore Office of Promotions, as part of festivities surrounding All-Star Week July 9-13 in downtown Baltimore.

The pie bake-off will take place July 9 at the StreetFest, the outdoor counterpart to the FanFest sponsored by Major League Baseball.

To enter the bake-off, send your name, address, daytime phone number and a written recipe to: Judging Committee, Grand Slam Apple Pie Bake-Off, 200 W. Lombard St., Suite B, Baltimore, Md. 21202. Entries must be received no later than Wednesday, and only amateur chefs can enter.

It's a wrap

When is a sandwich not a sandwich? When it's under wraps. Wonder Soft Wraps tortillas can take any filling, from peanut butter and jelly to chicken salad to shrimp stir-fry, or can be cut in pieces, topped with cinnamon and sugar and baked, or can even be turned into dessert or salad cups.

The flour tortillas come in packages of 10 for a suggested retail price of $1.49. Locally, they're available at Giant, Basics, Metro, Leedmark and George's Markets. For a 32-page booklet featuring wrap-up recipes and product coupons, print your name and address on a 3-by-5-inch card and send it to Wonder Soft Wraps Meals in Minutes, Department WQ31, P.O. Box 15506, Mascoutah, Ill. 62224.

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