Books offer basics of Tex-Mex fareThe "foundation foods...


August 07, 1996|By Karol V. Menzie

Books offer basics of Tex-Mex fare

The "foundation foods" of Texas border cooking are the subjects of three new cookbooks from author and specialty foods entrepreneur W. Parr Kerr. In "Chiles," "Beans," and "Tortillas" (Morrow, $15 each), Kerr, head of the Old El Paso Chile Co., offers recipes such as red chili-cheese bread, creamy poblano succotash, and chocolate-Kahlua sundaes in tortilla cups.

State Fair competitions

There's still time to enter the annual product-based Maryland State Fair cooking contests. Pre-registration deadline is Aug. 14 for the Fleischmann's Yeast Best-Ever Bread Competition, the Land O' Lakes Sour Cream Quick Bread Contest and the Land O' Lakes Butter Best Cookie Contest, the SPAM recipe contest, and the Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust Championship. For information about entering the contests, call the fair entry office at (410) 252-0200.

Wine and dine outdoors

Looking for an out-of-the-way yet convenient spot for a picnic? How about the spacious and picturesque grounds of Boordy Vineyards? Or its cool champagne cellar? You can tour the winery (on the hour, starting at 1 p.m.) and buy a chilled bottle of wine to go with your meal, and Boordy is offering a free dessert of fresh fruit champagne sorbet. Boordy is at 12820 Long Green Pike in Baltimore County. For more information, call (410) 592-5015.

Sauce sense

Pizza and spaghetti lovers have new reason to rejoice: Harvard University researchers have found that regular consumption of lycopene, an antioxidant abundant in tomatoes, may reduce the risk of certain cancers, including prostate cancer. The highest levels of lycopene are found in vine-ripened and processed tomatoes. For more information about lycopene, and some tomato recipes, call Hunts' for Your Health at (800) 637-3914.

Pub Date: 8/07/96

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