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December 17, 1997|By Elizabeth Large

Tastes from Africa and geography lessons

First published in 1970, when exotic ingredients weren't so widely available, Harva Hachten's newly reissued "Best of Regional African Cooking" (Hippocrene Books, $11.95) includes many dishes you can put together with foods from your local supermarket.

Not only is it chock-full of delicious recipes, but it's a fascinating geography lesson as well.

Give a gift of banana jam

For a quick and unusual last-minute gift, give a jar of banana jam:

Banana Jam

Makes 4 1-pint jars

6 cups sliced, medium-ripe bananas

3 cups sugar

3/4 cup orange juice

3/8 cup lemon or lime juice

Cook all ingredients in a nonaluminum saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat to low and cook about 15 minutes, until mixture thickens. Pour into hot, sterilized canning jars and seal immediately.

Adapted from "Gourmet Gifts" by Dona Z. Meilach.

Instant refrigerator

Ever run out of room in your fridge to store prepared foods for a party? Classic Catering People suggests taking wet paper towels, freezing them and laying them over things like fruit and vegetable platters. They'll stay fresh and cold for several hours.

Pub Date: 12/17/97

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