Super salad worth savoringHere's a low-calorie winter...

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January 28, 1998|By Elizabeth Large

Super salad worth savoring

Here's a low-calorie winter salad with plenty of pizazz:

1 bag fresh spinach, washed

2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese

1/4 red onion, sliced

3 ripe pears, sliced

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Put first 4 ingredients in bowl. Heat vinegar and oil till steaming. Pour on salad, toss, season to taste and serve at once.

Washing with soap

There's no evidence to suggest that washing with plain old soap and water is any less effective in preventing disease than using one of the new anti-bacterial soaps. After all, you don't need to kill bacteria; you just want to wash them down the drain. Now for the scary part: Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration are wondering if the overuse of anti-bacterial products might give rise to new strains of microbes, according to a recent report on National Public Radio.

Absorbing look at towels

Cheaper isn't always cheaper. Paper towels are rated in the February issue of Consumer Reports, and premium brands Kleenex Viva and Quilted Bounty actually cost less to use than some lower-priced towels. For instance, Kleenex Viva, 89 cents per roll, took 10 sheets (for a cost of 16 cents) to clean up 12 ounces of water. ShopRite economy towels, 79 cents, took 30 sheets (for a cost of 24 cents).

Pub Date: 1/28/98

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