TV dinners hit 45-year mark In 1954, while mesmerized...


April 07, 1999|By Suzanne Loudermilk

TV dinners hit 45-year mark

In 1954, while mesmerized Americans watched "Roy Rogers," "Burns and Allen" and "Father Knows Best" on the tube, they also were getting their first taste of Swanson TV Dinners. To celebrate its 45th anniversary, Swanson is distributing limited-edition packaging with the original design of its frozen meals. Forty-five of the boxes also will feature authentic aluminum trays with a grand-prize winning game piece for a 52-inch color television.

Search is under way for crab creations

Phillips Seafood Restaurants wants your favorite crab dish. The company is searching for an entree or appetizer to feature on its menu. The grand-prize winner also will receive $1,000. Entry forms, which must be postmarked by April 19, are available at area Giant Food stores and Phillips restaurants. Selected finalists will prepare their creations May 2 at the Baltimore Waterfront Festival at the Inner Harbor. Information: 800-648-7067.

Men and osteoporosis

Osteoporosis. It's not just a woman thing. Of the 28 million Americans affected by the bone disease, 20 percent are men. "The threat of osteoporosis should be a very real concern for men," says Dr. Robert P. Heaney, professor of medicine at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. To help meet calcium recommendations, men should drink at least three 8-ounce glasses of milk a day. To get your fill, try lattes, banana milkshakes and chocolate milk.

Tidbits welcomes food news and notes. Send to Tidbits, Attn.: Suzanne Loudermilk, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278; fax to 410-783-2519.

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