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January 12, 2000|By Suzanne Loudermilk

Cookies plus an elf of your own

Everyone needs a gimmick these days, especially food marketers trying to beat out the competition. Now, to tempt the little ones, Keebler has come out with a pouch of cookies, which turns into a hand puppet after the snack is eaten. Honey and cinnamon Elf Grahams feature five playful elves, such as Ernie (pictured above).

Food forecast

A new year with new numbers promises to be anything but dull. The same is true on the food front, where Cooking Light magazine predicts more interest in Indian and Latin foods, Asian ingredients and regional cuisines. It also sees us turning to flaxseed, soy, sherry vinegar, mangoes, farm-fresh fish, local seasonal fare and home-grown herbs in our kitchens. But, for the nostalgic among us, the magazine assures us that Mom food -- mashed potatoes, roasted chicken and the like -- will still find a place on our plates.

Italian flavors

Ban the winter blues. Take a trip to sunny Italy with a recipe booklet, Classic Italian Flavors, by Colavita and Bolla Wines. The 44-page booklet offers a variety of recipes with wine recommendations. To order a copy, send a check or money order, payable to Colavita for $1.75 to cover shipping and handling, to Colavita Italian Recipes, P.O. Box 9143, Elizabeth, N.J. 07202. Allow four to six weeks.

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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