As the weather warms, cool drinks beckon. Try this Great...

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May 17, 2000|By Suzanne Loudermilk

As the weather warms, cool drinks beckon. Try this Great Grape Smoothie from the California Table Grape Commission to quench your thirst. Combine 1 cup seedless grapes, 1/2 cup each frozen cherries and strawberries, and 1/2 cup each peeled and sliced orange and banana in a blender and process until smooth. Serves 2.

Leek technique

Love leeks but hate to clean them? Here's a technique from a recent Williams-Sonoma catalog: Remove tough green tops of leeks. Cut through leek about 1/2 inch above the root. Slice leek in half lengthwise, then crosswise into 1/2 -inch pieces. Place chopped leeks in a large bowl of cold water and swish to rinse off dirt, which will fall to the bottom of the bowl. Lift leeks out with a strainer and discard water. Repeat until water is clear, then drain leeks well.

Juicy burgers

Hamburger season is here, and this month's Food & Wine magazine tells readers how to keep burgers juicy on the grill. A light touch is important when forming the patties, it says, because overhandling the meat makes it tough. Also, the mag advises, don't press down the burgers with a spatula while cooking. That squeezes out all the juices.

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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