A fork for popcorn A Wisconsin inventor has come up...

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January 10, 2001|By Liz Atwood

A fork for popcorn

A Wisconsin inventor has come up with a way to avoid butter fingers while eating popcorn - a popcorn fork. The plastic, pincer-like tool even comes with its own salt shaker. Suggested retail price: $9.95 for a pack of 12. It's available at www .popcornfork.com.

A berry spicy rub

The holiday decorations may be coming down, but there are still ways to use juniper. Vanns Spices of Baltimore sells Italian juniper berries that can add spice to game meats, stews and stuffing. One suggestion: Grind 2 tablespoons of juniper berries and 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns finely with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix with 1 teaspoon of ground allspice and 1 tablespoon soft brown sugar. Rub onto beef, venison or duck.

Food-handling tip

To reduce the risk of food-borne illness, the Partnership for Food Safety Education recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds with warm, soapy water before handling food.

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