The Lively, Versatile Lemon



Everyone knows that if life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. But Sunkist has some other suggestions:

Place votive candles in lemon shells and float them in an elegant, water-filled bowl.

Use fresh lemon juice to clean copper pots.

Fertilize roses or other plants needing acidity with lemon skins.

Try lemon juice as an antidote to nausea. Grind lemon skins in the garbage disposal to keep it smelling fresh.

Toss a little lemon peel into the fireplace for a zesty fragrance.

Grilled corn needs a good soaking

If your corn on the cob tends to dry out on the grill, you may need to get that corn wet behind the ears. Susan Gross, chef and owner of Zinfandel Restaurant in Chicago, says she keeps grilled corn from drying out by soaking the ears still in the husks in cold water for 1 hour before grilling. Then she cooks the corn in the husks over a medium fire, turning every 10 minutes for about 20 to 30 minutes until the corn is fragrant and tender.

Fresh corn is best cooked and served the day it's purchased, Cutco Cutlery says, although corn can be refrigerated for up to a day.

Creative cookware

Danish design meets affordable cookware in T-Fal's new 4U collection. The collection, which features unexpected colors and unusual shapes like an oval saute pan, is the creation of Maria Berntsen, a Danish industrial designer whose works include furniture, lighting and jewelry.

T-Fal says the 4U cookware is aimed at style-conscious young adults who want their household products to stand out from the ordinary. It features T-Fal's nonstick coating and exclusive Thermo-Spot technology that lets cooks know when the pan has been preheated to the proper temperature.

An eight-piece 4U set - two saute pans, a 2-quart covered saucepan, a pasta pot with lid, a spoon and a spatula - has a suggested retail price of $114. For product availability, call 800-395-8325 or visit

When veggies are too bountiful

If you're overrun with tomatoes and cucumbers, it may be time to try home canning. Ball's Home Canning Basics Kit has all the things you need to get started: a water-bath stockpot canner, six pint jars and lids, a jar rack, jar lifter, wand, funnel and instruction book.

Ball also offers a jelly-making kit and a salsa-making kit. The kits are available at major retailers.


Eddie's of Roland Park will showcase Maryland food products at its store at 6213 N. Charles St. from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 15. For information, call 410-377-8040.

Sample dozens of world-class cabernets, chardonnays, merlots, sauvignon blancs, Malbecs and other wines from Chile and Argentina from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 at Bin 604, 604 S. Exeter St. $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Call 410-366-9393 for tickets or information.

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