Lots of LICORICE If you're one of those people who...




If you're one of those people who prefer the black jelly beans, Licorice International is for you.

This Lincoln, Neb., company offers more than 50 kinds of licorice from Australia, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Holland, Sweden and the United States. You'll find Good & Plenty candies, black jelly beans and licorice shaped like Scottie dogs. You also can buy licorice root, a perennial herb that has been used since the 14th century to soothe coughs and colds.

For a free catalog, call 800-542-6742 or visit www.licoriceinternational.com.

For those chic chefs

Want to see what stylish chefs will be wearing this fall? Check out the new Chefwear catalog. The company, which has been outfitting chefs in aprons, toques and jackets for more than a decade, has come up with camouflage pants and houndstooth hats. Keeping with the times, there are also stars-and-stripes toques and aprons and jackets with American flags on the collar.

To check out the entire line, visit www.chefwear.com.

Jewish fare on MPT

Jewish pizza? Kosher baked beans? Washington, D.C., cookbook author Joan Nathan explores those culinary eccentricities as well as more usual fare in her Jewish Cooking in America series, which will be rebroadcast on Maryland Public Television Sundays at 4 p.m. starting this week.

In the 13 episodes, Nathan visits with celebrities like Wolfgang Puck, who invented a pizza topped with creme fraiche and salmon, as well as home cooks who share recipes for challah and onion poppyseed rolls.

Low-fat choice for pasta lovers

New World Pasta Co., maker of American Beauty, San Giorgio, Prince and Creamette brand pastas, has introduced a whole-wheat-blend pasta it calls Healthy Harvest.

The pasta, which includes spaghetti, rotini and penne shapes, is a blend of enriched semolina and durum wheat. The Healthy Harvest pastas have been certified as low in saturated fat and cholesterol by the American Heart Association.

Look for them in your grocery store.


See cooking demonstrations and enjoy Maryland foods at the Maryland State Fair, which opens Friday and continues until Sept. 2. A different state food will be featured each day, including dairy products, pork, turkey, seafood, beef, chicken and even emu. The Maryland Foods Pavilion demonstration area will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Fair admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12. For information, call 410-252-0200 or visit www.marylandstatefair.com.

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