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July 21, 2004|By Liz Atwood | By Liz Atwood,Sun Food Editor

A tasty team

California grape season is in full swing, bringing green, red and blue varieties to grocery shelves. Although grapes tend to be one of kids' favorite fruits, they can lend themselves to grown-up recipes as well, such as this dish of sauteed chicken breasts:

Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1/4 cup of minced shallots, 2 teaspoons of fresh minced thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

Cook for 3 minutes to 5 minutes, until shallots are softened. Add 1/4 cup brandy. Let cook 2 minutes. Add one 14-ounce can chicken broth, 1/2 cup cream, 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard and cook for 15 minutes, letting sauce reduce slightly.

In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon of flour and 2 tablespoons of water until smooth. Whisk flour mixture into sauce and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Set aside.

Season 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick fry pan. Add chicken and cook for about 5 minutes on each side until cooked through.

Add 2 cups of seedless grapes, rinsed, to the pan and cook for 3 more minutes. Add sauce to pan and swirl to coat chicken breasts. Serve chicken with grapes and sauce spooned over them. Makes 4 servings.

Per serving: 565 calories; 56 grams protein; 20 grams carbohydrate; 25 grams fat; 12 grams saturated fat; 190 milligrams cholesterol; 785 milligrams sodium; 1 gram fiber

-- Recipe and analysis from the California Table Grape Commission

New and improved

Rubbermaid has launched a new line of more than 70 cooking utensils designed for easier use and cleaning.

Included in the product line are spoons, whisks and forks with a built-in stand to keep them elevated above the counter, easier-to-read measuring cups, an easier-to-clean vegetable peeler and a grater that can be folded for storage.

The accessories are available from select mass retailers and kitchen stores at prices ranging from $2.49 to $8.99.

Classic coasters

Serve up some movie nostalgia with Classic Cocktail Coasters from Turner Classic Movies.

The boxed set of 15 coasters includes five designs and drink recipes.

The coasters are available at major bookstores and from online book retailers, and have a suggested retail price of $9.95 a box.

A nutty snack

Kids never seem to be able to get enough peanut butter. Skippy has found a new way to satisfy their cravings: peanut butter snack bars.

The bars come in four flavors, pairing peanut butter with granola, fudge, strawberry and marshmallow flavors. They are sold six to a box and are available in grocery stores and from mass merchandisers nationwide, at a suggested retail price of $2.89.

For more information, visit www.peanut


Taste exotic wines from Sicily, Sardinia, Catalonia and Campania 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 5 at Bin 604 Wine Sellers, 604 S. Exeter St. $19 in advance, $25 at door. Call 410-576-0444.

Enjoy award-winning wines and crab dishes at a fund-raiser to benefit the House of Ruth 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 21 at Gertrude's at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. $70 ($40 tax-deductible). Call 410-261-3012.

The Dish welcomes food news and notes. Send to The Dish, Attn.: Liz Atwood, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-783-2519; e-mail

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