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October 27, 2004|By Liz Atwood | By Liz Atwood,Sun Food Editor

Keeping it safe

American cooks are juggling too many tasks in the kitchen, putting them at risk for food-borne illness, the American Dietetic Association says.

According to a survey the group conducted with ConAgra Foods, 73 percent of home cooks say they watch television, 70 percent wash the dishes and 62 percent talk on the phone while preparing food. Others said they work on the computer, play with kids and pet the dog and cat while they cook.

But only 30 percent of the respondents said they wash their hands after doing these noncooking activities. The ADA says dirty hands are the most common transmitter of bacteria.

For more information on food safety, visit or call the ADA's Consumer Nutrition Information Line at 800-366-1655, where recorded messages are available 24 hours a day.

Trans fat gets the ax

Crisco has good news for bakers concerned about trans-fatty acids in their diets.

The company has developed a Crisco vegetable shortening with 0 grams of trans fat. The shortening, which comes in a 1-pound can and 20-ounce sticks, tastes and performs just like the original Crisco, which still will be available.

The new version has a suggested retail price of $2.29 per pound, compared with $1.81 for the original.

Space-saver fridge

If your kitchen space is scarce, say oui to the Jenn-Air French door refrigerator. The unique configuration features a pullout bottom freezer drawer and side-by-side doors for the fresh-food compartment. The design allows for wide storage spaces, but also reduces the amount of space needed to open the doors by half.

The refrigerator also features electronic temperature controls and a filtered water dispenser on the refrigerator's interior. The suggested retail price is $2,399 in home-appliance stores.

For information about Jenn-Air and its products, visit or call 800-JENN-AIR.

Fortifed treats

Now you can give your kids the chocolate they love and vitamins they need. Hershey Foods has introduced the first chocolate syrup with five vitamins and minerals.

Hershey's Fortified Syrup contains 10 percent of the calcium, vitamin E, biotin, vitamin B-5 and zinc kids need. Look for it in grocery stores. It has a suggested retail price of $1.99 for a 24-ounce bottle.


Make holiday desserts 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at For the Love of Food in Reisterstown. $50. Call 443-865-0630 or 410-833-5579.

Taste wines from the Mediterranean 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at Bin 604, 604 S. Exeter St. $19 in advance, $25 at the door. Call 410-576-0444.

Celebrate the historical, cultural and culinary lure of the oyster at OysterFest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. $11 per person. Call 410-745-2916.

Learn to make sweet and savory pumpkin recipes 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 at Williams-Sonoma, 1725 Annapolis Mall, Annapolis. $40. Call 410-266-3221.

Taste historically inspired dishes, get ideas for holiday table settings and take home recipes at Fete Federale 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov.13 at Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road in Riverdale Park. $65. Payment and reservations required by Nov. 5. Call 301-864-0420 or visit

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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