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For the sake of your health, go with the grain. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's new food guidelines urge Americans to eat more whole grains, and a new study by USDA scientists in Beltsville finds that eating foods made from barley can help reduce cholesterol levels.

The study by researchers at the Human Nutrition Research Center found that men and women who ate as little as 3 grams of barley a day could see drops in their cholesterol levels. Those who ate as much as 9 grams a day saw their cholesterol levels drop more than 13 percent.

Barley is sold as whole grains, flakes or flour and can be used to make soups, salads, side dishes and baked goods.

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Aged java

It turns out time not only can do wonders for wine and cheese, but in some cases, for coffee.

Some Sumatra coffees benefit from being stored unroasted in tropical climates for three years or more.

Starbucks has introduced Aged Sumatra Lot 523, an intense, five-year-old coffee with deep, full body and spicy, cedary notes. The coffee sells for $13 for a half-pound bag.

Handy storage

For cooks who like to keep their fresh ingredients handy, KitchenAid has developed a double-drawer refrigerator that can be installed beneath a kitchen counter.

Each drawer has an independent cooling system so one drawer can be used for ingredients such as juice and cheeses while the other can hold root vegetables or dry grains.

The drawers will be available in appliance stores this summer for a suggested price of $2,399 to $2,499. For more information on KitchenAid appliances, visit

Hawaiian honey

This Valentine's Day, treat your loved one -- or yourself -- to an all-natural sweet treat.

Try adding Rare Hawaiian Organic White Honey to your tea or toast. The pearl-white honey is made from the nectar of kiawe tree flowers on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The honey is available at Whole Foods Market and has a suggested retail price of $12.99 for an 8-ounce jar.


Learn to make sushi 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 16 to March 16, at Loch Raven Academy, 8101 LaSalle Road. $55, plus food fee. Call Community College of Baltimore County at 410-869-1225. Visit / ceed / spring / le_cooking.html.

Learn how to make fast Mediterranean chicken dishes 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Donna's in Columbia, 5850 Waterloo Road. $35. Call 410-659-5248, ext. 112.

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