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THE DISH

March 09, 2005|By Holly Shiver | Holly Shiver,SUN STAFF

COLD COMFORT

With cold and flu season lingering, try mixing two of the most common home remedies -- green tea and chicken noodle soup -- to alleviate your symptoms.

Here's a recipe from the Salada Green Tea Co.

Cut 8 ounces of boneless, skinless chicken into 1/2 -inch portions, place in a large bowl and add 1/2 cup brewed green tea. Cover and refrigerate, letting chicken marinate for 1 hour.

Soak 5 ounces of noodles in warm water until soft. Drain.

Place 4 cups chicken stock, 2 slices lightly mashed ginger root, 1/2 cup cubed oyster mushrooms, 2 cups diced celery, 1 cup diced carrots, 2 cups diced onions and 1 tablespoon chopped parsley in a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and let simmer for 2 minutes.

Add the chicken, including the green-tea marinade, and noodles to the pot. Return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes. Season to taste.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

For more information and recipes, visit www.greentea.com.

Per serving (based on 6 servings): 182 calories; 15 grams protein; 3 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 24 grams carbohydrate; 3 grams fiber; 40 milligrams cholesterol; 589 milligrams sodium

All-season seasonings

Have fresh herbs in your refrigerator year-round with Gourmet Garden Squeezable Fresh Herbs & Spices.

The herbs, packaged in 4-ounce squeezable plastic tubes, come in six varieties: basil, garlic, cilantro, lemon grass, ginger and chili pepper. Look for them in the fresh produce section of your local grocery store. They have a suggested retail price of $3.99.

For more information, visit www.gourmetgarden.com.

A polished look

If you like the look of stainless-steel appliances, but not the work it takes to keep them looking shiny and new, KitchenAid has something for you. The appliance maker has come up with a new protective finish on its built-in stainless-steel gas cooktops.

The coating reduces the discoloration that occurs over time when stainless steel makes contact with a gas flame, and is easier to clean than uncoated stainless steel. It also resists stains from high-acid foods and makes fingerprints and scratches less noticeable.

The stoves with the protective coating will be available this summer, starting at $879.

To grill despite the chill

Grill enthusiasts, it's still a bit chilly to head outside for a barbecue. Instead, stay inside and try Masterbuilt's new Electric Turkey Fryer and Grill.

The grill is perfect for use on a screened-in porch, patio, garage or in the kitchen. The electric fryer is approved for use almost anywhere and is easy to use and clean.

The fryer / grill is deep enough to fry a 14-pound turkey, wide enough to steam lobsters, and roomy enough to hold 10 to 15 ears of corn.

It costs $149.85 and is available at selected retail chains. For more information, call 800-489-1581, ext. 101, or visit www.masterbuilt.com

EVENTS

Meet your favorite chefs and cookbook authors at KitchenAid's the Book and the Cook, Philadelphia's food, restaurant and cookbook celebration. Events start this week and continue until March 20 at various locations. To learn more, visit www.thebookand thecook.com.

Learn to make Chinese food 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Road, Columbia. $19, plus $19 materials fee. Call 410-313-4700 or visit the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks at www.co.ho.md.us / RAP / RAP_HomePage.htm.

Learn to make pies 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Road, Columbia. $19, plus $15 materials fee. Call 410-313-4700 or visit the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks at www.co.ho.md.us / RAP / RAP_HomePage.htm.

Sip wine and taste eclectic cuisine each Wednesday evening starting today with the Charles Street Restaurant Group's weekly wine walk. Participating restaurants are the Brass Elephant, Brewer's Art, Copra, Ixia, Red Maple, Sascha's and Sotta Sopra. $5 per glass of wine from 5 p.m. until close. Wine-walk participants can try out foods and wine at any of the restaurants listed.

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 food@baltsun.com.

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