The Dish

THE DISH

July 20, 2005|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Food Editor

A better butter for some

If dairy products don't agree with you, Meyenberg Goat Milk Products has a solution. Its European Style Goat Milk Butter has a chemical composition that allows for easier digestibility, making it a suitable replacement for those with cow-milk or soy allergies.

It has a pure white color and a melting point that is lower than regular butter.

Look for it in Whole Foods Markets in Baltimore for about $7 per 8-ounce cube.

For more information on the butter, or to order it by mail, call 800-891- GOAT (4628).

- Nichole Wright

TAKE HEART: IT'S TASTY

Meat lovers shouldn't have all the fun. So fire up the grill and slap a couple heads of lettuce on the grate. Grilled lettuce is hot this summer. Here's a recipe from Ocean Mist Farms for grilled hearts of romaine: Preheat grill or start charcoal fire. Rinse three romaine hearts under running water and pat dry. Cut in half lengthwise. Brush all sides of the romaine hearts with 1/3 cup of olive oil or another type of vinaigrette dressing.

Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Arrange on grill over medium-hot coals and cook until just beginning to brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Turn to cook other side. Serve warm. Makes 6 servings.

Per serving: 120 calories; 1 gram protein; 12 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 3 grams carbohydrate; 1 gram fiber; 0 milligrams cholesterol; 5 milligrams sodium

Easy jam sessions

Preserve a little bit of summer in a jar with Ball Fruit Jell Freezer Jam Pectin.

This latest addition to the Ball line of products makes the once-difficult task of preparing jam easy. Just combine the freezer jam pectin and sugar, add crushed fruit and stir for three minutes for instant homemade jam that can be served immediately, stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks or frozen for up to one year.

Ball Fruit Freezer Jam Pectin is available at grocery stores and Wal-Mart stores around the country. It has a suggested retail price of $1.47.

For tips and recipes, visit www.homecanning.com.

- Nichole Wright

Signs of ripeness

No more thumping and sniffing. Dulcinea Extra Sweet Tuscan Style Cantaloupes tell you when they're ripe. Exterior grooves change from dark green to golden-cream as the fruit matures, letting buyers know the ripeness of fruit they are getting.

The melons are available in grocery stores nationwide and have a suggested retail price of $2.99 to $4.99. For more information and a list of local stores where they are sold, visit www.dulcinea.com.

EVENTS

Learn how to prepare a midsummer night dinner party 6:30 p.m. July 27 at Donna's in Columbia, 5950 Waterloo Road. $35. Call 410-659-5248, ext. 112.

If you have a winning oyster recipe, send it to the National Oyster Cookoff. Entries must be received by Aug. 1. The top nine contestants will compete for a $1,000 grand prize at the cook-off in Leonardtown on Oct. 15. To get a copy of contest rules, call 410-841-5820 or e-mail goinsam@mda.state.md.us.

Pierpoint Restaurant chef Nancy Longo will teach a dim-sum class for kids ages 10 to 14 at 10 a.m. July 27 at Whole Foods Market, 1330 Smith Ave., in Mount Washington. $10. Registration required. Call 410-532- 6700.

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