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By Erica Marcus and Erica Marcus,Newsday | August 29, 2007
Sometimes when I cut a peach in half, the flesh comes away from the pit like a dream, but sometimes it hangs on for dear life. What am I doing wrong? You're not doing anything wrong except failing to recognize the difference between freestone peaches and clingstones. These two terms, which probably sound vaguely familiar, can be used to describe any "stone fruit" (e.g. peaches, nectarines, plums, etc.). Prudence Wickham, one of the partners of Wickham's Fruit Farm in Cutchogue, N.Y., explains that freestone and clingstone are not varieties of peaches - "they are characteristics."
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By Rita Calvert and Rita Calvert,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 14, 1996
A fresh summer chutney can enliven the simplest dinner, as shown here with this menu for ham and chutney with roasted potatoes. It's a perfect combination for a carefree evening meal after a hectic, hot summer day.You can roast the onions, potatoes and warm the ham all at once in the same oven. Microwave the scrubbed potatoes first to soften, and then spray with nonstick coating. Have the ingredients for the chutney mixed and ready to go after the onions are roasted. Purchase a fully cooked, sliced ham and then wrap in foil while heating.
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By Annette Gooch and Annette Gooch,Universal Press Syndicate | July 25, 1999
Abundant flavor in a naturally beautiful, aromatic package makes apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, early apples and pears some of summer's most welcome gifts.For peak appearance, flavor and nutrition, choose fruit that is in season and that has been handled and stored properly.To gauge the softness of an apricot, peach, nectarine or plum without bruising it, cradle the fruit in your palm and close your fingers around it, applying gentle pressure. Ripe fruit will yield slightly.Ripe fruit is highly perishable; purchase relatively small amounts frequently rather than attempting to stock up.In the first recipe, fruit gives natural sweetness to a breakfast or post-workout smoothie.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Sun Staff Writer | February 20, 1994
The days are finally warming up, and the ice sheets are retreating, but this winter's bitter cold has left behind a fatal legacy in Maryland.Fruit growers say that morning temperatures far below zero in mid-January devastated dormant buds in many peach orchards. Nectarines and plums also suffered.And nursery operators say that a week of stubborn cold last month probably damaged or killed a variety of vulnerable shrubs and recently planted ornamentals.Winter wheat and barley planted last fall also might have suffered, experts say.At Milburn Orchards in Elkton, where it was 13 below zero one morning last month, co-owner Evan Milburn puts the losses to his 120 acres of peaches at 90 percent, leaving just enough to stock his retail stand if the surviving buds bear fruit.
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By Rita Calvert and Rita Calvert,Contributing Writer | August 4, 1993
This low-fat dish is a speedy stir-fry that even the kids will love, especially with the presence of noodles. With stir-fry, tiny pieces of food are sauteed in a large pan with very little fat over high heat with continuous tossing and stirring.The secret to even cooking is in the slicing and chopping. Meat and vegetables need to be cut in small and similar shapes.While stir-fry is an efficient, streamlined technique, it's essential to get organized before cooking begins. All the ingredients should be assembled, chopped and laid out to cook next to the stove top. The cooking goes so quickly that you don't have time for in-between prep.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 3, 1996
WASHINGTON -- It is settled ground at the Supreme Court that businesses have a First Amendment right, within limits, to advertise their products. An unusual free-speech case argued before the court yesterday presented the justices with the other side of the advertising coin: whether businesses have a constitutional right to decline to participate in a government-required advertising program intended to bolster the health of an entire industry.Under an agricultural marketing law from the New Deal era, the federal government requires companies that pack and ship a variety of products to contribute to industrywide, generic advertising campaigns that urge consumers, for example, to "buy California peaches."
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By Rita Calvert and Rita Calvert,Contributing Writer | August 26, 1992
The word "casserole" all too often calls to mind the image of dated and tired dish, but that doesn't always have to be the case. Casseroles can be updated to be simple, elegant, fast and tasty enough to satisfy the changing eating habits of the '90's.This very fresh and fast dish can be completed in less than 20 minutes with the use of a food processor and microwave. In fact, the entire meal can be microwaved following some very progressive techniques.Items you should have in your pantry are: fresh garlic, scallions, 4 slices fresh bread, fresh or dried basil, Parmesan cheese (fresh preferred)
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By Ellen Hawks and Ellen Hawks,Sun Staff | August 11, 1999
Alexander A. Chasan of Baltimore has been looking for a recipe for chremslech (fruit fritters) for many years. He said his mother used to make it.Anne Tallarico of Laurel sent in this recipe for a fritter batter for fruit.CHREMSLECH OR FRUIT FRITTERSServes 8-102 cups assorted sliced fruits and whole berriessugar to taste plus 1 tablespoon2 eggs, yolks and whites separated2/3 cup cup milk or liquid from sugared fruit1 tablespoon melted butter1 cup sifted all-purpose flour1/4 teaspoon salt1 quart vegetable oil, for fryingconfectioners' sugar, for dustingSprinkle fruit with sugar to taste and allow to sit 1 hour.
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By Annette Gooch and Annette Gooch,Universal Press Syndicate | April 30, 2000
Ripe strawberries, fragrant and sweet, are the stuff of dream desserts and drinks. Big reds fresh from the fields need only a quick rinse and they're ready for eating au naturel or dipping into whipped cream. It takes only a little more effort to turn a quart of berries into a kid-pleasing frosty or other treats, such as a sophisticated daiquiri for adults or a spectacular fresh strawberry tart. Strawberry Frosty Makes 3 to 4 cups (about 6 servings) 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries (see note)
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By Nancy Berkoff and Nancy Berkoff,ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER | February 7, 2001
When fresh fruit isn't readily available, dried fruit is another way to obtain sunshine in a package. Concentrated in taste, dried fruit is also concentrated in nutrients. For example, about one-fourth of a cup of dried cherries has about 20 percent of your vitamin A needs and 4 percent of your daily iron. We found a dried-plum (formerly known as prune) product, produced by Mariani Packing Co., called "Premium Pitted Prunes Plus," which contains 10 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A, 20 percent of vitamin B-6, 20 percent of vitamin B-12, 20 percent of vitamin E and 20 percent of iron, all from a one-fourth cup serving.
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