Originally created 10/10/01

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Combating hunger

World Food Day, a focus on the problem of hunger, will be observed Tuesday in 150 countries around the world, including the United States.

"Our hearts are heavy with the memory of the work of terrorists on Sept. 11, but let us never forget the terrorism of hunger," said Patricia Young, national coordinator of the U.S. National Committee for World Food Day, in a recent announcement.

Observances will range from a global teach-in, seminars and conferences, to community service, food collections and fund-raisers.

For details visit the Web sites http://www.worldfooddayusa.org and http://www.aah-usa.org.

Cereal snack

Chex Morning Mix Cereal would work for breakfast or a midday snack. Wheat, rice and corn Chex are mixed with raisins, nuts and other ingredients for a nice blend of flavors that doesn't overdo it on sweetness. It's packaged in six 1.15-ounce pouches, so the cereal is easy to take on the road. And it keeps well for folks who don't go through cereal quickly. Three flavors - cinnamon, honey-nut and fruit and nut - cost about $3.50 at supermarkets.

Hot honey

Honey will crystallize if you don't use it fast enough. When that happens, simply place the jar in a pan of hot water until the honey is liquid again.

Honey should be stored in a cool, dry place. If your cupboards are too warm or if you buy honey in large quantities, experts recommend refrigerating it. The honey will thicken, but it can easily be liquefied with the hot-water method.

Sweet on mustard

A sweeter version of yellow mustard has debuted in French's lineup. Sweet onion mustard has sweet and tart flavors and is studded with onion bits.

The mustard is sold in squeeze bottles with green labels and caps. French's recommends it as a dipping mustard as well as a condiment for hamburgers and hot dogs.

Cool contests

Win $5,000 for your quick and easy family dinners in the Family Favorites in 30 Minutes Recipe Contest.

Recipes must include a box of Rice-A-Roni or Pasta Roni. Entries must be postmarked by Oct. 31. For rules, visit the Web site www.ricearoni.com.

If you prefer traveling to cash, you might want to consider the Chicken With a Dash contest. Grand prize is a trip for two to Maui. Entry deadline is Oct. 31. For rules, visit the Web site www.mrsdash.com.