Originally created 04/03/02

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'Wolf Lake' gets second try

The quirky series Wolf Lake - about wolves living as humans - disappeared soon after its debut on CBS last fall. But with CBS and UPN under the same ownership, and with UPN having modest expectations in terms of ratings, the wolf/humans are back. The show airs at 9 tonight on UPN (WBEK-TV, Channel 16).


Quirky Quorn makes a splash

A little over a month after it hit the U.S. market after more than a decade of success in Europe, a meat substitute has the distinction of being lauded by one consumer group as both a sound nutritional choice and a deceptively labeled product.

Meet Quorn, the latest alternative to poultry and ground beef. Made from a fungus discovered a few decades ago in British soil, Quorn is the leading meat alternative in Europe, where it is turned into chickenlike nuggets, tenders and cutlets and into a ground-meat stand-in that is served alongside some of the fanciest cuisine in the world.

Surprisingly tasty (but not necessarily low fat, depending on the version purchased), Quorn can be sauteed, grilled, stir-fried, broiled or used in burgers, tacos, pot pies, spaghetti sauce or lasagna.

Quorn comes from Fusarium venenatum, a member of the fungi family that includes truffles, morels and mushrooms. But it is not a mushroom itself. Quorn is fermented in vats where it produces a type of foodstuff called mycoprotein, which is then mixed with egg whites, flavored and shaped into foods resembling poultry and meat products with zero cholesterol and less saturated fat than the foods it mimics.


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