Originally created 06/19/02

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S'more Skippy

Attention, all campers! Skippy Peanut Butter has created a new twist on that old campfire favorite - s'mores. This version (which actually uses a microwave) calls for 1/4 cup peanut butter, 4 graham crackers, 1/2 cup of finely chopped apple, banana or strawberries (or a mixture of each), 1/4 cup semisweet miniature chocolate chips, and 28 mini-marshmallows. Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on each cracker, top with remaining ingredients and microwave on high for 20 seconds or until marshmallows puff. Makes 4 servings.

Iron chef

Here's a gift idea for the grill "meister" who has it all - monogrammed steak brands from Williams-Sonoma, www.williams-sonoma.com. These branding irons, forged by hand in Texas, come with either two or three initials, allowing the chef to literally put his mark on his handiwork.

Nestle's Best Dressed

Judy Murphy of Catonsville, Md., soon will be on her way to study at a cooking school in France, part of a $25,000 prize package she won in Nestle's Best Dressed Meals contest.

Her winning recipe for Roasted Pork Tenderloin With Walnut Curry Stuffing and Red Currant Glaze was chosen from nearly 700 entries nationwide.

Ms. Murphy, who has been entering cooking contests for the past 10 years, said this recipe was influenced by her love of Latin foods. Her prize includes $5,000 cash and a trip for two to the L'Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne cooking school in Burgundy, France.

To get a copy of her recipe, visit www.bestdressedmeals.com.

Red means healthy

If you want to be in the pink of health, eat red.

The National Cancer Institute reports that deep-red or bright-pink fruit and vegetables contain phytochemicals that help your body fight disease and promote good health.

These phytochemicals include lycopene - which is found in watermelons, pink grapefruit and tomatoes - and anthocyanins found in strawberries, raspberries and beets.

Lycopenes help reduce the risk of several kinds of cancer while anthocyanins help control high blood pressure and protect against diabetes-related circulatory problems.

Women should eat at least seven fruits and vegetables a day and men should strive for nine, the institute says.

Rubbermaid for fridge

Rubbermaid, the company that has been helping bring order to life for 80 years, has decided to tackle the most-used appliance in the home - the refrigerator.

New products include a condiment caddy, priced at $3.99, that fits into the refrigerator door to store ketchup, mustard and dressings, a Lazy Susan, priced at $7.99, that makes it easy to retrieve items from the back of the refrigerator, and roll-out shelves, priced $5.99 and $6.99, to store soda cans.

To see these and other Rubbermaid products, visit www.rubbermaid.com.

Effortless dessert

If you're looking for ideas on what to do with fresh blueberries now in season, here's a recipe that's easy as pie from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council:

Prebake a homemade or frozen 9-inch pie shell. Combine one 16-ounce jar of blueberry jam or fruit spread and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon in a microwaveable dish and microwave on high about 1 minute, until mixture liquefies. Stir in 2 cups of fresh blueberries and spoon mixture into prepared shell. Chill and serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Makes 6 portions.


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