Originally created 02/19/03

Small portions

Back to reality

A book titled Reality-Check Cooking will grab the attention of many stressed cooks, with its implied promise of recipes for the real, workaday world.

The book is a team effort written for a good cause by Claudia Drumheller-Tomkiel and Julie Drumheller-Bushinski, who cheerily dub themselves "Two Crazed Sisters."

They say the spirit of the book is, "Let's have a good time making some good food, and let's have enough time left over to actually get some sleep!"

Both are married professional women, and with something else in common. "Somewhere along the line we discovered that we both had medical conditions which have fatigue as a major symptom (Ms. Drumheller-Tomkiel has fibromyalgia and Ms. Drumheller-Bushinski has multiple sclerosis)," they say.

They are selling their self-published book for $10, and say they will donate $3 from the sale of every book to the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, to support research.

Slow down

The slow cooker seems more popular than ever. Understandably - it's convenient, easy and popular among time-stressed cooks.

A free brochure, Slow Cooker Beef Meals, features six simple and palatable recipes - for soup, stew, chili, pot roast, beef wraps and a sandwich. It also offers hints, helpful advice especially for the novice, to ensure you'll be met by an appetizing aroma as you walk in the door to find dinner ready and waiting.

To obtain the brochure, send a self-addressed, stamped No. 10 business-size envelope to: National Cattlemen's Beef Association Dept. AP-SCBM P.O. Box 670, Bloomingdale, IL 60108-0670.

Chop shop

If you have a small chopping job, there's no need to pull out your heavy food processor. Chef'n has the tool for mincing herbs, peeling garlic, blending dressings and pureeing fruit and vegetables - Rev'n Chef.

The tool requires no batteries or electricity. Just pull on a cord and the blades in the disk do the work.

The suggested retail price is $24.99. For more information and store locations, call (866) 642-4336 or visit www.chefn.com.

Heated contest

Captain Thom's Chili Pepper Co. took three second-place awards in Chile Pepper magazine's 2003 Fiery Food Challenge.

The company was recognized for its Chili Pepper Salt, its Jerk Spice and its Habaneros in Virgin Olive Oil.

To purchase these and other Captain Thom's products, visit www.captainthoms.com.

Meal merger

Take one food giant, add one baking giant, mix and what do you get? Betty Crocker Complete Meals.

The meal kits are one of the results of the 2001 merger of General Mills and Pillsbury. The kits come with two cans of Progresso soup, Bisquick biscuit mix and a seasoning packet.

The flavors include: Chicken & Buttermilk Biscuits, Homestyle Dumplings & Chicken; Lasagna Pasta Bake With Meat Sauce; Ham & Au Gratin Potatoes; Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo and Herb Stuffing and Turkey.

These dinners can be assembled in minutes and bake for half an hour. The suggested retail price is $4.69 and they are available in grocery stores nationwide.


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