Food for Thought: Show your support with political gum

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Critic's Cupboard: Bonus election gum

Product: Bonus election gum.

Details: Proclaim your political allegiance with sugar-free peppermint gum in “Vote Democrat” and “Vote Republican” packaging.

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Suggested retail price: $1.49-$1.59 for a pack of 12

Comments: The minty gum tastes like Chiclets, and the novelty packaging is a winner.

Would you buy it? Yes. The people have spoken.

-- State Journal-Register

Easy recipe: Baked Acorn Squash

4 medium-sized acorn squash

8 tablespoons butter or margarine

16 teaspoons honey

Fresh ground pepper to season

Slice the squash in half crosswise and scoop out the pulp and seeds. Trim the bottoms.

Place 2 teaspoons honey in the hollow of each squash. Add 1 tablespoon butter or margarine to each and a twist or two of fresh-ground pepper.

Place squash in a large, shallow baking pan and bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees, for about 2 1/2 hours

Tip of the Week: Eat your hot dog how you like

Many hot-dog aficionados consider mustard and ketchup together as a sign of ignorance, like wearing a yellow sock and a red sock.

It’s either one or the other, and you put it on the hot dog, never the bun. And while you’re at it, grill the dogs and steam-heat the buns.

Then again, if you like mustard and ketchup, boiled wieners and day-old buns, ignore the self-proclaimed experts and just do it in the privacy of your own home.

-- The Repository

Food Quiz

Chum, sockeyes, and chinook are all species of what very common and well-loved food fish?

A. Salmon

B. Skate

C. Carp

D. Escolar


Answer is at bottom of column

Wise to the Word: Al dente

Al dente (Al-DENte): Cooking foods, such as pasta, until just soft enough to eat. Avoidance of overcooking. In Italian, it means “to the tooth.” Americans call it “food with bite.”

 -- The Repository

Number to Know: 660

Calories in Taco Bell’s new Triple Steak Burrito –

The Dish On …

“Spain ... A Culinary Road Trip” by Mario Batali with Gwyneth Paltrow

This is the companion book to the prime-time public television series “Spain ... On The Road Again.” The premise is simple: Mario Batali and Mark Bittman are single-minded, food-obsessed friends who are constantly on the lookout for the food, wine and cooking that is unique to Spain — and in this series they will find it.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Spanish actress Claudia Bassols are eager to enjoy all the pleasures the country has to offer, and each pair will be lured into the worlds of the other.

The foursome take the ultimate road trip adventure, showcasing the pleasures of Spain, the country's regional cuisine, art, history and culture as they've never been seen before.

From the Beer Nut’s Blog

I never really paid a heck of a lot of attention to what glass I used with what beer. I had a pint glass, a hefeweizen glass and a couple of other glasses, and that was fine for me.

But, in the past couple of years, I’ve picked up a lot of different beer glasses ranging from pint glasses, to tulips to snifters, and now I’m obsessed.

I use a different beer glass almost every time I drink a beer at home. I try to be style-specific, and I’m always looking for new glasses.

I probably have 60 different beer glasses, and my collection is constantly growing. My one issue is storing the glasses - I’m out of space.

To read more from the Beer Nut, visit

Food Quiz Answer

A. Salmon

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