Food for Thought: Shrimp cocktail perfect start to special meal

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Easy recipe: Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Ingredients:

Juice of 1 lemon

1 cup tomato sauce

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup celery, grated

2 tablespoons prepared horseradish

dash of celery sauce

Dash of pepper sauce (optional)

Directions: Mix all thoroughly and serve as a dipper for seafood.

The Repository

Tip of the Week: What you should know about raw milk

What is raw milk? It is unprocessed milk, meaning it has not been pasteurized or homogenized. Pasteurization reduces potentially harmful pathogens in milk, and homogenization creates a more consistent milk.

The federal Food and Drug Administration discourages the consumption of raw milk, warning that it can carry Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria. Laws regulating raw milk sales vary by state.

However, advocates of raw milk say the milk is produced in a more humane environment and supports local dairy farmers. Some say it is healthier than processed milk.

Did You Know?

Seventy-six million Americans participated in a barbecue in the last year, according to Mediamark Research & Intelligence.

Would You Buy It? Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters

Details: With roasted nuts, whole-grain oats and honey, the nut clusters are marble-sized, crunchy snacks packed in a resealable pouch. There are four varieties: Nut Lovers, Honey Roasted Peanut, Roasted Almond and Roasted Cashew.

Claims: A news release calls the snack “lightly sweet, yet salty.”

Comments: We sampled the Nut Lovers variety, which has cashews, pecans, peanuts and granola. It was crunchy and slightly sweet, but we thought it was very expensive for the small amount in the package. “I’d rather have a granola bar.” “Good, but a serving doesn’t fill me up.” “A handful of nuts would satisfy just as well.”

Would you buy it? No.

-- State Journal-Register

Food Quiz

This candy, famous for its unique packaging, was created in Vienna, Austria.

A. Whoppers

B. Hershey's Kisses

C. Tippits

D. Pez

(www.funtrivia.com)

Answer is at bottom of column

Wise to the Word: Boiled icing

This is a fluffy cake frosting made from pouring hot sugar syrup onto beaten egg whites. Mix constantly to make the mixture smooth. Chill and spread.

-- The Repository

Number to Know: 60

Grams of fat in Denny’s Meat Lovers Breakfast. – calorielab.com

The Dish On …

“In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart” by Alice Waters

Alice Waters has been a champion of the sustainable, local cooking movement for decades. To Alice, good food is a right, not a privilege.

“In the Green Kitchen” presents her essential cooking techniques to be learned by heart plus more than 50 recipes — for delicious fresh, local and seasonal meals — from Alice and her friends.

She demystifies the basics, including steaming a vegetable, dressing a salad, simmering stock, filleting a fish, roasting a chicken and making bread. An indispensable cookbook, she gives you everything you need to bring out the truest flavor that the best ingredients of the season have to offer.

-- Amazon.com

From the Beer Nut’s Blog: The Beer Nut’s on Twitter

I just tweeted for the first time. That’s right, I joined Twitter.

Feel free to follow me; I’ll post about all things beer, like what I’m drinking, where I’m shopping, what bars I’m hitting, links to my column or other interesting beer-related things.

My page is twitter.com/realbeernut.

To read more from the Beer Nut, visit http://blogs.townonline.com/beernut/

Food Quiz Answer

D. Pez

GateHouse News Service