Click inside for the weekly food rail, with information on preventing food-borne illness, an easy bagelwich recipe and a review on Samuel Adams fall variety pack. Or check out these links:
"Multitasking" is a term that may have started in the workplace, but it has made its way to the kitchen – where more and more Americans say their busy lives require them to juggle too many things at once while eating and preparing food.
But while multitasking may be helpful in climbing the corporate ladder, when it comes to mealtime, multitasking shortcuts may lead to a food-borne illness.
Home cooks care for the kids and pets, watch television, wash dishes and talk on the phone while cooking. Since eliminating today's need to multitask can be virtually impossible, families need to incorporate proper home food safety habits into their daily routines in order to diminish the risk of food-borne illness.
No matter how busy you are, from top to bottom, a clean kitchen is your family’s main line of defense against food-borne illnesses. Be a smart multitasker: Eliminate the breeding grounds for dangerous bacteria.
For more information about National Food Safety Education Month and keeping food-borne illness out of your kitchen and away from your family, visit www.homefoodsafety.org and the American Dietetic Association’s Food Safety At Home section.
Easy recipe: Back to school bagelwich
2 teaspoons cream cheese
4 to 6 thin slices honey ham
1 teaspoon honey mustard
1 thin slice beefsteak tomato
6 thin cucumber slices
Split bagel and spread 1 teaspoon cream cheese on each half.
On each half of bagel, layer half of each of the ingredients in this order: ham, honey mustard, tomato and cucumber slices. Join the two halves together. Cut in half and wrap. Makes 1 sandwich.
-- From Hillshire Farm
Did You Know?
In the U.S., about 76 million illnesses occur, more than 300,000 people are hospitalized, and 5,000 people die from food-borne illness each year.
Critic’s Cupboard: York Peppermint Pretzel Sandwich Dips
Snyder’s of Hanover; 7-ounce bag
Saimi Bergmann: SPATULA UP - What can you eat for 35 calories?
1/8 of an Egg McMuffin. 1 bite of potato salad. 1/3 of a slice of toast.
Or ... an indulgent new treat called a Dip. ‘Tis a match made in heaven, this joining of York Peppermint Patties and Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels.
The half dollar-sized confections combine two favorite combinations — salty with sweet, and chocolate with mint. A contender for my nod for best new product of 2010.
Jennifer Mastroianni: SPATULA UP - Combine York peppermint, dark chocolate, and crispy bite-size pretzels and what do you get? A swoon-inducing puck of pure pleasure.
This winning union of cool mint, salty pretzel and rich dark chocolate is sure to become one of your favorite sweet snacks. So they are a little pricey, but trust me, they are worth every cent.
-- The Repository
What is the unleavened bread customarily served with many Indian meals?
Answer is at bottom of column
Wise to the Word: Tamarillo
That green stuff in authentic salsa verde is not unripened tomatoes. It’s tamarillos, also known as tree tomatoes. This gives the salsa its tart flavor.??
The fruit of tamarillo grow inside a paper-like sack, which splits at harvest time. Remove it and you have something that looks like a green tomato.??
The fruit is exceedingly popular in the Caribbean and South America where it flavors a number of dishes. They can be ripened to a pink to orange color at room temperature. Sugar often is added to temper the fruit’s tartness.
-- The Repository
Number to Know: 646
There are 646 calories in a fast food bagel with egg, sausage patty, cheese and condiments.
The Dish On …
“Indoor! Grilling” by Steven Raichlen
Just because the season is changing doesn’t mean it’s time to give up on smoky flavor or even, as Raichlen says, those “killer grill marks.” The “professor” from PBS’s “Barbecue University” and “Primal Grill” shares ideas and recipes for cooking on rotisseries, stove top smokers, grill pans and even fireplaces.
From the Beer Nut’s Blog: Samuel Adams fall variety pack
The latest mixed pack from Samuel Adams may be the best ever.
There’s always at least one beer in the various packs I don’t like, but the new autumn pack looks to be a winner. I won’t know for sure until I try the new Harvest Pumpkin Ale, but I’m looking forward to it.
The pack does include two of the best Samuel Adams beers produced today: the Black Lager and the Octoberfest. I can drink those all night long – so good.
The 12-pack also includes the Boston Lager, the Irish Red and the Dunkelweizen.
I don’t know about you, but those are all good for me as everyday drinkers. What’s your favorite mixed pack?
To read more from the Beer Nut, visit http://blogs.townonline.com/beernut/.
Food Quiz Answer
GateHouse News Service