Recipes for red pears
You may have spotted them in the grocery and wondered what to do with those beautiful red Bartlett pears. The Washington Oregon California Pear Bureau is offering a recipe brochure. Send a stamped, self-addressed, business-sized envelope addressed to the bureau at Studio RED, 813 S.W. Alder, Suite 601, Portland, Ore. 97205-3182. Here's a sample:
Pear and Pepper Salad
Bibb lettuce leaves
1 red Bartlett pear, cored and sliced
1 yellow Bartlett pear, cored and sliced
2 bell peppers, green and yellow or red
4 ounces sliced ham, cut into 1-inch strips (see note)
Parmesan dressing (below)
Arrange lettuce, pears, peppers and ham on plate. Drizzle with Parmesan dressing before serving.
Note: Sliced turkey, chicken or smoked salmon can be substituted.
Nutrition information: 105 calories, 2.3 grams fat, 16 milligrams cholesterol, 383 milligrams sodium.
Makes 1/3 cup
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons lemon
1 tablespoons water
1 tablespoons chopped chives
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
Combine oil, lemon juice, water, chives, mustard, sugar and salt and pepper. Mix. Stir in Parmesan.
Nutrition information: 70 calories, 6.1 grams fat, 2 milligrams cholesterol, 77 milligrams sodium
Crabs, shrimp, clams and oysters are just a few of the foods on the menu at the 29th annual Maryland Seafood Festival Sept. 8-10 at Sandy Point State Park.
Sunday will also bring the Crab Soup Cookoff, with restaurants and caterers from the Chesapeake Bay area competing in the categories of vegetable crab and cream of crab soups.
Proceeds from the cook-off will be donated to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
There are plenty of other events, from music to crafts to a sky-diving exhibition to activities for children. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $6 per person (seniors admitted free Friday, children under 12 accompanied by an adult free all weekend). The park is located on the bay just north of U.S. 50. Call (410) 268-7682.
Cooks on the Net
A team of noted chefs in five cities across the country have joined an Internet venture called "Cookin' on the Net" that combines charity and food. Donors will receive copies of five appetizer recipes, and the money raised will go to nonprofit organizations that promote computer literacy among children. Donors also get a chance to win one of 250 cookbooks or 2,500 CDs. Minimum donation is $12. There are three ways to participate. Potential donors can send an e-mail message to infooknet.org and will get return e-mail with information. Those with World Wide Web access can check out http://www.cooknet.org, or you can write to Impact Online, 711 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto, Calif. 94303.