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A treat to sweeten tax timeThere may...


A treat to sweeten tax time

There may be no escape from tax-deadline day, which is looming Saturday, but you can sweeten your sorrows with a Brown Cow Meltdown, a nonalcoholic drink from T. G. I. Friday's.

Swirl a Collins glass with chocolate syrup and add cubed ice. Fill glass with 1 part milk and 2 parts Coca-Cola. Spear 2 cherries onto a sword pick, hang on glass rim and drizzle chocolate over the cherries into the drink.

Pecan primer

Get a little nutty during National Pecan Month. Yes, these nuts have a high fat content, but it's the heart-healthy kind, the National Pecan Shellers Association says. More than half the fat (56 percent) is monounsaturated and another 29 percent is polyunsaturated.

Tips: Buy plump pecans that are uniform in color and size. Shelled pecans can be kept in the refrigerator for about nine months or up to two years in the freezer. Airtight containers are best for storing pecans.

Gourmet goodies

April may not be the cruelest month if you try one of Ms. Desserts' 25 new products. The gourmet offerings, available at outlets in Timonium and Woodlawn, include Lemon Coconut Cooler Cake ($16), Rainforest Peanut Butter Crunch Pie ($19), Granny's Apple Crumb Bars ($7.50 each) and Raspberry Marble Cheesecake ($15).

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