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SUPERB WITH HERBS

Cooking with fresh herbs is one of the latest and most tasty food trends. In this recipe, herbs bring out the flavor of grilled chicken leg quarters:

Lift the skin on 4 leg quarters and press 4 basil leaves under each. Place chicken in sealable plastic bag. In blender, puree 1 tablespoon five-spice powder, 1 stalk of coarsely chopped lemon grass, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and 3 tablespoons of water. Pour mixture into bag over chicken, seal and shake until chicken is coated. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

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When ready to cook, prepare coals for grill or preheat gas grill. Place chicken on grill over medium heat and cook, turning, until firm and cooked through, 10 minutes to 15 minutes per side.

While chicken is cooking, prepare a salad by whisking together in a medium bowl 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder, 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

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Slice 1/2 cantaloupe and arrange on serving plates. Drizzle salad dressing over cantaloupe, sprinkle with slivered basil leaves. Place chicken next to salad.

Per serving: 370 calories; 10 grams carbohydrate; 22 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat

-- Recipe and analysis from National Chicken Council

No ordinary tie

Give Dad a gift that gives to others. Dancing Deer Baking Co. of Boston is offering a tin of Molasses Clove Cookies wrapped in a necktie for Father's Day. The tie isn't meant to be worn, but to express support for St. Francis House, a Boston shelter that helps homeless people find work.

For every tin of cookies sold, Dancing Deer will donate $2 to the shelter.

A tin of 30 cookies costs $21.95 and is available at www.dancingdeer.com or by calling 888-699-DEER. Orders received by 2 p.m. June 18 will be delivered in time for Father's Day.

Chocolate chips?

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Just in time for summer entertaining, Hershey's has introduced Swoops, chocolates shaped liked potato chips.

The candies can be eaten straight from the box or used in garnishes for other desserts. In a variation of chips and dips, Hershey's suggests serving Swoops with a dip of whipped cream.

The candies come in familiar Hershey's flavors, including milk chocolate, Reese's peanut butter, Almond Joy and York peppermint. They are sold in canisters containing three packages. Each canister has a suggested retail price of $1.99 and the candies can be found at supermarkets, drugstores, convenience stores and mass merchandisers.

Going places with plastic

Perrier, the sparkling beverage that came to symbolize sophistication, is going beyond its familiar green glass bottle. The mineral water is now available in a 1-liter plastic container.

Company officials decided to offer the plastic bottle to make Perrier more portable. "The new bottle means more people will be able to enjoy Perrier in new places -- at the pool, the park and even an outdoor barbecue," said Mike Hoynes, Perrier brand manager.

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The 1-liter bottle has a suggested retail price of $1.49 and is available in supermarkets and specialty stores.

EVENTS

* Taste the "sexiest wines of summer" 6 p.m. June 24 at Bin 604, 604 S. Exeter St. $19 in advance, $25 at the door. Call 410-576-0444.

* Taste samples of ice cream and Italian ice from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lutheran Retirement Village at Utz Terrace in Hanover, Pa. The tasting is part of an open house in the community, which is south of Hanover off Route 94 at Fairview and Sunset drives. Call 717-637-0633 for more information.

The Dish welcomes food news and notes. Send to The Dish, Attn.: Liz Atwood, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-783-2519; e-mail food@baltsun.com.


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