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A ZESTY DIFFERENCE

Looking to add a little zip to your grilled meat and vegetables? Try Argentine chimichurri sauce.

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Although there are different versions, the basic sauce is a zesty combination of pepper, vinegar, garlic and parsley that can be used as a marinade or finishing sauce. Try spooning it onto grilled steak or mixing it into potato salad.

Here's a recipe, courtesy of McCormick & Co.:

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Combine 1 cup of packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar, 3 garlic cloves, 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves, 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of salt into a food processor and puree.

Makes 8 servings.

Per serving: 84 calories; 0 grams protein; 9 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 1 gram carbohydrate; 0 grams fiber; 0 milligrams cholesterol; 151 milligrams sodium

More help in the kitchen

Having secured its reputation as a maker of premier cookware, All-Clad Metalcrafters has launched a line of small kitchen appliances.

The tools include a blender ($114.95), hand mixer ($59.99) and sandwich maker ($59.99) marketed under the Emerilware brand, and electric warming trays (small $120, large $150) and a slow cooker ($99.95) marketed under the All-Clad name.

The company says more appliances will be introduced later this year.

Look for the items in department stores and specialty stores. For more information, call 800-ALL-CLAD.

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Pumped for freshness

If your salads tend to wilt and your fruits grow mushy, Pump-N-Store food storage canisters from Creative Gear can help.

The canisters have a built-in vacuum system and keep foods fresh three to five times longer than normal storage containers. Just pump the knob on the lid to remove air from the container, then store in a refrigerator or freezer.

The canisters are available at Bed Bath & Beyond, J.C. Penney, Kohl's and Linens 'n Things and have a suggested retail price starting at $12.99. For more information, visit www.creative-gear.com.

A catchy idea for lobster lovers

If crabs aren't your favorite crustacean, Maine Lobster Direct offers a large selection of live lobsters, lobster tails and complete lobster dinners.

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One of the company's most popular items is the NorEast Feast, a dinner that comes packed inside a traditional enamel lobster pot and includes live lobster, seaweed, sea salt, lemon and butter, a choice of shellfish, chowder or bisque, a vegetable and cheesecake.

All dinners include shell crackers and seafood forks, bibs and wet naps as well as a handy cooking directory with complete instructions for the perfect feast. Prices start at $104.95 for two.

EVENTS

* The cicadas are nearly gone, but you can still get a cicada drink and dessert at La Tavola Restaurant, 248 Albemarle St. The restaurant is offering a red and green sweet martini and a variation on homemade cannoli that were created to mark the emergence of the 17-year cicada. (No real cicadas are used in either recipe.) The drinks and dessert will be available until the end of the month. For more information, call 410-685-1859.

* Learn to make cool summer desserts 7 p.m. tomorrow at A Cook's Table, 717 Light St. $45. Learn to make light stir-fry dishes 7 p.m. Tuesday. $47.50. For more information, call 410-539-8600.

* Show your pooch how much you care by learning to make doggy treats from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at For the Love of Food in Reisterstown. $45. Call 877-246-2634.

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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.

For the record

An article in the June 23 Dish column did not include the information for how to order from CLARIFICATION: Maine Lobster Direct. For information or to order, visit www.mainelobsterdirect.com or call 800-556-2783.


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