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Kitchen Gift Gadgets

Linda Gassenheimer’s suggestions:  They’re perfect for hostess gifts, stocking stuffers or just to treat yourself. 

GADGETS FOR GIVING

Microplane Gourmet Series: Suggested retail price $16.95 each, www.microplane.com, ,  800-555-2767 

Garlic- Pro: Suggested retail price $19.99, www.thegarlicpro.com, or www.cheftools.com, 866-716-2433

Poaching Pod: Suggested retail price $10.00 for 2 pods, www.poachpod.com

The Food Loop: Suggested retail price $15.00 for 6 loop pack, www.thefoodloop.com or www.laprimashops.com 866-983-7467

Onion Goggles: Suggestions retail price $19.99, www.rsvpp-intl.com , 800-275-7787

KUNRIKON – Hot Pan: Suggested retail price: 3 qt pan $149.00, www.kuhnrikon.com, 800-662-5882.

Kitchen Aid Slow-Cooker:  Suggested retail price $149.00, www.KitchenAid.com 

Bonjour Tea Drop Infuser Set: Suggested retail price for set of 2, $24.99, for one $9.99, www.bonjourproducts.com, 800-bonjour

Impressa J-5 coffee maker: suggested retail price $1999.99
Capresso “Ultima”coffee maker: suggested retail price $299.99. www.capresso.com, 800-767-3554

Fred Tasker’s Wine Gifts
Infrared wine thermometer, $40, 800-338-5594.
Boxer Shorts $24.95 from Wine Enthusiast magazine, 800-358-8466.
Decadent Noble Sour PX (sherry wine vinegar) $29.99 bottle, 212-366-4864. 
Custom-built wine cellar, 800-377-3330.

Holiday Leftover Tips

Love Your Leftovers with these Top Ten Holiday Tips: 
1)       Refrigerate all leftovers promptly. After a big meal, it can be tempting to leave leftovers out on the counter for hours. To prevent bacteria from getting a foothold, hot and cold foods should be packaged and stored in airtight plastic containers within two hours after cooking, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
2)       Prepare “turkey-to-go” bags. Keep extra plastic sealable bags and containers on hand to send guests home with turkey, stuffing and other leftovers. This is a great way to save space – and share the leftover calories! 
3)       Divide and conquer. Divide all leftovers into several single-serving size plastic containers less than two inches deep to allow food to cool faster. Package and store turkey slices, stuffing and gravy separately in the refrigerator. The FDA recommends using turkey and stuffing within 3-4 days, gravy within 1-2 days. 
4)       Don’t overstuff (the refrigerator). Holiday meals often lead to cluttered, overfilled refrigerators. Cold air must be able to circulate to keep food cold and safely stored. Save shelf space by storing leftovers in compact, stackable plastic containers or sealable bags.
5)       Seal the deal. Keep turkey moist and fresh by cutting leftover meat off the bone and wrapping small portions tightly with plastic wrap or in sealable plastic bags. Squeeze air out of the bag before sealing to help reduce oxygen exposure and prevent freezer burn.
6)       Stock up for winter. Too full to think about leftovers right now? Enjoy your favorite dishes throughout the winter by freezing leftovers in plastic freezer bags or containers that are labeled for use in the freezer, microwave and dishwasher. Label and date wrapped packages and use them appropriately within the first few months of winter.
7)       Never defrost at room temperature. To avoid risk of contamination, thaw food gradually in the refrigerator or in sealed plastic bags in cold water.  For quicker thawing, defrost leftovers in the microwave in plastic wraps or bags labeled for freezer and microwave use.
8)       Microwave the right way. Holiday meal preparation often yields empty plastic packaging and containers, like whipped cream or butter tubs. These may provide convenient cold food storage, but are not designed with high heat resistance for use in the microwave oven.  Before heating, always check the label and transfer leftovers into a plastic container specifically designed for microwave use. 
9)       Keep it covered. Use plastic wrap to cover leftover dishes in the microwave to allow for even heating, retain moisture and prevent messy splatters. Cover food loosely, allowing about an inch of space between the wrap and the dish, and vent one corner to allow steam to escape.  Be careful when removing hot foods from the microwave. Lift plastic wrap with the opening facing away from you so hot steam can be released safely.
10)   Size matters. For even reheating, cut turkey or other foods into uniform pieces and spread them evenly around a plate or microwavable plastic dish. If food pieces are different sizes, place the thicker pieces on the outer edge of your dish so they will heat faster.

Linda and the Miami Book Fair International

Come see Linda Gassenheimer at the Miami Book Fair International, Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 11:30 AM. Room 3315 Bldg 3, 3rd floor. She’ll be talking about and signing her latest book,The Portion Plan How to Eat the Foods You Love and Still Lose Weight.

Joining her on the Healthy Eats panel are:

Ronni Litz Julien on How to Keep Your Children Healthy by Teaching Them to Eat Right and Janet Bond Brill on 10 Simple Steps to Lower Your Cholesterol.

As heard on Linda’s WLRN National Public Radio program, Molly O’Neil New York Times Contributor, David Kamp and Laura Shapiro will be on another panel Why We Eat What We Eat: The Evolution of American Tastes. Marcel Escoffier is the Moderator. Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 1:30. Pormeteo Bldg 1, 1st floor, Room 11.01.



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