Tiny crust cutters Food Briefs N0v, 14-19

November 11, 2013 

Cut it out!

Make your holiday pie something special with a set of miniature crust cutters made by Wilton. There are six to the set ($3.99), shaped as leaf/holly, nut/ornament, pumpkin, an apple and a ruffled diamond and a circle. Look for the set at Target stores near the small kitchen appliances and baking dishes.

Holiday Open House

When: 5-9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Eckert's Country Store & Garden Center, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville

Features: Fun for the whole family with plenty of samples, wine tastings, cookie decorating, gift-giving ideas and more. Eckert's culinary team will share recipes and tips for easy entertaining during the holidays. Register to win a gift basket.

Holiday Baking Bites

What: Cooking class for kids ages 5-12; mom and dad free

When: 1-3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Eckert's Country Store & Garden Center, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville

Cost: $15

Reservations: Required to 233-0513 or eckerts.com

Features: Kids love helping in the kitchen, so kick off the holiday season by letting them make a variety of goodies, including Holly Jolly Bites, Taste of Christmas Pancakes, Santa's Sweet Treat and Dipped Candy Canes with Hot Cocoa.

Ladies Night! Holiday Appetizers

When: 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 19

Where: Eckert's Country Store & Garden Center, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville

Cost: $30

Reservations: Required to 233-0513 or eckerts.com

Features: Savor the flavor of party foods in this classroom celebration. Make two hands-on recipes and watch three other being made. At the end of class, celebrate with a glass of wine.

Chocolate chips

Men like potato chips. Women like chocolate. Who will like chocolate potato chips?

That would be women, according to the snackmaker Lay's. "The increasing popularity of chocolate-covered snacks among our target audience, millennial women. They are looking for those more indulgent, savory/sweet combinations," Jennifer Saenz, Lay's senior director of marketing explained to Bloomberg Businessweek. The company's rolling out its sweet and savory concoction in a trial run this month. And if it sells? Saenz says "the possibilities could be endless" for more chocolate-chip hybrids.

Slate

Rules on refreezing

Q. Is it okay to refreeze meat or fish after they have been thawed ? I am concerned about the health risks.

A. Yes, but only if you've thawed them in the refrigerator. A little more from the USDA:

"Once food is thawed in the refrigerator, it is safe to refreeze it without cooking, although there may be a loss of quality due to the moisture lost through thawing. After cooking raw foods which were previously frozen, it is safe to freeze the cooked foods. If previously cooked foods are thawed in the refrigerator, you may refreeze the unused portion. Freeze leftovers within three to four days. Do not refreeze any foods left outside the refrigerator longer than two hours; one hour in temperatures above 90 degrees."

If you buy previously frozen meat, poultry or fish at a retail store, you can refreeze if it has been handled properly.

Becky Krystal, Washington Post

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