Tea and lemon fans will enjoy these classes Food Briefs

March 31, 2014 

When: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Eckert's Country Store classroom, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville

Cost: $30

Reservations: Required to 233-0513 or online at eckerts.com

Features: Enjoy an afternoon of tea-tasting and elegant snacks. Learn about the most popular styles of tea, including white, green, oolong, black and herbal-infused teas. No tea party is complete without tea sandwiches, scones and sweet recipes. Bring your favorite tea cup and saucer.

For Lemon Lovers

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Fezziwig's Market Place, 220-222 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon

Cost: $20

Reservations: Required in advance to 618-537-8422 or fezziwigsmarket.com

Features: Like the freshness, zing and beauty of lemons? See the creation of five recipes, from Lemon Tea-Infused Cocktails and Phyllo-Wrapped Salmon with Asparagus and Lemon Dill Dip to Lemon Pepper Linguini and lemon sorbet.

Everything is Better with Bacon!

When: 1-3 p.m.Sunday

Where: Fezziwig's Market Place, 220-222 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon

Cost: $25

Reservations: Required in advance to 618-537-8422 or fezziwigsmarket.com

Features: This tasting menu was designed to encompass appetizers, lunches, sides and main courses, including Bacon Popcorn, Bacon & Tomato Pasta and Bacon-Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Easy & Elegant Easter Dinners

When: 6-7:30 p.m. April 8

Where: Fezziwig's Market Place, 220-222 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon

Cost: $25

Reservations: Required in advance to 618-537-8422 or fezziwigsmarket.com

Features: Are you hosting Easter lunch or dinner this year? Learn how to make an easy, make-ahead spring meal -- with kids table ideas, including Aoili Devilled Eggs, Chicken with Mushroom Sherried Cream Sauce with Rice Pilaf, Ham & Raspberry Honey Mustard Biscuits and Carrot Cake Bunny Cup Cakes w/ Bissingers Bunny Ears.

Spring Has Sprung in the Kitchen

When: 6 to 8 p.m. April 9

Where: Eckert's Country Store classroom, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville

Cost: $30

Reservations: Required to 233-0513 or online at eckerts.com

Features: After a long, cold winter, this class is just what you need to get ready for spring entertaining. Watch preparation of a glaze and a fruit topping for ham, along with a spring salads with Poppy seed dressing. Taste the differences between white and green asparagus and see the easiest way to prepare them. Finally, learn how to make delicious, fail-safe cr(*143*)me brulee.

Free McD coffee

McDonald's restaurants in the St. Louis and Metro East area invite everyone to try the McCafe Coffee for free. From March 31 to April 13, guests can visit McDonald's restaurants for a free small McCafe Coffee with no purchase necessary during breakfast hours.

Compact scale carries its weight

Some kitchen scales can be space grabbers, an issue in homes where counter space is at a premium. That makes the TriScale Compact Folding Digital Kitchen Scale by Joseph Joseph so appealing. When the arms are closed (and covering the controls), it's small enough to fit in a drawer. When the arms are open, it can weigh up to 11 pounds of dry or liquid ingredients. Battery-powered, with touch-sensitive controls and an LCD display, it can weigh grams, pounds, ounces, fluid ounces and milliliters. It comes in white or green. Suggested retail price: $30. At josephjoseph.com, or for a store locater or to buy: bedbathandbeyond.com.

How to layer that cake

Multilayered cakes are glamorous, especially for celebrations. But they can also prove difficult while perfecting the horizontal layers. Bakeware maker Wilton Industries solves the problem with its 5-Layer Cake Pan Set. Each of the five pans measures 6 inches in diameter and delivers layers just under an inch. You'll need a boxed cake mix (or a similar volume of batter) to fill the pans. And while made of nonstick steel, heed the set's pamphlet, which suggests coating the pans with vegetable spray before filling. The set is $16.95. For a store locater or to buy: surlatable.com.

Give this cake idea a turn

While I was in Michaels Crafts in Shiloh last week, I saw some Cake Boss cake-decorating equipment: A handy turntable is $29.99 (spins 360 degrees and locks where you want it) and a very useful off-set spatula is $9.99. If you're in need of a double pastry wheel, one can be had for $11.99.

Suzanne Boyle

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