Vegetarian cooking Food Briefs

June 23, 2014 

Wine Flight Nights

When: 5:30 - 9 p.m. Friday

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

Cost: Wines available by the glass for $5 to $10.

Reservations: 618-233-0513 or eckerts.com

Features: Wine flight and mini cooking demonstration. Enjoy live music from Eckert's patio with the comfort of indoor seating. Check for a list of bands performing at eckerts.com. Guests may arrive any time between 5:30 and 9 p.m. Food from the Country Restaurant and Country Store will be available for an additional fee.

A Midsummer's Garden Tea Party

When: 1-3 p.m. Sunday

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

Cost: $25

Reservations: Required to 618-537-8422 or shopfezziwigs.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.

Features: Lavender scones, smoked salmon and cucumber tea sandwiches, mini quiche, tropical chicken salad in phyllo cups, Key lime bars and brownie bites, plus teas.

Vegetarian Cooking

When: 6-7:30 p.m. July 1

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

Cost: $25

Reservations: Required to 618-537-8422 or shopfezziwigs.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Saturday.

Features: The staff will create the following dishes in front of you, then you'll taste each one: Grilled Panzanella Salad (with or without bread for those who are gluten free), Cucumber Melon Gazpacho, Portabella Sliders, Vegetable Spaghetti Salad, Fresh Fruit with Summer Peach White Balsamic Vinegar.

Ginger storage tips

Q: I never seem to have fresh ginger when I need it. What is the best way to store a piece of fresh ginger for later use and how long will it last?

A: You can refrigerate unpeeled gingerroot, tightly wrapped, for up to 3 weeks, according to "The New Food Lover's Companion." You can freeze it for 6 months. To use the frozen root, the companion recommends slicing off an unthawed piece as big as you need and putting the remainder back in the freezer.

Buy only what you think you can reasonably use. That can be a challenge if all you find in the produce bin are roots as big as antlers. What I do -- and this may violate all rules of ginger etiquette -- is simply snap off a piece roughly the size I want. I feel funny about this at times but no one has ever said anything about it so far, nor have I ever seen a "don't break up the ginger" sign posted. If anyone has a definitive answer on this, I'd appreciate hearing it.

Bill Dailey, Chicago Tribune

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