Food & Drink

Sept. 1, '09 Food Briefs

Flavor up the party

Try one of these at your Labor Day celebration this weekend:

Brush large cut ovals of zucchini and cut pieces of red pepper with olive oil and sprinkle with favorite seasonings. Grill until just slightly tender. These make a colorful addition to any main dish.

Make flavored butter for the corn or use it as a spread for bread. Soften a stick of butter and mix in fresh chopped herbs. Place in plastic wrap and roll into a cylinder. Chill until ready to use. Cut in discs to serve.

Marinate meats. Mix 1 package taco seasoning mix with 2 cans (12 ounces each) cola and 2 tablespoons granulated garlic. Place meat (steaks, chops, strips cut for fajitas) that's been pierced several times in a plastic bag. Pour the marinade all over and marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Preheat the grill to high and grill meat to desired doneness.

Bakery outlet bargains

Bakery outlets have been around for decades and are still a great source of name-brand products at bargain prices. Savings can be as much as a $1 on packages of hot dog or burger buns. And discounted treats, such as Hostess cakes, are freezer friendly.

In outlets owned by bread chains, the products stocked must be sold within the company's freshness guidelines and are often the result of over-production.Check out for a store near you

Come fill the cup

New from Kraft are Velveeta Shells & Cheese single-serve microwave cups. You add water, microwave for 3 1/2 minutes, then stir in the pouch of cheese sauce. At one discount supermarket, four-packs of 2.39-ounce cups were $3.49 (87 cents each). Equivalent box mix is about 50 cents per serving.

-- Star Tribune (Minneapolis)