Food & Drink

Sept. 15, '09 Food Briefs

Late-sleepers' mealtime

Houlihan's in Fairview Heights is rolling out the new Bed Head Brunch. Now available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, the brunch menu is stacked with tasty menu items, such as sweet potato pancakes ($10.95), salmon sliders on pretzel buns $9.95), Italian-style donuts ($3.95 for a dozen), three kinds of omelets, two frittatas and more.

Long live budgetsSmall households can maximize food budgets by buying produce that has a long shelf-life in the refrigerator produce bin: apples, potatoes, carrots, citrus, parsnips, brussels sprouts. Or, buy frozen vegetables and fruit in bags, not the brick-like boxes. Simply pour out what you need, reseal and refreeze.

You got creamed Now you can buy Coffee-mate in individual packets. A box of seven 0.1-ounce packets was 99 cents at one store, where a 15-ounce jar sells for $3.69. At the price of the packets, that jar would cost about $21!

-- Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

A little dab will do yaYou can freeze horseradish, although it may lose a little pungency. It's best to peel it and grate it first, and then freeze it in small amounts so you can thaw just what you need. There are a couple of easy ways to do that. Either spoon 1- or 2-tablespoon amounts into plastic ice cube trays, or line a baking sheet with plastic wrap, spoon out dabs of grated horseradish, then place the pan in the freezer. When the dabs are hard, peel them off the plastic and store them in a resealable freezer bag or freezer-safe container. They should keep about six months.

-- Kathleen Purvis, food editor, the Charlotte Observer