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Meaty issues



Published: Wed, June 15, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Meaty issues

Don't know a tri-tip from a skirt steak, how to buy a guinea fowl or how to grill bison burgers? Aliza Green helps unravel these mysteries and more in "Field Guide to Meat" (Quirk, $14.95). This pocket-sized compendium of all things carnivore will help you, as its subtitle says, "identify, select and prepare virtually every meat, poultry and game cut." More than 200 color photos help too. The book is sold at some Barnes & amp; Noble and Borders bookstores and online at amazon.com.

Fig infatuation

Fig balsamic vinegar and black mission fig syrup bring the deep, complex sweetness of figs to two familiar condiments. These are from The Girl & amp; the Fig, a popular Sonoma, Calif., restaurant that also sells food products. Each 8.45-ounce jar is sold online at thegirlandthefig.com

Pizza for your diet

Kraft's line of South Beach Diet products includes frozen pizzas with wheat crust; tasters' opinions ranged from gung-ho to so-so on the deluxe, but everybody was impressed with the good flavor, given that the 6-inch, 6.8-ounce pie contains just 280 calories and offers 29 grams of protein and 14 grams of fiber. Four flavors are offered for $3.60-$4.20 in the frozen food aisle in supermarkets.

Picnic perfect

In time for outdoor entertaining, picnics and potlucks, a new plate from Hefty helps simplify transporting, storing and microwaving meals and leftovers. Hefty Serve 'n Store disposable plates and bowls have interlocking rims that snap together to create a storage container. What's cool about these disposable serving and storing plates and bowls is that there is no hunting around for lids because every plate and bowl does double duty as a lid. The only downer is that they can be heated only once. The plates come in a 9-inch size that also connects to the 24-ounce bowls for deeper storage; there are also 10-inch plates for $2.69 a pack. Also available are party plates and bowls in red and blue in various pack counts for $2.69. The party plates are not microwaveable.

You grill, girl

More women are grilling

The 16th annual Weber GrillWatch Survey found 20 percent more women now are grilling outdoors than five years ago. In honor of the increase, the Weber Stephen Products Co. has reissued its "Weber's Girls Guide to Grilling." With an introduction by Jennifer Bushman, author of the Kitchen Coach series of cookbooks and owner of Nothing To It! Culinary Center in Reno, Nev., the free booklet is a quick guide to the basics -- how a grill works, gas versus charcoal, what accessories you need for the grill, direct and indirect heat, and approximate grilling times for a variety of foods and recipes. To order the free booklet call the Weber Grill-Line, a year-round (except Dec. 25) consumer information grilling line at (800) 474-5568.




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