November 5, 1986 |
Q. I bought a six-pack of Mauna Loa macadamia nuts in Hawaii and upon opening one of the cans by peeling back the sealed top, it let loose with a bang so loud I jumped a foot high. I didn't eat them, of course. Could they be toxic? They smelled funny, too. The other cans were all right. Connie Green Bloomfield Hills, Mich. A. Whenever you encounter anything out of the ordinary when opening a box, can or bottle of any product that is to be consumed, either return the product to the store or send a letter to the manufacturer stating when and where the item was purchased along with any code number stamped on the packaging.
November 5, 1986 |
Tofu is flexing its muscles. The spongy pillow of Oriental cuisine that once seemed condemned to a future of stir-fry and miso has turned into the chameleon of the food industry. Look around. It's being whipped into low- cholesterol alternatives to ice cream, pounded into meatless bacon strips, tossed into salads at trendy delis, and savored for its lack of fat and calories by the health-conscious everywhere. It's also one of the most versatile additions you can make to your pantry.
August 17, 1986 |
Pesto, a summertime passion for many of us, has many virtues, including fast, easy preparation and great flavor. But a low calorie count is not normally among them. Made the traditional way with lots of Parmesan cheese, olive oil and pine nuts, the uncooked, basil-scented sauce for pasta can be a real jolt in the diet. Enter Pesto Nuovo. Our intriguing, equally fast and easy version of the classic Italian sauce has a secret ingredient - tofu. A square of the bland white bean curd, blended in the food processor with garlic, fresh basil, salt and a mere teaspoon of olive oil, makes enough smooth, creamy pesto for one serving of spaghetti.
October 10, 1990 |
Dear Polly: Do you have a recipe for making your own frozen tofu? - Helen Dear Helen: Try this tofu-based frozen dessert for a non-dairy treat. In a blender or food processor, combine 2 cups plain tofu, 1 1/2 cups pureed fruit, such as strawberries or bananas, 2/3 cup sugar, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract and 1/8 teaspoon salt until smooth. Chill thoroughly, then freeze the mixture in an ice-cream freezer as you would ice cream. For a smooth, well-blended flavor, allow the finished frozen dessert to ripen, either packed in extra ice and salt in the ice-cream freezer or in a regular freezer for at least an hour before serving.
November 2, 1990 |
Ready to feed your pets organic dog food and cat food - otherwise known as "dogola" and "catola" - spruced up with "miracle grain from the Aztecs"? Or, if you don't have any pampered pets, how about jazzing up your diet with such health foods as Zapata's Organic Tortillas or tofu hot dogs or organic bagels? At the big, weekend Natural Foods Expo at the Philadelphia Civic Center, there will even be a display of barley-grass and wheat-grass juices to help the hip unwind after a busy day. But most of the 700 exhibitors at the trade show, which is for marketers, dealers and distributors, display less-unusual wares, ranging from organic ice cream and dehydrated tomato snacks to huge collections of natural vitamins, herbal remedies, food supplements and organic vegetables.
August 6, 2000 |
Grilling in some form or other is done in virtually every country. In recent years, our own country has experienced a veritable grill mania. Outdoor cooking is no longer just simple charcoal grills wheeled out on a hot summer evening. Elaborate gas grills are commonplace, and many homes boast a permanent barbecue pit as the focus for backyard entertaining. The casual ease of grilling makes it perfect for holiday weekends and get-togethers with family and friends. Cooking over hot coals or smoky mesquite imparts a unique flavor that cannot be duplicated indoors, and the opportunity to escape a hot kitchen at this time of the year is quite tempting.
November 16, 1997 |
Oscar de la Renta took a pie in the face from an animal-rights activist last week as he did a promotional appearance for his perfume line at a store outside Portland, Ore. "Shame on you for using fur," shouted Alison Green as she smashed the designer's face with a tofu cream pie. A police spokesman, who said Green may be cited for disorderly conduct, said de la Renta "cleaned up and came right back and continued signing autographs. " STEWART PORT The Los Angeles board of supervisors Wednesday voted to rename Los Angeles International Aiport after the late actor Jimmy Stewart.
August 30, 1989
It's been going on for a few years now, the healthification of junk foods that are targeted at the aging Woodstock generation. First, it seemed they bleached the salt out of everything, including V-8 juice. Then the cholesterol started to go. Its absence now gets more ink on the labels than the presence of vitamins, protein, iron or energy. We noticed the corn-chip display, especially. Stamped prominently on the Tostitos bag was: "No cholesterol, never was," or something along the lines of Seven-Up's pledge on the caffeine front ("Never had it, never will")
September 8, 1989 |
Wok and Tofu, the plain-looking, wood-paneled restaurant on the southeast corner of 11th and Spruce Streets, certainly lives up to its name. Lots of fresh white tofu and a good number of stir-fries. This Chinese restaurant has been serving the neighborhood well for a little over a year. The food is decent and the prices reasonable, with the average entree pricing out about $5.95. If you are a lover of tofu and happen to be in the neighborhood, Wok and Tofu is worth investigating.
October 31, 1999 |
If you are conscientious about reading labels on the products you bring into your kitchen, you will notice how many of them contain dairy ingredients. Dairy products are high in fat and cholesterol and, for the lactose intolerant, can be the source of serious discomfort. How do you replace the rich taste and creamy texture of full fat ingredients like cream, or the "bite" characteristic of Feta cheese in recipes like spanakopita? This week's recipe calls for whole wheat bread crumbs.