Wednesday, October 1, 2003

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If you can't wait to get the restaurant check because you know an Andes chocolate mint comes with it, you'll love Andes Cr╦me De Menthe Baking Chips. The irregular-shaped, itty-bitty mint chips taste like their big brothers, and even have the distinctive layers of chocolate and green mint. Perfect for baking, topping ice cream and scarfing out of the bag. Available in groceries early this fall for $2.49 per 10-ounce bag.

La Petite Pierre owners Suzy DeYoung and Michele Vollman have a wacky idea: All those people who think cooking in a restaurant is easy and nothing but fun can work at their place in Madeira. Seriously, the sisters are entertaining offers from the public who want to work a short stint in their kitchen. Those who make the cut can donate part of the food sales to their favorite charity. If you think you can handle the heat, make a pitch to

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The best Spanish sherry vinegar is assertive but smooth, and is used to make vinaigrettes and deglaze pans. Like balsamic vinegar, some expensive sherry vinegars are aged for 20 years or more in wooden casks, which give them distinctive flavor.

Hot Date

Grailville Environmental, Education & Retreat Center in Loveland hosts an organic buffet 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday featuring roast chicken, tofu cutlet with garlic and kale, oven-roasted potatoes and mixed fruit cobbler. Adults, $15; children, $8. Reservations required: 683-2340.

Cool Stuff On The George Foreman Grill

I cook French toast on the grill for a total of about 6 minutes, turning it halfway. It makes a waffle pattern - and no mess.

Mary-Milton Fanthorp, Burlington

E-mail favorite George Foreman recipes and tips to If we use yours, we'll send you a cookbook.

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