Wednesday, February 4, 2004

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Now that Uncle Ben's has introduced "Ready Rice," we have no reason for not eating rice at home - at least no reason to claim we're too lazy or inept to cook it. Ready Rice is precooked, sealed in microwaveable pouches and ready to eat in 90 seconds. It's available in long grain, whole grain brown, Roasted Chicken, Long-Grain and Wild and Spanish-Style flavors. The catch to this convenience: $1.69 per 8.8 ounces.

Sample Burnet Ridge Winery's new "super Tuscan"-style red during an Italian tasting at 7 p.m. today at Ludlow Wines in Clifton. $15. Reservations required: 751-3727.

What Is This?

Known in Japan as gobo, burdock root is a slender root vegetable with a brown skin and grayish white flesh with a sweet, earthy flavor and crisp texture. Buy burdock an inch or less in diameter, and scrub before using. Peeling isn't necessary. Slice burdock thinly and use in soups and stir-fries.

Tube Food

Host Sara Moulton shows us how to create a vegetarian and carnivore meal in one. It's at 7 p.m. Thursday on Sara's Secrets on the Food Network.

Hot Date

Here's a rare opportunity if you're interested in learning more about how bourbon is made. Woodford Reserve Distillery near Versailles, Ky., (about a 90 minute-drive from Cincinnati) is hosting a "Bourbon Academy," 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 27. Master distiller Chris Morris will lead the sessions. Cost is $100, including lunch. Reservations: (859) 879-1934.

Cool Stuff on the George Foreman Grill

For a quick warm breakfast for the kids, toast a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on the grill using hamburger buns.

Mary Brigham, Delhi Township

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

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