Sunday, July 4, 2004


Question: Can I freeze leftover celery?

Answer: Celery and other foods high in moisture become mushy when frozen. That's because the water in their cells expands and ruptures the cell walls. One way around the problem is to reduce the water content before freezing. You can accomplish this by cutting up the celery and blanching it for a few minutes in boiling water, or sauteing it in oil or butter. Then pack into containers, wrap well and freeze.

Celery secret: Celery leaves make an interesting peppery flavor addition to salads, says the Joy of Cooking (Scribner; $30). The pale, whitish leaves at the heart of the celery are best.

Best santoku: If you're ready to chop and dice the summer harvest, Cook's Illustrated magazine rated the best Japanese santoku (chef) knives in its August issue. MAC Superior Santoku ($55) finished first, followed by Kershaw Shun Classic ($89.99), Wustof Grand Prix ($69.99) and Global Oriental Cook ($78). MAC knives are available from A Cook's Wares: (800) 915-9788 or

Tube Food: Get your fill of ice cream today on the Food Network with several shows featuring the favorite summer dessert, including The Best of at 2:30 p.m.; Emeril Live at 3 p.m., Ice Cream Toppings Unwrapped at 4 p.m.; and Tyler's Ultimate at 6 p.m.

Hot Date: Volunteers are welcome to help clean the fresh garlic harvest at Grailville Retreat Center 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday in Loveland. Lunch is served, but advance reservations are required: 683-2340.

Music marches on
How well do you know our national anthem?
Locals share their favorites
There's music in the air
Kunzel recounts most memorable July 4th!moments

'Twenty to Life' documentary takes Cincinnati filmmaker almost that long
Old 97s waltz to new music
Late TV host Shreve thriving on the 'Net
Overseas 'Queer Eye' made over
Brando's 'method' acting set Hollywood standard
What peers remember about Brando
ACT awards celebrate local theater legends

Bob Edwards tribute
Peace of the City Awards: Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council
Golf outing: Talbert House
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