October 6, 2008
Readers Stock Up on Ideas for Reusable Shopping Bags
Thanks to everyone who called and e-mailed in their comments and ideas about reusable shopping bags. It's encouraging to hear about more and more people toting cloth bags on their shopping trips.
A few readers led me to organic cotton net produce bags (pictured) from www.reusablebags.com ($3.95 each; volume discounts). The bags are a bit heavier than plastic bags available in produce sections, so you might want to empty the produce onto the belt before weighing.
Dawn Goldberg of Gurnee suggests nylon mesh bags from www.coolhats.com ($9 for three).
If you're not in the position to spend money on cloth bags, reuse the ones you bring home from the store, suggests Barbara Gere of Prospect Heights. "When I get home, I empty the bags and put the used plastic into my cloth sacks so that I am ready for my next trip," she says.
Mom's day bouquet: Aside from a call from their children, flowers and candy rank as popular Mother's Day gifts. This year, you don't have to decide between a box of luscious chocolates or a bouquet of fresh blooms.
Check out the chocolate caramel daisies from Moonstruck. Milk chocolate and a soft honey vanilla caramel center will surely brighten Mom's day ($5; Oakbrook Center).
If chocolate isn't Mom's thing, pick up bright yellow Peep tulips. Look for three- and nine-count packs in the candy aisle.
Top of the hops: Raise a glass to local breweries that brought home medals from the World Beer Cup competition held last month in San Diego.
Rock Bottom Brewery (Warrenville, Lombard, Chicago) earned a gold medal in the American-style stout for its Terminal Stout.
Silver medals went to:
Emmet's Tavern and Brewing Co. (West Dundee, Palatine, Downers Grove), Emmett's Belgian-style Dubbel.
Goose Island Beer Co. (Chicago), Matilda, Belgian- and French- style ale; 312, English-style ale.
The World Beer Cup competition, sponsored by the Brewers Association, is held every two years and attracts 1,500-plus brewers. For a list of winners in each of the 91 categories, head to www.beertown.org.
Taste of Home goes healthy: The reader recipe-driven Taste of Home franchise is getting bigger - and healthier.
The popular cooking magazine and book company recently launched a bimonthly magazine dedicated to healthy versions of home-cooked favorites.
The magazine sticks with its time-honored formula - reader recipes tested and photographed by the editors. All recipes include nutrition data, diabetic exchanges and icons to identify those that are low-fat, low-carb, low-sugar, etc.
Recipes in the premiere issue ($3.95 on newsstands) include zucchini fritters, cheese straws, and a ham and corn souffle. A special section on gluten-free baking offers recipes for carrot cake and chocolate chip muffins.
Entertaining with ease: Get tips and tricks to make your summertime entertaining easy and unforgettable with help from Bloomingdale's and St. Francis Winery.
From 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, celebrity event stylist Amanda Puck will share her A-list secrets while wine expert Sarah Powers will guide you through an extensive selection of fruit-forward, luscious and full-bodied Sonoma County wines.
Head to the housewares department at Bloomingdale's Medinah Temple store, 600 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago. The event costs $25 (given back as a $25 Bloomingdale's gift card). (312) 440-4515.
- Deborah Pankey
- Contact Food Editor Deborah Pankey at (847) 427-4524, food@@dailyherald.com or c/o Daily Herald, P.O. Box 280, Arlington Heights, IL 60006.
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