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SMORGASBORD: Hot tomatoes . . . Putting off the Ritz . . . Rockin' rolls, etc.

Hot tomatoes It's summertime, and among the greats that come with the season are vines flush with tomatoes ripe for the pickin'. Don't hesitate to load your cart with the blushing produce, because "The Too Many Tomatoes Cookbook" ($19.95, The Cou...

The Too Many Tomatoes Cookbook
It's summertime, and among the greats that come with the season are vines flush with tomatoes ripe for the picking.(McClatchy Tribune)

Hot tomatoes

It's summertime, and among the greats that come with the season are vines flush with tomatoes ripe for the pickin'. Don't hesitate to load your cart with the blushing produce, because "The Too Many Tomatoes Cookbook" ($19.95, The Countryman Press), by Brian Yarvin, will help you make your way through your stock in no time. The book suggests more than 100 easy ways to put those tomatoes to good use with tempting recipes for dishes such as fried green tomatoes, salsa and gazpacho.

Putting off the Ritz

If you think a Ritz cracker is, at minimum, round, bright orange and buttery, new Ritz Crackerfuls are merely pretenders to the Ritz throne.

The large rectangular items -- about 4½ inches long and 2 inches wide -- are made-with-whole-grain (5 grams per serving) cracker sandwiches filled with "semisoft cheeses" (flavor choice of Cheddar or four-cheese). But they are not Ritzes. They're not round, not quite as orange, and the inclusion of whole-grain wheat flour means that each Crackerfuls sandwich provides 3 grams of fiber.

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A pack of six individually wrapped 1-ounce sandwiches is $3.49 at one store (58 cents an ounce). For comparison, the 10.8-ounce box of eight six packs of actual Ritz cheese sandwiches -- each (1.35-ounce) six-pack providing less than a gram of fiber, but these come closer to matching the bright orange Cheddar filling -- is $2.29 (21 cents an ounce).

Rockin' rolls

Why bother preheating your oven when you can knock down the pesky wait time keeping you and your crispy egg rolls apart, thanks to this microwavable variety from Kahiki Foods?

EasyCrisp Eggrolls do a nice job of imitating baked ones. They come in three flavors -- chicken, vegetable and pork and shrimp -- have no MSG or artificial additives and start at 70 calories per serving.

They are available for $3.99 per package at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and Costco stores nationwide, or see kahiki.com /buy/index.aspx for a full list of retailers.

Shoot your flavor

In an appeal to that portion of the flavored tortilla chip-consuming community that prefers not to have the seasoning process completed at the factory, Frito-Lay introduces Doritos Flavor Shots -- bags of Doritos containing small foil packets of either Atomic Chile Limon or Blazin' Buffalo Rush seasoning.

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Easy Crisp Eggrolls
EasyCrisp Eggrolls do a nice job of imitating baked ones. (McClatchy Tribune)

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