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Measure up Measure Up Bowl is a unique new way to take control of eating habits. It is a porcelain bowl with incremental premeasured portions on the interior of the bowl so that you know exactly how much food you are eating as you dish it out. Me...
Measure Up Bowl is a unique new way to take control of eating habits. It is a porcelain bowl with incremental premeasured portions on the interior of the bowl so that you know exactly how much food you are eating as you dish it out.
Measure Up Bowl is available in two sizes. The Classic Measure Up Bowl features ½-, 1-, 1½- and 2-cup measurements. The Small Measure Up Bowl, designed for calorie-dense, high-fat foods, such as nuts, desserts and granola ranges from ¼- to ½- to ¾-cup portions.
The Classic Measure Up Bowl retails for $19.99 and the Small Measure Up Bowl for $13.99 and can be purchased as a set for $29.99. They are available at Target.com and www.measureupbowl.com .
New from Kraft -- three kinds of flavored Deli Deluxe cheese slices: bacon Cheddar, jalapeno American and three-cheese garlic and herb (the three cheeses are Cheddar, low-moisture part-skim mozzarella and provolone). All are priced the same as other Deli Deluxe slices ($4.59 for an 8-ounce package) -- somewhat higher than Kraft's other cheese slices.
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Draped in a glossy deep-red jacket (and a photo of a luscious, pristine strawberry shortcake), "The Perfect Finish: Special Desserts for Every Occasion," by Bill Yosses and Melissa Clark (W. W. Norton & Co.; $35, Amazon.com), is a grand addition to any baker's artillery. The book is organized by event type and has 123 color photos to inspire, so let White House executive pastry chef Yosses help you put your flour where your mouth is.
When local strawberries appear in markets, and you buy more than you can use before they spoil, what do you do?
Maybe you make jam, pie or toss a shortcake party. Or you freeze them.
You can freeze them (for up to a month) whole, sliced, crushed, pureed, with or without sugar.
Here's a quick freezing primer:
n Rinse with cool running water; drain in sieve. Pat dry with paper towels. Remove caps. Halve large berries.
n Freeze berries in a single layer on a cookie sheet until firm. Put in freezer bags.
n Sprinkle ¾ cup sugar over a quart of prepared berries; mix gently. Let sugar dissolve (15 minutes); use the juice that forms to cover the berries.
n Put prepared fruit in small freezer containers, label and store. Freezer should be at zero degrees or lower.