NEW healthy cooking magazine
The reader recipe-driven Taste of Home franchise is getting bigger — and healthier.
The tremendously popular cooking magazine and book company has launched Healthy Cooking ($3.95), a new bimonthly magazine dedicated to healthy versions of home-cooked favorites.
The magazine sticks with the company's well-tested formula: reader recipes tested and photographed by editors. All recipes include nutrition data, diabetic exchanges and icons to identify those that are low-fat, low-carb, low-sugar, etc.
Belt-tightening, Web style
Tilapia, ground beef and rice-potatoes-bread are among the most popular in online recipe search terms by the 7-million unique visitors each month to Allrecipes.com.
The company has been tracking low-cost food searches since January and found:
• There were increases in recipe searches for rice (90 percent), potatoes (110 percent) and bread (99 percent). Of course, this was before rice prices spiked.
• Searches for ground beef recipes increased 117 percent, while searches for recipes that featured steak increased 83 percent.
• Casserole searches were up 30 percent.
• Searches for tilapia recipes increased at a much higher rate than searches for salmon recipes.
• Page views for "make at home" versions of restaurant pizza and Chinese and Indian food increased 79 percent over the same three months last year.
Another 100-calorie pack
New to the Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs line are Mister Salty Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels. If you're a fan of chocolate and sweet and salty together and like single-serve packages of items to avoid overindulging, you'll appreciate these minipretzels. They are delicious and hit the spot. Each 100-calorie serving has 3.5 grams total fat, 0 grams cholesterol and 160 milligrams sodium. A box of six pouches has a suggested retail price of $2.89; look for them at grocery stores. We're also partial to the Nabisco 100-calorie packs of Oreo Thin Crisps chocolate wafers.
Free family cooking series
Cooking experts from the Pinellas County Cooperative Extension will teach a free series of cooking classes beginning Monday at the Johnnie Ruth Clarke Health Center, 1344 22nd St. S in St. Petersburg.
The class is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and continues June 2, 9 and 16.
The series will focus on preparing healthy meals by teaching several family members how to cook and shop. Registration is required by calling (727) 582-2122.
Compiled from Times staff, wires