Weekly Food for Thought with how to grill fruit and veggies, an easy recipe for Spicy Grilled Watermelon, "Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones" by Kris Hoogerhyde and more.

Nearly half of all homeowners grill one to two times per week in the summer months, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association.


To ensure grilling season is as easy as it is healthy and delicious, Registered Dietitian David Grotto provides a few insights to keep in mind this summer:


- For a delicious and uniquely healthy take on fish or lean meats, crush a combination of peanuts and pistachios into fine pieces using a food processor. Stir in just enough oil into the nut mixture to coat the pieces, and spread the mixture over a lean protein of your choice. Then grill away.


- Spice up something sweet. Give sweet foods, like fruit, a kick by pairing them with a marinade or seasoning. Lycopene, an antioxidant found in watermelon, better absorbs in the body with the assistance of an oil-based marinade.


- Pre-season your grill with oil. By pre-seasoning the grill before its first use, cooking will be easier, cleanup will be a breeze and rusting can be avoided.


-- Family Features


Tip of the Week: Horseradish sauce


The horseradish plant has been used for hundreds of years as a medicine, with both the leaves and the root having curative properties. In the Middle Ages, it was used as a condiment in some European countries. As with any sauce, there is no single recipe for making horseradish sauce. However, the basic ingredients are horseradish, mayonnaise, cream or sour cream and lemon juice or vinegar.


-- Funtrivia.com


Easy recipe: Spicy Grilled Watermelon


1 packet Weber Chipotle Marinade


1/4 cup Mazola Corn Oil


1 2-inch wide slice of watermelon


Mix a packet of Weber Chipotle Marinade with Mazola Corn Oil (according to directions on packet). Slice a 2-inch wide piece of watermelon into 4 triangle pieces. Coat each side with the marinade. Preheat and coat grill surface with oil. Turn the heat on high, and grill the watermelon, each side about 5 minutes or until there is a slightly brown color with noticeable grill marks.


-- Mazola


Did You Know?


For information on recalls of meat, poultry and egg products, consumers may contact the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-256-7072 or visit www.FSIS.USDA.gov.


Food Quiz


Although it sounds quite up-market, which alcohol-based sauce's name simply means "juice"?


A. Madeira Mousseline


B. Brandy vinaigrette


C. Red wine jus


D. Sauce sur le cote


-- funtrivia.com


Answer is at bottom of column


Wise to the Word: sangría


[san-GREE-uh] The blood-red color of this beverage inspired its name, which is derived from the Spanish word for "blood." Sangría is made with red wine, fruit juices, soda water, fruit and sometimes liqueurs and brandy or cognac. Sangría blanco  (white sangría) is made with white wine. Both are served cold over ice and make a refreshing cooler on a hot summer day.


-- epicurious.com        


Number to Know


530: A large order of french fries at Wendy's is 530 calories.


 -- calorieking.com


The Dish On …


"Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery" by Kris Hoogerhyde, Anne Walker and Dabney Gough


San Francisco’s Bi-Rite Creamery is as well known for its small-batch, handcrafted, show-stoppingly inventive ice cream as it is for the long line that snakes around the block. Their irresistible goods are all made using top quality, farm-fresh, seasonal ingredient, and now you can bring their legendary creations into your home. This essential guide to making your own delicious ice cream and treats covers all the classic flavors and delectable variations, plus creative combinations.


-- Ten Speed Press


Food Quiz Answer


C. Red wine jus


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