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Tasty, and with Zero Calories

April 12, 2010

By Pat Tanner

I’m always on the lookout for food-related gift items – for myself, I’m embarrassed to admit, as much as for others. So when I came across these sets of fruit and vegetable note cards by Princeton resident Fran McManus (the editor of several “Eating Fresh” cookbooks), I gobbled them up. With no damage to my waistline.

Gardeners, home cooks, and lovers of farm-fresh foods will relish (that’s the last pun, I promise) these sets of six attractive, colorful note cards and envelopes that contain handy tips on storage, preservation, and how to use each plant to its fullest potential. Do you know exactly why it is, for example, that you shouldn’t store potatoes in the fridge? (Because they develop an unpleasant sweetness.) Or that small peaches from a dry year are more flavorful than large peaches from a rainy year? And that frozen grapes make a great snack?

Sets of six cards cost $10 and are available through McManus’s website: understandingflavor.com

By the way, Fran McManus is also the marketing manager of Princeton’s premiere natural foods store, the Whole Earth Center (WEC). That store, which began life as a cooperative, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this Earth Day with three days (April 22, 23, and 24) of music, samplings, sales, and kids activities. They’ve named the celebration WECstock. Peace, love, and rock’n’roll. wholeearthcenter.com.

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