LOW-CARB DESSERT RECIPES
Minnesota low-carb-diet cookbook author Nancy Moshier has added a second volume to what she describes as her " 'Eat Yourself Thin' series," which began two years ago with "The New Eat Yourself Thin Like I Did! Low Carb Cookbook." The 80-plus recipes in her new "Eat Yourself Thin with Fabulous Desserts/ Sugar Free Low Carb Recipes" (and the 150 in the first book) are based on the Atkins diet, which stresses strict control of carbohydrates, not fat. Moshier, a registered nurse who lives in Garrison, says she lost more than 130 pounds using the recipes in her books.
The books -- $15.99 for the original book and $13.99 for the dessert volume -- are available on the Internet from Amazon.com and BN.com or from Moshier's Web site, http://www.low-carb-cookbooks.com.They also can be ordered at bookstores and will be at some Cub stores soon.
-- Al Sicherman
HERE'S A SCOOP FOR YOU
What ice cream flavor do you scream for? If you're like most Americans, that would be vanilla. But according to a new dairy industry report, the simplest of flavors is waning in popularity. The top three flavors still are vanilla, chocolate and Neapolitan (who knew people still ate Neapolitan?), but watch out, because mint chocolate chip is on the rise, increasing its market share last year by 7 percent. Also on the rise are ice creams with candy -- such as M&Ms and Snickers -- mixed in. On the flip side, chocolate fudge was down 24 percent. Here are the top 10 frozen flavors for 2001 (compiled by Information Resources Inc.): vanilla, chocolate, Neapolitan, butter pecan, chocolate chip, strawberry, candy, cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip and finally brownies/cake/cookies ice cream.
A DIFFERENT TASTE
If you're headed north this weekend, you might want to check out the annual Taste of Dorset (which is near Park Rapids, Minn.). In addition to oodles of food and entertainment, you can see how this unique little town chooses its mayor. Anyone can run for election, and in this town, votes can be bought. The price is $1 a vote, and voters can vote an unlimited number of times. This year's candidates: Myrna the Defender, shopkeeper by day, peacekeeper by night; Bruno B. Dog, a German shepherd who takes bribes in the form of dog biscuits, and Levi Dickinson, an 11-year-old gourmand who promises to eat only at the city's four restaurants. Now that's interesting politics!
HEAD STRAIGHT TO THE FINNISH
FinnFest USA returns to the Twin Cities Aug. 7 through 11 for its 20th anniversary. The festival, which celebrates Finnish culture, will be held at the University of Minnesota and features five days of cooking workshops, genealogy research, a Finnish marketplace, concerts, a film festival and more. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.finnfest02.orgor call 651-647-0200. Proceeds from the event will support Finnish studies programs at the University of Minnesota.