Whole grains, fruit for breakfast lower cancer risk
It’s time to rethink our breakfast habits, according to the American Institute of Cancer Research. Too many consumers are filling up on sweet pastries or cereals, or opting for cholesterol-laden foods, such as eggs and sausage. Even worse, 17 percent of adults eat no breakfast at all.
Scientists at the institute have issued a free breakfast guidebook calling for more fruit and whole-grain cereals to get a healthful start on our day.
Nutritious breakfast ideas include fruit smoothies made with low-fat yogurt, whole-wheat toast with a dab of peanut butter and banana slices, and instant oatmeal or whole-grain cereal sweetened with fresh fruit and served with lowfat milk.
Details: (800) 843-8114, ext. 10, or www.aicr.org .
Pine Ridge, Ferrari Carano dinners announced
Two California wine dinners have been scheduled by The Carlton, One Mellon Bank Center, Downtown. Both begin at 6:30 p.m. and cost $89 each, excluding gratuity.
Details: (412) 391-4099.
Holiday challah breads offered by area bakery
An array of challah bread variations for the Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur holidays will be presented Friday and Oct. 3 and 4 at Loafers Bread Co. whole wheat mill and bakery.
The variations, says Bill Croker, company president, reflect different family preferences for holiday specialty bread. Advance orders are recommended.
The locations are:
Tasting tour to visit area kitchens
The seventh annual Art in the Kitchen Tasting Tour, sponsored by the Women’s Committee of Westmoreland Museum of American Art, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4.
The fund-raiser is a self-driving tour of six residential kitchens in Greensburg and Ligonier, plus a stop at the historic Mountain View Inn, east of Greensburg, where cooking demonstrations will be offered from noon to 2 p.m.
Food samplings from the committee’s cookbook, “Art in the Kitchen,” will be offered at each stop of the tour.
Tour tickets are $20 in advance; $25 day of event (9 a.m. to noon at the museum, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg).
Details: (724) 837-1500, ext. 27 or 29.
Shady Side sponsors cooking demo, luncheon
“Shady Side Cooks!” with chef and party planner Bob Sendall is a benefit luncheon and auction Oct. 21 to benefit Shady Side Academy.
Sponsored by the Shady Side Academy Senior School Parents’ Association, the day will begin at 9 a.m. at the Fox Chapel Golf Club, when underwriters and patrons will enjoy “Breakfast with Bob.” The silent auction and raffle will start at 10 a.m., followed by a cooking demonstration with Sendall at 11. The meal will be served at noon.
Tickets are $50 a person. Tables of 10 are available, as are patron and underwriter tickets, which include a listing in the program.
Set the table for autumn entertaining
If you’re drawn to rustic country or the cozy cottage look, Sterling Publishers has a new book to inspire creative table settings.
“Country Chic Table Settings” by Susan E. Mickey ($27.95) contains tips on assembling dishes, flatware and textiles and arranging the table for birthday celebrations, holidays, patio barbecues and autumn picnics.
There are lots of gorgeous photographs as well as helpful lists that tell you what you need to make your table look like those in the pictures. The book is available online at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com and can be ordered through bookstores.
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