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by Sally Bernstein

August 31, 2001
As watermelons are 92% water, pick one that is heavy for its size and emits a thud when you thump it.

August 29, 2001
"Taste for Knowledge" auction of Napa Valley wine benefiting the Napa Valley Unified School District will offer bidders an array of hard-to-find Napa Valley wines, most in magnum bottles. The event, which includes silent and live auction lots, will be held Saturday, November 3, 4 - 8 p.m. at the Napa Valley Expo, 575 Third Street, Napa. See: www.tasteforknowledge.org.

August 25, 2001
What is an heirloom tomato? Varieties that were popular many years ago with the backyard farmer, whose tomato seeds have come to us through several generations. These home grown gems have superior flavors that we sometimes do not find in today's commercially grown tomatoes.

August 19, 2001
Alice Waters celebrates 30 years as the owner and proprietor of Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California on August 29th. Waters pioneered the use of fresh, local produce and sustainable agriculture.

August 16, 2001
Going to Great Britain? See www.vip-hotels.com, offering a wide choice of hotels, especially in London, that you can book online.

August 14, 2001
A WOW dessert! Bistro Don Giovanni in the Napa Valley in California has a new pastry chef. Kurtis Baguley 's genius is showcased by his "Bostini Trifle" of vanilla custard, moise chocolate cake, toasted almonds, caramel sauce and whipped cream which is served in a tall clear parfait glass. What a treat as your long spoon descends through the various layers of this yummy concoction.

August 9, 2001
Prime Time...The Lobels' Guide To Great Grilled Meats offers tips on grilling equipment, specific cuts of meat and recipes for beef and veal, lamb and pork, poultry and game as well as a chapter on sauces, salsas, marinades and rubs. These New Yorkers know their meats!

August 2, 2001
A favorite summer drink, root beer, was created by Charles Elmer Hires of Philadelphia in 1876. It was a syrup based on an American elixir made from sassafras and other natural herbs and roots. It was meant to be mixed at home with plain soda water.

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