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Food & Dining
Pg 9 - The Sunshine Express
Spring into warmer months with a picnic
spread made from the heart
(BPT) This time of year, the urge to go outside
increases by the day. There¡¯s more sunlight,
birds are chirping and, in some lucky parts of
the nation, flowers might even be in bloom.
What better way to welcome spring than with a
picnic prepared from the heart, complete with
homemade breads and baked goods made from
Whether you¡¯re celebrating a spring holiday or
birthday, looking for a new idea for date night or
just want an excuse to relax on a lazy Sunday
afternoon, these tips will equip you for a picnic
that¡¯s sure to please.
Location, location, location
The wonderful thing about picnics is that they
can be enjoyed just about anywhere. Whether
you want to take in your own backyard, visit a
favorite park in your neighborhood or town or
escape to a cherished remote spot that is secret
to you, picnics allow you to make your meals
extra special as you surround yourself in nature.
Spring showers got you down? Prepare for sum-
mer by transforming your living room into an
indoor picnic space. Lay out a blanket, whip up
a delicious spread, pick up some flowers, grab
your favorite board games and make a day of it.
You¡¯ll forget the gray weather in no time.
A cause to celebrate
Warmer temperatures are cause for celebration
alone, but the spring season is also filled with
festive holidays like Easter and Mother¡¯s Day.
This Easter, while the kids run through the yard
on the hunt for Easter eggs, adults can lounge
on picnic blankets and enjoy tasty traditional
Easter treats, like homemade hot cross buns.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for 25
minutes, or until done. For crispier crusts, brush
two more times with egg white mixture, after
15 and 20 minutes of baking time. Remove from
sheet and cool on wire rack.
When it comes time to show Mom
she¡¯s special (and every day of the
year, of course), change up the
usual Mother¡¯s Day breakfast in
bed or brunch plans with an indoor
or outdoor brunch picnic, complete
with all of her favorite foods.
Enjoying fresh flowers and home-
made cinnamon rolls or coffee
cake while surrounded by her fa-
vorite people will make it a day to
remember. Plus, who really wants
crumbs in their comforter?
Picnics are also a great way to
celebrate a spring birthday in the
park. Or, for a new twist on your
next date night, plan a romantic
picnic dinner spread somewhere
special, or right out your own back
The food: The reason we picnic
Whether a brunch, lunch or dinner
picnic, food is always the star of
the show; it¡¯s the reason to own
a picnic basket and the lovely ac-
coutrements. For your next picnic,
no matter the occasion, make it
a priority to bake something from
Fleischmann¡¯s Yeast can be used
for a variety of everyday and
seasonal recipes, and can help
you plan the perfect picnic. Visit
BreadWorld.com for recipe inspi-
ration and tips for beginners and
seasoned bakers alike, including
Let¡¯s Have A Picnic
Coffee Cake for a Mother¡¯s Day picnic, a home-
made treat makes every holiday complete.
And if you¡¯re looking for a staple for any occa-
sion, French Bread is guaranteed to impress your
picnic guests. Plus, you¡¯ll be joining the ranks of
those across the country raving about the health
and taste benefits of homemade artisanal bread.
So roll up your sleeves and start baking with yeast
- it¡¯s easier than you might think and the results
will add an extra ¡°wow¡± factor to your thoughtful
Follow the recipe below to build a delicious foun-
dation for your perfect picnic sandwich.
1 3/4 cups warm water (100 to 110 degrees F)
2 envelopes Fleischmann¡¯s Active Dry Yeast
1 tablespoon Mazola Corn Oil
2 teaspoons salt
5 to 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg white beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Directions: Place water in large, warm bowl. Sprin-
kle in yeast; stir until dissolved. Stir in oil, salt
and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead on
floured surface until smooth and elastic, about six
to eight minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to
grease top. Cover; let rise in warm draft-free place
until doubled in size, about 30 to 45 minutes.
Punch dough down. On floured surface, divide
dough in half; roll to 15x10-inch ovals. Roll up
from long ends to make loaves. Pinch seams and
ends to seal; taper ends.
Place, seam sides down, on large greased baking
sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover; let rise in
warm draft-free place until doubled in size, about
30 to 45 minutes.
Brush with egg white mixture. With a sharp knife,
make four or five diagonal cuts (1/4-inch deep),
on top of each loaf.
Eat More Fiber
Fiber: What it is
and why you need more of it in your diet
(BPT) Eat more fiber.
If your doctor didn¡¯t give you this advice at your
last checkup, he/she probably should have.
Ninety Seven percent(97%) of Americans don¡¯t
get the recommended daily amount of dietary
fiber they need to stay healthy.
But what is fiber, and why is it good for you?
Dietary fiber, sometimes called ¡°roughage,¡±
is a plant-based carbohydrate found in fruits,
vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains
such as rice and wheat.
Our bodies have a difficult time digesting fiber,
which is actually a good thing - as fiber passes
through the body undigested, it does a lot of
good along the way.
Fiber has many proven health benefits. It has
been shown to improve heart health, lower cho-
lesterol, control blood sugar, decrease the risk
of stroke, help you feel fuller longer, prevent
constipation and boost digestive health and your
Experts like the Food and Drug Administration
recommend we consume about 28 grams of
fiber each day - which, it turns out, is a lot of
food. You¡¯d have to eat about 94 baby carrots,
47 stalks of celery, or 15 slices of whole-wheat
bread to get your daily dose of fiber from food
To help people get the fiber they need, the FDA
has approved seven ingredients that can be
taken as supplements or added to food to boost
the amount of dietary fiber they contain.
One of those ingredients you may find on your
food label is cellulose gel, or microcrystalline
Cellulose gel is derived from cellulose, an essen-
tial component of fruits, vegetables and trees.
In fact, cellulose is so important to plants in na-
ture, it is the most abundant organic compound
Cellulose gel offers the same great health
benefits as the dietary fiber we find in fruits,
vegetables and whole grains and can be found
in foods such as yogurt, cereal bars and protein
So when cellulose gel or microcrystalline cellu-
lose appears on your food label, it means you¡¯re
getting the same plant fiber found in broccoli
and apples - without having to eat a lot of broc-
coli and apples (and without the hassle of cook-
ing and meal planning).
To learn more about cellulose gel and other food
ingredients that make our favorite foods better
for us visit: www.foodsciencematters.com