Garde manger -- the literal translation is "keep to eat."
What garde manger means in the culinary world is the chef's station or kitchen where cold foods are made and stored. Everything from cold soups to ptes, from smoked fish to salads, from sausages to appetizers, is created, assembled, and kept in a garde manger kitchen.
On Wednesday, the culinary arts students at Owens Community College will show off their garde manger chops with a buffet at the college's student-run Terrace View Cafe.
Technically, what they are offering is a grazing station, where the customers can return again and again for a nibble of this and a nosh of that. And what will there be to nibble and nosh?
According to the college, there will be platters of "sausages, smoked foods, cheeses, ptes, vegetable and fruit carvings, chutneys, crackers, and canapes." And not only will there be platters piled high with all of these goodies, but the platters will be themed -- one will represent a fall harvest, one will show Asian cuisine, one will be a slightly belated look at a summer day, and one will re-create Renaissance Tuscany.
Not only do the students in the Food, Nutrition and Hospitality department learn about cooking, they also study the ins and outs of presenting buffets.
There are only two caveats regarding Wednesday's feast. One is that it lasts one hour only, from noon to 1 p.m. The other is that reservations are required.
The cost is $7.50 per person. Reservations may be made at 567-661-7359 or 800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7359.
If you use exercise equipment, you probably know the feeling.
You're working hard on your StairMaster, your NordicTrack, your Exercycle. Sweat is dripping from every pore, and you can't imagine how you or anyone else in the world could possibly work out one minute longer or one iota harder. Finally you're done, and you look at the read-out to see how many calories you've burned off.
Two hundred and fourteen?! How can you possibly work that hard and only burn off a lousy 214 calories?
Maybe some other form of exercise would be more efficient, you tell yourself. Maybe what you need to do is take up actual cross-country skiing, instead of the kind on the NordicTrack.
Well, not so much. The unhelpful folks at Cooking Light have just published a new cookbook (Cooking Light Mix & Match Low-Calorie Cookbook) that includes a chart showing how many calories a 150-pound person works off in 30 minutes of winter activity.
The answer? Not enough.
The real purpose of the cookbook is to give recipes showing how to eat no more than 1,500 calories per day. But what grabbed me about it is the chart: Thirty minutes of cross-country skiing burns up 306 calories (on a 150-pound person. It's more if you weigh more, less if you weigh less).
Thirty minutes of snowshoeing is good for 272 calories, while 30 minutes of ice skating knocks off 238 calories. So, somehow, does 30 minutes of sledding or tobogganing.
Shoveling snow, sad to say, only burns 204 calories, while downhill skiing or walking through the snow are only good for 170. A rousing snowball fight is fun, but it will only burn 161 calories in a half-hour, while making snow angels is good for 154 calories -- if you can do it for 30 minutes without freezing off your keister. And building a snowman is just a paltry 119 calories.
That's something to think about when you reach for your next 280-calorie Snickers bar.
An item in this space last week highlighted the Pillsbury People Essay Contest which, it said here, could be entered by going to pillsbury.com.
Pillsbury.com, after all, is the Web site for Pillsbury. But, as it happens, it's not the right Pillsbury. That one, if you want to enter the contest, is at pillsburybaking.com.
It turns out there are two different Pillsbury companies. Both are involved in baked goods. Both use the same familiar round blue logo. Both even claim the iconic Pillsbury Doughboy. But they are two different entities altogether.
The one that uses the pillsbury.com site is owned by General Mills. It makes biscuits, breads, breakfast items such as cinnamon rolls and frozen pancakes, cookies, crescent rolls, pie crusts, and more.
The other, the one that uses the pillsburybaking.com site, is owned by the J.M. Smucker Company. That's the one that makes the flour, the cake mixes, the cookie and brownie mixes, the frosting, and more.
How did this happen? In a nutshell, or perhaps a croissant, what happened was this: Pillsbury, always a giant in American industry, was acquired by a company called Grand Metropolitan in 1989. That company, later called Diageo, agreed to sell Pillsbury to General Mills in 2000. But the Federal Trade Commission, concerned that General Mills already owned Gold Medal Flour, Betty Crocker, and Bisquick, would not approve the deal unless the flour-based Pillsbury brands were sold to another company.
That side of the business was bought by Multifoods Corp. in 2001, and Multifoods was bought by Smucker in 2004. These days, neither the General Mills Pillsbury company nor the Smucker Pillsbury company acknowledges the existence of the other.
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