Cook's Corner

No matter what your level of expertise in the kitchen, these free pamphlets will expand your knowledge.

Here's a sampling of free brochures full of recipes and useful hints for all cooks. Slow cooker beef recipes offered from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association help get supper to the table on busy days, and the Georgia Pecan Commission offers new information concerning pecans and lowering your cholesterol. Take the fear out of preparing delicious risotto recipes with the leaflet from the USA Rice Federation.

Slow Cooker Beef Meals
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is offering five beef recipes that cook while you are away from the kitchen. Quickly assemble each recipe in the morning, and come home to a hot meal at the end of the day. The accompanying side dish suggestions make meal planning a snap.

Basic beef information, slow cooker hints, and safety tips are also included. To order send a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope (one brochure per envelope) to: National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Dept. SL-SCBM, P.O. Box 670, Bloomingdale, IL 60108-0670. For more beef recipes and information, visit www.beef.org.

Risotto: Causing a Stir
This brochure from the USA Rice Federation features recipes and tips for making risotto. These tips help take the mystery out of preparing the traditional rice dish of Italy. If you can stir, you can cook risotto.

The versatility of risotto is enhanced by a variety of ingredients. This is evident in the 10 recipes offered for year-round cooking, including delicious appetizers, side dishes, and entrées.

For your free copy of this useful brochure, send a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope to: Risotto, c/o USA Rice, P.O. Box 740121, Houston, TX 77274, or visit www.ricecafe.com.

Georgia Pecans: Just a Handful a Day
According to the Georgia Pecan Commission's new brochure, a handful of pecans a day may reduce bad cholesterol levels in the body. The brochure offers information on cholesterol, how it may be lowered, and incorporating pecans into a healthy diet.

Pecans can easily be added to meals and snacks. For breakfast, use them to top pancakes, oatmeal, or cereal. At lunch, include toasted pecans in any type of salad. For supper, chop the nuts and add to breadcrumbs to coat fish, chicken, or pork. Or toast pecans in a 300° oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until they are golden brown for a healthy and delicious snack.

Four recipes, for both sweet and savory dishes, are included in the brochure. You can order it three different ways: Download it from the Web site at www.georgiapecans.org, access the link to request a brochure by mail, or send a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope to: Georgia Department of Agriculture, Capitol Square, 328 Agriculture Building, Atlanta, GA 30334.


"Cook's Corner" is from the October 2002 issue of Southern Living.