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April 2000 Issue
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    "The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found."

    - Calvin Trillin

Welcome to the April issue of Seasoned Cooking. In this issue, we're not promising an experience like that of Mr. Trillin (although I'd bet he's exaggerating just a bit!). However, we are bound to show off a little of the magic that leftovers can work in your kitchen -- especially during the weekday rush. We start out with a look at the art of stir-frying using leftovers ranging from grilled steak to steamed broccoli. With some simple leftovers on hand, you can literally have dinner on the table in about 10 minutes. Regarding saving time and effort, nowhere is it more important than while traveling. For some great ideas about making simple meals with few amenities, read Health & Fitness to get a primer on how to eat on the run without sacrificing taste or goodness. If you're still hungry for one dish meal ideas, make sure you check out All in One -- a feature packed with recipes and ideas about how to make meals using one pot.

With all these inspiring recipes and ideas to help make the most of your time in the kitchen, you'll be ready to experiment a little more this month. You can start out your adventure with everyone's favorite treat: chocolate. Get the inside story on Chocolate Passion, a new cookbook devoted to creating and decorating decadent chocolate desserts, in this month's cookbook review. We're also presenting the final installment of the flavourings guide with a look at truffles, vanilla and vinegar. Everything from how vinegar is made to what truffles really are is covered. And April is a perfect month to start experimenting with such great flavor enhancers.

April is also a month in which spring really shows its stuff. In celebration of the joys of spring and a spunky little flower that toughs it out through snow and sun alike, Victoria's Vegetarian Victuals springs into action with a set of ten delightful recipes that are sure to inspire and satisfy. Everything from whole grain-inspired cookies to rich vegetable casseroles are being dished up in this month's vegetarian column. With the warmer weather making itself at home, inspiration is also bound to hit couples everywhere. In an effort to encourage that inspiration, Momma Gert's Place is setting the table for two with the first installment in a series of articles featuring spring menus for two. If you find that you'd like to find more spring-inspired recipes, check out Food on the Web to get the inside scoop on one of the Web's premier recipe database sites and find all of the recipes that you thought were lost for good.

Finally, our focus on appliances to help speed things in the kitchen during the week continues in the Rush Hour with a look at crockpots and a simple garlic roasted chicken that's sure to please even the most finicky eaters in your family. With a little preparation in the morning, dinner will cook itself by evening. If you find yourself in a rush during the morning hours as well, don't worry. Rise 'n Shine begins its series on sandwiches in the morning hours with a bagel sandwich that has it all. It's bound to be good fuel for your day.

Speaking of your day, enjoy it! We hope that all of the recipes, ideas and tips in this issue of Seasoned Cooking help to make it a great month filled with great meals, activities and people. Here's to a seasoned lifestyle.

    Ronda L. Halpin
    Editor-in-Chief



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