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April 2002 Issue
by Ronda L. Halpin
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    "Cooking is love made visible."


Welcome to the April issue of Seasoned Cooking. As you no doubt are aware, I write this note in March so that you can read it in April. Well, let me tell you, it's been a heck of a month! Early in March, my mother-in-law passed away suddenly and quite unexpectedly. In between all of the stress, rushing and mourning, I decided to replace the feature article I had written on stress relief with one that hit a little closer to home. Of course, when I speak of love and loss, cooking and food comes into play as well. I live by the quote above, so you'll find a special menu in this special tribute.

Of course, our April issue has much more in store for you. We begin with an opportunity to start your day right with an asparagus quiche recipe at the Rise 'n Shine column. Spring is the season when asparagus is both at its freshest and most reasonable price, so take advantage of it! Of course, we're reminded that spring also brings the chance to play -- no matter your age. In that spirit, Through the Kitchen Window offers a wide variety of recipes for everything from finger paint to bubble solution for all of your fun spring activities.

In addition to delightful spring weather, April has a tendency to bring with it the stress and deadlines associated with tax day in America. Health & Fitness offers a simple mantra to help tackle those deadlines with ease ... no matter how many there are to meet. We're also asking you to share your secrets of stress management and relaxation with us all in the Seasoned Opinions column. Here's your chance to help everyone in the Seasoned Cooking community banish stress and worry!

We're also taking a look at a few creative recipes using poultry. In the Rush Hour column, we're presenting a healthier alternative to the nuggets you get from the drive thru window. Instead, chicken fingers that are creatively seasoned and baked give you the flavor and texture you're craving without all of the fat and calories. And you can master the technique of deep frying turkey without having to cook an entire bird with a fun recipe from Phil's International Flair. Get a basic beginner's guide to deep-frying and find out how it can be a viable cooking technique in your kitchen.

Finally, we offer you a simple coffeecake recipe from the Happy Endings column that's actually good for you. The batter is made with whole wheat flour and sweet blueberries and crunchy almonds dot the top for a tasty treat that truly can be enjoyed for breakfast as well as dessert.

That's just a preview of some of what we have in store for you this month. I'd encourage you to find a sunny spot and enjoy it all. Here's to a seasoned lifestyle!

    Ronda L. Halpin

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