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Celebrate Independence From Meat At Potluck

By Rick Bonino Food Editor

The whole idea of a potluck, of course, is not knowing exactly what kind of food to expect.

But there’s one thing you can be sure you won’t see at the monthly potlucks hosted by EarthSave Spokane: meat.

EarthSave is an international organization dedicated to promoting a plant-based diet. The Spokane chapter officially organized in January, and began hosting potluck dinners on a regular basis.

“We want to help educate people and have some fun,” says Robin Marks, the local EarthSave chairperson.

The next potluck, a belated Independence Day celebration, is a backyard bash on Sunday at 6 p.m. at 511 W. 16th Ave. You don’t have to be an EarthSave member to attend, or even a vegetarian; just bring a meatless dish to share, and your own table service.

Future events include a tour of a Rosalia farm on Aug. 17, a vegetarian cooking demonstration on Sept. 21 and a discussion of supermarket items and a video showing on Oct. 19.

For more information, call Marks at 747-7543.

Philanthropic food

Looking for a recipe contest that will really leave a good taste in your mouth?

Entries are again being accepted for the Newman’s Own & Good Housekeeping contest, with its top prize of $50,000 for the charity of the winner’s choice. Six other finalists will win $10,000 charitable donations.

The grand-prize winner will be personally selected by Paul Newman, who donates all of the after-tax profits from his food company to charity.

Entries must be original appetizer, main-dish or dessert recipes using Newman’s Own salad dressing, pasta sauce, salsa or popcorn. Postmark deadline is Aug. 1; for complete rules, call (800) 272-0257, or write to P.O. Box 8010, Westport, CT 06888.

And in case you’re thinking that people around here never win these things, one of last year’s finalists was Bob Gadsby of Great Falls, Mont. The former Bonner’s Ferry resident took home $10,000 for the Boundary County library and volunteer fire department with his “Pops” Newman’s Coffee-Toffee Macadamia Crunch popcorn creation.

Playing it cool

If you can’t stand the heat, Kraft Foods can help you stay out of the kitchen - or, at least, away from the oven.

For free “No Oven Summer” recipes, call toll-free to (800) 726-6100 (or visit Kraft’s Web site at www.kraftfoods.com). If you call, you’d better hurry; the instructions say to allow four to six weeks for delivery, and summer will be over before we know it.

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MEMO: We’re always looking for fresh food news. Write to: The Fresh Sheet, Features Department, The Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210. Call 459-5446; fax 459-5098.

We’re always looking for fresh food news. Write to: The Fresh Sheet, Features Department, The Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210. Call 459-5446; fax 459-5098.

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