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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 30 - June 5, 1997 - 55 Time-starved families always ask: what's for dinner? No time to cook? SearChing for answers to "What's for dinner?" Feeling a little guilty when dinner isn't really homemade? You're not alone! Today's time- starved families spend an average of 34 minutes for meal prepara- tion, compared to an unbelievable three-and-a-half hours only a gen- eration ago. Yet, the pressure is even greater to serve up meals that are delicious and nutritious. Faced with a daily time crunch, what's a parent to do? Microwave cooking has provided a satisfacto- ry, if not ideal, solution by allow- ing busy families to sit down to a complete meal in 15 to 30 min- utes. Unfortunately, not all recipes translate well for microwave preparation. Just think about the rubbery texture certain chicken recipes tend to have... "Microwaving really is a viable alternative if you have the right tools and ingredients," states Franz Hofmeister, vice president of St. Paul, Minn.-based Lloyd's Barbeque, the largest supplier of retail packaged, fully-cooked bar- beque meats in America. "We've spent a great deal of time perfect- ing microwave techniques for foods that normally require tradi- tional preparation, and you can get great-tasting results." The trick, according to Hofmeister, is knowing some mi- crowave secrets. He offers the fol- lowing tips: Look for recipes that were cre- ated especially for the microwave. Unless you've had a lot of experi- ence converting traditional recipes, it can be difficult to deter- mine appropriate cooking times and levels (High, Medium, Low, etc.) Purchase some microwave cookware. To get the special ef- fects of braising, browning, etc., microwave cookware is essential. Also, if your microwave does not have turntable, consider purchas- ing one as it does facilitate more even cooking. Look for food products that are designed for microwaving. They can really speed meal prepa- ration. Main course entrees can be on the table in five to 15 minutes. "Our rib product line offers a tasty variety, especially during the cold weather months in the north or on really hot summer days in the south when barbequing is less common," notes Hofmeister. Add one or two simple side dishes to the following recipes, and you can have a meal on the table for your family in a matter of minutes. Bar-Burritos (1 serving) Ingredients 1 flour tortilla 3 tablespoons re-fried beans 1/4 cup of shredded pork 114 cup of thick and chunky salsa (mild, medium, or hot to taste) 114 cup shredded cheddar cheese Optional: 1 tablespoon sour cream, 1 tablespoon of sliced ripe olives Directions Place soft tortilla on a plate and Finish Removal - Safely remove the existing finish using a modified hand-stripping method and prepare for stain application. Refurbishing- Enhance your furniture without removing the existing finish. Refinishing- Remove the existing finish, stain and adjust color, and apply a new finish to last for years. Restoring - Conserve an old and cherished piece. Repairs & Touch-Up 110 New Road At the Lewes Ice Plant Lewes, Delaware 19958-9573 Kieth A. Miller & Lewis W. Miles, Proprietors 302/645-9097 Tues.- Sat. 8:30 to 4:30. Closed Sun. and Mort. A Call Ahead W"fll HelgUs Serve You Better Z Member, Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau, Inc. spread beans in center. Cover beans first with shredded pork, then salsa, and finally cheese. Fold tortilla sides to center and cover with paper towel. Mi- crowave on high for 1-1/2 min- utes, turning tortilla once after 45 seconds. Remove from mi- crowave and, if desired, top with sour cream and olives or addition- al salsa. Or to serve a group: substitute the following ingredients and heat as described above. 10 tortillas 1 can of refried beans 2 1/2 cups of Lloyd's Shred- ded Pork 2 cups salsa 8-10 ounces of shredded cheese For a complete meal, serve 1 to 2 Bar-Burritos with sides of Span- ish rice and corn. Hot Barbeque Sub Sandwich Ingredients 1 24-inch French bread loaf or crusty baguette 2 cups of shredded chicken 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese 2 tablespoons of sliced green olives with pimentos 1/2 cup of chopped onion Directions Place chicken, cheese, olives and onions in a microwave safe container and mix together. Mi- crowave on high for 3-4 minutes, stirring once after 2 minutes. While filling is heating, slice bread loaf into 4 equal pieces and slice again horizontally to create 4 sandwich buns. Stir filling after heating and spread equally on four bread bottoms. Cover sandwiches with bread tops and serve. Courtesy of Article Resource Association, www.aracopy.com, e-maih info@aracopy.com Dinner can be on the table in a snap with some creative mi- crowave cooking, such as this meal featuring Lloyd's Bar- beque ribs LEWES FISHHOUSE & PRODUOE U.Pick Strawberries Plus Other In-Season Fruit West's Produce Route 16 1/4 Mile East of Route 1 Minutes from Lewes " Rehoboth Open 9 to 5" 684-3o85