BRIEFS Jolly Time's Healthy Pop Kettle Corn is being is being distributed to supermarkets nationwide. The kettle corn is 94 percent fat free and sweetened with Splenda. Each box contains three 3-ounce bags, and each bag pops about 10 cups of kettle corn.

Freschetta introduces a line of authentic Brick Oven pizzas. The pizzas come in six flavors: Italian Pepperoni, Five Italian Cheese, Classic Supreme, Three Cheese and Bacon, Southwest Chicken and Spinach and Roasted Portobello Mushroom. Suggested retail price is $6.80 per pizza.

Boston Market is introducing a grilled chicken product line. The expanded menu includes: Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, Grilled BBQ Chicken, Marinated Grilled Chicken, Oriental Grilled Chicken Salad, Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad, Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich, Grilled BBQ Chicken Sandwich and Grilled Marinated Chicken Sandwich.

I-scream, you-scream, name a new ice cream

Edy's Grand Ice Cream is celebrating its 75th birthday by challenging kids to invent new ice cream flavors that show off the unique appeal of their home states. Edy's "A Scoop of the U.S.A." contest will invite 15 finalists from across the United States to a "taste off" at Edy's ice cream factory, where they will create their one-of-a-kind flavors for a panel of judges. One winning flavor will be selected, and the company will produce a limited run of the flavor. Children must be between 8 and 14 years old. For complete contest rules, go on-line at or call 1-888-590-3397.

Corny contest


Home cooks are invited to compete for $3,000 in prizes by submitting their best recipe using fresh Supersweet corn. Recipes can be a simple brush-on for whole ears, or the ears can be cut into sections and incorporated into a salad, soup, side or entree. Corn on the cob (whole or sectioned) must be included in the finished plating. Entries can be faxed at (212) 254-2452, sent by e-mail at, or mailed to the address below. All entries must be received by May 1. For official contest rules, visit or send a self-addressed, stamped, business-sized envelope to: Fresh Supersweet Corn Council, Recipe Contest Rules, 49 E. 21 St., Eighth Floor, New York, N.Y. 10010.

Food Q &; A

Q: I bought some dates at Christmas. Are they still good to eat?

A: Sure. Dates, like raisins, are a dried fruit. They keep indefinitely. Dried dates might harden in time, but if that happens, just soften them in warm water. Store dates in a closed container at room temperature or, for long-term storage, in the refrigerator.

Time to clean out the leftovers

This week is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Week. The promoters of the week -- Whirlpool and Glad -- found in a survey that only a quarter of Americans clean out their refrigerators at least once a year, and 5 percent have never cleaned the fridge. Refrigerator Week, they say, is a way to keep food fresher.

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