Food Notes: April 11, 2012

Sweet treatsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sweet Frog, a new top-your-own soft-serve frozen yogurt place opens this weekend in Nitro Marketplace. The topping bar includes lots of fruits, nuts, candies, cereals and sauces to give customers the chance to concoct healthy or not-so-healthy creations. Visit or call 540-691-8993.Eggs out easyCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When peeled, the hard-cooked eggs at our house this Easter resembled pockmarked and gouged white spheres. The whites stuck as if glued to the shell. The likely culprit: I skipped the usual cold-water bath into which I always plunge just-boiled eggs. According to, "Letting the eggs sit in the cold water until the eggs are completely cooled helps the papery membrane stick to the shell, instead of to the egg, and makes the egg easier to peel."The site recommends gently tapping the large end of the egg, then the other end. The shell should crack and peel easily.Bunnies, ham and eggs -- oh my!
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Still have a few chocolate bunnies and hard-cooked eggs hanging around? offers a few suggestions.Leftover bunnies: Take a rolling pin to them and crush the life out of them. Then use the crumbs to sprinkle on ice cream, use in milkshakes, stir into a mug of hot chocolate, in place of chocolate chips for making cookies or melt for dipping fruit and candy.Leftover ham: Save bone for bean or split-pea soup. Make ham salad, chef's salad or ham sandwiches. Chop and freeze to use in potato salad, scrambled eggs, omelets, to top baked potatoes, for potato soup, scalloped potatoes, au gratin potatoes or pizza with pineapple. Top half a tortilla with ham, salsa and cheddar cheese, fold and warm in a skillet for hot ham and cheese quesadillas.Leftover hard-cooked eggs: Make potato salad, tuna salad, pasta salad, chef's salad, spinach salad with eggs and bacon, deviled eggs, or fill tomatoes with egg salad.Quaker Oats guy's new lookCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Look for a new look for Larry, the famous Quaker Oats man. The 134-year-old oatmeal company is giving Larry a younger, slimmer appearance that better represents the healthful benefits of oatmeal. The spokeslogo's hair is shorter, his shoulders are showing, his double chin is gone and his rosy cheeks are replaced by a tan. The new look will be in grocery store shelves soon.Reach Julie Robinson at or 304-348-1230 with information to be included in Food Notes.
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