Food & Wine

Food for Thought: Choose chicken for dinner

Next time you're staring into the freezer searching for dinner, reach for chicken.

It's not only versatile -- you can use just about any seasoning, marinade or sauce to flavor it -- but it's also good for you.

According to the National Chicken Council:

-- A serving of about three ounces of cooked skinless, boneless breast has only one gram of saturated fat and less than four grams of total fat, as well as 31 grams of protein -- more than half the recommended daily allowance of 46 grams for an adult female.

-- Chicken is naturally low in sodium. A skinless, boneless breast has only 74 milligrams of sodium per three and a half ounce portion.

-- Chicken is a common ingredient among in many cultures and readily absorbs the flavors of seasonings and spices. When your recipe calls for a meat that's too expensive or not available, chicken is a reliable substitute.

-- Leftover grilled or baked chicken prepared early in the week easily transitions to healthy meals such as cold chicken served over salad or chicken salad mixed with reduced fat mayonnaise.

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Music, fun in Quincy

Superfekta will be rocking Saturday at White Heron Cellars in Quincy.

IvyWild Inn of Wenatchee will be catering. The food will be served at 6 p.m., with music starting at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 at the door for the music, and $5 a plate for food.

For information on the band, go to

Heat it up

Next time you toss a couple of steaks on the barbie, follow this tip from Weber's Time to Grill by Jamie Purviance:

To check steaks for doneness, use your index finger to touch the base of your thumb on the opposite hand. Most steaks are as soft as the base of your thumb when your hand is relaxed.

If you touch your first finger and thumb together and then press the base of your thumb with the index finger of your other hand, that is how most steaks feel when they're rare.

Touch your second finger and thumb together and then press the base of your thumb; that is how most steaks feel at medium rare.

New read

The book: Vegan Cooking for Dummies by Alexandra Jamieson.

Cost: $20

Best for: Providing vegans, and those thinking about becoming vegan, with more than 160 healthy and hearty vegan recipes for every meal of the day. From your Saturday morning pancakes to a vegan-friendly version of your mom's famous mac and cheese, with a little prep-work and a few key ingredients, your family can be eating vegan in no time.