A review of Hot Pockets Sideshots Mini Cheeseburgers, an easy recipe for fruit pies, tips for making baking healthier, and more.

Would You Buy It? Hot Pockets Sideshots Mini Cheeseburgers

Details: The frozen sandwiches, which can be heated in a microwave, consist of seasoned, crumbled beef, cheese and sauce inside a soft bun. Advertised as a snack food, each 2-sandwich serving has 300 calories.

Availability: In the freezer section of supermarkets nationwide.

Comments: Although kids might like the little sandwiches, we weren’t sold on them. “It tastes like a plain McDonald’s cheeseburger.” “Microwaving made the bread tough around the edges.” “It’s not horrible.”

Would you buy it? No.

-- State Journal-Register

Easy recipe: Itsy Bitsy Fruit Pies

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup milk chocolate morsels
4 cups Rice Krispies cereal
2 cups assorted fresh chopped fruits
Frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
Assorted sprinkles

In medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in chocolate morsels until melted. Remove from heat. (Can also be melted in the microwave on low heat). Place cereal in large bowl. Carefully pour melted chocolate mixture over cereal. Gently stir until cereal is completely coated with chocolate.

Spoon cereal mixture into 24 1 1/2-inch muffin-pan cups coated with cooking spray. Using your finger or thumb, press cereal mixture onto bottoms and up the sides of each cup, forming crusts.

Place crusts in freezer for 30 minutes. Remove from freezer. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.

Before serving, fill each crust with fresh fruit. Dollop with whipped topping. Decorate with sprinkles. Serve immediately.

-- Rice Krispies

Tip of the Week: Make baking healthier

- In muffins and quick breads, use three ripe, well-mashed bananas in place of 1/2 cup butter, lard, shortening or oil.

- Or substitute one cup of applesauce per one cup of butter, lard, shortening or oil.

- Whole-wheat flour can be substituted for up to half of all-purpose flour. For example, if a recipe calls for 2 cups of flour, try 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1 cup minus 1 tablespoon whole-wheat flour.

-- American Heart Association

Did You Know?

Florida, California, Georgia, Washington and New York together accounted for 66 percent of the fresh market sweet corn produced in 2009. -- USDA

Food Quiz

This type of Italian-style bacon is made by rubbing salt and black pepper into the "cheek" or "jowl" portion of the pig and curing it for about three weeks:

A. Guanciale
B. Chipolata
C. Pancetta
D. Prosciutto

(www.funtrivia.com)

Answer is at bottom of column

Wise to the Word: Remoulade

Remoulade [ray-muh-LAHD] is a classic French sauce traditionally made by combining mayonnaise with mustard, capers and chopped pickles, herbs and anchovies. It's served chilled as an accompaniment to cold meat, fish and shellfish.

-- Epicurious.com

Number to Know: 25.7

Grams of protein in one can of blue crab – calorielab.com

The Dish On …

“The Berry Bible” by Janie Hibler

Few foods capture the sweetness of nature like fresh berries, whether eaten straight off the bush or baked to perfection beneath a flaky crust. Berry lovers can maximize their enjoyment with “The Berry Bible,” the new offering from James Beard Book Award-winning author Janie Hibler.

Part encyclopedia, part cookbook, “The Berry Bible” begins with an explanation of the health benefits of nutrient-rich berries and goes on to profile dozens of important culinary berries and berrylike fruits.

Tips on how to remove berry stains and freeze for the off-season pave the way for 175 delectable recipes that use cultivated, wild, fresh and frozen berries.

-- Amazon.com

From the Beer Nut’s Blog: A cool beer gadget

A co-worker recently dropped a neat little beer toy onto my desk.

The Brew Master from Excalibur Electronics has reviews of 1,500 different beers, foreign and domestic. You can search for the various beers by style, type, state where it’s from, the brewery or the alcohol content.

The beer is then reviewed on a 100-point scale. It gives good information about the beers.

There also are articles, several toasts, bar games, bar jokes and information about Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the world.

To read more from the Beer Nut, visit http://blogs.townonline.com/beernut/

Food Quiz Answer

A. Guanciale

GateHouse News Service