Six Kentucky farm families will be featured in a video production about their agricultural lifestyles. Faces of Farming will air on KET beginning Jan. 7.
Franklin County goat producer Ray Bowman is the executive producer, writer and host. Farmers featured in the program are: Howard, David and Caleb Ragland of Hodgenville; Corinne Kephart of Pleasureville (president of the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association); state Sen. David Givens of Greensburg; Davie Stephens of Wingo; Kathy Meyer of Paris (president of the Kentucky Sheep and Wool Producers Association), and Shawn Harper of Benton.
They will talk about their sustainable-farming methods, family involvement on the farm and their love of farming. Go to KET.org for specific air dates.
For the wine lover
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If you're looking for a last-minute gift idea for the wine lover, give a tasting card.
The Holly Hill Inn Wine Guild conducts monthly tastings, with topics ranging from specific grape varietals to wine-growing regions of the United States and the latest trends in American wine making. Individual tasting cards are $30. Season tickets are $330. E-mail Wine Guild leader Steve Mancuso at firstname.lastname@example.org. Holly Hill Inn is at 426 North Winter Street, Midway.
Bittman branches out
New York Times columnist Mark Bittman joins the Cooking Channel in January. His series, The Minimalist, will premiere at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 2.
Bittman is the author of How to Cook Everything and the recently released Food Matters Cookbook. His Minimalist column has appeared weekly in The New York Times for more than 13 years. Go to Markbittman.com or Cookingchanneltv.com.On Jan. 1, many of us will begin our annual diet to lose the holiday pounds. We'll ask, "What should I eat?" But often, no one answers.
The America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook can help us prepare healthy food that tastes good.
The test kitchen has retooled meaty recipes to include more vegetables, thereby boosting their overall nutritional value. If you've had a bad experience with whole-wheat pasta, try it again. The staff tasted 18 brands and found several great choices, including the winner, Bionaturae organic 100 percent whole-wheat spaghetti. The kitchen then developed nutritious recipes designed to work especially well with the nutty flavor of whole-wheat pasta.
■ Get fried flavor without frying. Toasting bread crumbs in a skillet (or in the oven) is the first step to creating a "fried" coating without all the oil or mess.
■ Don't forget the kids. Given the concern about childhood obesity, the test kitchen decided to make over some childhood favorites to be lower in fat and calories but still be kid-friendly.
■ When making multigrain baked goods, no one wants to buy small quantities of seven grains. The test kitchen found that multi-grain hot cereal mix (particularly Bob's Red Mill 7-grain hot cereal) is an easy way to boost nutrition and minimize shopping.
Brazil's nuts for it
The marketing communications brand JWT has predicted brigadeiro to be a hot item for 2011. The most popular treat in Brazil is a candy made with condensed milk and cocoa powder. It's easy to make. Here's a recipe.
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons cocoa
Place sweetened condensed milk, butter and cocoa in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir vigorously and cook mixture until it thickens enough to show the pan bottom during stirring (it will be firm enough to stay together and not spread). Pour into a greased dish and let cool to room temperature (or chill a few minutes in refrigerator). Grease your hands with butter, take small amounts of candy and form them into 11/2-inch balls. Roll the balls in chocolate sprinkles to decorate.
Note: If the balls don't hold their shape, cook the mixture an additional 5 minutes until it thickens up more.