Food & Drink

Cookbook will get the project rolling

Sadieville, the Scott County community of about 300 residents, was a bustling railroad town in the early 1900s. A group of citizens and friends is hoping to revitalize Sadieville by bringing cafés, gift shops, antique stores and maybe a railroad museum to town.

To start the fund-raising projects, Friends of Sadieville has produced a cookbook, A Culinary Train Ride. It features recipes from local chefs including Ouita Michel and Nathaniel Henton from Holly Hill Inn in Midway; Kevin Friddle, formerly of Cherry Knoll Inn in Fayette County; and Brad Mitchell from the Governor's Mansion in Frankfort. Recipes also are from Equus Run and Elk Creek vineyards, and Woodford Reserve Distillery. The cookbook is $10. Call Loni Friddle at (502) 570-5935.

A meal and a mystery

Toy Box Catering in Danville is preparing a three-course meal for Bluegrass Mystery Theatre's presentation of Racing Toward Murder at 7 p.m. July 16 at Ashley Inn Bed and Breakfast, 9863 Lexington Road, Lancaster.

Wine and appetizers will be served on the south lawn at 6 p.m. The menu features a salad of mixed greens with pears and blue cheese crumbles, and balsamic dressing; pasta with grilled chicken; artisan bread, and chocolat pots de crème. Tickets are $49.50. Call (859) 494-2877.

Lunch sounds good, too

The Kentucky Historical Society's Food for Thought lunch program for July will feature novelist Mary Ann Taylor-Hall.

The luncheon will be at noon July 21 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 West Broadway, Frankfort. The lunch menu features caprese skewers, Caesar salad, chicken with farfalle and asiago cheese sauce, panzanella, and raspberry trifle. Tickets are $23, $18 for historical society members. Call Julia Curry at (502) 564-1792.When it comes to snacking, consumers often don't know which items are the best. Shape Magazine makes it easy for us by picking the 30 healthiest, tastiest treats for 2010. Their selections contain 200 calories or less, 0 grams of trans fat and no more than 3.5 grams of saturated fat, no more than 400 milligrams of sodium, and no high-fructose corn syrup. The snacks are featured in the July issue. Included are:

■ Annie Chun's all natural Asian cuisine mini won tons in chicken and garlic (50 calories, 1 g. fat for 4 pieces). Made with cabbage, cilantro and soy sauce, these bite-size dumplings taste like the kind you get from your favorite Chinese restaurant, without the MSG. Cost is $3 for an 8-ounce pouch.

■ Dannon Light & Fit 60-calorie packs in strawberry and blueberry (60 calories, 0 g. fat). This non-fat yogurt is a scaled-down version of the original. Cost is $3 for six.

■ Edy's anti-oxidant fruit bar in pomegranate (70 calories, 0 g. fat). You can see the flecks of pomegranate. Cost is $4 for six.

■ StarKist tuna salad sandwich-ready pouch (100 calories, 4 g. fat). No draining or chopping is necessary. Rip open the pouch filled with a mix of chunk light tuna, celery, water chestnuts and dill relish. It's the ideal amount to put on a few crackers. Cost is $2 each.

■ Nestlé cranberry raisinets 100-calorie pack (100 calories, 4 g. fat). These chocolate-covered cranberries provide a boost of anti- oxidants. Cost is $1 each.

■ Skinny Cow truffle bar in white mint (100 calories, 3 g. fat). The mint is refreshing, and the rich texture makes it seem indulgent. Cost is $5 for six.

■ Planters Nut-rition Omega-3 mix (160 calories, 10 g. fat for 1/4 cup). Dried cranberries, walnuts and dark chocolate-covered soy nuts deliver 960 mg. of heart-healthy omega-3s per serving. Cost is $6 for a 9-ounce can.

■ Häagen-Dazs all natural low-fat frozen yogurt in peach (170 calories, 2 g. fat for 1/2 cup). A serving of this frozen treat delivers 20 percent of your daily calcium needs. Cost is $4 for a 13-ounce carton.

■ Atkins Advantage sweet & salty almond crunch bar (180 calories, 14 g. fat). Studded with almonds, peanuts, and sunflower seeds, this snack contains only 1 g. sugar. Cost is $8 for five.