Wednesday, May 14, 2003

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Yoplait is the latest company to introduce its version of a yogurt smoothie. But unlike Dannon Frusion, Tropicana Smoothies and others, Yoplait claims its drinkable Nouriche provides the "nourishment of a meal," with 20 vitamins and minerals, 10 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber per serving. Available in four fruit flavors, Nouriche is aimed at busy "grab-and-go" women consumers. Sold in most grocery dairy cases for about $1.59 per 11 ounces.

Pastry chef Richard Prince of the Bonbonerie will demonstrate the perfect lemon meringue pie and answer other pressing pie pastry questions during a class beginning at 7 p.m. Monday at Williams-Sonoma Grande Cuisine at Kenwood Towne Centre. $40. Registration: 793-3445.

Market Scan

Mesclun (MEHS-kluhn) is not a variety of lettuce but a mix of young, small salad greens, sometimes also called "field greens" or "spring salad mix." Mesclun, which is common in parts of southern France and Northern Italy, contains varieties such as arugula, dandelion, frisee and radicchio. Look for crisp leaves with no signs of wilting. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator and use as soon as possible. Wash just before using, spin dry and toss with vinaigrettes.

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Jean Vesselle Brut Champagne Reserve ($27.99): This non-vintage French blend of 80 percent pinot noir and 20 percent chardonnay offers a lovely champagne experience without breaking the bank. A medium style with biscuit, and citrus - especially grapefruit - flavors, this wine originates from the appellation of Bouzy, known for pinot noir but gaining reputation for its champagne.

Amy Simmons

Hot Date

The tiny Kentucky town of May's Lick, near Maysville, proudly hosts its Asparagus Festival Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. with food vendors and the opening of the Asparagus Hall of Fame. Later, there's a "Taste of Asparagus," an art show and a parade at 4 p.m. Information: or (606) 763-6823.

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