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Manufacturer Spotlight March 2006

Foodservice suppliers provide a look at products designed to make an operator’s job easier.

Sarah Lee’s new Wholesome Indulgence muffins and bagels are great-tasting, healthful breakfast options. They contain zero grams trans fats and are a good source of grains and fiber.  Choose from Blueberry, Banana Nut, Cinnamon Pecan Coffeecake or Apple Cranberry muffins or Wheat, Cinnamon Raisin, 100 percent Whole Wheat or Whole Grain Plain bagels.
800-682-7272
www.saraleefoodservice.com

Need fresh ideas for veal? The National Beef Checkoff Program is offering a semi-annual newsletter packed with fun and functional veal information.  Veal Dish features seasonal recipes, new veal products, wine pairing ideas, preparation techniques and visits with celebrity chefs whose own menus feature veal. 312-464-1666
E-mail becky@sccadv.com for a complimentary copy.

Liven up your burger offerings with patties made of all natural pork from Farmland. The meat is USDA process-verified, meaning each animal can be traced, and contains no hormones, MSG or artificial ingredients. The burgers come individually quick-frozen and are available in 4-, 5.3-, 6- and 8-oz sizes. Spice ‘em up with sweet & sour or bbq sauce, chipotle bacon or your chef’s own creations.
800-843-6603
www.farmlandfoodservice.com

Your smallest customers will sit back and stay awhile when you serve them McCain Smiles shaped potatoes. The newest innovation, Cosmic Creations, puts smiling suns, moons and stars into kids’ hands, giving them the crispy outside and creamy mashed potato inside that they love.  With no trans fats, and the option to bake or fry, these are potato treats that parents can feel good about, too. 
800-952-4432
www.mccainusa.com

Promise has reformulated its popular spread. Heart Healthy Essentials blend is low in saturated fat and high in unsaturated fat; it also has no trans fat or cholesterol. The new Promise also contains vitamins and Omega-3s essential to maintaining heart health. This healthy alternative does not sacrifice rich, buttery taste and is available in convenient 5g portion control cups.
800-272-1217
www.unileverfoodsolutions.us

Now there’s a tidier and safer way to offer your customers the finishing touches for their coffee. The EZ-CREAM chilled cream dispenser keeps cream and other dairy products below the recommended 41°F indefinitely. It uses thermoelectric cooling, a quieter, cheaper alternative to mechanical refrigeration. Its tamper-resistant locking top and smudge-proof finish make it perfect for serve-yourself stations.
800-558-8722
www.server-products.com

Mrs. Dash salt-free seasonings from Precision Foods are available in ten flavor profiles and four different sizes.  Choices include Southwest Chipotle, Tomato Basil Garlic, Chicken or Steak Grilling Blend and the classic blend in Original and Extra Spicy; containers come in 21 oz, 6.75 oz, 2.5 oz and individual portion control packet sizes.  With this kind of versatility, Mrs. Dash is equally at home in the back of the house, adding a special something to your recipes, or on guests’ tables, inviting them to have fun seasoning their own meals to taste.
800-442-5242
www.mrsdashrecipes.com

Now there’s a tidier and safer way to offer your customers the finishing touches for their coffee. The EZ-CREAM chilled cream dispenser keeps cream and other dairy products below the recommended 41°F indefinitely. It uses thermoelectric cooling, a quieter, cheaper alternative to mechanical refrigeration. Its tamper-resistant locking top and smudge-proof finish make it perfect for serve-yourself stations.
800-558-8722
www.server-products.com

Take food from the freezer to plate in minutes with the new Hatco Quick Thaw. The patented technology features a combination of regulated water temperature and pressurized sprayers to produce an innovative rapid thawing device. The wall-mounted, stainless steel unit reduces the thaw time of frozen seafood and meat products or items packaged in vacuum bags.
800-558-0607
www.hatcocorp.com

Good news for any operator who pre-portions menu items: every pre-loaded rack of 400 Rack in the Box saddle pack bags includes a disposable cardboard rack, making it easy to set up a work station anywhere. No need to buy, sanitize and store wire racks. The 6 ?” by 7-in. polyethylene bags are leak proof, greaseproof and microwavable too. 
800-338-4433
www.foodhandler.com

The American Egg Board has hatched an updated and expanded version of its website.  Check out the comprehensive foodservice section for all kinds of information on egg products, egg safety, nutrition, merchandising ideas and a feast of new recipes. Simply go to www.aeb.org and click on the Foodservice Professionals tab next time you surf the Internet.
847-296-7043
www.aeb.org

Tyson Crispitos, tortilla-wrapped minimeals or snacks filled with a fruit or protein filling, come fully cooked—just heat and serve. This great lunchtime option is available in many varieties, including indulgent Ham & Cheese, Barbecue Pork, Apple Cinnamon, Very Cherry and more.
800-24-8976 ext. 253
www.tyson.com


Kobe Beef Skewers in Tamari Soy Sauce

Marinated Kobe Beef Skewers:
1⁄2 cup Kikkoman Tamari Soy Sauce
2 tbsp. mirin
2 tbsp. sake
2 tbsp. chopped green onion
11⁄2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
11⁄2 tsp koji miso
1⁄2 tsp. Asian sesame oil
1 crushed garlic clove
11⁄2 lb. Kobe beef ribeye

6 cups dashi
1⁄4 cup Kikkoman Organic Soy Sauce
2 tsp. salt
48 (1 x1 x 1⁄2-in.) pieces daikon radish
48 (1 x 1 x 1⁄2-in.) pieces kabocha squash
24 black mission figs, stemmed and halved
48 (6-in.) bamboo skewers
Currant Teriyaki Sauce (recipe follows)
Plum Shiso Sauce

1. Whisk together tamari, mirin, sake, green onion, ginger, miso, oil and garlic. 
2. Cut beef into 48 (1-in.) cubes; marinate in tamari mixture 1 hr. 
3. In large pot, bring dashi, soy sauce and salt to a simmer. Add daikon and simmer about 10 min., until still slightly resistant. Remove daikon and cool. Cook squash in same manner.
4. Thread each skewer with 1 beef cube, 1 piece daikon, 1 piece squash and 1 fig half. 
5. To order: grill 2 skewers, turning frequently, until beef is med. rare. Brush beef with 2 tsp. Currant Teriyaki Sauce and vegetables and figs with 2 tsp. Plum Shiso Sauce; serve.
Yield: 24 servings

Currant Teriyaki Sauce

11⁄2 cups Kikkoman Organic Soy Sauce
3⁄4 cup mirin
3⁄4 cup sugar
6 tbsp. crème de cassis

In saucepan, simmer all ingredients over med. heat, stirring frequently, until thickened.

Plum Shiso Sauce

1 cup Kikkoman Plum Sauce
1⁄4 cup water
1 tbsp. chopped shiso leaves

Whisk plum sauce, water and shiso to blend.

Courtesy of Ozumo Restaurant and Kikkoman

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