CATTLEMAN'S CUISINE

The National Cattleman's Association predict that in 1995, beef, in a variety of cuts, will be on tables more often than in 1994 - and will cost less.Americans are projected to eat 25.5 billion pounds of beef in 1995, a 318 million pound increase from 1994.

As for desserts, the cattle guys would recommend ice cream, Jell-O and puddings.

They all contain cattle by-products.

MINT JELLY, ANYONE?

Shari Lewis, whose puppet friend Lamb Chop entertained Aunt Edna many years ago, loves to shock people.

She orders rack of lamb in restaurants just to horrify waiters.

SOME WURSTS

From our files: Over the years, the James Beard Foundation has listed food-related items that reflect bad taste and poor judgment.

A "secret committee of gourmands" representing the foundation has chosen a few "Wurst Award Recipients." Here goes:

Wurst Ingredient: "Partially defatted beef fat tissue" in sausages.

Wurst Food Packaging: One-quart containers with an inch of pancake mix and the rest left empty for water.

Wurst Ice Cream Flavor Tasted in 1991: Pesto (including basil, garlic, Parmesan and sugar).

Wurst New Breakfast Cereal: Blue Corn Flakes.

Wurst Oxymoron: (three-way tie): Twinkie Lites, non-dairy creamer, mild hot sauce.

MCGRITS?

McDonald's is test-marketing grits in Mississippi - and if they get a positive response, they'll introduce this Dixie breakfast MUST throughout the South.

They're also testing McStuffins - a scooped-out baguette filled with pepperoni pizza, Philadelphia-style cheese-steak or barbecued chicken.

Send us your ideas for what food item should be test-marketed in Utah:

You just might win an amazing prize!

Send your idea to:

Food Editor

P.O. Box 1257

SLC, UT 84110

FINAL CULINARY QUOTE OF THE WEAK FOR 1994

"I never loved cooking, just eating."

- Barbara Bush