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RISING TREND

Bagel-lovers, look for the arrival of a tasty cousin - the bialy (bee-AH-lee).

This Jewish-American large yeast roll is round and flat, with a depression in the center, and is sprinkled with chopped onion before baking It is rapidly growing in popularity on the East coast.

The name comes from the Polish city of Bialystok.

FRENCH PHRASE

Julia learned this as a child: haute cuisine. Pronounced OHT kwih-ZEEN, it's the Ooh La Wee way to describe food that's prepared in an elegant or elaborate manner.

In other words, madame . . . the very finest food, prepared perfectly. The French word haute translates as "high" or "superior," and cuisine as "cooking" (in general).

The American version is the famed Quaker OAT Cuisine . . .

CHOCOLATE TRIVIA

When was the chocolate bar introduced? Developed in 1910, this snack staple became popular during World War II, when chocolate bars were issued as part of the Infantry's D-rations.

Who eats the most chocolate (besides Aunt Edna)? The Swiss take the honors, averaging 22 pounds per capita each year. England, Belgium and Germany are close behind, while Americans put away 14 pounds per person each year.

QUOTE DU JOUR

"Fake food - I mean those patented substances chemically flavored and mechanically bulked out to kill the appetite and deceive the gut - is unnatural, almost immoral, a bane to good eating and good cooking."

- Julia Child