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April 11, 154 Da'y Times. St Ooud M.nn IB People FnlSMDD(il? Matzo tradition6B Chicken delight2B Micro magic4B Deaths8B SECTION Area's German food worth the search Timet illustration by Tonl Weiler alads flake ceimSer stage in spring 1 teaspoon prepared mustard For an easy luncheon, you Hearty salads zest to ease winter routine can't beat a bowl of greens Gannett News Service Spring is the time many of us begin eating lighter meals and getting outdoors to exercise, after a winter of rib-sticking stews and soups, and physical dormancy. But before summer's heat causes us not to want to eat or move at alj, it's a good time to put together hearty salads something to ease us from the cold mto the warm. Some samples follow: CHICKEN POTATO SALAD H4 pounds small new potatoes 1 (10-ounce) can condensed chicken broth, undiluted Mustard Dressing (recipe follows) 1 cup diced cooked chicken Recipes to tickle the palates of your next luncheon gathering follow: MARINATED VEGETABLE SALAD 1 pound carrots, sliced and cooked 1 green pepper, cut in rings 2 onions, cut in rings. 1 cucumber, sliced 2 stalks celery) sliced 1 cup sliced cauliflower 1 cup sliced broccoli 1 (10-ounce) can tomato soup, undiluted 1 cup sugar 34 cup vinegar cup vegetable oil 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon pepper Author tells how rat race and still to escape the make a living By MARY PHILLIPS Time Stiff Writer When your mouth is watering for a slice of cold sauerbraten on a thick piece of pumpernickel bread, what do you do? If you're hungering for German food, you might have to search to find it.

It is a surprising fact that in Central Minnesota, where German names and German traditions are commonplace, restaurants that specialize in German foods are not. Those hard-working German immigrants who settled in Central Minnesota in the mid-1800s evidently preferred eating at home, because restaurants specializing in German food were few and far between then' and now. There is one notable exception. You'll find typical German food prepared by German cooks at Brigitte's restaurants in Clearwater and St. Cloud.

Brigitte Schneider came to Foley from Germany when she was 19. She opened her first restaurant about 12 years ago. The family business has grown a lot since then for Brigitte, 55, and her sons, David, 31, who runs the Clearwater establishment, and Michael, 27, who runs the St. Cloud restaurant. 'The boys cook just like I do," she said.

Brigitte says she exchanged letters with Norbert Schneider for years before she came to Minnesota to marry him. Nowadays "he does all the restaurant book work and fixes everything that needs fixing," she said. A popular item on Brigitte's menu is chicken and steak, marinated in a German sauce before broiling. For dessert, a crust made of pretzel bits and butter, with a cream cheese filling topped with fresh or frozen strawberries, satisfies anyone's sweet tooth, she said. Hamburgers prepared German style, topped with sauerkraut and a slice of cheese in a bun, are everyday specialties at Brigitte's.

German3B New products Cracker Jack has new cereal (with surprises) By PRISCILLA SMITH Gannett New Service The baseball season is officially open. Millions hum "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" as a love of the sport or spring fever lures them to day games. Just as the song says, food eaten at a baseball stadium is an integral part of the outing: "Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd. "Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack. "I don't care if I never get back." Soon, children may be crooning the last two lines to Mom in the grocery store.

Yes, now there's Cracker Jack Cereal. It's being made by Ralston Purina under license from Borden, the makers of Cracker Jack. Just like in the little boxes of Cracker Jack, there's a surprise (smalUoys) inside every package of the cereal. But Jim Reed, of Ralston-Purina's public relations department, says the cereal "doesn't resemble the Cracker Jack you're thinking of." It's not shaped like the caramel-coated popcorn, and it's not even popcorn-based. No, it's "a regular pre-sweetened cereal," he adds, made of "wheat, corn, oats and rice a multi-grain product." The cereal was sold in 12 test-market areas beginning in late February, and did very well, Reed says.

It is scheduled for national release in the near future. The downtown exercise emporium has replaced the singles bar as the place to meet people in the fitness-crazed '80s, say myriad articles in the media. Sales of high-fashion exercise togs for men and women have zoomed upward, and thousands upon thousands commute with gym bags, ready for noontime or evening workouts. Now L'Oreal has decided to cash in on the fitness trend, with its new line of lipsticks, nail polishes and eye shadows called are you ready? Pumping. Colour.

(That means the '4 teaspoon salt Combine vegetables in a bowl. Stir together remaining ingredients and pour over vegetables. Cover and chill overnight. Serve on a bed of spinach or lettuce. MOVIN' MAC 1 package macaroni and cheese dinner 2 cups shredded cabbage xk cup chopped green pepper Vi cup finely chopped onion 3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped 1 cup salad dressing V4 cup dairy sour cream 1 tablespoon prepared mustard 4 teaspoon salt Prepare dinner as directed on package.

Add remaining ingredients and mix lightly. Press into a lV4-quart mixing bowl. Chill several hours or overnight. Unmold on serving plate, if Lunch3B IThe main message is that choices about the way we part of our lives which He says the book isn't about work dropouts or about how to get a job. "The main message is that most of us do have some choices about the way we organize and manage that part of our lives which is devoted to earning income." Among the alternatives are freelancing, consulting, working at home, flex-time, job-sharing and part-time employment.

When a company offers flextime, an employee has more freedom in setting his own working hours. Under a job-sharing arrangement, two people split the hours of a full-time job. Had the telephone been perfected before the factory, he says in his book, "It might never have occurred to anyone to travel to an office to make telephone calls all day." Another objective of the book is to stock: A bring summer's 1 cup sliced celery 4 cup sliced pimento-stuffed green olives Mi cup chopped toasted walnuts cup sliced green onion (stallion) 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley Crisp lettuce leaves Cook potatoes, covered in chicken broth, until tender. Drain potatoes, reserving broth. Prepare mustard dressing.

Slice potatoes and combine with chicken, celery, olives, walnuts, green onion (scallions) and parsley. Add cooled mustard dressing and toss lightly. Chill. Serve on lettuce. Makes six servings.

Salads3B particular age group. Still, he estimates, more than half the workers in the nation probably aren't suited for a "working free" situation. An "in-between" position for people who need some stability in their life is a steady part-time job that provides regular income but allows a significant amount of time for freelance projects and other art-time work. Freelancing, consulting and similar jobs independent of a large organization allow you to work during the hours when you're most alert, creative and productive, some observers say. Accountemps, an employment agency for temporary accounting jobs, asked 120 personnel directors to estimate the percentage of a typical employee's working day that wasn't spent working; answers ranged from 10 percent to 55 percent, with 32 percent the average.

But is it a sound idea to leave a steady, full-time job when you'll also probably lose a pension, health and life insurance, and other benefits? "That's a judgment each individual must sort out for himself," Applegath replies. a bust? Washington, DC, financial planning firm, says she doesn't recommend takeover stocks to clients. "We are much more conservative, The mentality of a financial planner is more long-term you're thinking more of (the client's portfolio) 10 years from now than next month," she says. Bakke also noted that individual investors simply don't have the specialized knowledge and research in most cases to figure out the likelihood of a merger going through. Michael Aronstein, a portfolio strategist with Merrill, Lynch Co, agrees.

"I stay away because I know who I'm competing with," he says, speaking of the Wall Street risk arbitrageurs, who spend all their time trading in takeover stocks. "I'd be better off playing golf against Tom Watson for money. They don't give anything away in this game. Very few individual investors can do it By MARY ANN THOMPSON Gannett Newt Service It's the time of year for meetings to really pick up steam. And more often than not, groups are turning to salads for their luncheon gatherings.

Salads of one kind or another have been enjoyed for centuries, according to "Better Homes and Gardens Encyclopedia of Cooking," beginning with ancient Greeks and Romans, who ate salads made of greens. They can be as simple or as complicated as the creator deires. The old favorites remain popular, but ingredients have been added over the years to make them whole meals. Cracker Cereal Gannett News Service Here's the new Cracker Jack cereal. same as "color," but on Madison Avenue, someone decided foreign spelling is more chic.) Pumping Colours include Racing Pink Sportif (that's French for and Toned-up Taupe.

Japanese fashions are a major influence worldwide, as are their electronic products of all kinds and their cars. Sushi restaurants dot the landscape throughout the United States, and tofu is becoming commonplace. What's left to import from the Land of the Rising Sun? Noodles. And what's more (unlike the dry, highly processed instant ramen noodle soups currently available in many supermarkets), the new noodles are making claims of being nutritional, according to New Product News. The Oak Feed company of Coconut Grove, is bringing out a 26-vari-ety line of Genmai Udon Japanese pasta, made from 100 percent brown rice.

The noodles can be served hot, cold, as a main or side dish, or in soup. Soken Trading in Mill Valley, is issuing Japanese Jinemjo Noodles, made from buckwheat and "wild mountain potatoes." These imports may also be used in any form desired cold, hot, in other dishes or not. By CLIFF SMITH Gannett Newt Service A growing number of people across the country today would swap big earnings for a life better balanced between work and leisure, according to a Massachusetts writer and work consultant. 'They envy others who have greater control over their own time instead of those who make a lot of money. It's the new status symbol," John Applegath said in a phone interview.

And if you have enough motivation, self-discipline and ability in a particular line of work, he says, you may be ready to break away from your "bureaucratic work setting," otherwise known as the 9-to-5 rat race. Then you, too, could go skiing in the middle of the week, for example, or take off each year for a couple of months in Europe or the Caribbean. He wrote a book, "Working Free: Practical Alternatives to the 9 to 5 Job," which was published about 1 V4 years ago by the American Management Association. But it didn't get into many bookstores, he says. Editors of Ballantine Books felt it had broader appeal, so they republished it in paperback.

Takeover By MERYL GORDON Gannett News Service NEW YORK When you read in the newspaper that the SureThing Co. has offered to pay $40 per share for the stock of Great Buy now trading at $30 per share, should you call your broker to get in on the action? Brokers and investment advisers caution that buying stocks involved in mergers can be a very tricky though potentially lucrative business, and isn't for the weak of heart or pocketbook. "The takeover game is a very dangerous one," says Evan Katz, a certified financial planner with Shear-sonAmerican Express office in Short Hills, N.J. "I think people can take a look at it, but I'd want to know what the value of the company is that's being taken over. In the event that the deal doesn't materialize, I want to know, will I be wounded badly?" He and other brokers warn that most of us do have some organize and manage that is devoted to earning John Applegath Author and consultant make conventional workers aware that there are "an awful lot more people than you realize who are making a living in an unconventional way.

In most major cities, for example, 15 percent to 20 percent of the workers do their work at night. That's a large part of the population." In American culture, "the message we all get these days and this is especially true for women is how to make it as a corporate executive. Completely overlooked is the fact that a very large percentage of the work force is made up of people earning a decent living in all sorts of ways that have nothing to do with corporations or traditional bureaucratic systems." Finding success at more autonomous and flexible work arrangements isn't restricted to men or women, Applegath says! Nor is it confined to a boon or company, Great Buy. It was trading at $25 per share before merger rumors helped push the stock price to $30. Once the merger offer is announced, you decide to buy stock but by the time your broker gets your order in, the stock has gone up to $34 per share.

Still, you stand to make $6 per share, a nice quick profit, if SureThing's $40 per share offer comes through. But if the merger is called off, the stock is likely to fall back to $25 per share and you would have lost $9 per share. "Each situation requires an in-depth analysis of the risks involved, and the risks a client is willing to take," says Katz. Susan Bakke, a vice president at Alexandra Armstrong Associates, a uiurvrjio, auviocio uiyc auuui 1 when buying stocks in mergers while most mergers, once announced, actually go through, if a deal fails it's possible to lose a lot of money. That's why they recommend that investors interested in playing the takeover game shouldn't put all their money in one deal at a time, but should diversify and invest in several merger situations simultaneously.

"You shouldn't have more than 20 percent of your assets in any deal," advises Michael Sofia, head of E.F. Hutton's equity research. His firm is one of the rare brokerage companies that provides daily and monthly rec-( ommendations on investing in takeover stocks. For a look at how things can go wrong, let's take our hypothetical.

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