Food briefs: Simply food, ALA cereal and wine of the week


Simply fries

The "simple" foods saga continues. Today's four entries are the new Ore-Ida products Simply Olive Oil and Sea Salt Country Style French Fries, Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style French Fries, Simply Olive Oil and Sea Salt Homestyle Wedges, and Simply Roasted Garlic and Herbs Homestyle Wedges.

So what does "simply" mean in the context of a country-style French fry?

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The ingredient labels tell us the regular fries have spices, natural flavor, potato starch and vegetable color that the Simply fries don't, and plain salt where the Simplys have sea salt. The Simplys contain citric acid "(to promote color retention)," and the regular ones have disodium dihydrogen pyrophosphate, which is used to promote color retention.

Cereal ala mode

There were already three kinds of Kellogg's Raisin Bran: regular Raisin Bran, Cinnamon Almond Raisin Bran and Raisin Bran Crunch. Now there's a fourth: Omega-3 250mg ALA From Flaxseed Raisin Bran.

ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) is one of the three "omega" essential fatty acids (nutrients the body doesn't produce on its own). The richest sources of ALA are some seed oils, including flaxseed.

The 23.5-ounce box of Kellogg's regular Raisin Bran costs $3.85.

Wine of the Week

2012 Failla Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Region: Sonoma Coast, California

Price: $34 to $36

Style: Lithe and elegant

What it goes with: Raw seafood, sushi, steamed crab, pan-roasted halibut or salmon

The name, pronounced FAY-la, is Sicilian, specifically that of Anne-Marie Failla, who co-owns this small winery with her husband, winemaker Ehren Jordan. This is a Chardonnay to drink young. It's lithe and elegant with lovely aromas of pear and lemon. Burgundian in style, the 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay was aged in just 50 percent French oak, and of that only 15 percent was new oak.

It's a great bottle to enjoy with oysters or clams on the half shell, with a steamed Dungeness crab or a thick slab of halibut.

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