The snack staple gets a gourmet makeover

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Grapes make such a handy snack that many cooks forget they can be used in recipes. “It took a while for Americans to think of grapes as an ingredient,” admits James Howard, vice president of the California Table Grape Commission. “But one of the great qualities of grapes is their subtle flavor potential. If you used another fruit, it would color the entire dish, but grapes linger in the background and let other ingredients come forward.” These recipes show how to add grapes to chilled soups, cheesy appetizers, moist cakes, and even tangy pickles. Time to raid the snack bowl.

Nutritional Profile
1 cup red or green grapes contains:

� 104 calories

� 16 mg vitamin C

� 100 IU vitamin A

� 288 mg potassium

� 23 g total sugars

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