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  • Tuesday, June 8, 2004 9:00pm
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Consumers can call the toll-free Weber Grill-line for answers to their grilling questions, from preparation to cleanup, recipes and meal planning.

The Grill-line, 800-474-5568, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 364 days a year. It’s closed only on Christmas Day.

It is sponsored by Weber-Stephen Products Company, grill manufacturer, and is staffed by trained specialists ready to address a variety of grilling subjects, including food and product safety. Scheduled guest experts for 2004 include Jamie Purviance, Steven Raichlen, Josh Wesson and Bob Blumer.

Mail grilling questions to grillout@weberstephen.com.

Don’t chicken out

Ever wondered if your chicken recipe has what it takes to win the National Chicken Cooking Contest? Here’s your chance.

The contest features a $100,000 first prize, $10,000 second prize, and $5,000 third prize. A prize of $2,000 is given to fourth place and $1,000 for fifth place.

Fifty-one finalists, one from each state and the District of Columbia) win an expense-paid trip to the National Chicken Cooking Contest on May 13, 2005, in Charlotte, N C.

Entries must be received by Oct. 15. For complete rules, visit www.eatchicken.com.

The contest is sponsored by the National Chicken Council and the U.S. Poultry &Egg Association.

Grilling for the ‘girls’

Elizabeth Karmel’s self-declared mission is to encourage women to fear no fire when it comes to grilling. She runs a Web site, www.girlsatthegrill. com, to help them tackle any grilling challenge.

The logo of the Web site is “If you can eat it, you can grill it!” Among the variety of topics covered is Top Tips, with safety ideas for women to keep in mind, for example:

* Avoid ruining manicured nails by using extra-long grilling mitts to take food to and from the hot grill.

* Tie up anything loose: long hair, long flowing sleeves, long necklaces and charm bracelets.

* Dress for the weather. You’ll be using your grill come rain, sleet, snow or shine.

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