Organize recipes

Is recipe sprawl spoiling the fun of cooking?

A new book offered by the Junior League of Charleston can help make order out of chaos. The Charleston Receipts Album provides an organized place to collect recipes.

The album features some of the best recipes from the Charleston League's three top-selling cookbooks ("Charleston Receipts," "Charleston Receipts Repeats" and "Party Receipts") on section dividers.

Inside, there are empty plastic sleeve pages and blank recipe cards for collecting favorite family recipes or those torn from newspapers or magazines. If you run out of room, more pages and recipe cards can be ordered.

The album will be available starting Nov. 15 for $19.95. For information or to order, call 763-5284 or visit jlcharleston.org.

-- Teresa Taylor

Portable pickles

Pickles haven't been all that portable until now.

But new packaging from the Mt. Olive Pickle Co. puts pickles in a single-serve cup for the first time, making a convenient to-go snack or lunchbox addition.

Parents we talked to welcomed them as kid-friendly and healthier.

The picklePAK comes in Kosher Dill and Sweet Petite flavors and is sold in packages of four (3.7-ounce) cups. They are priced at about $2.99.

-- Teresa Taylor

Seafood on call

Still not sure which is more eco-savvy, farmed or wild salmon? Snd a txt msg.

The marine conservation group Blue Ocean Institute has launched a cell-phone-based service to send you text messages with the information you need to make smart seafood choices.

Next time you're at the seafood counter or in a restaurant and can't recall whether farmed catfish is managed in an environmentally sustainable fashion, send a text message and within seconds you'll have the institute's take on it.

The group also is launching FishPhone (fishphone.org), a Web site formatted for Web-enabled cell phones and PDAs.

To use the texting service, send a message to 30644. In the message, type FISH, followed by the name of the seafood in question, such as tuna.

-- Associated Press