Club Med

* 2 cups crushed, stemmed,
firm-ripe strawberries
(approximately 1 quart whole)

* 3 cups sugar

* 3/4 cup water

* 1 3/4-ounce packet Kerr Fruit Pectin

           In a large bowl, combine crushed strawberries and sugar. Mix well. Let stand for 10 minutes. In a small saucepan, combine water and pectin. Mix well. Heat to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil for one minute. Pour hot pectin mixture into strawberry mixture and stir vigorously for three minutes. (There will be a few remaining sugar crystals.) Immediately fill hot, sterilized half-pint jars, leaving a half-inch headspace. Wipe jar tops and threads clean. Place lids on jars and apply screw bands. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours or until set. Store jam in refrigerator up to three weeks or in freezer up to three months. Yields six half-pints. For assistance with recipes, altitude adjustments, and other home canning questions, call Kerr's new toll-free hot-line: (800) 344-5377.

           FATHER'S DAY FODDER: If you're looking for something to do for Father's Day weekend, keep in mind the Stone Arch Festival of the Arts, presented by Gedney, The Minnesota Pickle. Held along the Mississippi and Historic Main Street of St. Anthony Main on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to dusk, the festival offers live music on two outdoor stages, live artist demonstrations, Minnesota Historical Society guided walking and bicycle tours, the Loft poetry and fiction readings, Minnesota Parenthands-on activity tent, strolling performance art, RiverCity trolley rides, human arch bridge sculpture, and a Hmong children's photo exhibit. Bring pocket money: over 125 artists will be hawking their work... If you don't have dinner plans made yet, consider Murray's Steak House (26 S. Sixth St., Mpls.), as grand as simple meat and potatoes can get, which is grand indeed. You can enter your dad in Murray's "Putt-Putt Contest" and win him (with any luck) a package of New York strip steaks to take home. Dinner served from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Call 339-0909 for reservations... Or, if you think that your dad would prefer his meal in motion, consider taking him on a journey aboard the Minnesota Zephyr, where he can relax and enjoy a gourmet, five-course white linen meal served in an elegant dining car while riding though the St. Croix River Valley. June 16th boarding begins at 11:30 a.m. with a noon departure. Call (612) 430-3000 to reserve seats.

           SUMMER SOLSTICE SMOKER: Café Un Deux Trois (114 S. Ninth St., Mpls.) presents its sixth evening dedicated to the art of eating, drinking, and smoking--and they aren't talking chips, suds, and generic menthols. Starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, slightly before the sun reaches its northernmost climb, the Cafe will be the site of a glorious cocktail hour, complete with Pacific Northwest Samish Bay Oysters on the half shell with a tarragon and shallot mignonette. Dinner, at 6:30, will feature a first course of halibut and giant bluefin tuna carpaccio with lemon, extra virgin olive oil, and chives, followed by a baby spinach salad with warm sherry bacon vinaigrette and truffled croutons. Next comes grilled spring rack of lamb with horseradish gnocchi, Swiss chard, and cremini mushrooms, followed by a double double chocolate bombe glace. Every guest will receive several cigars, including a Dunhill Centenas, courtesy of Rich Cummins and Lane Ltd. and Mark Taggatz of Tobacco Road. The all-inclusive price for the evening is $85 per person. For reservations, call 673-0686. Free valet parking is available after 6 p.m.

           BEING NICE TO HERBS: Can't get tickets for any cool rock festivals this summer? Not to worry, here's an alternative for seekers of alternative: Herbfest '96. This year's theme is "Tradition Meets Science." "We attract the alternative contingent and have a funky dance under the stars, as well as a tribal drumming circle around a bonfire," explains Herbfest coordinator Marilyn Gerhold, adding that the fest is "part Woodstock and part professional's summer camp." The admission price, $165 per adult if preregistered by July 22, and $45 for children under 17, covers the entire weekend, including a T-shirt, six vegetarian and vegan meals and camping on the grounds. HerbFest is held August 16-18 in Norway, Iowa. For more information, call or write for a complete HerbFest '96 program guide: Herbfest '96, P.O. Box 299, Norway, Iowa, 52318, (800) 669-3275.

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