A farmers market starts up in Northwest BaltimoreWhat...

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June 20, 1993|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Staff Writer

A farmers market starts up in Northwest Baltimore

What could possibly make a diverse and developing neighborhood more interesting? Community leaders under the sponsorship of the Northwest Baltimore Corp. thought a farmers' market would be a dandy way to boost the economy of the area and would provide a place for diverse populations to interact.

And so, earlier this month, the Park Heights Community Farmers Market began operating on a parking lot at Pimlico Race Course. The market is open from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays on the lot at the northeast corner of Park Heights Avenue and Belvedere Avenue.

The neighborhood has about 60,000 people, with "a tremendous variety of religious, cultural and ethnic groups," says Jim Marsalek, executive director of Northwest Baltimore. The market one of the best things that have happened. Food is the universal language."

The market, coordinated by Terry Dean, Northwest Baltimore's community services director, features fresh local produce from more than 30 purveyors, as well as such items as honey, jams and jellies, baked goods, and crabs and other seafood. There are plans to invite community organizations and institutions to participate as well.

"The food is great," Mr. Marsalek said.

When busy cook Carolyn Presutti of Baltimore WMAR-2 appeared in a recent Sun story about tips and techniques for coping with mealtime, she was photographed making a dish she calls "Working Woman's Stuffed Shells." She had shared another recipe for the article -- one that was shorter and quicker to prepare -- but many readers asked for the pasta recipe as well. Ms. Presutti said friends and colleagues also asked for the recipe, which she was happy to provide.

Working Woman's Stuffed Shells

Serves 6 to 8

1 pound ground round

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

VTC 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 box frozen spinach, thawed

1 pound (16 ounces) spaghetti sauce, homemade or commercial

1 pound (16 ounces) ricotta cheese

1 egg

1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese (divided use)

1 12-ounce box of jumbo shells

salt and pepper to taste

3 slices salami, quartered into "triangles" (optional)

Brown meat in skillet. Turn off heat, add 1/8 cup grated cheese, 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and set aside.

In a small bowl, mix ricotta cheese, egg and the rest of the grated cheese. Set aside.

Prepare pasta according to package directions, to al dente stage. Immediately rinse in cold water and drain.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

To assemble, spread a layer of sauce in the bottom of a 2-quart round casserole dish with a lid.

Top with a layer of shells, loosely spaced, then a layer of spinach, lightly spread around, a layer of the ricotta mixture, then a layer of the ground round mixture. Repeat layers 3 to 4 times, until casserole dish is full. (The number of layers will depend on how heavily you've spread the ingredients.)

Top with "triangles" of sliced salami, if using. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.

It's time again for clever cooks of all ages to start concocting the recipes that will make them "instant philanthropists" in the Newman's Own third annual recipe contest.

Newman's Own Inc., the food company launched by actor Paul Newman and his Connecticut neighbor, A. E. Hotchner, donates all its after-tax profits to charity. In the "Paul Newman Culinary Oscars," seven finalists will win $150,000 for their favorite charities. Entries, which must use one of the Newman's Own products, must be submitted by August 16. For complete contest rules and official entry forms, call (800) 272-0257 or write to Rules, P.O. Box 8010, Westport, Conn. 06880.

For a free brochure with recipes from past winners in the children's category, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Prize Winning Recipes, Newman's Own, P.O. Box 8010, Westport, Conn. 06880.

A cereal that serves

If you're a fan of natural cereals, you might want to check out the new Kashi Medley from Kashi Co. of La Jolla, Calif. The cereal mixes seven whole grains, sesame O's, nuggets, flakes, and puffs, along with granola, apples and raisins. It's sweetened with fruit juice (pear, peach and pineapple), barley malt and honey. A half-cup serving has 100 calories, 1 gram of fat and 50 milligrams of sodium.

The cereal is available at Giant and Leedmark and at the Golden Triangle and Green Earth natural-food stores. Part of the proceeds will go to a worthy cause. Through July, Kashi is contributing 3 percent of the sales of all Kashi products to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a private non-profit organization that serves as a clearinghouse for information and referrals and lobbies to improve public policy and legislation in the area of domestic violence.

Kashi and the coalition are also sponsoring a national artists-in-residence program at shelters for battered individuals.

For more information on the 1993 Kashi Crusade for Hope, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Kashi Crusade, P.O. Box 8557, La Jolla, Calif., 92038-8557.

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