Batch of cookbook recipesA cookbook made up of...


May 08, 1994|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff Writer

A FRESH batch of cookbook recipes

A cookbook made up of recipes from children participating in the Food Re-education for Elementary School Health Program (FRESH) at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (formerly Francis Scott Key Medical Center) contains about 75 heart-healthy recipes, designed to be prepared by kids and their families. The program, which involves 10 elementary schools in southeastern Baltimore County, explores the most effective ways to teach nutrition education.

Recipes range from chicken stroganoff and asparagus lasagna to crab soup and blueberry muffins. Each has nutritional information. For a copy, send $5 plus $1 postage and handling to "The FRESH Cookbook," Heart Health FRESH Program, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, 4940 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Md., 21224. Or you can buy a copy at the Heart Health Department, Room 137, B1 South, at the medical center.

Morton's moving

Fans of Morton's, the fine wine and food shop that's dispensed good taste and good cheer on West Eager Street for the past nine years, will be sad to learn that the shop is closing in that location after May 31. Owners Bob Talbott and Janis Talbott have not been able to come to a lease agreement with the Canadian insurance firm that acquired the building.

They are, however, looking for a new location. "We have a couple of places we're looking seriously at," Ms. Talbott says. They expect to be back in business at a new location by early fall. Meanwhile, look for a major sale.

Low-fat cooking

Cookbook author Nancy Baggett, who lives in Howard County, will demonstrate low-fat cooking at the Baltimore International Culinary College Tuesday. Ms. Baggett has written nine cookbooks, including "Dream Desserts: Luscious Low-Fat Recipes," and "100% Pleasure: The Low-Fat Cookbook for People Who Love to Eat." At the event, at the college's Cooking Demonstration Theater, 206 Water St., she will prepare a herb chicken with lime and tomato and a deli-style cheesecake, and ** offer tips on taking the fat out of recipes without sacrificing taste. The demonstration will last from 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Tickets, which cost $10 and benefit the college bookstore, are available at the bookstore, or may be reserved by phone at (410) 752-4983 (also the number to call for more information). There's nothing more frustrating than breaking or losing one part of an otherwise perfectly good appliance -- the lid to the blender, the carafe to the coffee pot. Sometimes it seems there is no alternative but to toss the item and get a new one. But there's a more economical and ecologically sound way to deal with the missing-part problem: It's Culinary Parts Unlimited, based in Pacheco, Calif., which carries replacement parts for more than 20 brands of kitchen appliances -- brands such as KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Melitta, Brita, bodum, Salton, Robot Coupe, Norelco, Mr. Coffee, Braun, Krups and Zojirushi. The company guarantees it will process all orders within 24 hours. To order, call toll-free at (800) 543-7549 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. All major credit cards are accepted. For fax orders, dial (510) 676-3082 24 hours a day. Representatives are trained in appliance workings, and can offer advice on solving a problem.

Hillary Rodham Clinton's chocolate chip cookies, Rep. Ben Cardin's chocolate mousse, and Sen. Barbara Mikulski's crab imperial are among celebrity recipes in a new community cookbook from Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. There are 400 recipes in the book, gathered from volunteers, staff and friends of the agency, which delivers two meals a day, five days a week to homebound residents. Besides appetizers, breads and rolls, extras and side dishes, main dishes and desserts, the book includes a section of "Maryland Specialties," including steamed crabs, crab cakes, curried oysters and St. Mary's stuffed ham. Artwork in the book was contributed by students at Franklin High School in Reisterstown.

For a copy of the book, send $8 plus $1.50 postage and handling to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, 515 S. Haven St., Baltimore, Md. 21224 Or books may be purchased at various kitchen sites around the area. For more information, call Kay Bogdanski at (410) 558-0932.

Here's a sample recipe, from Ms. Mikulski:

Imperial crab

Serves 6

1 pound backfin crab meat

1 green pepper, diced

4 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 tablespoon onion, chopped

salt and red pepper to taste

2 eggs, well beaten (reserve 2 tablespoons)

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

red pepper, to garnish

6 cleaned crab shells

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Pick over crab meat. Combine with salt, red pepper, green pepper, beaten eggs, 4 tablespoons mayonnaise and chopped onion. Fill shells. Add 1 tablespoon mayonnaise to remaining egg and top each filled shell with a bit of the mixture. Dot with red pepper. Bake for about 30 minutes.

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