A chef in the house is a lifesaverWe didn't realize how...

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January 14, 1998|By Elizabeth Large

A chef in the house is a lifesaver

We didn't realize how many overworked and overstressed people out there were desperate for dinners cooked in their own homes until we ran a story last fall on personal chefs like Almarie Wood of Home Gourmet Personal Chef Service, 410-869-0108 (above).

To find a chef in your area, you can call the United States Personal Chef Association at 800-995-2138.

Only 55 percent of dinners eaten at home include even one homemade dish, while takeout meal orders in the United States have more than doubled in the last 10 years. That's according to a list of fascinating food facts in the 1998 Farmer's Almanac. Other surprises:

* Bagel sales in the U.S. have increased 500 percent in the last three years.

* Fine restaurants are increasingly serving doughnuts for dessert -- an indication of our yearning for old-fashioned things, the almanac theorizes.

* If we do cook, we make extra portions meant for leftovers. The practice is up 30 percent in the last 10 years.

Sweets, swiftly

When you need a company dessert fast, check out the new Something Sweet on the Avenue at White Marsh (410-933-1800).

The shop carries Vaccaro's pastries, Lee's ice cream, customized cakes and pies, gourmet chocolates and much more, all in a nostalgic '50s atmosphere.

Pub Date: 1/14/98

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