Mom's way: an open book No one cooks like mom. Now...


May 08, 2002

Mom's way: an open book

No one cooks like mom. Now here's a way to record the recipes of the woman who nursed you with chicken soup and cooked fabulous Thanksgiving dinners - personalized cookbooks with pages to write down recipes, hints and notes.

The spiral-bound books are the creation of Catonsville resident Denise D. Kinney and her friend Lynne J. Smith of Raleigh, N.C. So far, they have created four versions of their books - one for brides, one for expectant mothers, one for holidays and one for girlfriends.

The books cost $12.95. To order, call 443-463-0179 or 410-719-7869, or log on to

Taking the Garlic Mustard Challenge

Sure, they can create a truffle sauce and turn duck liver into a delicacy, but here's a real challenge for local chefs - create a dish using garlic mustard, a plant brought by settlers to this country as a culinary herb that has turned into a pervasive weed.

The Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway will hold the third annual Garlic Mustard Challenge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Avalon area of the Patapsco Valley State Park.

Professional and amateur chefs should submit their entries by 12:30 p.m. Dishes will be judged on taste, appearance and originality. Call 410-480-0824 for details.

Energy fare for the fairway

Feeling tired on the tee-off? Fading on the fairways? A California company has the answer: nutritional bars for golfers.

The Back to Nature 1st Tee bar contains 11 vitamins and minerals, including chamomile to reduce stress, hops to reduce anxiety and valerian to reduce stress. It isn't diet food - each bar contains 280 calories. The bars are available in chocolate-peanut and oatmeal-raisin flavors for $2.50 each.

The 10th Tee bar combines vitamins and minerals with green-tea extract to combat mental fatigue and ginseng to improve energy. It's available in chocolate-fudge and honey-peanut flavors, for $2 a bar.

A couple of golfers we talked to liked the taste of both snacks, but thought the 10th Tee Bar would turn into a sticky mess on a hot day.

Firm's offer to spice things up

Grab your measuring spoons. McCormick & Co. is offering $10,000 to the cook who comes up with a winning spice blend using at least two of the company's spices or herbs. Entries must be received by May 31. Call 800-632-5847 or log on to for official rules and an entry form.


Discover new Mexican sauces and summer drinks with Blue Agave chef Michael Marx, 7 p.m. tomorrow at A Cook's Table, 717 Light St. $55. Call 410-539-8600.

Taste French wine and cheeses 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Bin 604 Wine Sellers, 604 S. Exeter St. $35 in advance and $45 at the door. For tickets and information, call 410-576-0444.

All you can eat Mexican food, music and dancing are featured at the 22nd Annual Big Enchilada from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Pythias, 2529 Solomons Island Road, in Annapolis. Benefits various environmental causes. $20. Call 410-263-1998 or 410-268-9783.

Herbal cooking demonstrations will be held at the Piney Run Park Herb Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the park at 30 Martz Road in Sykesville. $4 entrance fee for Carroll County residents; $5 for nonresidents. Call 410-795-6043.

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