Exploring a world of good food, cooking


October 27, 2002|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AFEW years ago, my friend Sue Latini and I sat down to plan a motor trip through Italy. We had one month to explore, and we loosely mapped out a route taking in major cities, hill towns and quaint villages. We read all we could about these areas ahead of time - the history, local customs, industry and the beautiful art and architecture.

But one cannot travel the country without paying attention to and enjoying another important aspect - the food. We familiarized ourselves with the various regional cuisine, and found out things we should try, such as the mortadella in Bologna. Our travels there turned out to be an eating adventure.

After that, we took a trip to Thailand. While there, we attended a weeklong cooking school. We learned how to use the intricate flavors of fresh herbs and spices in Thai cuisine. The foods of Thailand turned out to be an adventure in eating as well.

Besides cooking and traveling, Sue and I enjoy growing and using herbs and are founding members of the Friendly Thyme Herb Club. Several years ago, we accepted the invitation to give a cooking program for the club and we named ourselves the Happy Travelers for the demonstration. Since then, the Happy Travelers have presented programs preparing various kinds of foods for the audience.

Both of us enjoy cooking. I belong to two gourmet clubs, while Sue is a food historian, hearth cook and outside oven baker. She presents monthly cooking programs at the Flag House in Baltimore, and belongs to two culinary groups, one in Washington and one in the Delaware Valley. She is the author of At the Hearth - Early American Cooking, which sold out and will be reissued in soft- and hardcover soon.

At 7 p.m. tomorrow, the Happy Travelers will give a demonstration to the Career Women's Group of the Linthicum Heights Woman's Club at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road. Called "Herby Hors D'oeuvres," the program will feature regional and ethnic hors d'oeuvres. Attendees will be given the recipes and sample the food after the program.

The meeting is open to women in the community. The evening group was started to accommodate women who could not attend the club's regular daytime meetings, held the second Tuesdays of the month.

Information: Jo Barker, 410-859-3308.

Domestic violence talk

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church is sponsoring a program on domestic violence at 2 p.m. Nov. 3. Come to find out what a victim can or should do and how you can help. The guest speakers will be from the House of Ruth and Sarah's House.

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church is at 116 Marydell Road in Linthicum.

Information: parish office, 410-859-5633.

Babies in Bloom

The Linthicum Library believes it is never too early to take children to the library. Parents and caregivers are invited to bring children (up to 24 months) to the library for the Babies in Bloom program at 10 a.m. Nov. 6 and 13. The program is a fun-filled half-hour of stories, songs and rhymes designed to stimulate early infant development. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Linthicum Library is at 400 Shipley Road at Hammonds Ferry Road.

Information: 410-222-6265.

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