The Dish



Saving swordfish

The folks who persuaded chefs and diners to give up swordfish a few years ago are celebrating, saying new research shows the fish population has rebounded.

The North Atlantic swordfish have recovered to 94 percent of levels considered healthy, according to SeaWeb and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The groups credit the Give Swordfish a Break campaign, which urged restaurants, consumers and the government to support greater swordfish conservation. Many restaurants stopped serving swordfish, international fishing quotas were reduced and the United States gave greater protection to swordfish nursery areas.

The conservationists say the fish is not out of danger, however, and want the reduced fishing quotas to remain in place.

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Window to wineries on East Coast

With the grape harvest complete and crisp fall days ahead, it's the perfect time to get acquainted with nearby wineries.

To help you get started, check out Marguerite Thomas' Touring East Coast Wine Country (Berkshire House Publishers, 2002, $18.95). This guide is not comprehensive; only three of Maryland's 10 wineries are deemed worthy of a mention - Basignani, Boordy and Fiore. But the book is helpful as a guide to prominent wineries in New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New England. The descriptions of the wineries include a bit of history, types of wines produced and directions on how to reach them.

The book is available at bookstores and from online booksellers.

A sweet tip for Halloween

If you need a quick treat for Halloween tomorrow, Nestle has an answer: ready-to-bake chocolate-chip and sugar cookies with ghost, bat and pumpkin toppings.

The cookies are part of Nestle's latest line of decorative cookies, which includes treats for the December holidays, Valentine's Day and Easter.

The cookie dough contains 20 pre-scored squares and is available in grocery stores for $2.89.

New gadget for coffee fans

For those who tend to be a bit clumsy before their morning coffee, BonJour introduces unbreakable French press coffee makers.

The lightweight polycarbonate carafes come in three styles and two sizes, an eight-cup and a three-cup.

The carafes are available in kitchen stores and department stores at prices ranging from $15 to $30, depending on size and style. For more information, call 800-2BONJOUR or visit


Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Westchester Ave., Catonsville, will hold is annual Apple Harvest Dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets in advance are $9 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-12; at the door, they are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Call 410-747-5841.

Learn to make hearty soups and homemade bread at Donna's Cafe in Cross Keys, 6 p.m. Nov. 6. $45. Call 410-659-5248, Ext. 112, for reservations.

St. John's Lutheran Church, 226 Washburn Ave., Brooklyn, will hold a Harvest Festival 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call 410-355-7295 for details.

Experience Italian cooking with visiting Italian chefs in two classes at Anne Arundel Community College. A class for chefs and other hospitality professionals will be offered from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday or Tuesday. A class for Italian food lovers will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday or Thursday. Each class is $50. For information, call 410-777-2398.


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