The Dish


April 23, 2003

Satisfying political palates

For years, Ben & Jerry's has touted liberal causes. Now there's an ice cream for conservatives.

Star Spangled Ice Cream offers I Hate the French Vanilla, Iraqi Road, Nutty Environmentalist and Smaller Governmint.

The ice cream is made and shipped by Baltimore ice cream maker Moxley's, although Moxley's owner Tom Washburn says his company remains neutral in political matters. "We're just hired to fill an order," Washburn said, noting he'd be happy to make ice cream for liberal causes as well.

Star Spangled Ice Cream is the brainchild of New Jersey corporate lawyer Andrew Stein and two Washington consultants, Frank Cannon and Richard Lessner.

Lessner said Stein came up with the idea when he saw a Ben & Jerry's commercial in a movie theater several months ago. "He thought, `Wouldn't it be good if there was a conservative ice cream?' "

The three began selling ice cream on the Internet a month ago, and plan to donate 10 percent of their profits to charities that support the U.S. armed services.

The ice cream is available at A pack of four quarts costs $76, including shipping.

Light, fruity fare

Warmer weather calls for lighter fare. Ambrosia is an oldie but goodie for the neighborhood barbecue or family dinner table. Here's an easy recipe from Dole:

Drain a 20-ounce can of pineapple chunks and an 11- or 15-ounce can of mandarin oranges and combine with 1 sliced banana. Add 1 1/2 cups seedless grapes and 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows. Stir in 1 cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt and sprinkle with 1/4 cup flaked, toasted coconut.

Fun drinks for toddlers

Parents of school-age kids have probably heard by now of Belly Washers, the noncarbonated beverage topped with cartoon characters like Spider Man and Scooby-Do.

Now In Zone brands, the creator of Belly Washers, has a drink for toddlers - Tummy Ticklers. Unlike Belly Washers, these are made with real fruit juice and feature leak-proof character tops such as Barney and Big Bird.

The containers, contoured to fit a small child's hand, are dishwasher-safe and reusable.

They are available now in Target stores and will be in grocery, convenience, mass-merchandise and drug stores later this spring for about $2.50.

The lowdown on onions

Sweet spring onions are in season, bringing flavor to tossed salads and sandwiches.

Onions come in three colors - yellow, red and white. Most grown in the United States are yellow, according to the National Onion Association, which offers the following advice for storing and using onions:

Store onions in a cool, dry ventilated place, not in the refrigerator.

Saute onions on low or medium heat because high heat makes them bitter.

Chill onions and cut into the root last to reduce the amount of eye irritation.


The 4th Annual Garlic Mustard Challenge will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Avalon area of Patapsco Valley State Park. Volunteers will pull the weed from the park and at noon chefs will compete to make the best dish from the garlic mustard. For more information, call 410-480-0824.

Learn low-fat, low-sodium and no-sugar cooking in a three-class series 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 2 and May 6 at A Cook's Table, 717 Light St. $45 per class; $130 for the series. Call 410-539-8600 for reservations.

A Civil War Victorian Tea will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 and 4 at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster. $3 in addition to museum entrance fee. Tickets are available on the days of the event on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 410-848-7775 or 410-876-2667.

See cooking demonstrations by local chefs at the Baltimore Waterfront Festival tomorrow through Sunday on Rash Field at the Inner Harbor. Call 877-BALTIMORE or visit for a schedule of events.

Sample gourmet foods and get spring entertaining ideas at Eddie's of Roland Park Garden Party 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 5113 Roland Ave. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at 6213 N. Charles St. Call 410-323-3656 for information.

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