Cups for designer tastes

THE DISH

October 08, 2003|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF

You can sip your coffee in style and donate to a good cause at the same time with the purchase of designer coffee cups from Gevalia Kaffe.

The company, a 150-year-old purveyor of fine European coffee, asked fashion designers Linda Allard, Dana Buchman and Lilly Pulitzer to each design a coffee and saucer set of Rosenthal china.

Sale of the sets goes to support the Kennedy Center Alliance for the Arts Education Network, which provides art education and opportunities for young people.

The sets are available for a limited time at www.tasteforcharity.com for $29.95 each. They also are available in gift sets packaged with the Gevalia coffee that inspired each design.

Having family together at table

Kids who regularly eat dinner with their families are likely to have more nutritious diets and perform better in school than kids who don't. But with work schedules and extracurricular activities, it is sometimes hard to find room for the family dinner each day.

Food giant General Mills and paper-products maker Georgia-Pacific Corp. have teamed up to create Dinner Made Easy, a program that gives parents tips for cutting out the mealtime hassles to increase the chance of the family's getting together for an enjoyable dinner.

Of course, many of the recommendations plug these companies brands, such as Hamburger Helper and Brawny paper towels. But other ideas are good to keep in mind regardless of the products you choose:

* Assign responsibility for choosing one dinner each week to each family member. The person in charge comes up with the shopping list for that meal. That way, picky eaters dont have as much to complain about.

* Come up with a list of six or seven favorite dinner menus that can be prepared in a half-hour or less. Keep your refrigerator and pantry well stocked with convenience items.

* Create a basic grocery list and photocopy it or keep it on the home computer so its always available for easy reference.

For other tips, visit www.dinnermadeeasy.com.

Dressing up pizza with sweet-potato puree

The folks at the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission must have been working overtime to come up with a new batch of sweet-potato recipes. Among their creations are sweet-potato and chocolate-chip muffins, sweet-potato sandwich wraps and this sweet-potato pizza:

Peel 2 sweet potatoes and quarter them. Place in a medium saucepan with 2 whole garlic cloves. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes until softened.

Drain and puree in a food processor with 3 tablespoons of butter, teaspoon of salt and teaspoon of ground pepper. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large saute pan, lightly brown 8 slices of Canadian bacon in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Remove to a cutting board and cut into wedges. Cut 8 slices of pineapple into similar-sized triangles. Spread the sweet-potato puree over 4 six-inch Italian-style flatbread crusts.

Arrange pineapple and bacon pieces on crusts and sprinkle with 1/2 cup mixed shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. Bake 10 to 15 minutes until golden-brown. Cut pizzas into wedges and serve.

For other recipes, visit www.ncsweetpotatoes.com.

Making it real: Mexican flavors

Pace Foods, a maker of Mexican sauces, has a new line to help home cooks create authentic-tasting Mexican dishes such as fajitas, tacos and enchiladas. The flavors include Roasted Ranchero; Verde Sauce With Tomatillos and Jalapenos; Cilantro & Lime; Sweet Roasted Onion & Garlic; and Classic Taco.

The Mexican creations line has a suggested retail price of $2.49 and is available in grocery stores.

Each jar features a recipe and cooking tips.

Events

* Learn about wines and cheeses from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Friday and Oct. 17 at A Cook's Table, 717 Light St. $75 for both classes. Learn to make lobster dishes 7 p.m. Saturday. $65. For these and other classes, call 410-539-8600.

* Watch and taste during a cooking demonstration that combines chocolate delicacies and champagne 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Fretz Corp.'s showroom and culinary theater, 9204 Berger Road, Suite H, in Columbia. The class is among those being offered in conjunction with the Anne Arundel Community College Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute. $49. Call 410-777-2325 for more information.

* Sample Marques de Caceres wines 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Donna's at Cross Keys in Baltimore. $10 for four wines and hors d'oeuvres. No reservations needed. Call 410-532-7611.

St. John Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, will hold a sour-beef and roast-beef dinner 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in the church social hall, 226 Washburn Ave., at Third Street. $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Call 410-355-7295.

The Dish welcomes food news and notes. Send to The Dish, Attn.: Liz Atwood, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-783-2519; e-mail food@baltsun.com.

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