Treats Without Tricks

THE DISH

October 29, 2003|By Eric Thanner | Eric Thanner,Sun Staff

Spooky chicks

Marshmallow Peeps aren't just for Easter. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the popular confection, Just Born Inc. has outfitted its little chicks in their own eerie orange costumes this Halloween.

The Peeps are available in trays of five for 50 cents and 15 for 99 cents at grocery stores and mass merchandisers.

Grand designs

After you've scooped out your pumpkin to make pie and toast seeds, turn the shell into a work of art with the Pumpkin Masters Pumpkin Carving Kit.

The kit includes four carving tools and a 24-page book filled with carving patterns so you can have the best jack-o'-lantern in the neighborhood. The kit is available in supermarkets and drugstores and has a suggested retail price of $6.95.

Want to eat your hat?

Jelly Belly candy maker has some ideas to keep those hungry Halloween ghosts and goblins satisfied. One suggestion: Cookie Witch Hats.

Simply fill a chocolate ice cream cone with chocolate candies, and pipe royal icing around the top edge of the cone. Place a chocolate chocolate chip cookie on top.

Flip the cone upside down so that it rests on the cookie and decorate with more icing and candies.

For the big haul

With Halloween just a couple of days away, it may be difficult to contain the kids' enthusiasm. Try channeling some of their excess energy into making treat holders for the goodies to come. Using simple materials such as construction paper, ribbon and pipe cleaners, the kids can get to work, leaving the parents time to make the last-minute costume alterations.

For ideas and instructions, visit www.verybestkids.com and see the Holidays and Celebrations section.

EVENTS

* Learn to make soups from basic to exotic in a two-class course 7 p.m. tomorrow and Nov. 6 at A Cook's Table, 717 Light St. $95. Call 410-539-8600.

* Explore the wine of Italy's Veneto region 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Donna's Cafe at Cross Keys, 5100 Falls Road. $10 for four wines and hors d'oeuvres. No reservations needed.

* Learn to make low-fat recipes 7 p.m. Tuesday and Nov. 11 at For the Love of Food in Reisterstown. $45 for each class. Call 410-833-5579 or e-mail info@fortheloveoffood.com for information and directions.

* Sample wines and seasonal soups 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Boordy Vineyards, 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes. $8 per person, no reservation required. Call 410-592-5015.

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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