Market's bounty

The Dish

November 19, 2003|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Staff

Strawberry and tomato seasons have passed, but there are still treats to be had at the Baltimore Farmers' Market.

The Sunday before Thanksgiving is traditionally the market's busiest day of the year as consumers stock up on breads, herbs, poinsettias, pine garland, root vegetables, chestnuts and honey for their holiday celebrations. The market is located at Holliday and Saratoga streets under the Jones Falls Expressway and is open from 8 a.m. until sellout each Sunday through Dec. 21.

Rabbits hop onto scene

It's a contest between the fish and the rabbits. Annie's Homegrown, maker of all-natural foods, is challenging the popular Pepperidge Farm Goldfish cheddar snack crackers with its own Cheddar Bunnies. The Annie's crackers are made of organic wheat flour, nonhydrogenated oils and real cheddar cheese.

That might not mean much to the kids who are fond of the Goldfish, but it might mean something to their parents.

The bunnies have a suggested retail price of $2.49 for a 7.5-ounce box and $2.99 for a tray of six 1-ounce packs.

Handling the heat

Here's a burning question: How do you protect your hands when handling hot casserole dishes or cookie sheets? A San Francisco company has developed an alternative to the oven mitt, using the same materials used in firefighters' gloves.

The Ove Glove from Joseph Enterprises is made from DuPont NOMEX and KEVLAR that can withstand a temperature of 480 degrees. The glove will not burn even if exposed to an open flame.

The glove is available at Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Rite Aid and other stores for a suggested retail price of $14.95.

For fast fixings, a time-saver oven

Roast a turkey in two hours? The folks at General Electric say it's possible with their new GE Profile Oven with Trivection technology.

The oven combines thermal, convection and microwave energies to cook recipes up to five times faster than a traditional oven. Simply tell the oven the kind of food, time and temperature and the oven calculates the right combination of energies needed.

The appliance is available in single-wall models for between $2,300 and $2,599; in double-wall models for between $3,699 and $3,899; and in a range model for between $2,799 and $2,999. For information, visit www.geconsumerproducts.com.

EVENTS

* Try all sorts of cranberry dishes 7 p.m. tomorrow at For the Love of Cooking in Reis-terstown. $45. Call 410-833-5579 for this and other classes.

* Twenty-five of Baltimore's top chefs will cook for a good cause at the fourth annual Star Chefs of Baltimore Gourmet Fete 6 p.m. Monday at the Walters Art Museum. Tickets are $125 and reservations are required. Call 410-752-7990.

* Learn to make a holiday menu, including 7-Hour Pot Roast, 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Pine Hill Farms, Upperco. $52. Call 410-833-1108 for reservations.

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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