Junior Bakers

THE DISH

November 26, 2003|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Staff

If you're looking for something to do with the kids, check out Little Hands Cookie Co., 2622 Lord Baltimore Drive, Woodlawn.

Kids ages 3 and up learn to bake cookies from scratch and can sit down and eat their creations. They also prepare packages of dry ingredients to make cookies later at home.

The company can accommodate groups of up to 50. Prices range from $14 for an individual child to $8.50 per child in a group of 10 or more.

The baking sessions are available three times a day, Monday through Friday. Reservations are required. Call 410-281-1004.

Delicious delivery

Have ice-cream lovers on your holiday gift list? You can give them Chubby Hubby, Cherry Garcia, Phish Food and other popular Ben & Jerry's flavors without setting foot in the grocery store.

The ice-cream company is offering six pints of its most popular flavors, or any six pints of its new organic flavors, via mail delivery throughout the continental United States. Cost is $64.95. For information or to order, log on to http: / / store.benjerry.com / icecreambymail.html.

A crack tool for oyster fans

The world may be your oyster, but getting to it can be difficult. That's why Messermeister has introduced a new oyster knife inspired by the tools that chefs use to cook for crowds.

The heavy-duty stainless-steel knife comes with a curved shape and pointed tip, as well as a protective blade guard for safety.

The knife has a suggested retail price of $15. For more information and stores where Messermeister products are sold, call 800-426-5134 or visit www.messermeister.com.

To shake salt habit

Nearly one third of all American adults have high blood pressure, according to a recent study by the University of South Carolina (Columbia) and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

One of the culprits: salt. The researchers found that Americans consume two to three times the recommended level of one teaspoon of salt per day. Most of the salt doesn't come from the shaker, but from packaged foods.

Here are some tips from the Pocket Guide to Low Sodium Foods on how to limit your salt:

* Don't salt your food before you taste it.

* Eat more fruit and vegetables and use fewer prepared foods.

* Read the label to know how much sodium is in each serving.

* Reduce or eliminate the salt in recipes.

* Order low-sodium foods in restaurants.

EVENTS

* Learn to create yule logs at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at For the Love of Cooking kitchen in Reisters- town. At noon on Dec. 7, make a gingerbread house. Classes are $50 each. Call 410-833-5579.

* Take the kids to a tea party at Harbor Court Hotel. The parties are from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20. $32 per person. Reservations required. Call 410-347-9748.

* Wine and cheese tastings will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays starting this Friday through Dec. 23 at Berrywine Plantations-Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy. Call 800-514-8735.

* Learn to prepare holiday hors d'oeuvres 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 at Donna's at Snowden River Parkway, Columbia. Call 410-659-5248, Ext. 112.

* Learn about raw-food nutrition 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 4 at Baltimore First Seventh-day Adventist Church, St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City. $30 per person. Call 410-531-2410.

* The American Institute of Wine and Food-Baltimore / MD Chapter will hold a Seven Fish Christmas Eve Dinner 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Brass Elephant, 924 N. Charles St. $67 for members, $76 for nonmembers. Call 410-244-0044.

* Learn to bake holiday cookies 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd. Registration required. Call 410-313-5085.

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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