A honey of an idea


January 21, 2004|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Staff

Looking for a sweet gift idea for your valentine?

How about giving your honey a set of artisanal honey from www.beehivebee products.com? The set comes with nine single-ounce vials corked and sealed with beeswax. Varieties include orange blossom, buckwheat and raspberry. The set is accompanied by a wooden display block and a detailed description of each honey.

Price is $45 plus $9 for shipping.

Whisks that work wonders

Whether you're mixing a salad dressing or frothing a cup of hot chocolate, kitchen toolmaker Kuhn Rikon has a whisk for you.

The company's new collection includes the Galaxy Spring Whisk, a 10-inch-long tool designed to whip up small amounts of heavy cream or make lump-free pancake batter.

The company's Heart Spring Whisk is made to reach pan corners and has a hinged handle that allows the coils to glide across a pan's bottom to mix sauces. The Palm Springs Whisk, which resembles a palm tree, is designed to mix hard-to-dissolve liquids, such as salad dressings and scrambled eggs. And the all-purpose Easy-Store Whisk has a balloon shape that can be flattened for storage.

All whisks are made of stainless steel. They are available at kitchen supply stores for a suggested retail price of $12 to $18. Call 800-662-5882 or visit www.kuhn rikon.com.

Crave something crunchy?

If you're feeling like a nut, try Planters new Nut Poppers, peanuts with a crunchy, flavored coating. The snack is available in three flavors: nutty original, ranch and cheddar.

The Nut Poppers are available in grocery stores in 6.5-ounce bags that have a suggested retail price of $2.49 and 2-ounce bags that have a suggested retail price of 99 cents.

Cool ideas for frozen veggies

Keeping your New Year's resolution to eat more healthfully doesn't mean you have to spend your time slicing and dicing vegetables for dinner.

Frozen vegetables, which are as nutritious as fresh ones, are an easy way to add more produce to your plate. Here are some tips from Green Giant on ways to use those frozen vegetables:

* Make a veggie omelet or frittata for breakfast.

* Add extra frozen vegetables to your favorite prepared soups.

* Top off your pizza, grilled-cheese sandwich or baked potato with green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli.


* Learn to cook Thai dishes 7 p.m. tomorrow at A Cook's Table, 717 Light St. $45. At 5 p.m. Sunday, huddle for a class on Super Bowl entertaining. $45. For these and other classes, call 410-539-8600.

* Join chefs John Walsh and Jerry Edwards for a South American wine dinner featuring wines from Chile and Argentina 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at Gramercy Mansion, 1400 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson. $69 plus tax and gratuity. Call 410-561-CHEF for reservations.

* The Harryman House Restaurant, 340 Main St., Reisterstown, will hold a wine dinner featuring wines of Wente Vineyards 7 p.m. tomorrow. $75. Call 410-833-8850 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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