Little grill fills the bill

THE DISH

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

Tight on space? Weber-Stephen's new Baby Q grill will let you cook out almost anywhere. The Baby Q, like the Weber Q the company introduced last year, is a portable gas grill with a futuristic design, only the Baby Q is even smaller.

This new model weighs 35 pounds (vs. 41 for the Weber Q) and is only 14 inches high, 27 inches wide and 16 inches deep. It has a cooking surface of 189 square inches.

Although it is small, it is a true grill with a P-shaped burner that emits open flames under a porcelain-enabled, cast-iron cooking grate. The grill is fueled by a 14.1-ounce propane cylinder.

It sells for a suggested retail price of $149 at home centers, hardware stores, department stores and other retail outlets.

Colorful applesauce

Next to macaroni and cheese, the most ubiquitous kids' food may be applesauce. Now Mott's has come up with a way to make its applesauce even more attractive to kids -- candy crystals make the applesauce pop and change colors.

Mott's Magic Mix-ins come in four flavors: watermelon, berry, fruit and strawberry-kiwi. The crystals are packaged with each serving. Just open the pouch and stir them in to see and hear the magic. A package of four sells for a suggested retail price of $1.49 at Wal-Mart and grocery stores nationwide.

EVENTS

* Paula Lambert, cheese maker and owner of the Mozzarella Co. in Dallas, will talk about her handmade cheeses from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Eddie's of Roland Park, 6213 N. Charles St.

* Taste riesling wine from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Bin 604, 604 S. Exeter St. $29 in advance, $35 at the door. Call 410-576-0444.

* Renaissance Harborplace Hotel will present Culinary Extravaganza to raise money for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. The event, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, will feature the cuisine of 25 Baltimore chefs matched by fine wines. Tickets are $150, of which $115 is tax-deductible. Call 410-558-0932, Ext. 3027, or visit www.mealsonwheelsmd .org.

* St. John Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, will have a spaghetti dinner 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the church social hall, 226 Washburn Ave., at 3rd Street. $7 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under. Call 410-355-7295 for tickets and information.

Baby artichokes reach their peak

While artichokes can be found in grocery stores year-round, this is the peak season for baby artichokes.

These golf-ball sized gems aren't immature, but are small because they grow in the shade of the leaves of the large artichoke plant.

To prepare them, trim off the top and bottom, snap off the outer leaves and they're ready for soup, steamer or skillet.

A matter of degrees

Take the guesswork out of knowing when your pan has reached the proper temperature to sear a steak or simmer a sauce.

BonJour, purveyor of gourmet kitchen supplies, has introduced a culinary laser thermometer that instantly measures the temperature of cookware.

The thermometer is shaped like a supermarket scanner and uses infrared technology to measure cookware surface temperatures. A chart on the side tells the ideal range of cooking temperatures for eight frequently used methods, such as warm, simmer, fry, saute and sear.

The tool is available at Williams-Sonoma stores for a suggested retail price of $89.99.

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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