The Dish



Creating a catty cocktail

To celebrate the recent release of the movie Catwoman, starring Halle Barry, celebrity hotspot Vela in New York has introduced the purrfect cocktail.

The Cat's Meow is a mix of Kahlua, vodka and, naturally, milk topped off with a set of whiskers.

To make your own, blend 1 1/2 ounces of Kahlua, 1/2 ounce of vodka, 3 ounces of heavy cream (or skim milk) and the desired amount of ice until thick. Pour into a glass. Create whiskers with chocolate or caramel syrup. Top with half-cherry for nose.

Per serving: 476 calories; 2 grams protein; 32 grams fat; 20 grams saturated fat; 21 grams carbohydrate; 0 grams fiber; 117 milligrams cholesterol; 35 milligrams sodium

A new edge for cooks

For those whose left hand is the right one, Wusthof has introduced three new left-handed serrated knives. The models include a classic left-handed 9-inch bread knife, a wavy-edge 10-inch "super slicer" and a classic 5-inch serrated utility knife. Each has the sharp serrated etching on the left side of the blade's edge, rather than the right.

Prices range from $50 to $80. The knives are available in fine specialty and department stores nationwide.

A sugar showcase

You've seen the Air and Space Museum. You've seen the art galleries. This week, take in a new site in Washington - edible art.

The Sugar Art Gallery, a feature of the International Cake Exploration Societe's annual convention, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Ave. N.W.

The exhibit will feature more than 1,000 decorative cakes and showpieces as well as a life-size cherry tree blossoming with sugar flowers. Admission is $10 with proceeds going to support the Hospital for Sick Children in Washington. For more information, visit

To shake things up a bit

If you're looking to add a little extra something to your grilling recipes, try Vanns Spices Ltd.'s new Tea Smoked Sea Salt.

After eight months of development, the Baltimore company has perfected this flavorful product, which is made from Asian black tea leaves and aromatic spices, combined with fire-fueled selections of cherry and maple woods and Pacific sea salt granules. It's a perfect addition to your patio this summer. Sprinkle it on crisp vegetables, potato salad or grilled pork chops.

Tea Smoked Sea Salt is available at Graul's Market in Mays Chapel and Eddie's of Roland Park, retailing at $4.95 for a 3-ounce jar.


Learn to make fast Mediterranean dishes 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at Donna's in Columbia, 5850 Waterloo Road at Snowden River Parkway. $35. Call 410-659-5248, Ext. 112.

The Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food will meet for an innovative Italian meal at Della Notte Ristorante in Little Italy at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12. Cost is $65 per person. Call 410-244-0044 for more information.

Learn to make the most of the season's corn 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Williams-Sonoma, 1725 Annapolis Mall, Annapolis. $40 per person. Call 410-266-3221.

Learn about grilling summer produce 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Whole Foods Market in the Annapolis Harbour Center. Free. Call 410-573-1800 for information.

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