The Dish



Delicious, yet low in calories

Had a few too many hot dogs and beers this summer? If your shorts are getting a bit too tight, hereM-Fs a tasty, but low-calorie dinner suggestion from the Mushroom Information Center.

In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/2 cup water. Set aside. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil.

Add 4 1/2 cups of sliced white mushrooms and 1 1/2 cups fresh sliced shiitake mushrooms with the stems removed. Cook and stir until they release their liquid, about 3 minutes.

Add 1 large, sliced bell pepper, 4 chopped green onions, 2 teaspoons of minced garlic; cook and stir until mushroom liquid evaporates and garlic begins to brown. Add 1 1/2 cups of cooked chicken, cut into thin strips.

Stir teriyaki mixture and add to the skillet mixture. Cook and stir until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Arrange 4 Chinese cabbage or bok-choy leaves on 4 plates. Spoon mushroom-chicken mixture onto top, dividing equally. Makes 4 servings.

Per serving: 170 calories; 17 grams protein; 6 grams fat; 14 grams carbohydrate; 4 grams fiber. Analysis from the Mushroom Information Center

Local chefM-Fs new line

Mark Salter, chef at the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, has introduced his own line of gourmet salad dressings.

SalterM-Fs Chesapeake Gourmet includes raspberry and passion-fruit dressing; tropical mango, honey and grain mustard dressing; and tamari and orange dressing.

Prices range from $7.95 to $8.95 per bottle. They are available at Wine Cellars of Annapolis and at numerous locations on the Eastern Shore. They also are available online at For more information, call 410-770-3102.

Peachy-keen and more

Just canM-Ft wait to make a Baltimore peach cake? HereM-Fs WonderFruit to the rescue. The Class Produce Group in Jessup has introduced the new line of California peaches, nectarines, pluots and plums to the Baltimore region.

The fruit are picked at their highest sugar level, measured for uniformity and hand-packed in protective plastic containers four or five to a pack. The result, fruit that tastes like you just picked it from a tree.

Look for WonderFruit in Mars, Acme and KleinM-Fs supermarkets at prices between $1.99 to $2.50 a pack. For more information, visit

Cool gift

Looking for an elegant gift to honor a talented chef? Le Cordon Bleu, the company that runs the famed culinary school, has created a polished pewter champagne cooler that resembles a chefM-Fs toque.

The cooler holds two bottles of champagne or can be used as a decorative vase. It stands 9M-b inches high, 7M-b inches wide and 6M-? inches deep. It is available for $395 at or by calling 866-522-6811.


A Bayou Wine Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy. $10 adult admission. Call 800-514-8735 for more information.

Learn to make unusual and tantalizing dishes for your next tailgate party from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Williams-Sonoma, 1725 Annapolis Mall. $40. Call 410-266-3221 for more information.

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