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February 02, 2005|By Liz Atwood | By Liz Atwood,Sun Food Editor

Getting a grip on chopsticks

Today might be the day of the groundhog, but next week will mark the beginning of the Year of the Rooster.

Enjoy a Chinese New Year celebration Feb. 9 by teaching the kids (or maybe yourself) to use chopsticks.

Here are tips from Panda Express restaurants:

Place one stick so that it is cradled between the base of your thumb and forefinger. Hold it in place with the tip of your middle finger as though you were holding a pencil.

Position the next chopstick, the pivot stick, so that it is pinned against the side of your index finger by the end of your thumb. Make sure the ends of the two sticks line up.

Holding the base chopstick firmly, place a small amount of pressure on the pivot stick, using the tip of your thumb as its base and your index finger to entice the movement. The chopsticks should move like a pair of tweezers with the end of the pivot stick moving toward the end of the base stick.

Chefs huddle to help homeless

The Ravens won't be going to the Super Bowl this year, but Baltimore's Pierpoint Restaurant chef Nancy Longo is.

Longo (pictured) will be among chefs from 32 National Football League cities preparing dishes at Taste of the NFL to raise money to fight homelessness and hunger. She will be joined by Ravens offensive lineman Mike Flynn.

Longo, who has attended the event in the past, will create Gingered Maryland Crab Spring Rolls With Green Thai Asparagus Curry.

To purchase a booklet with her recipe and those of the other participating chefs call, 952-835-7621. Cost is $19.95, with proceeds going to charities that help the hungry and homeless.

Knowledge kids can digest

Saxton Freymann, a New York illustrator who has found a niche making food look adorable in illustrations for children's books, has a new book, Food for Thought (Scholastic, 2005, $14.95).

In this latest work, oranges, peppers, mushrooms, bananas and all kinds of other produce are assembled to help teach children shapes, colors, numbers, letters and opposites.

Kids will love the bright colors and grown-ups may never look at a pineapple the same way again.

Look for Freymann's latest in bookstores and among online retailers.

What goes fine with wine

Beer may be the beverage of choice at most Super Bowl parties, but don't forget the wine. The Wine Market Council has these recommendations for food-and-drink pairings:

Potato chips -- light and crisp pinot gris

Tortilla chips and salsa -- chardonnay

Popcorn -- chardonnay

Pretzels -- white zinfandel

Nuts -- beaujolais, chianti or sangiovese

Vegetables and dip -- merlot

Pizza -- whites: chardonnay or pinot grigio, or reds: chianti, syrah and zinfandel


Savor red wines and chocolates with your valentine 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and during the same hours Feb. 12-13 at Berrywine Plantations-Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy. Call 800-514-8735.

Celebrate Jamaica with music, food and stories noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ras Doobie de Chef Catering and Cafe, 213 Penn St. Call 410-752-3896.

The Center for Poverty Solutions will hold its 14th annual Chocolate Affair from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at M&T Bank Stadium's North Club Level Lounge. $60 in advance, $70 at the door. Call 410-366-0600.

Learn to make frosted brownies, top-notch lemon bars and apple-pie bars 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 10 at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Road, Columbia. $19, plus $15 materials fee. Call 410-313-4700 or visit the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks Web site at / RAP / RAP_HomePage.htm.

Roll your own sushi 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Arnold campus of Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. $46. Enrollment limit: 16. Call 410-647-7100 or visit

Make a Cajun feast 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 8 at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Road, Columbia. $19, plus $15 materials fee. Call 410-313-4700 or visit the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks Web site at / RAP / RAP_Home Page.htm.

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