The Dish


September 14, 2005|By LIZ ATWOOD | LIZ ATWOOD,Sun Food Editor


If you simply can't get away this weekend for the opening of Oktoberfest in Munich, have a party of your own. The German Agricultural Marketing Board offers recipes and entertaining ideas at

One suggestion: warm potato pancakes and a choice of toppings. Just combine 8 cups of loosely packed frozen, shredded potatoes, 4 lightly beaten eggs, 1/2 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper in a large bowl.

Stir until flour is no longer visible. Heat 1 inch of vegetable oil in a large skillet and use a 1/4 -cup measure to scoop 3 piles of potato mixture into the hot oil. Fry on medium-high heat until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Turn cakes and press down with a spatula. Fry until golden brown. Remove onto paper towels. Repeat with remaining mixture. Makes 16 to 20 pancakes.

For a topping, combine 6 ounces of smoked salmon, 1 finely diced large scallion, 1/4 cup of creme fraiche, 1 tablespoon of horseradish and 1 teaspoon of fresh dill. Stir gently and serve.

Per serving: 107 calories; 3 grams protein; 4 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 15 grams carbohydrate; 1 gram fiber; 42 milligrams cholesterol; 90 milligrams sodium

-- Analysis courtesy of the German Agricultural Marketing Board

Gadget tackles shrimp

Just when you thought you had every kitchen gadget imaginable, along comes the Shrimp Butler, promising to relieve you of the tedious job of shelling and deveining shrimp.

Just drop the shrimp in the machine, turn the crank and the shrimp is deveined and the shell loosened. The Shrimp Butler sells for $29.95 and is available at www.shrimpbutler .com and at retail stores nationwide.

Fun for tailgaters

While you may have guessed drinking beer is the most popular activity among tailgaters, in fact, grilling is, according to a survey by Weber-Stephens Products.

The survey found that football games top the list of places where people tailgate, followed by auto races. But the games themselves appear to be secondary. Nearly two-thirds of the respondents said they keep the party going during the game or event.

Mastering the brew

Some like it hot. They just don't always agree on what the it should be -- coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

So for households where everyone wants something different, Tassimo offers a single-serve brewing machine that will do it all. With the press of a button, the machine makes individual servings of coffee, tea, cappuccino, latte, espresso or hot chocolate in less than a minute.

The secret is in the discs that contain Gevalia coffees, Twinings teas and Suchard hot chocolate. Insert the discs into the machine and a computer chip calculates how much water and time each needs. Tassimo is available for $169 in department stores. The discs range from $4.99 to $10.99, depending on the beverage, size and brand. For more information, visit


Learn to make quick, flavorful chicken dishes at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Donna's, 5950 Waterloo Road, Columbia. $35. Call 410-659-5248, ext. 112.

Discover the savory side of apples at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Whole Foods Market, 1330 Smith Ave. Free. Reservation required. Call 410-532-6700 or e-mail molly.kushner

Explore pan-Asian cuisine from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Culinary Arts Centre, 1063 N. George St. in York, Pa. $50. Call 800-840-1004.

Join the Yum Yum Sisters, cooking teachers Sandra Panos and Ilene Spector, for a fall / holiday cooking class at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at Pine Hill Farm in Upperco. $45. Call 410-833-1108 for reservations and directions.

Learn to make custards at 6:30 p.m. Monday at For the Love of Food, 20 Clarks Lane, Reisterstown. $60. Call 410-833-5579 or 443-865-0630.

Taste welcomes food news and notes. Send to Liz Atwood, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-783-2519; e-mail

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