Cook's Notebook

September 28, 2005


Trader Joe's celebrates Pikesville opening

This weekend Trader Joe's will celebrate the opening of a new store at 1809 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.

Drawings for free groceries, product demonstrations, food tastings and balloons will be some of the attractions at the 10,370-foot store in the Festival at Woodholme.

Trader Joe's, which specializes in selling unique groceries at affordable prices, offers more than 1,000 items under its private label.

The Pikesville store, located in the space previously occupied by Sutton Place Gourmet and Balducci's, is the company's seventh in Maryland.



Safeway has expanded its online grocery delivery service to the Baltimore-Washington area.

The service includes delivery of prescription refills and same-day delivery for orders placed before 9:30 a.m., at no extra charge. Orders are delivered daily between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., within a two-hour time slot selected by the customer. Deliveries are made six days a week.

First-time customers who type in the code "FREE" at checkout will receive free delivery on their first order. The cost of the service is $9.95 on orders $50 to $149 and $4.95 on orders over $150.



When picking apples for a pie, you're looking for flavorful fruit that holds its shape and doesn't become mushy when baked. Try McIntosh, a red-skinned variety with juicy, aromatic flesh, which is particularly well-suited for pairing with Granny Smiths for apple pies.

Know a helpful shortcut in the kitchen or a tip for getting your dishes to turn out just right? Please send your tips to Liz Atwood, Food Editor, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278 or e-mail to


TASTE OF BETHESDA / / Fifty restaurants and four entertainment stages are featured at the 16th annual Taste of Bethesda festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1. Admission is free but food from the various restaurants must be purchased. The event is located three blocks from the Bethesda Metro station. For additional information, call 301- 215-6660 or visit the Web site at

BAVARIAN FOOD / / Create and taste traditional Bavarian dishes such as apple strudel, sausages and knockwurst from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Culinary Arts Centre, 1063 N. George St. in York, Pa. $50. Call 800-840-1004.

SEAFOOD / / Watch a demonstration of the basics of seafood preparation 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Donna's, 5950 Waterloo Road in Columbia. $35. Call 410-659-5248, ext. 112, to make a reservation.

STIR-FRY / / Join the American Institute of Wine and Food / Baltimore Chapter for a Chinese banquet and talk by Grace Young, author of The Breath of a Wok, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Chinatown Cafe, 323 Park Ave. $69. Call 410-224-0044.

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