Cook's Notebook

October 05, 2005


Warm plates before serving pasta on them by draining the pasta in a colander and allowing the hot water to rinse over the plates.

Dara Bunjon of Pikesville

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Macaroni and Cheese -- Learn new recipes for this classic comfort food at 6:30 p.m. Monday at For the Love of Food, 20 Clarks Lane in Reisterstown. $60. At 11 a.m. Oct. 16 learn about breakfast foods. $60. Call 410-833-5570 or 443-865-0630.

"The Fat Guy" --Join Stephen A. Shaw, author of Turning the Tables - Restaurants From the Inside Out, for a wine-and-dine event. Shaw, aka "The Fat Guy," will share experiences at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Gramercy Mansion, 1400 Greenspring Valley Road in Stevenson. $75 per person. Call 410-561-2433.

Wine --A wine-tasting party will be held to benefit the Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Co. from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at the firehouse, 3500 Sweet Air Road. $35. Tickets can be purchased at Bradley's Wine and Spirits, 3348 Paper Mill Road in Phoenix. Call 410-628-0428.

The Silver Spoon --Stop by the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore to witness "Served in Style," a new silver-collection exhibit showcasing more than 2,000 pieces from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors.

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