Cook's Notebook

October 12, 2005

Kitchen Tip

When freezing fruit, vegetables and meat, be sure to use freezer bags, which are moisture- and vapor-proof; sandwich bags are not. - - Knight Ridder/ Tribune

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 food@baltsun.com.

SITE DU JOUR

KIPLOG.COM/FOOD/FOODLINKS.HTM

If you want to share your passion for food or just find out what others had for dinner last night, check out this large compilation of food blogs. There are food observations from cooks around the country as well as a number of industry links.

EVENTS

Oktoberfest -- The Brewer's Association of Maryland will hold an Oktoberfest from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Timonium fairgrounds. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 800-830-3976, ext. 108.

FISH -- Learn to cook fresh imported fish at 6 p.m. Monday at the Rooster Cafe, 6590 Old Waterloo Road, Elkridge. $40. Call 443-755-0600.

MUSHROOMS -- Cook with various types of mushrooms and learn their roles in Continental, Asian and American cuisine from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Culinary Arts Center, 1063 N. George St. in York, Pa. $50. Call 800-840-1004.

MEDITERRANEAN STYLE -- Learn to put a Mediterranean twist on traditional soups at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Donna's in Columbia, 5950 Waterloo Road. $35. Call 410-659-5248, ext. 112.

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