Cook's Notebook

COOK'S NOTEBOOK

October 19, 2005

KITCHEN TIP

Use a stainless-steel knife when cutting sweet potatoes to prevent them from darkening.

North Carolina Sweetpotato Commission

Know a helpful shortcut in the kitchen? Send it to Liz Atwood, Food Editor, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278 or e-mail to food@baltsun.com.

EVENTS

Oysters -- Learn how oysters grow and indulge in fresh seafood at the Pier V Oyster Festival from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday on the waterfront side of McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, 711 Eastern Ave. Free. Call 410-234-1300.

Book Bash -- Local cookbook authors Kerry Dunnington and John Shields will be among those helping celebrate Book Bash, the fund-raiser for Literacy Works, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Greetings and Readings in Hunt Valley Towne Centre. The event includes food and drink by local caterers. $60 in advance, $70 at the door. Call 410-887-2001.

Harvest dinner -- Join the American Institute of Wine and Food for a fall harvest dinner at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Gertrude's at the Baltimore Museum of Art. $70 for AIWF members, $84 for nonmembers. Call 410-244-0044 or visit aiwf.org.

Old-Fashioned Cooking -- An open-hearth cooking class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster. $35. Call 410-386-3880.

SITE DU JOUR

EATSMARTGROWSTRONG.COM

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