Cook's Notebook


October 26, 2005

In the news

Parade magazine and the anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength are organizing the third annual Great American Bake Sale to help feed the hungry.

The campaign, which continues through Jan. 29, encourages Americans to hold bake sales in their communities and donate the proceeds to Share Our Strength. Money raised will go to charitable groups helping to fight childhood hunger.

For more information or to register a bake sale, go to

Kitchen Tip

If you have an oven that vents the excess heat out the top of the stove through a back burner, then you can place your dinner plates on that unlit burner to warm them.

--Charlene Curry, Bel Air

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 it to


Hot & Spicy -- The hotter the better: Learn to cook with ingredients from Thai Curry to Tex-Mex Chili from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Culinary Arts Center, 1063 N. George St. in York, Pa. Call 800-840-1004.

Pasta -- Learn to make hearty fall pastas at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Donna's in Columbia, 5950 Waterloo Road. $35. Call 410-659-5248, ext. 112.

Getting Game -- Find out how to cook venison and duck at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Rooster Cafe, 6590 Old Waterloo Road, Elkridge. $40. Call 443-755-0600.

Simple Soirees -- The American Institute of Wine and Food/Baltimore Chapter will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Abacrombie restaurant, 58 W. Biddle St., for dinner based on Peggy Knickerbocker's cookbook Simple Soirees. $73 for members, $85 for nonmembers. Call 410-244-0044 or visit

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Great ideas for Halloween treats, menus and parties. Check out the pumpkin cake made in a tube pan and watch how-to videos for popular Halloween recipes.

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