Cook's Notebook

COOK'S NOTEBOOK

November 16, 2005

Kitchen Tip

For the flair of the season, try adding some pumpkin spice or cinnamon, nutmeg and clove to a hot coffee drink or to creamy crab soups. The flavor makes you feel like snuggling in front of a cozy fireplace!

Kimberly Highsmith, Virginia Beach, Va.

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 food@baltsun.com.

Events

Turkey-less Thanksgiving -- Join the Vegetarian Resource Group for its annual vegetarian Thanksgiving potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Lane. Please contribute a vegan dish that serves four and the recipe on a 3-inch-by-5-inch card. $4, children eat for free. Call 410-366-VEGE.

Herbs -- Learn from Seattle chef Jerry Traunfeld and local chef Alan Dolid how to use ingredients from the garden to create delectable dishes at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sun Moon & Stars Cafe, 400 Red Brook Blvd. in Owings Mills. $79. Call 410-902-1910.

Dinner Party -- Learn how to hold the perfect winter dinner party at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Donna's in Columbia, 5950 Waterloo Road. $35. Call 410-659-5248, ext. 112.

Site Du Jour

OCEANSPRAY.COM

Sure you'll find lots of ways to use cranberries, including tabletop decorations, cocktails and cranberry-sauce recipes. But there's also a nifty Thanksgiving planner that comes with a meal calculator and tips on cooking for a crowd.

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