Cook's Notebook

COOK'S NOTEBOOK

December 14, 2005

IN THE NEWS

Places cooks can put everything together

Families who don't have time to cook have two new places to assemble meals they can take home.

Let's Dish, which has stores in Timonium and Bel Air, has a new store at the Snowden Center at 6925 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. It is taking reservations at letsdish.net.

Meanwhile, Dream Dinners, which operates stores in Eldersburg, Silver Spring and Rockville, is to open a new franchise tomorrow at Perry Hall Square, 4353 Ebenezer Road. Reservations can be made at dreamdinners.com.

Both Dream Dinners and Let's Dish allow customers to register for sessions in which they put together meals that they can take home and cook. The staffs of the facilities plan the menus and prepare the ingredients.

Cost at both operations is about $3 per serving.

LIZ ATWOOD

Kitchen tip

To keep herbs and spices fresh, keep them away from heat, moisture and direct sunlight and be sure to replace bottle lids tightly immediately after use.

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.

SITE DU JOUR

ilovefruitcake.com This site is dedicated to promoting a good name for fruitcake. Known for its stigma as a last-minute, thoughtless holiday gift, fruitcake has endured such discrimination for ages. Here's a Web site from Swiss Colony that highlights fun fruitcake facts (and, of course, lets you order a fruitcake from the company). You also can even wear your love for fruitcake on your sleeve with a fruitcake T-shirt available for purchase on the Web site.

BRITTANY BAUHAUS

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