Cook's Notebook


March 01, 2006

In the news

Looking for crab soup that's a true winner

The Volvo Ocean Race at the Baltimore Waterfront Festival is soliciting original recipes from amateur cooks for its "Ultimate Crab Soup" contest.

The contest welcomes recipes including traditional Maryland crab soup, she-crab soup, vegetable crab soup, Oriental king crab soup and more.

Participants can submit their recipes to rvega@promotionandarts. com or by mail to Ultimate Crab Soup Contest, Baltimore Waterfront Festival, Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, 7 E. Redwood St., Suite 500, Baltimore 21202.

Submissions must include name, address, phone number and e-mail address, if one is available, along with the recipe. Recipes must serve six people and contain some form of crab meat, while maintaining the traditional definition of soup (any combination of vegetables, meat, seafood or fish cooked in a liquid). Entries must be received by March 10.

The contest takes place at 3 p.m. April 30 at the festival at the Inner Harbor. Prizes are $500 for first place, $250 for second and $100 for third. Finalists will be notified by March 30. For complete rules, visit or call 410-752-8632.

Kate Shatzkin


Wine trail -- Join the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail's Barrels on the Brandywine for cellar tours, wine tastings and a variety of events at each of its six wineries in southern Chester County, Pa., from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in March. Buy a Wine Trail Passport, $20, for events throughout the month. Call 610-388-6221 or visit

Winter pastas --Learn to make winter pastas at 6:30 p.m. March 8 at Donna's in Columbia, 5850 Waterloo Road. $35. Call 410-659-5248, ext. 112.

Kitchen tip

"To peel a tomato, impale it on the tines of a fork and immerse in boiling water for 10 seconds. The skin will slip off easily."

John Shields, "Coastal Cooking With John Shields"

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