Cook's Notebook

COOK'S NOTEBOOK

January 24, 2007

KITCHEN TIP

"To test the freshness of an egg without breaking it, place it in enough water to cover it well. If it sinks and lies on its side, it is fresh. If it sinks but stands on end, it is not very fresh. If it floats, don't use it."

King Arthur Flour

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

Beach in a Box -- To help dieters keep their fitness resolutions for the new year, Kraft will bring its South Beach diet "Beach in a Box" to Baltimore. Beach in a Box is always 75 degrees and features floor-to-ceiling windows enclosing a golden, sandy beach and a beachside snack bar. Local fitness expert Julie Funderburke will demonstrate core and cardio exercises based on the South Beach diet fitness program. Schedule: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and tomorrow, Harborplace, 200 E. Pratt St.

Wine dinner --A five-course wine dinner featuring a presentation by master sommelier Jerry Comfort will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Oceanaire Seafood Room, 801 Aliceanna St., Baltimore. $75. Reservations are required; call 443-872-0000.

roadfood.com

Jane and Michael Stern, authors and Gourmet magazine columnists who have been hitting the road for years in search of unsung American eats, have helped create this site, which features a searchable database of their restaurant reviews.

Kate Shatzkin

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