The company that made "Seattle" synonymous with "coffee" is establishing a foothold in Baltimore. Starbucks Coffee Co. has opened a shop at 6378 York Road, in the York Road Plaza shopping center, serving its trademark dark-roasted coffee and coffee drinks. The shop, which has seating for about 30 people, also sells cookies and biscotti, muffins and scones, cakes and Danish pastries. Customers who want Starbucks flavor at home can choose from 30 types of coffees -- and buy a pot to brew it in, a mug to drink it from or a travel cup that entitles the user to a discount on refills. The shop is open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Calling kid cooks
Quaker Oatmeal has added a new category to its annual "Bake It Better With Oats" recipe contest: Just for Kids, for adult-child duos submitting a cookie, muffin/bread or dessert recipe with kid appeal. For a copy of the contest rules, tips for baking with kids and a free set of recipe cards with recipes from past winners, send a stamped self-addressed envelope to Quaker Contest Rules, P.O. Box 1370, Barrington, Ill. 60011. Here's a sample recipe from Quaker Oats:
Go Bananas Cookie Sundaes
Makes about 2 dozen cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate pieces
ice cream topping, any flavor
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together margarine and sugar until creamy. Add bananas, eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined oats, flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in chocolate pieces; mix well. Drop by quarter-cupfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Spread dough to 3 1/2 -inch diameter. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. To serve, top each cookie with a scoop of ice cream and ice cream topping.
Per cookie: 225 calories, 11 grams of fat, 1 gram dietary fiber, 130 milligrams sodium.
Tea drinkers take note: You can now order Republic of Tea teas from a new mail-order catalog put out by the Novato, Calif.-based company whose motto is "Sip by sip, not gulp by gulp." Flavors range from Mango Ceylon and Blackberry Sage to Rain Forest Herb Tea and Lapsang Souchong. The newest offering is Mate Latte, made from the naturally caffeinated Brazilian herb mate, plus cocoa, cactus flowers and almonds, among other natural ingredients. The catalog also offers teapots and cups and tea collections. For a copy, call (800) 298-4TEA.