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Chef's 'Sessions' to air on MPTCharlie Trotter...

Chef's 'Sessions' to air on MPT

Charlie Trotter (above), owner-operator of the top-rated Chicago restaurant that bears his name, is throwing his toque into the TV cooking-show ring.

Starting Sunday at 3 p.m., the master chef will introduce a 13-part series, called "The Kitchen Sessions," on Maryland Public Television. With jazz playing in the background, the half-hour weekly show features Trotter preparing such dishes as poached beef tenderloin with gnocchi and roasted root vegetables, pumpkin soup with pheasant breast and fried ginger, and chocolate-ginger truffle tart with pear-caramel sauce.

Calendar that's cookin'

Make this year a healthy one with a wall calendar from the American Institute for Cancer Research that offers cooking techniques and recipes. This month, you'll learn how to "Wok, Rattle and Roll" with a tasty stir-fry. The calendar covers the basics of poaching, baking, roasting, steaming and more - all ways to cook healthier, eat smarter and lower cancer risk, the institute says. The cost of the calendar is $5; call 800-843-8114, Ext. 716, with a credit card, or send a check to the American Institute for Cancer Research, Dept. C99, P.O. Box 97167, Washington, D.C. 20090-7167.

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