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The term too pretty to eat certainly applies to the line of fine chocolates created by New York designer Maribel Lieberman.

The MarieBelle chocolates, tucked into Italian leather boxes, feature silk-screened works of art on every piece. But you want to overcome your resistance to eating such

pretty pictures to taste the chocolate, made from at least 60 percent cacao. The pieces come in 22 flavors, including cardamom, Earl Grey tea, hazelnut, lavender, passion fruit and saffron.

Prices range from $7 for two pieces to $47 for 25 pieces.

For more information or to order, call 866-925-8800 or visit

Juicy details

If you want to watch your weight, boost your immune system or take care of your heart, Tropicana Products has a new orange juice for you.

The company's new Essentials line has five kinds of juice: Light 'n Healthy, which contains one-third less sugar and fewer calories than orange juice; Healthy Heart, with six vitamins and minerals to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease; Immunity Defense, with vitamins C and E and selenium to support a healthy immune system; Low Acid, with less acid; and Healthy Kids, which contains vitamins and calcium and a kid-friendly taste.

The juices, on sale in grocery stores, sell for $3.29 for a 64-ounce carton.

This pot does a lot

West Bend's Versatility Everyday Cooker isn't your mother's crockpot.

The Versatility slow cooker does make casseroles, soups, stews and sauces, but it also detaches from its heating and serving base so you can cook on the stove top or bake in the oven at temperatures up to 350 degrees.

The Versatility also includes a lift-out roasting rack that can be used for steaming fish or vegetables and the base can be used as a small electric griddle for cooking pancakes and eggs. The pot is also safe for the dishwasher and freezer.

The Versatility Everyday Cooker has a suggested retail price of $57.49. For more information or to find a local retailer, visit

Old, familiar faces

Although they don't look a day over 6, the Campbell's Kids turn 100 this year. The rosy-cheeked, slightly tubby boy and girl were first drawn by Philadelphia artist Grace Drayton at the request of her husband, who was trying to capture Campbell's Soup's streetcar advertising contract in 1904.

Since that time, the kids have been used in campaigns to support the Red Cross, World War II war bonds and Campbell's educational programs.

They have been made into dolls, salt and pepper shakers and Christmas tree ornaments. But while their faces are well-known, the munchkins remain anonymous. Seems that in 100 years, no one has ever gotten around to giving them names.


* Taste recent wine releases from Argentina and Chile 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Bin 604, 604 S. Exeter St. $29 in advance, $35 at the door. Call 410-576-0444.

* Learn how to think like a chef in a four-part class beginning 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at For the Love of Cooking in Reisterstown. The course, which continues on Feb. 26, March 4 and March 18, teaches basic techniques. $45 per class, $175 for series. Call 410-833-5579.

* Learn to make Italian sauce 6:30 p.m. at Donna's on Snowden River Parkway in Columbia. $25. Call 410-659-5248, Ext. 112.

* Learn to match food with Spanish wines 6 p.m. Saturday at Donna's at Cross Keys. $65. Call 410-659-5248, Ext. 112, for reservations.

* An open-hearth cooking class will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster. $35. Call 410-848-7775 or 410-876-2667 for more information.

* Slow Food Baltimore will sponsor A Death by Chocolate Affair 6:30 p.m. Saturday at 2410 Constantine Drive, Eldersburg. $15 for members with a dish, $20 for members without a dish; $20 for nonmembers with a dish, $25 for nonmembers without a dish. Reservations are required. Visit for more information or call 410-467-3191 for reservations.

The Dish welcomes food news and notes. Send to The Dish, Attn.: Liz Atwood, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-783-2519; e-mail

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