March 3, 2007
When the Top 24 were finally revealed on American Idol a couple of weeks ago, there seemed to be an abundance of contestants making the cut whom we'd never seen before. Now I know why: They're boring! We got stuck with Alaina Alexander (now mercifully gone), Haley Scarnato (still around) and Leslie Hunt (also cut this week). It seems as if we saw some more dynamic performers during auditions, so when they threw these people we'd never seen before into the semifinals, the assumption was that they were amazingly good.
October 5, 2003
On Wednesday, October 1, 2003, ANDREW M. ERCOLE. Andy died peacefully with dignity and grace, at his home, surrounded by his family, friends and "Bailey". He is the loved husband of Phyllis; father of Sharon, David, Patty, and Michael and Jeff; he is also survived by ten grandchildren, one great-grandchild and an abundance of loving relatives and friends. If desired, Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Baltimore or the Humane Society.it is both with a cheer and a smile, that his family will hold a private celebration of his life on Saturday.
December 16, 2007
It seems so ironic that the very fields of Antietam, which are today possessed by butterflies and flowers in abundance, should have been the same fields upon which so many died during our Civil War. Perhaps these beauties of creation are trying to tell us something. Dennis L. Durham Bel Air The Sun welcomes submissions for "My Best Shot." Photos should be accompanied by a description of when and where you took the picture and your name, address and phone number. Submissions cannot be individually acknowledged or returned, and upon submission become the property of The Sun. Write to: Travel Department, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or e-mail Travel@baltsun.
December 25, 2002
One of the year's biggest food trends is the emphasis on and importance of fine ingredients. From a local shop devoted to artisanal cheeses to the ever-blossoming number of farmers' markets around the state, high-quality, fresh ingredients are now readily available to both the casual home cook and the local chef. Keeping that in mind, we have selected 12 of our favorite recipes from this past year that make use of this abundance of local resources and at the same time illustrate the great variety available to our readers from the contributions of our regular columnists, local celebrity chefs and home cooks themselves throughout the year.
July 9, 1997
Item: Uncle Ben's Pinto Beans and RiceWhat You Get: 7.5 ounces, or about 3 servingsCost: $1.79Time to Prepare: about 25 minutes, microwave or stovetopReview: Pleasantly surprised at the abundance of beans in this dish, I was also relieved that it wasn't too spicy for kids. (Mine downed it as a side with a hastily prepared taco dinner. Grown-ups might prefer it with a touch of chopped fresh cilantro.) "Perfect for meatless meals," reads the box, but with less than 10 percent of a day's requirement of protein, I'd serve it with grilled meat or top with cheese.
September 23, 1998
1997 Sutter Home Merlot Rose ($6).Wine snobs might scoff at the very idea of recommending a pink merlot from a mass-market producer, but Sutter Home's new product is a classy wine that delivers excellent value. First of all, it's dry - not at all a carbon copy of Sutter Home's popular white zinfandel. That doesn't mean bone-dry or severe, but it's clearly made to go with food. Its pure cherry-strawberry flavors and crisp acidity should match up well with salmon or ham. Sutter Home has found an excellent way to use California's growing abundance of marginal merlot that would never make a decent (( red wine.