By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2012
It's a moment every dog dreams about and Baltimore baker Duff Goldman is going to be an integral part of it. Uggie, the fetching Jack Russel who won hearts by stealing the show in last year's critically acclaimed movie"The Artist,"is getting his paw prints on Hollywood's walk of fame. And Goldman has the honor of making a cake for the event, which is apparently also part-retirement party for the pup. According to the Hollywood Reporter and the Charm City Cakes Twitter feed, Goldman will create a cake that Uggie is sure to go wild for -- one in the shape of a fire hydrant.
By Andrea K. Walker | May 8, 2012
Just because you're trying to eat healthy doesn't mean totally abandoning your sweet tooth. Healthy eating guru Joy Bauer i ncludes many healthy deserts in her healthy recipe library. This week we feature her soft-baked, chocolate-cherry oatmeal cookies as our healthy recipe. If you have a recipe you would like to share email me at and I will include it on this blog. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups oats, rolled, quick cooking, or old-fashioned rolled oats 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup dried cherries, or dried cranberries 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1 tablespoon canola oil 2 egg whites lightly beaten 1 tablespoon vanilla extract Preparation: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat one or two baking sheets with oil spray In a medium bowl, whisk together the rolled oats, flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2012
Now you can bake like Duff Goldman and the gang at Charm City Cakes. A new line of cake decorating products has just been released by Gartner Studios, a Minneapolis-based stationery company. Duff Essentials include cake mixes, decorating kits, pans and tools. Decorate With Duff includes sprinkles, decorating tools and cake "tattoos" and "graffiti. " And Duff Fondant includes everything you need to make your own extravaganzas. You can see the new Duff products here and here on the Charm City Cakes website.
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2012
The annual Pillsbury Bake-Off concluded today in Orlando, Fla.  The $1 million winner was annonced live on "The Martha Stewart Show. " Here is Christina Verrelli winning recipe for Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream. Among the 100 finalists were two Baltimore area residents. Susann Studz competed in the Entertaining Appetizers category with Sushi-Style Crescent Crab Rolls , and Laura Majchrzak competed in the Sweet Treats category with her original Carrot Cake Tart recipe.
By Julie Rothman, Special To The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2012
Wanda Reynolds from Baltimore was looking for a recipe for baked shad. She remembered seeing a recipe for making the fish some years ago in a local newspaper. She thought the recipe called for a long baking time that helped soften the bones. Pamela Green from Arnold sent in a recipe that she says she found in either The Washington Post or the Capital in Annapolis in the 1980s that calls for wrapping the fish in foil and baking it for six hours at a very low temperature.
By Julie Rothman, Special To The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2012
Janet Brunner from St. Augustine, Fla., was looking for a no-bake recipe for lemon Jell-O cheesecake. Mercedes Shideler from Sebastopol, Calif. shared her recipe for lemon cheesecake that she hopes is the one that Brunner is looking for. This likely is the cheesecake many of us grew up with. Unlike the real deal, even a novice cook can make this and expect good results. With this recipe, you get all the delicious lemon cheesecake flavor without all the extra effort. It's light and tangy — and best of all, it is no-bake.
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2011
When is hard candy more than just something to eat? Perhaps when you make it from 15 pounds of raw materials, stir in blue and green food coloring, add miniature "waves" as the mass hardens, and let the giant aquatic-looking entity surround the tiny lighthouse you've already crafted from other edible objects. "The Thomas Point Lighthouse," the scenic-but-sugary creation of Don and Marlena Dillenbeck of Hanover, is a contender this year in a gingerbread house competition sponsored by the Historic Annapolis Foundation, a contest in which creativity, technical skill and awareness of local history are as important as ingredients to a recipe.
By Julie Rothman, Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2011
Martha Meyers from Manchester was looking for a "good old-time" recipe for oyster dressing. Jeff Tiedeman , the food editor at the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota, saw Meyer's request and shared his family's recipe for the dressing that was passed down to him from his grandmother. He says that he now makes this delicious dressing, as do several of his cousins. His recipe calls for Holland Rusk crackers, a light, crisp, toastlike cracker that may or may not be available in your grocery store but that can be ordered on line from and specialty food sites.
By Amber Owens, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2011
Alexandria, Va. Holiday Boat Parade Enjoy a parade of brightly lit sailboats and powerboats at the 12th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Some 50 decorated vessels will sail from Washington to Alexandria, Va., to showcase their creativity and Christmas spirit while a panel of judges will award prizes in dozens of categories. The morning of the parade, families can enjoy a sightseeing tour at the Potomac Riverboat Company, historical tours and also enjoy shopping at the many designer boutiques in town.
October 5, 2011
Designing a new system of government is hard work. It took our founding fathers months of contentious debate and compromise before deciding that our Congress should consist of members elected both by local district and by state rather than, for instance, an appointed House of Lords and an elected House of Commons. In contrast, the Board of Education Study Commission met briefly over two months and decided, with allegedly little debate or outside input, that elections aren't really as good as executive appointments.
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