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.
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.
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.
October 2, 2011
I have no beef with the student Republicans. Oh, I disagree with them about affirmative action, and probably a dozen other things as well. But I am not troubled - amused, but not troubled - by the way they've expressed their view. Unfortunately, others have been less sanguine. The story goes as follows: The GOP student group at the University of California at Berkeley wanted to illustrate its opposition to pending legislation that would allow state universities to consider race, gender, ethnicity and national origin as factors in admission.
August 18, 2011
Since moving to Carroll County last fall, Terry Pitt has found herself immersed in pastries and books. As the founder of The Stone Soup Foundation, a nonprofit that provides meals for the homeless and people in need in Carroll County, Pitt raises money for the organization by combining two of her hobbies - baking and reading. "When I moved here to Carroll County last October, I decided to take a different direction," said Pitt, a professional caterer for more than 11 years.
November 30, 2010
Doris Malin from Baltimore was looking for some recipe ideas for using leftover baked potatoes. She says that frequently the potatoes are so large, she only eats half at a meal and saves the other half instead of throwing it out. She was looking for some creative ways to use the saved potatoes. Betty Hamilton from Bend, Ore., sent in a recipe for making a soup that uses leftover baked potatoes. She says that this simple soup makes the perfect winter comfort meal when served with garlic bread and a green salad.
November 4, 2010
A Northern Virginia baking company is moving its operations to Prince George's County, where it will employ 60 people, with plans to nearly double its workforce in the next three to five years. Gold Crust Baking Co. of Alexandria, a 10-year-old company, produces more than 20 million pounds of dough annually for hotels, restaurants and caterers in the Mid-Atlantic region. The company tapped financing support from Maryland Economic Development Corp., a quasi-state agency that pursues job creation projects, to borrow money at a lower interest rate.