July 29, 2010
Vagabond Opera will wander into Baltimore on Friday night, bringing with it a reputation for delivering genre-bending, sometimes madcap entertainment. Based in Portland, Ore., the sextet takes its name seriously. "We sing real opera in our shows," says saxophonist Robin Jackson, "and fuse it with other things." In addition to arias, the group puts into the blender such elements as cabaret songs, klezmer tunes, Arabian and Balkan folk music, swing, belly-dancing and a cupful or two of camp.
February 27, 2008
With the exception of an appliance for stone-grinding and kneading whole grains, no fancy gadgets grace the shelves of Sukumaran Muralidharan's North Baltimore kitchen. Two cast-iron woks stacked on the stove, a blender, coffee grinder (for spices) and a motley selection of pots and pans give no hint that within 10 minutes, Muralidharan will produce a vegetarian Indian meal that rivals anything found in local restaurants. He tosses a handful of green chiles, peeled ginger and cilantro into the blender with a soupy mix of fermented cream of wheat and cumin seeds.
August 12, 2007
WHAT TO DO This week in Ocean City 1. HAVE A SUNDAE IN THE PARK / / The free family concert series continues at Northside Park (127th Street and the Bay) tonight with a tribute to Elvis from Jesse Garron. 2. HUNT FOR CROCS / / The ubiquitous summer shoe is a big seller at Coconut Kids, a children's boutique at 8001 Coastal Highway. The store also carries surf wear. 3. SEE A MERMAID / / More than 200 likenesses of mermaids can be seen in an exhibit at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum.
April 22, 2007
As a duo, spinach and feta cross all ethnic bounds and global borders. Throughout the Mediterranean, this couple flourishes. Greek pies such as spanakopita ooze with spinach and melted feta. Turkish phyllo pastries called boreks and even Italian stuffing for vegetables and meats depend on this duo. How did these two become so universally popular? Because they taste so good. SPINACH FETA EDAMAME HUMMUS Makes 4 cups 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed well 1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach leaves, defrosted and squeezed to remove excess moisture 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tablespoons tahini juice of 2 lemons 2 teaspoons hot sauce 1/2 cup crumbled feta salt, to taste 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup shelled, cooked edamame (see note)
May 3, 2006
events virtualchocolate.com Does your tongue hang out when you think about chocolate? Pick up a free program of rotating chocolate wallpapers (or flowers if you're abstaining), send a virtual postcard, browse the bookstore, read about famous chocolatiers and link to the real thing. Knight-Ridder Tribune Kitchen tip "I use my pastry blender to chop avocados for guacamole. It's fast and easy and it keeps them nice and chunky." Jane Trahanovsky, Newport Beach, Calif. Know a helpful shortcut in the kitchen?
February 10, 2006
One more time, father knows best - or at least hits the hardest, especially with the pitcher end of a blender - in the fast and furious Firewall. As Jack Stanfield, Harrison Ford again gets to reveal the mettle behind a white-collar professional and devoted husband, as he did in The Fugitive and Air Force One and his Tom Clancy adventures a decade ago. Ford's latest embattled good guy, a computer security V.P. for a Seattle-based bank, displays as...