December 18, 2012
Akis Anagnostou is in the zone. Anagnostou, the pastry chef at Ouzo Bay, Harbor East's new Greek hot spot, holds a saucepan at an angle, rapidly stirring its contents with a metal spoon. Every few seconds, he lifts the spoon, pulling with it a long tail of sugary blue liquid that extends back into the pan. After several minutes, he deems the sugar ready, dropping a dollop of the liquid on a nonstick mat. Dipping a small funnel-like tool in the sugar solution, the chef leans over, blowing gently into the funnel as he carefully and slowly draws the tool, and attached sugar, upward.
November 14, 2012
When it comes to holiday desserts, going gluten-free doesn't require hours in the kitchen. "Baltimore is a haven for those who require a gluten-free diet," says Kate Hudkins, the editor of the Gluten-free in Baltimore blog ( glutenfreebaltimore.blogspot.com ). "As the years have gone by, I've seen an amazing increase in the number of options available for gluten-free desserts on menus at local restaurants and bakeries. " So put down the spatula and pick up the phone. Bakeries all over the Baltimore region are whipping up delicious gluten-free desserts that will look great on any holiday table.
November 11, 2012
Add some personality to your meals with these oven-to-table cocottes from the Martha Stewart Collection, a fun way to personalize dishes from baked puddings to casseroles. Each lidded ceramic dish holds eight ounces. Sold in pairs, choose either the green cow/blue duck combo or the red chick/yellow rabbit. The cocottes are oven-safe to 450 degrees and dishwasher-safe. Each box also has a sample recipe. Set of two, $34.99 at Macy's stores and macys.com. — John-John Williams IV , The Baltimore Sun .
August 13, 2012
Baltimore County Restaurant Week runs through Sunday. The county's version , compared to the city's, is either a model of democracy or sheer anarchy, depending on how you look at it. Participating restaurants can offer lunch and dinner menus ranging in price from $10.12 to $35.12 for one, two or three courses. That makes comparing menus kind of tricky. Here, at least, you can see the special menus grouped by price. Dinner $35.12 Artful Gourmet Bistro -- Entree, plus two of the following -- appetizer, soup or salad, dessert The Bowman -- Soup or salad, entree, dessert Linwoods -- Soup or salad, entree, dessert Manor Tavern -- Appetizer, entree, dessert Michael's Cafe -- Appetizer, salad, entree, dessert Milton Inn -- Appetizer, entree, dessert Patrick's Fine Food & Sprits -- Appetizer, salad, entree, dessert Peppermill -- Appetizer, entree, dessert Ruth's Chris Steak House -- Salad, entree, dessert Strapazza -- Appetizer, entree, dessert $30.12 Barrett's -- Soup or salad, entree, dessert Basta Pasta -- Appetizer, entree, dessert Bluestone -- Soup or salad, entree, dessert Cafe Troia -- Soup or salad, entree, dessert Candle Light Inn -- Appetizer, entree, dessert Christopher Daniel -- Appetizer, entree, dessert Costas -- Appetizer, entree, dessert Havana Road -- Salad, entree, dessert Mari Luna...
June 20, 2012
On Sunday night, Pazo celebrates some of the more memorable operas set in Spain with a Night at the Spanish Opera. The evening includes live vocal performances and a multi-course Spanish-themed dinner. The dinner and live performance are $59 per person inclusive. Jim Harp will direct the vocal talents of soprano Colleen Daly, mezzo-soprano Suzanne Chadwick, and baritone Jim James as they sing selections from "Carmen," "Il Trovatore," "The Rabbit Barber of Seville" and "La Forza del Destino.
May 7, 2012
From: Elqui Valley, Chile Price: $13 Serve with: Seafood, salads Find it at: i.m. Wine, 8180 Maple Lawn Blvd, Fulton, and other local wine shops Pedro Ximenez is a white wine grape varietal best known for its role in producing dessert wines in Spain's sherry region and in Australia. But this version from Chile shows it can also produce a compelling dry white table wine. The 2010 Falernia Pedro Ximenez Reserva shows a bright range of flavors: mint and other herbs, lime, grapefruit, pear and minerals.