September 28, 2010
Rich Hoffman, a chef-instructor at Baltimore International College, shared some culinary truisms with students in his French cuisine class last week. "Everything's better with bacon. " "Never, ever, ever add alcohol to a pan on an open flame. " And, when marinating chicken pieces in red wine overnight for coq au vin, expect this: "Your chicken is going to turn purple. It's supposed to. Don't freak out. " Hoffman teaches aspiring professional chefs at BIC, but the 30 students in this class were there simply to sharpen their skills as home cooks.
February 15, 2009
COLLEGE PARK -It turned out to be the wrong day for Virginia Tech to be playing Maryland, whose fans showed up frantic not only to support their often-undermanned team but also to embrace Gary Williams, its beleaguered coach. From the moment Williams strode onto the court yesterday and pumped his fist at the crowd, Comcast Center was infused with energy. The crowd - including Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who donned a pro-Williams T-shirt - helped pump up the Terps, who responded with an 83-73 victory to square their Atlantic Coast Conference record at 5-5. "They had a greater sense of urgency," Hokies coach Seth Greenberg said of the Terps (16-8)
March 18, 2008
If there were any thoughts that the NCAA women's basketball committee would take the easy way out in bracketing the 64-team tournament field, it dispelled them immediately and kept on dispelling them throughout the seeding process. Right off the bat, the committee elected to take advantage of a change in its principles by putting Big East rivals Connecticut and Rutgers together at the top of the Greensboro Regional. Meanwhile, the panel elected to place North Carolina, the top seed in the New Orleans Regional, in with No. 2 seed LSU, which could play four games in its home state before going to the Final Four on April 6 in Tampa, Fla. Then, the committee passed over Stanford, the Pacific-10 regular season and tournament champion, as a top seed in the Spokane Regional, awarding that instead to Maryland, the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season runner-up.
July 19, 2007
After 20 years of working together at Pete's Grill, a Waverly comfort-food landmark, sisters Cathy Carter and Debbie Crum took a gamble and opened their own restaurant, Two Sisters Grille, in nearby Remington. The offerings and atmosphere of Two Sisters resemble the restaurant they left behind: good, cheap food, with an emphasis on fast, filling breakfast fare such as egg sandwiches ($3), pancakes ($4.50) and French toast ($4.50). Lunch includes meatloaf ($7.95), as well as half-pound burgers ($4.30)
September 24, 2006
HERE'S TEMPTATION NO. 1 IN THE little towns west of Frederick: the porch rocker. Wind your way along Route 34 toward West Virginia, through Boonsboro, Keedysville, Sharpsburg. All the narrow front porches have rocking chairs. In Sharpsburg, the inn's front porch surveys the town's evening life -- damp-haired teenagers walking by under kayaks, the new French bulldog puppy next door, the elderly man with red electrical tape on his glasses holding a mountainous ice cream cone. People watch, rock and ruminate in the quiet.
August 2, 2006
Baltimore in August can feel like one big oven. So why would anyone want to go home and actually turn one on? Fortunately, it's also the season for pristine seafood, beautiful tomatoes and fresh herbs. To take the heat off dinner, we asked local chefs and restaurateurs for some of their favorite no-cook dishes. "You can almost go strictly vegetarian in the summer without even intending to because all the produce is so great," says Laura Dolid, owner of Sun, Moon and Stars Cafe in Owings Mills.