August 11, 1997
IT'S A RARE day that I measure milk. Most of the time I use whatever fills the cup or bowl, and when the carton is empty, it's empty. But last winter, while making a traditional family recipe that calls for careful measurement, the quart of milk I'd bought for the purpose came up short; the last cup was only three-quarters of a cup. Too slight a matter to warrant a formal complaint, I muttered a few traditional curses in the direction of the dairy and...
March 21, 2004
IF MONEY is the milk of politics, the gambling industry is a veritable dairy. As state after state legalized gambling in the 1990s, political cups overflowed with gambling money. To a great degree, the industry gets what it wants - government-granted monopolies on huge revenue streams - by serving as a big and reliable source of campaign funds. In Maryland, according to a recent study by Common Cause, gambling interests have given almost $700,000 to politicians during the five years prior to January.
November 14, 2011
The late FBI director J. Edgar Hoover would have hated director Clint Eastwood's new movie about him, but audiences are likely to be intrigued by it. Although "J. Edgar" does not realize its full dramatic potential, it's an ambitious attempt to get inside the mind of a man for whom secrecy was a professional attribute. During his long career, Eastwood's strength as a director has been his adherence to straightforward, deliberately paced storytelling that encourages actors to develop their characters in an incremental fashion.
April 25, 2007
My niece is allergic to dairy products. Can I make Yorkshire pudding without milk, substituting maybe chicken broth? Originating in the Yorkshire region in the north of England, the pudding originally was made in the fat drippings from a roast beef and then served with gravy as part of a roast beef dinner. Mostly crust, it is raised by steam and eggs in a very hot oven, much like its American cousin, the popover. Although milk plays a part in the puffing up of the batter, I don't think its role is critical.
April 2, 1993
For all the Little Leaguers emulating his batting stance, for all the adults who dream of his fame or his bankbook, not enough people apparently care to be like Cal Ripken Jr. in the milk-drinking department.Let's not lay this all at the feet of the Orioles' star and milk pitchman; he's got enough pressure. But for a host of reasons, from changing lifestyles to mixed medical advice, milk drinking ain't what it used to be.That certainly has a major impact on Carroll County, which just dropped from being No. 2 in Maryland milk production (behind Frederick County)
March 24, 1994
Price commissions seldom work for the consumer's benefit. If the commodity is in high demand, the price rises (above or under the table) or the item becomes unavailable. If demand is low, many consumers will find the product or service elsewhere at a market price; the disadvantaged will be forced to pay the artificially set higher price.The proposal to create a state milk price commission is one such animal, even though its dairy farmer advocates claim it would not increase consumer prices.