December 13, 2012
Center Stage is throwing a pie party on Sunday night at Liam Flynn's Ale House . The event is a promotion for the theater's current production of "Bus Stop. " The public is invited to show up at Liam's with their homemade pies, which will be judged by a three-person panel of experts. You don't have to bring a pie to the Pie Lab, but the winner of the pie contest will win four tickets to any Center Stage production this season. All entrants, regardless of their pie's quality, will be entered to win tickets to "Bus Stop.
October 26, 2012
"This isn't rocket science," assured John Azzolini, as he methodically attacked a lifeless mound of dough with his trusty rolling pin: four words that were music to my ears. John's a brilliant electrical engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, and I was a guest at the house he shares with Mary Ann, his bride of 41 years. Both are native New Yorkers and they share an Italian ancestry: Her maiden name was Vinticinquo. What better locale than the kitchen of their lovely North Laurel home for me to receive the secret ingredients that make a genuine New York pizza?
October 9, 2012
Karen Licarowitz from Baltimore was looking for a recipe for a no-bake brandy Alexander pie. Barbara Aswad from Gambrills sent in a recipe for the pie that she said appeared in an article in The New York Times by Craig Claiborne in 1975. As it turns out, that was not the first time the recipe had appeared in the Times. According an article by Amanda Hesser in the Times magazine written in 2006, the recipe had originally run in paper in January 1970 and at the time was one of the three most-requested dessert recipes.
August 21, 2012
Pining for homemade pie, but don't want to crank up the oven while summer's still upon us? Then skip those preheating rituals in favor of no-bake pies. Also known as icebox pies, these delightfully retro desserts require minimal fuss and kitchen time, making them ideal summertime desserts. A no-bake pie generally begins with a cookie-crumb crust, which cradles some type of filling. Think pudding, custard and mousse. Creamy cheesecake, perhaps. Or airy whipped cream and fresh fruit combos.
August 20, 2012
It is no longer amazing that our major political party, the Democrats, are hell bent on spreading gambling across our state when just a few years ago they said no thank you to Gov.Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican. If this isn't obvious to the readers by now I don't know what else to say. Once again I can see that the politicos have sliced up their piece of the pie, and now they are satisfied. We will probably once again vote them all back in for the next four years and listen to our fellow Marylanders complain.
July 19, 2012
Melvin G. "Mel" Trimble Sr., a colorful and loquacious character I got to know some years ago, had one of the more interesting and necessary jobs with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and with its successor company, Chessie System. It relied upon his powers of persuasion and absolute patience. Mel, who was 89 and lived at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, died late last month. After graduating from City College in 1941, the South Baltimore native began his B&O career as a stenographer in its real estate department.