March 5, 2013
Patricia O'Neill from Granger, Ind., was seeking a recipe for making rolled sponge cake filled with strawberry-flavored whipped cream. She said she enjoyed this cake at a wedding when she was a child and has tried to reproduce it but has always failed miserably. I located a delicious and relatively easy recipe for a strawberries-and-cream sponge cake roll on noemptychairs.me , a blog about "good food and good times around the kitchen table," written by Kelly Smith from Pittsburgh.
January 6, 2013
Which came first? The bird or the egg? The answer is both. The clever combination inspires these bird seed eggs from Gardener's Supply. Hang them in your favorite tree and watch the birds flock to them this winter. The colorful seed eggs come in an egg carton, a unique gift for the birder or for kids just learning to appreciate wildlife. Gardener's Supply also offers a pint of seed strawberries to tempt birds. Like the eggs, each is solid seed with a built-in jute hanger. The cost is $15.49 and $19.95, respectively, at gardeners.com.
November 27, 2012
Federal prosecutors in August 2012 announced that two men, Bryan Eammon Williams and Lawrence Lee Hayes, had been sentenced to 11 years and 15 years respectively for their roles in a cocaine distribution conspiracy. The details of the case are rather fascinating if you keep reading, and even moreso if you start connecting dots. The press release about Hayes' and Williams' sentences includes a canned quote from Ava Cooper-Davis, the special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Washington field office, calling the case "drug interdiction at its best.
May 30, 2012
The strawberries you find at area you-pick farms and farmers' markets bear no resemblance to that waxy fruit from the mega mart. They are smaller, uglier, and richer in color and flavor. They taste like a strawberry should taste. They are best if eaten immediately, paired with fresh whipped cream (my favorite way to eat them), but if you need to store them in the fridge, just place them in a plastic bag with a paper towel. Their flavor will change, but they will keep better than being out all night on the counter.
May 22, 2012
United Methodist Church of Savage, 9050 Baltimore St., will hold its annual Strawberry Festival Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Menu includes open pit roast beef sandwiches, pulled beef barbecue sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, cole slaw, baked beans, potato salad, ice cream, strawberries, shortcake and beverages. There will also be a bake sale. Call 301-725-7630.
March 19, 2012
I don't know about you, but this weather has made me want to drink. Hoping to will sunshine and cool breezes, I've been ordering every fruity, refreshing cocktail I can get my pasty, white hands on. I yearn for a summer tan, sun dresses, surf, sand, picnics in the park. Perfect timing, then, for Miss Shirley's to answer the call with their spiked take on a summer classic: the Strawberry Margarita Spritzer•. You may be familiar with the non-alcoholic version; it's Shirley's most popular drink.