Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Cryovaced - generally used with meat products, but many dried goods are packed this way to retain freshness. Cryovacing is a process used to remove any excess oxygen from a bag and than the bag is heat sealed to make it airtight. When receiving meat products that have been cryovaced, keep a look out for products that are discolored and brownlooking, this means the airtight seal has been broken and you should send the product back.
Beef Stick: bone
Thursday, November 27, 2008
We used to get great meals here and take all of our out of town guests here.
The scheduled demonstrations focus on cooks' tools, foods and seasonal recipes and menus. Demonstrations usually take 15 minutes, are free of charge and do not require reservations.
Contact your local store for times.
View demonstration calendar
Eighteen of Hamilton's restaurants throw open their doors for a magnificent feast. By the time you reach midway, you'll be holding your gut and crawling on your knees to the next door. If it's too much, the neighborhood hosts round two Saturday at noon.
9 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 13, Fells Point, free
Fells Point transforms into the workaholic 'hood after welcoming Santa via tugboat; photos with Santa, cooking demos, the Police Athletic League Choir, a Christmas tree sale, and wreath making dominate Broadway Square; Broadway Pier hosts a Punch and Judy show; and Warren Brown hosts a cake-off in his new digs before lighting the tree downtown with the mayor. Plus, a history lecture, a boat parade, and music from the Irish Men's Choir and Crabs for Christmas.
To see a complete listing of all the activities click here
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
THE "UN-BLACK FRIDAY" CELEBRATION- "Black Friday", what many say is the busiest shopping day of the year, will set the scene for holiday fun at Belvedere Square. Typically Black Friday shopping is associated with crazed toy finders, pushing/ shoving and 4am lines for the latest electronics. At Belvedere Square, they're creating a different scene - a calmer, merrier shopping holiday with gourmet food and wine, relaxing entertainment and great, unique gift ideas! With more than 20 distinctive boutique retailers, restaurants, a wine bar and European-style market, there are plenty of gift options available and lots of fun to be had.
In addition, each store will host special holiday promotions and in-store discounts. Plus, shoppers can enjoy activities such as live performances by local musicians, a visit with Santa himself, and discover heart-warming holiday surprises throughout the Square!
The Black Cherry Puppet Theater, who will be staging FREE performances of The Frog Prince at 12:00 noon and 2:00pm.
(inside Daedalus Books & Music)
TnT Steel Drum Band will perform live 11:30-1:30pm and 6:30-8:30pm
Nouveau Contemporary Goods
20% off in-stock merchandise plus martini bar
20% off all merchandise all day
Seated massages 10am -2pm
Enter to win personalized holiday cards ($100 value)
Champagne shopping and sweet treats
Daedalus Books & Music
Nov 28: 10% off all purchases
Jazz with Charlie Sigler 5-7pm
Santa and pictures 2-4pm
The House Downtown
complimentary hot chocolate and cookies
Thymes Frasier Fir – buy one get the second 25% off
The Peanut Shoppe
Discount on ordered ahead items
Cloud 9 Clothing
Register to win a $50 gift certificate
Complimentary sweets in store
Register to win a $100 gift certificate
Complimentary sweets in store
50% off 11x14 prints
And, BYO for your own printing party! Bring in your own beverages as you sit and print images at the Techlab kiosks.
Complimentary beverages and cookies.
in store raffles on some of our most popular items.
50% OFF Selected Evening/Party Shoes and Bags for those two nights.
Some restrictions may apply.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
24 Days • $24* • December 1 - 24 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Nightly
3 Course Holiday Menu for $24 per person* - Includes Holiday Favorites and a glass of wine with dinner.*
J. Paul's • Georgia Browns • Paolo's Ristorante
Old Glory Bar-B-Que • Neyla • 3 Edition
*Exclusive of additional beverage consumption in excess of what is included in package, as well as tax and gratuity. 24 Days of Dining promotion valid on dine in orders only. Glass of wine is house wine, chef’s choice. No substitutions. Not applicable with other coupons or offers, and up to the discretion of management. Valid from December 1, 2008 – December 24, 2008 only.
Tickets on sale at the Growing Up Shoppe
Please bring new toiletries to donate to the families that stay at the Ronald McDonald House
The Baltimore Sun- Seed of change
Takepart.com- Baltimore to open Organic Farm for Schoolchildren
I think it is a great idea- let me know what you think!
- National Parfait Day
- 1715 American Sybilla Masters was the first American granted an English patent. It was for a method of processing corn.
- 1884 John Mayenberg, of St. Louis, Missouri, patented evaporated milk.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
So I was looking for some new fondue things and came across some great stuff. Ok so when I have a baby I want a Fondue Onesie.
Now I really recommend a Rival Stainless Steel Fondue Pot rather than one that uses a burner or candle. This is the one I have and I love it.
If you never have done your own Fondue I recommend this The Everything Fondue Cookbook: 300 Creative Ideas for Any Occasion. I also think having special plates like the Trudeau Round 10 Inch Fondue Plates, Set of 4 because the special sections let you hold the different sauces for your meats.
Now if you don't want to do it at home then you can always head to The Melting Pot.
Just think Black Friday is just a few days away and you can find great deals on Fondue items
Everything for the holidays is just a hop, skip and corner away! Amazing festivities. Fabulous food. And incredibly unique shopping. It all awaits you in your very own backyard. And since you can fill your list without filling your tank, you can shop 'green' by saving gas and the environment. The holidays, like your neighborhood businesses, are just around the corner.
- Party in Pigtown
- Yulefest in Federal Hill
- Shop 'Til You Drop Belair-Edison
- Olde-Tyme Christmas in Fells Point
- Christmas in the Park Brooklyn
- Jingle Bell Parade E. Monument Street
- Skate With Santa Pennsylvania Avenue
- Waverly Wonderland
- Trolleys and Treats in Highlandtown
- Festive First Friday and Holiday Crawl Hamilton-Lauraville
Friday, November 21, 2008
C H R I S T M A S O P E N H O U S E
December 6-7 and December 13-14
Join them to celebrate the holiday season. Sample their wines and
enjoy a tour of the winery or a tractor ride through the vineyard.
There'll be plenty of Christmas cookies, hot cider,
cheese, bread & crackers.
Admission: $8.00/person - includes souvenir glass.
Custom gift baskets availale.
BASIGNANI WINERY - 15722 Falls Road - Sparks, MD 21152 - 410-472-0703
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Power Plant Live! is hosting its Annual Gobble Trot Bar Crawl on Thanksgiving Eve, November 26 starting at 8 p.m. No cost to participate. Look for your chance to win a trip to anywhere in the U.S. at Luckie’s Tavern that night.
Visit www.powerplantlive.com for information.
*Make sure you read each condition for each restaurant.
- National Vichyssoise Day (French-style soup made of leeks, onions, potatoes, cream and chicken stock. It is traditionally served cold)
- 1307 The legendary William Tell shot an apple from his son's head.
- 1922 Marcel Proust died. Marcel Proust was a French writer. On January 1, 1909, he ate a piece of tea-soaked toast whose taste caused on a series of childhood memories. In his 7 volume allegorical novel 'Remembrance of Things Past,' the character Swann has a similar experience when he bites into a lemon cookie (a madelaine) which evokes a similar torrent of memories. This is one of the most ubiquitous (i.e., widely-quoted) allusions in literature.
- 1966 American Roman Catholics are no longer required to abstain from eating meat on Fridays.
- 1970 Linus Pauling declares that large doses of Vitamin C will keep the common cold at bay.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
"As food foodies, our passion is food: We cook food, eat food, think food and dream food, but there are people out there who only do those last two. Did you know that 1 billion people in the world suffer from hunger or malnutrition and about 24,000 people die every day from hunger or hunger-related causes? I plan to help change that.
What are you most thankful for? Let me know by leaving a comment below and I’ll donate a nickel ($0.05) for everyone that does. I realize it’s not all that much by itself, but my goal is to raise awareness and get other bloggers to join in and participate to help feed the needy this Thanksgiving. All comments posted on this post from now until Thanksgiving (Nov. 27th) will be counted and I will donate a nickel for each to The Hunger Site. Simply leave a comment below to tell me (and everyone else) what you are thankful for. Also, make sure to visit The Hunger Site and click on the “Click To Give” button to give for free."
Come Celebrate Their New Release "Leave It Behind"
This pocket frieldny event is RSVP only with a $5.00 admission at the door.
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
All of their poetic beauty aside, pomegranates are nutritional powerhouses. They contain calcium, potassium, and iron, plus compounds known as phytonutrients that help the body protect against heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. According to pomegranates.org,the powerful antioxidants in the fruit also help slow aging and can neutralize almost twice as many free radicals as red wine and seven times as many as green tea. As a further benefit, some researchers suggest that the crunchy seeds help flush fats from the digestive tract.
I love to break one open and eat the seeds as is, but there are also about a million delicious uses for them. A few come to mind: Toss them with a beet salad, include them in guacamole, garnish a savory rice pilaf with them or make pomegranate syrup for ice cream, martinis or pancakes.
The possibilities are endless–an Internet search will provide you with a multitude of recipes, while right here in our archives we have some of my favorites like pomegranate flan or this Persian pomegranate tapenade.
When I was looking around for ideas, I came across a fantastic recipe for using pomegranates–one that honestly I might not have come up with by myself: White bean soup with a pomegranate garnish. Yum! The thick smooth bean soup is topped with the bright bracing tang and crunch of pomegranate seeds. It’s delicious!
By the way, do you know the cleanest and easiest way to remove pomegranate seeds? Start by cutting off the crown, then cutting a fruit into several sections. Submerge a section in a bowl of cool water and roll the seeds out with you fingers. When you have removed all the seeds, drain the water out in a colander.
White Bean Soup with Pomegranate Salsa
Inspired by the Pomegranate Council
2 cups dried white cannelloni beans
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large onions, minced
4 stalks celery, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups cold water
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (see note)
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 shallot, minced
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup freshly minced Italian parsley
1. Make the beans: Pick through the beans and discard any small pebbles or debris. Place beans in a large pot and cover with 2 to 4 inches of cold water. Let soak overnight and then rinse under running water. Return to the pot and cover with 2 to 4 inches of fresh water. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook until very tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Drain well and set aside.
2. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until very tender, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Season generously with salt and pepper.
3. Add the cooked beans and 2 cups of water; bring to boil over high heat; reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes. Cool briefly, then using an immersion blender or standard blender, puree until smooth. Return to the pot and season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm over low heat.
4. For the garnish: In a medium bowl, combine pomegranate molasses, lime juice, and shallot; whisk to combine. Whisk in the olive oil. Add the pomegranate seeds and parsley; toss well.
5. To serve, ladle hot soup into bowls; garnish with a spoonful of the pomegranate in the center of the soup, and drizzle a bit of the olive oil over all.
- National Sundae Day
- 1790 Chrysanthemums were introduced to England from China. Both the greens and blossoms are edible, and are particularly popular in Japan, China and Vietnam.
- 1918 Karen Hess, culinary historian, died. Some of her books were 'The Taste of America' (1977) and 'Carolina Rice Kitchen: The African Connection' (1992). She also annotated Mary Randolph's 'Virginia Housewife' (1983).
- 1938 Typhoid Mary (Mary Mallon) died at North Brother Island, New York City. She was an infamous household cook who was responsible for major outbreaks of typhoid in the New York City area in 1904, 1907, and 1914. She was immune to typhoid, but was a carrier of the bacillus, and spread it wherever she worked as a household cook.
- 2006 A Hong Kong real estate tycoon and his wife paid $160,000 for a 3.3 pound Italian Alba white truffle.
Friday, November 07, 2008
- $35 Dinners, $24 Lunches (prices are per person and do not include beverage, tax or gratuity)
- November 17-21, 2008
- 200 OpenTable Dining Rewards Points
With The OpenTable Appetite Stimulus Plan, you'll enjoy not only specially priced, three-course menus at top restaurants, but you'll also earn double Dining Rewards Points when you book through OpenTable.com. That's 200 Dining Rewards Points for every Appetite Stimulus Plan reservation that you honor!
Please ask for the Appetite Stimulus Plan menu when you are seated.
Follow the link to see who is participating in Baltimore!
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