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Grandmom’s Crab Soup

By  •  2 weeks ago

My mom’s crab soup is a classic. It’s simple, easy and incredibly comforting. Like a lot of things she made for us over the years, the recipe wasn’t written …
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The best egg salad

By  •  2 weeks ago

THE BEST EGG SALAD

INGREDIENTS 8 cooked eggs, peeled and coarsely chopped 1/3 cup mayonnaise 3 tablespoons crisp celery, chopped 2 teaspoons Maille Dijon mustard ½ teaspoon Maille whole …
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Weeknight Tomato Sauce

By  •  2 weeks ago

WEEKNIGHT TOMATO SAUCE

INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 tsp coarse salt 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper 1/4 cup …
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Ways You Can Help Support Local Restaurants

By  •  1 month ago

I am creating a very simple newsletter as a way to keep people in Baltimore informed on ways we all can support our favorite local restaurants. Each week, …
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Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup

By  •  1 month ago

HOMESTYLE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced 2 stalks celery, sliced 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced 2 garlic …
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The Best Little Cooking Project You Will Do Over and Over

By  •  1 month ago

This is how my brain works. See a photo on Instagram. (The photo above, specifically.) Screenshot it. Think, “I need to figure out how to make that.” Forget the …
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These are a few of my favorite things.

By  •  2 months ago

Since March, like most people, I have been hunkering down at home. A lot. Very thankfully, I like where I live and as luck would have it, I rescued a …
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In Search of New Food Inspiration

By  •  5 months ago

At first — after the Bon Appetit scandal news broke — I was somewhat conflicted. As a middle class, middle-aged white female home cook, I was totally in their …
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Sometimes you just have to start over

By  •  5 months ago

Friends and strangers alike have asked me things like, “why in the world did you scrap years of work in building an Instagram following as Charm City Cook?” or …
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The Sandwich of Summer

By  •  5 months ago

I’m not usually one to have very strong opinions about how a particular thing SHOULD be made. Rather, I think you should eat what you want, how you want. Except …
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The path to a more open mind and kitchen

By  •  7 months ago

 

If you know me — or at least the social media me — you know that Ina Garten taught me how to cook. And so did Martha Stewart, The …
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Miss You.

By  •  9 months ago

I’ve been trying to wrap my head around this whole quarantine thing. Trying to write something meaningful or helpful. But I just keep writing sappy notes about the places and …
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Diving Into Your Pantry – Cooking On The Fly

By  •  10 months ago

Cooking on the fly. Riffing. Making it work.

Pantry (or freezer, fridge) dive cooking is something I really only started doing once I became a confident cook. But …
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Soft Fried Eggs aka “Dip In Eggs”

By  •  10 months ago

How you like your eggs is a very personal thing. I like mine barely runny, kinda jammy. Some people can’t handle a runny yolk, some only like their eggs …
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A Steak Game Changer: The Reverse Sear

By  •  10 months ago

The reverse sear. I first heard about a chef friend who suggested I try it. He explained with great enthusiasm how it worked and how amazing the steak would be. …
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Three Questions

By  •  10 months ago

When people I don’t know find out that I write about food in Baltimore, depending on the person, I can get one of a few questions. If the question is …
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A Love Letter to Roast Chicken

By  •  11 months ago

Roast chicken. I love you so much. And you really made me a cook.

Here’s the thing. Just the idea of cooking a whole chicken scared the tar outta …
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Cookbooks

The Inspiration I Never Even Knew

By  •  12 months ago

I never met any of my grandparents. But, every time my mom was about to have a baby – which was a lot – her mother would …
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Charm City Cook: Kitchen Essentials

By  •  12 months ago

Some things are more important than others when it comes to cooking tools and equipment: knives, cutting boards and pots for starters. Take knives for example…when I was starting out, …
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Those Brownies. Those Salted Caramel Brownies.

By  •  12 months ago

Yep, here they are, finally. My brownies, which became a little bit of a sensation a few years back. I loved making them and then, a few years in, they …
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MICA: Illustrating the Edible

By  •  1 year ago

 

 

In the spring of 2019, I was contacted by Rebecca Bradley at the Maryland Institute College of Art about a possible collaboration. Her students take a class each …
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Strawberry Salad with Mustardy Vinaigrette

By  •  2 years ago

Spring and summer are prime time for salads with fresh, local ingredients. That first weekend when you spy rows of boxes filled with ripe, red strawberries, it’s the best. …
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What is real and what makes you happy?

By  •  2 years ago

When I read this Forbes article about how social media can affect your emotional well-being, I thought, of course. Yes.

But, wait. You don’t have …
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Steak Tartare at HOME. You can do this.

By  •  2 years ago

Steak tartare is seriously one of my very favorite things. I definitely crave it. If it’s on the menu and I know and trust the place, I’m down. A …
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Embracing New Year’s Eve – At Home

By  •  2 years ago

I have to be honest. I’m not always a big fan of New Year’s Eve…it all feels like, as my friend calls it, forced fun. You feel like you have …
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Best bites of 2018

By  •  2 years ago

Here’s to the new year ahead, but first a look back at some of the best things I ate at restaurants this year. (I might also do a post of …
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Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens

By  •  2 years ago

When I started talking with Eddie’s about the possibility of working together, I was actually giddy. I love Eddie’s and I’ve been shopping there my entire adult life…roughly …
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A Little Help From My Friends

By  •  2 years ago

So, yeah. The holidays. The endless to do lists, parties, gifts, last minute guests, it can all feel a bit overwhelming. (Hint: whiskey helps.) It’s okay to ask for …
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Dinner for Six at Eddie’s

By  •  2 years ago

When I saw the Dinner for Six option in the latest Eddie’s of Roland Park catering brochure, I was stunned. The price seemed crazy, like way low. I asked and …
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Thanksgiving sides, family favorites and new traditions

By  •  2 years ago

Sides. Even the word indicates an afterthought. Not at Thanksgiving. Nope. Sides can really be some of the best things of the entire meal. Give me turkey, though, I …
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My Guide To Baltimore Restaurants – Finally!

By  •  3 years ago

“Where should I take out of towners?” “Where should my office do a happy hour?” “What do you consider a Baltimore classic?” “Where can we take the kids and no …
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The Ivy Hotel: An Otherworldly Staycation

By  •  3 years ago

The idea of a staycation has always appealed to me. For me, traveling hasn’t really been something I crave. I know a lot of people live for it. I mean, …
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Luxury on the Weekend: The Sagamore Pendry Baltimore

By  •  3 years ago

It might suprise people to learn that Baltimore now has a has a handful of luxury hotels. BALTIMORE. Recently, I was lucky enough to stay in the city’s newest one …
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The Bluebird: Creative Cocktails, Big Ice, Small Plates and Hemingway

By  •  3 years ago

I bought my house in Hampden in 2000. Yep, my neighborhood’s gotten better and better every year. And, when you look at the restaurants, even more so. I got into …
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Hersh’s Bartender Ali Dryer, Quietly Making Some of Baltimore’s Best Drinks

By  •  3 years ago

I’d seen Ali Dryer there at Hersh’s behind the bar a million times. She’s quietly charming and always happy to make me her favorite new cocktail, tell me about …
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Chef Carlos Raba on Good Energy, Mexican Spaghetti and the Road to Clavel

By  •  4 years ago

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Union Craft Brewing making a big move and inviting some friends along…

By  •  4 years ago

The folks at Union Craft Brewing – one of Baltimore’s most creative, talented, forward thinking and collaborative brands – has grown out of their space. …
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David & Laura Alima of The Charmery on Hampden’s charm, collaboration and more

By  •  4 years ago

The Charmery is the dream come true of husband and wife team, David and Laura Alima. For over 10 years, they imagined their ice cream shop – travelling …
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Paris With Eyes Wide Open

By  •  4 years ago

Lia is my best friend. We met in middle school. She was from Perry Hall, I was a country kid from Kingsville. Beginning in 7th grade, we knew each …
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Baltimore Staycation, Four Seasons Style . . .

By  •  4 years ago

I’m a homebody.

Kind of proud of it. I’ve created a home that I love. And, due in part to my increasingly social world, I find real joy in the …
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Chewing the Fat: Chef Aja Cage on why she loves ice cream, the perfect birthday meal and more

By  •  4 years ago

Aja Cage is a Maryland native and attended school at the The Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. While living in Pittsburgh she worked at Eleven Restaurant focusing on …
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Dansko love and not being a girly girl

By  •  4 years ago

A dozen red roses? No. Chocolates, diamonds…chocolate diamonds? No.

I’m a different kind of girl. Not really very girly. I grew up with five older brothers, pretty rough and …
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Lebanese Taverna shines in Harbor East

By  •  4 years ago

I’m not exactly sure why, but I had never been to Lebanese Taverna until a few weeks ago. Maybe because it’s technically a chain (albeit a small one.) That said, …
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Botanical spirits, right up my alley

By  •  4 years ago

I am lucky enough to have some really cool friends who do really cool things. One such person is Carlee Pipitone, owner of Tenth Harvest, a local wine and spirits …
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Wit & Wisdom’s Julie Dalton on the food + drink scene in Baltimore, the rise of Riesling and the journey to advanced sommelier

By  •  4 years ago

 

Julie Dalton discovered her passion for wine while waiting tables in college at Texas A&M University.  While holding a full-time job in the biotech industry, she continued to …
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Wet City Craft Beer Bar Opening in Mt. Vernon

By  •  5 years ago

I had the chance today to visit Josh and PJ Sullivan at their soon-to-be-open beer bar, Wet City in Mt. Vernon. The brothers (along with their Dad and staff) have …
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Culture

Hey, Dansko. I Love You.

By  •  5 years ago

I’m podiatry-challenged. Is that even a thing? Well, for me it is. Here’s the dealio, I have flat feet – really flat. When I played lacrosse in college, I tried …
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Brendan Dorr of B&O Brasserie on Baltimore, his drink of choice and…opera!

By  •  5 years ago

Brendan Dorr, head bartender at Kimpton’s B&O American Brasserie, brings an artistic approach to the craft of making cocktails, using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients as well as a …
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Gunther + Co: Modern American, Globally Influenced, Locally Spun

By  •  5 years ago

Modern American. Globally influenced. Locally spun.

I recently sat down with Nancy Hart and Jerry Trice to learn more about their new restaurant, Gunther & Co., opening soon in …
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