Charm City Cook: Backyard Chickens


So, you have a friend in the country with chickens. Or, you read an article online about people in Brooklyn raising chickens on a rooftop. Or maybe you opened up the new Williams-Sonoma Agrarian catalog and thought…I want chickens! Then you start to wonder if they’re even allowed where you live. Well, if you live in Baltimore City, here’s some advice from someone who’s recently jumped into city chicken keeping. Read More

Charm City Cook: Thanksgiving!

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Cooking. Relaxing. Friends and family. Great food. No pressure of gifts! I love Thanksgiving. Read More

Charm City Cook: A Delicious Adventure Begins

Dannng, look at that.

About a year ago, I started playing around with two recipes I found online for salted caramel brownies. Heard the word salt and thought, YES! After changing the ingredients and measurements a few times, I ended up with what I felt was a darn near perfect brownie – rich, dense, fudgy, chocolatey, a tiny bit salty. Read More

Charm City Cook: Risotto is Your Friend

I’d always been told that making risotto is a bear. All that stirring, stirring, stirring. Blah, blah, blah. How do you know when it’s done??  But thanks to the wonderful folks at America’s Test Kitchen, I’ve found that it’s not that hard. Risotto actually is your friend. Read More

Charm City Cook: A Faux Farmer When it Comes to Losing Chickens

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Amy with chickens Dottie and Millie

Loss is a part of having pets. If you’ve ever lost a pet, you know. It’s brutal. Even with chickens. Over the course of about a week, a predator killed all three of my new backyard chickens. They were two months old and had personalities, names and favorite snacks. As I found each one dead over the course of week or so, I became more and more discouraged. I kept thinking, this is nature. Farmers deal with this stuff all the time. Still, I stood over that little coop and cried. Read More

Charm City Cook: PABU

PABU: Fabulous Japanese food and an expansive sake selection in the Four Seasons Hotel – in the coolest neighborhood in B’more, Harbor East. Sure my ‘hood of Hampden is cool in its own quirky way, but Harbor East is actually like, schwank cool. It’s the land of the beautiful people (sorta like the luxury wing at Towson Town Center…Louis Vuitton…seriously?), has lovely water views and some really great restaurants, including PABU. But, don’t be intimidated here, hon.  Read More

Charm City Cook: Of Love and Regret Restaurant and Bar Opens in Brewers Hill

Not one regret, but plenty of love.

Gypsy brewer Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal Ales and Ted Stelzenmuller, chef and co-owner of Jack’s Bistro in Canton have come together to open one of my most favorite new bars in a long, long time – Of Love & Regret in Brewers Hill.Between the amazing beers (13 by Stillwater alone) and a smallish but carefully crafted food menu, they’ve created a fabulous, yet casual gathering spot. The place feels sorta European – tables close together, friendly servers and no televisions. Read More

Charm City Cook: Getting Hooked on Pinterest

Geez, Louise…There’s Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumbler, Yelp, Four Square, Linked In, Ning, Tumbler and so many more. Now, there’s Pinterest. It’s the newest thing your friends are inviting you to join and it’s one of the fastest growing websites. Ever. You may be thinking what I was thinking a few months ago:  Should I join? Is this yet another way I will waste time online instead of doing laundry? Yes, and yes.

Pinterest is simple. It’s basically an online bulletin board that allows you to “pin” things onto categorized boards like cooking, sports, home decor, DIY projects, kids stuff…whatever you like. Often, the pin has a web link associated with it, so you can go to the website to get the recipe or whatever the pin is about. I’m a very visual person, so if I’m searching for something, I’d much rather look at a pin board up on my screen versus a list of web links in my favorites. I can easily find that easy bread recipe or the instructions on making your own raised garden beds just by scanning the pins on one of my pin boards. For me, it’s easier to remember what something looks like rather than what it was called.

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Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

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Amy Langrehr, the charmcitycook, talks turkey.