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Charm City Cook: Kitchen Essentials
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Charm City Cook: Kitchen Essentials

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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Charm City Cook: Toki Underground – Lives up to the hype, worth the drive, the wait

I do love this city, but sometimes, I don’t mind leaving for the night.

Especially for chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s kick-ass ramen at Toki Underground. I am – like many in Charm City – new to somewhat new to ramen. But after the beauty that was Toki-fact at Artifact Coffee back in January (I happily stood in lines around the place…) I had to see the place that had inspired Spike to partner up on that delicious pop-up.

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Charm City Cook: Local Chefs to Compete for the Best Fried Chicken in Town

Do you fry your chicken? Or…is it too messy…not on your diet…or maybe you don’t eat meat? Well, none of those things apply to me. Not one. I love …
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Charm City Cook: Spring is Here — Get Cooking!

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Spring. It gives you a feeling of hopefulness, no? Me, I’m hopeful for asparagus. And peas. And oh yeah, rhubarb! (And tulips, peonies, hydrangeas…)

This post is a super simple one: a few of my favorite spring recipes. If you make these once, they will be in the rotation. Promise.

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Asparagus Gruyere Tart from Martha Stewart Read More

Charm City Cook: A Visit to Wit & Wisdom

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The wood-fired lamb at Wit & Wisdom.

That’s me. Taking it all in.

I’ve never been one for fancy restaurants. Don’t get me wrong, I love great food and service but I can do without the formality. I suppose I’m more of a Peter’s Inn or Corner BYOB kind of girl. So, this was my first time at Wit & Wisdom and I wondered…what would a girl from a tiny town with two traffic lights who now lives in the land of hipsters and pink flamingos identify with there? I figured that out pretty quickly when I visited for dinner a few weeks ago. It was pretty eye-opening actually. Read More

Charm City Cook: Oh For the Love of Figs

By  •  Links

Figs…

They always seemed a little too exotic for me. Too fancy pants. I didn’t grow up eating things like figs – we were more of a steak and potatoes kind of family. But the older and wiser (yep, I said wiser…) I get, the more I want to try new things. So, when I discovered fig paste, I was intrigued. It was on a cheese plate at The Wine Market with Manchego cheese, honey, toasted baguette slices with olive oil, sea salt and pepper. It was the best flavor combo, so simple and perfect! I was in love. Soon I was buying fresh figs at Trader Joe’s. I found a recipe for fig paste online and made a pint of the sweet and savory goodness, shared it with some friends and it was a hit, so I thought I had to make it again. But this time, I went a little crazy. I filled many, many  jars…and this time, PRESERVED it! (Feeling so domestic, hon.) Read More

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

By  •  Lifeline

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: Not Your Grandma’s Peach Pie

By  •  Culture

Don’t get me wrong. I love a classic peach pie, especially in the middle of the summer when peaches are in season. (And we all love Gram.) But, a friend of mine sent me this recipe last year and she said, “it’s not your typical super sweet peach pie – it’s a little different…I think you’ll really like it.” Um, yes. I loved it. Read More

Charm City Cook: Soft Crabs…Not to be Missed (or Feared!)

By  •  Culture
Soft crabs. To me, they are not called soft shells. This is Baltimore…

You pretty much either love ’em or hate ’em. I used to be completely wigged out by them. I think that having a job cleaning them at a seafood shop might have scarred me a bit. (Thanks, Billy.) My mom has loved them forever. Me, I’ve got texture issues – biting into a soft, yet crunchy LEG of a crab?

Um, no. (Then, fast-forward two years…) Read More

Charm City Cook: Butter is Your Friend

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Ah, desserts. They require precision and care as well as creativity and great taste. And people really love desserts, so you don’t want to mess them up!

Dessert can be everything from delicate to deeply comforting. Some of my latest faves are strawberry rhubarb pie, chocolate cream pie and of course, (crack cocaine) salted caramel brownies! I’ve made those brownies so many times now for everyone from cooking clients to friends, neighbors and colleagues – everyone flips out when they eat them. I have a client who has a standing order once a month. One friend even sent me an expletive-filled text proclaiming her love. That was pretty funny. Read More

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