Sweetness of Freedom Memorial Day weekend welcomes Shavuot

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Memorial Day brings the holiday weekend that ushers in the beginning of everything summer. And Shavuot occurs at the same time, reminding us of the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. The Torah was given to the Jews, as their journey was one from misery to a country flowing with milk and honey. So, eating dairy… Read More

A Music Man Memorial to beloved Pikesville native hit all the right notes

Steven Michael Stern (Provided)

The room was filled with posters and statues of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest names — the Iron Lady, the Three Stooges and the Dark Knight — but the name on everyone’s mind that night at the Pikes Theater was not Christian Bale or Meryl Streep,  it was Steven Michael Stern. Stern, raised in Pikesville, loved… Read More

Lawmakers Look Back on Session Hogan nixes education funding in favor of state pensions

State Capitol building, Annapolis, Maryland, (Photo Newscom)

The stakes were high in this year’s General Assembly session in Annapolis. Not only did Maryland have a new governor in Republican Larry Hogan, who ran on a campaign of bipartisanship and trimming government waste, but there were also 58 freshman legislators. Northwest Baltimore City and County legislators, including freshman Delegate Shelly Hettleman (D-District 11),… Read More

Perfect Fit Peace Puzzle Project connects global Jewish family

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Surrounded by pictures of Theodor Herzl and Israeli flags, a crowd of friends, parents and art lovers perused a decorated wall Sunday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland as part of the local installment of the Peace Puzzle Project. Created by New York-based artist Tim Kelly, the traveling group art exhibition asks people from all… Read More

In the Epicenter of Unrest Pikesville developer hopes to redevelop parts of West Baltimore

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After the protests that turned violent with clashes between residents and police, looting and fires in the Penn North area as well as other parts of the city, Pikesville developer Carl Verstandig got a phone call from Burt Greenwood. The third-generation owner of Greenwood Towing in Penn North wanted to see if Verstandig would be… Read More

Fitting Tribute Gov. Mandel celebrates 95th birthday

Former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel (Marc Shapiro)

Hundreds came out to celebrate former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel’s 95th birthday on Wednesday, May 13, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel. The event — a Who’s Who of Maryland politics — featured Maryland and federal elected officials, judges, clergy and out-of-state legislators and functioned as much as a tribute as it did a roast…. Read More

TUNA, WHITE BEAN AND ESCAROLE SALAD (Parve)

2 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped 1⁄4 teaspoon salt or to taste 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves 12 ounces canned tuna (preferably packed in oil), drained and coarsely mashed with a fork 12-ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed 1 medium head escarole,… Read More

GRILLED SALMON PESTO WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA (Dairy/Pareve)

1 1⁄2 pounds fresh salmon, cut into 6 portions 1 28-ounce jar marinara sauce 8-ounce jar pesto 1 pound angel hair pasta, cooked according to directions salt and pepper lemon juice shredded Parmesan cheese, optional Season salmon with salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with lemon juice.  Grill, bake or broil until done, yet… Read More

FRESH BLACKBERRY COBBLER (Dairy/Parve)

3 1⁄2 to 4 cups fresh blackberries 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons flour 6 tablespoons butter or margarine Crust: 1⁄3 cup shortening (Crisco) 11⁄2 cups flour 3 to 4 tablespoons cold buttermilk or ice water 1 tablespoon melted butter or margarine 1 teaspoon sugar Pour the berries into an 8-inch-square or 2-quart… Read More

YE OLDE BLINTZE SOUFFLE (Dairy)

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1 1⁄2 cups sour cream 1⁄2 cup fresh (preferably) orange juice   4 eggs 1⁄2 stick butter, melted 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla (or use a teaspoon concentrated frozen orange juice for more orange flavor) 12 to 18 plain or fruit-filled blintzes (amounts depend on size of blintzes — I sometimes use 6 of… Read More