Why Should You Volunteer?

According to dictionary.com, “volunteers” are people who donate their time and energy to benefit the community as a social responsibility rather than for a financial reward. In health-care settings, volunteers are particularly important because they can help enhance the entire patient experience.

Menu Pleasers

Looking for new ideas for Shabbat dinner? How about a salmon trio featuring a teriyaki marinade, mustard dill marinade and sweet garlic marinade? Or maybe a grilled portabella mushroom and spinach salad as the side? Perhaps you’re looking to make brunch. There’s a caramel French toast with a layered turtle cheesecake for dessert.

A Little Jewish Soul Food

Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty, a scholar of traditional African American food culture, will appear at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, this Sunday, Feb 19, 1 — 3 p.m. Twitty, an expert on the foodways of enslaved African-Americans, has explored the culinary tradition of Africa, African- Americans and the African Diaspora. At the same time,… Read More

Flavor Forecast 2012

Wonder what’s “hot” for 2012? Baltimore-based McCormick and Company, the international spice and seasoning manufacturer, recently released its 2012 flavor forecast. Developed by an international team of McCormick chefs, sensory scientists, trend trackers marketing experts and food technologists, the following are some of those trends:

Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables

Next Wednesday, February 8, Tu B’Shevat begins. As we celebrate the fruits and trees of Israel, many families will often serve a new fruit never tried before. (Who knows — maybe it’s a good time to visit one of the big Asian markets in Baltimore.)  Try this Israeli Fresh Lemon Chicken dish my family enjoys.

Winging It

For those who are still getting over the Ravens heartbreaking AFC Championship loss, Super Bowl Sunday will not be the same. Not only for Ravens fans, but also, believe it or not, for chicken wings. According to the NPD Group, a national research company, a Super Bowl between the New York Giants and the Baltimore… Read More

JCC Takes Centerstage

Audiences enjoyed “The Hot L Baltimore.”

­­­ As Centerstage, the State Theater of Maryland begins a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary, its founders and the heirs to its legacy have been reflecting on the institution’s history, even as they look ahead to its second half-century. Now a thriving regional theater on par with the finest of its kind, Centerstage began… Read More

EASY SUSHI SALAD

Photo by Justin Tsucalas

1 cup sushi rice (uncooked) 4-8 ounces imitation crab meat, chunk-style preferred, cut up 1-2 small cucumbers (preferably seedless), unpeeled or partially peeled 1⁄4 cup toasted sesame seeds, black and/or plain 2 tablespoons plain or seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar 1⁄2 teaspoon salt dash of sesame oil scant 1⁄4 cup light soy sauce… Read More

Fad-Free Eating Trends for 2013

Tips
• Make whole grain popcorn your snack of 2013. Sweet and/or salty, it is light in fat and calories.

• Cold eggs can stunt yeast activation but if in a hurry, place cold eggs in a bowl of warm water for 5 minutes. 

• Make your own sushi salad or call Sweet & Good Catering to order their yummy, colorful kosher one.
Photo by Justin Tsucalas

According to expert food predictors, “Kosher is the new natural,” enjoying mass appeal that goes way beyond traditional products. More and more products are becoming kosher-certified with more than 150,000 food items available and continuing to grow. Many of these products are creating trends for 2013. Even the Food Network features chefs “brining” meats and… Read More

Beating the Winter Blues

The warmth of Chanukah can be felt in everything from spending time with loved ones to lighting the menorah candles. However, the end of Chanukah means blustery weather and the shortest days of the year, and both can leave us feeling blue. There are things we can do, both mentally and physically, not only to… Read More