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

Lighten Up

Karen James of JCS says light and stress-relieving therapies are keys in helping to fend off SAD.
David Stuck

Thanksgiving and Chanukah have just passed, the days are still short, and it often seems as if the sun is on sabbatical. That can make even the cheeriest person slow down and want to sleep a little more. But for some people, the lack of sunlight during fall and winter can lead to feeling seriously… Read More

Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow

Professor Ernst Borinski, a refugee from 
Germany,  taught social sciences at Tougaloo College (Miss.) for 36 years. 
Courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

National Museum of American Jewish History CEO Ivy Barsky said it’s not often that there is a Holocaust story with a happy ending. But that is exactly what will be on display for the next six months at the Philadelphia museum’s latest exhibit, “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars At Black Colleges.” The… Read More

A Poet, And He Knows It

Dr. Morris Roseman always has enjoyed observing events and recording his thoughts about them through poetry. 
Photo by Justin Tsucalas

Over the course of his 93 years, Dr. Morris Roseman has observed situations and gone through experiences that sparked him to sum up what he’s seen or felt via poetry. However, it was only three years ago that Roseman, a retired clinical psychologist, decided that compiling his vast array of poems would make for one… Read More