2 tablespoon pine nuts 4 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar 6 tablespoons canola oil 2 garlic cloves, pressed scant half teaspoon kosher salt freshly ground pepper Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until thoroughly blended. Makes 2⁄3 cup. Can be refrigerated up to 1 week.

Baltimore Bids Farewell to Iconic Shops

Inside the 2,500-square foot shop that runs all the way back to Lovegrove Street, surrounded by racks of furs and antique furniture, sits David G. Tarlow, owner of Tarlow Furs Ltd., a Charles Street mainstay since 1939. At 84 years old and with a debilitating back problem that requires surgery, Tarlow can no longer keep… Read More

Dolph Schayes and the Rise of Professional Basketball


Baseball Hall-of-Famers Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax are household names in the pantheon of Jewish professional athletes. But why has basketball Hall-of-Famer Dolph Schayes not achieved similar name recognition? Noted sports historian Dolph Grundman blames demographics and technology. “I think Dolph is not better known because he played in a small city before televised sport… Read More

From Russia With Love


When she plays music, Janna Friedman says she enters “a different world,” and as a devoted teacher, she has invited hundreds of young music students to experience that world with her. Born into a musical family, Friedman began to play piano as a toddler; as a teen, she studied at a conservatory with world-class musicians… Read More



1⁄2 cup craisins, raisins or dried cherries, moistened in hot water a few minutes, then drained 1⁄2 cup Amaretto or your favorite liqueur 11⁄2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 1⁄2 cup packed light brown sugar 1⁄2 cup white sugar… Read More


One 10-inch baked pie shell one pint parve vanilla ice cream, softened Filling: one 14- to 16-ounce canned pumpkin 11⁄2 cups sugar 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon vanilla 11⁄2 cups parve whipped cream Almond brittle garnish: 1 cup slivered almonds 1⁄4 cup sugar whipped topping… Read More


3 onions, sliced one 5- to 6-pound turkey breast Sauce: 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons soy sauce 3 tablespoons sherry 3 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper Place slices of one onion in bottom on a 9-by-13-inch baking pan that has been coated with nonstick vegetable spray…. Read More

For the Public Good


For many Baltimoreans, their profession offers them a unique opportunity to give back to their community. Pro bono work is most often associated with the legal world, but according to Barbara Anderson, the concept of donating professional services transcends multiple fields. “We lean a lot on other pro bono services,” said Anderson, executive director at… Read More

Computer Sleuth

Digital Forensic specialist Blazer Catzen retrieves data and does analysis work for attorneys, corporations, private individuals and government agencies.

Pikesville native Blazer Catzen is a self-proclaimed Sudoku junkie (the super, hard and genius levels) and crunches through a couple of the numerical puzzles daily. It’s just a warm-up to trickier brainteasers he’ll tackle that might be rooted in allegations of infidelity, manipulation of documents or intellectual property theft — all in a day’s work… Read More


On November 14, 2014, SIDNEY, beloved husband of Irene Blum (nee Flesher); devoted father of Bobbi and Paul Sobel and LTG (ret.) H. Steven and Susie Blum; cherished grandfather of Dr. Scott David Sobel, Randi Sobel, Maj. Marc James Blum and Debbie Blum Freedman and her husband Michael Freedman; adored great-grandfather of Mackenzie Blum, Megan… Read More