Bernice Schloss’ Easy Chicken

1 large cooked rotisserie chicken (enough for 8-10 serving), break apart with or without skin 1 envelope of powdered onion soup mix 1⁄2 to 1⁄4 jar apricot preserves, depending on sweetness desired 1 bottle (about 16 ounces) of Thousand Island dressing Combine the soup mix, apricot preserves (I use the fruit-only variety) and dressing (you… Read More

Honey-Glazed Carrots

1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 pounds carrots, cut into 1-inch lengths, halved if thick 1 cup canned reduced-salt chicken broth or water 1⁄2 cup honey 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar kosher salt and ground pepper 2 tablespoon unsalted margarine Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrots and cook, stirring once, until… Read More

Noreen Gilletz’s Coke Brisket

3 onions, sliced 41⁄2- to 5-pound beef brisket, well trimmed 4 cloves garlic, crushed salt & pepper to taste 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 tablespoon paprika 1⁄4 cup apricot jam 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 cup Diet Coke Spray a large roasting pan with nonstick spray. Place onions in pan; place brisket on top of… Read More

Faith Leaders to Obama: Protect Central Americans Refugees

Faith leaders from various religions and denominations wrote President Barack Obama a one-sentence letter about potential executive action on children and families who have fled to the United States from Central America. “While we celebrate the potential of executive action to alleviate the suffering caused by our nation’s broken immigration system — particularly in light… Read More


Baltimore and Maryland will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the birth of the national anthem with dozens of events, many of them free, from Sept. 10 to 16. The week-long event features tall ships and Navy ships in the harbor, Blue Angels flight demonstrations and festival villages set up at… Read More

War of 1812 at a glance


Deep resentment of Britain’s attempts to control and interfere with American international trade was a major impetus for the U.S. Congress to declare war on Great Britain in June 1812. After defeating Napolean in April 1814, Britain turned its full military force on battle with the United States, invading by land and by sea. Americans… Read More

How much does a funeral cost?

Those who have had to cope with the death of a loved one know that stress sometimes can be twofold when family members find out a funeral’s cost. The average price for a direct burial in the Baltimore area is just under $1,800. This is how some of the Baltimore/Washington-area funeral homes compare:  



14 graham crackers, divided 1⁄4 cup butter, melted 2 tablespoons sugar 1 1⁄2 packages (4 ounces each) semi-sweet chocolate* 8 ounces frozen whipped topping, not defrosted 1 3⁄4 quarts of chocolate or vanilla ice cream, softened* 10 ounces miniature marshmallows, divided 2 tablespoons milk Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Crush 8 1⁄2 crackers to form… Read More


1 box chocolate cake mix 1 1⁄2 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs 1⁄4 cup sugar 5 tablespoons melted butter 5-6 full size Hershey’s milk chocolate bars (1.55 ounces each) 2 cups mini-marshmallows, for garnish 1 double batch of homemade or store-bought marshmallow buttercream icing Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 muffin tins with 24… Read More



2 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine 8 marshmallows, roasted (plus a few cut into fourths for garnish) 1⁄4 cup milk 6 scoops vanilla ice cream (about 3 cups) 2 scoops chocolate ice cream (1 cup) 1⁄2 cup graham cracker crumbs Roast marshmallows in one layer by broiling in oven, but watch very carefully! Make sure… Read More