Doing What It Takes

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OFAKIM, Israel — In 2008, Asher Nachmani wanted to buy a computerized blackboard for his classroom, but the elementary school where he teaches technology in this low-income town didn’t have the money.   So Nachmani built one himself.   He downloaded a free program from the Internet, bought a controller for a Nintendo Wii video… Read More

Light Ricotta Cheese Cheesecake

4 cups ricotta cheese 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1⁄4 teaspoon salt 4 large eggs cooking spray 1 tablespoon powdered sugar Optional Topping: 2 cups quartered strawberries 1 pint fresh raspberries 1 pint fresh blueberries 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice mint sprigs (optional)… Read More

Stacked Tomatoes & Cheese

For each person: 1 vine-ripened or preferably heirloom tomato, cored and cut into half-inch slices kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste about 1⁄4 cup fresh mozzarella, goat’s or mild feta cheese 1-2 tablespoons torn fresh basil leaves 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Place bottom tomato slice onto the platter and season with… Read More

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

STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR

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

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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: