ILENE’S SOUTHERN TOMATO PIE

1 refrigerated pie crust 1⁄4 cup light mayonnaise Approximatley 1 1⁄4 cups shredded cheddar or Colby mix cheese, plus another 1⁄4 cup 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1⁄4 cup sliced scallions, shallots and/or chives 8 medium-size ripe, firm plum or heirloom tomatoes, sliced (or more) Soft sun-dried tomatoes, optional Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line… Read More

BAKED STUFFED SQUASH BLOSSOMS

Use as an appetizer or side dish. 1 cup ricotta cheese 3 eggs, divided 1 cup chopped parsley Salt 12 squash blossoms 1⁄4 cup breadcrumbs Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix together ricotta, 1 lightly beaten egg, and parsley. Season with salt. Put the remaining 2 eggs in a bowl and whisk. Put the… Read More

FRESH STRAWBERRY PIE

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1 1⁄2 quarts fresh strawberries, washed and hulled 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1 cup sugar 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 1 1⁄2 tablespoons milk 1 9-inch baked pie shell 1 pint whipping cream Mash half the strawberries. Place in a 1 1⁄2 quart saucepan with cornstarch and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until thickened… Read More

Pastor Comes Out Swinging

The Rev. John Wimberly said one of the problems at the G.A. was the disproportionate show of members of the pro-divestment group Jewish Voice for Peace.
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The Presbyterians’ recent vote to divest from three American companies doing business in Israel came as no surprise to the Rev. John Wimberly of Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. What did come as a surprise, he said, was that given the one-sidedness of the presentations at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)… Read More

Day Trips From Baltimore

Rabbi Steven M. Fink, spiritual leader of Temple Oheb Shalom, loves summer in Baltimore. Though some might complain about the often-muggy weather, there’s still a lot to be said for Baltimore’s location. Not only is there much to do within minutes from home, Baltimore has the advantage of being an ideal starting point for many… Read More

Still Spicy At 75

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This year, Old Bay, Baltimore’s iconic hometown spice, celebrates its 75th anniversary. According to local lore, Old Bay was founded by Gustav Brunn, a German Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany after Kristallnacht in 1938. Brunn and his family settled in Baltimore, where he started the Baltimore Spice Company a year later. The unique taste… Read More

Residency Question

Real estate manager Jay Jalisi, whose choice of residency has become somewhat of a whispered issue in politically connected circles in Baltimore County, is running for a delegate seat in the newly redrawn District 10. Though the Democrat is registered to vote at a property along the 11000 block of Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills,… Read More

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20 questions to help determine if a college is taking appropriate precautions to protect students

Robin Hattersley Gray, editor of Campus Safety Magazine, suggests that students and parents refer to a list of 20 questions the magazine has prepared that may help them to determine if a college is taking the appropriate precautions to protect its students. See the full article for more details at bit.ly/1pgfkqL. 1. Does the college… Read More

EARLY SUMMER GREEN BEANS

2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed 2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped shallots or red onion 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic 2 tablespoons sliced sun-dried tomatoes, softened 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts, optional scant 1⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil Place cleaned string beans in a large saucepan. Fill with enough water… Read More