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Can't have dairy, how is butter flavor Crisco and lactaid milk/Silk in baking?

I've had a lot of success with soy milk, and highly recommend Earth Balance as a butter substitute. It performs as well as butter and I prefer it to Crisco.

Sep 27, 2011
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Great Bread @ Union Station Market

I've been buying rolls at 25 cents each. I've had both the rosemary and the whole wheat, and for the price they can't be beat. The guy working there told me you can also special-order off their webside and they'll bring your bread to station.

Pizza in Baltimore

I also want to endorse Zella's pizza in Sowebo. It's a really cute place, with great, basic pizza. The sausage is especially excellent. While the crust isn't as thin as Iggie's, it was well-cooked and chewy. Seems like they use high-quality ingredients, too.

Ethel & Ramone's in Mt. Washington?

When I had it at the market last week, it was overflowing with sausage. Maybe it was the day, maybe it was the guy dishing it out, but no complaints there... Thanks for all the advice!

Ethel & Ramone's in Mt. Washington?

I've had their jambalaya at the farmer's market, but I'm wondering if anyone's actually dined there. Any thoughts on the food at the restaurant?

canning jar lids, question

I just purchased some new Ball canning jars at the grocery store. While I was in the car on the way home, I heard the tell-tale "ping," meaning the jars were self-sealing in the car! I know the actual jars are safe to use, but do I have to buy new lids?

Jul 22, 2009
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Geisha on Charles St.

I've been there for lunch. The atmosphere is very odd, but the sushi is pretty good, and fresh. Is it authentic? Not really, but no more or less so than anywhere else in Baltimore.

freezing compote

I have a lot of leftover rhubarb, and was wondering if it's safe to freeze rhubarb compote. If I'm not making jam (i.e no pectin), can I just let it cool and then transfer to freezer-safe containers?

Jun 24, 2009
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Appetizer for Wisconsin Friday Night Fish Fry

Amazingly, Trader Joe's sells cheese curds. They're not fried, but they are otherwise authentic. Thanks for the suggestions-- I'll add some kind of sausage, and perhaps more cheese, and something fried.

Jun 10, 2009
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Appetizer for Wisconsin Friday Night Fish Fry

Thanks for the suggestions. Not sure I can get cheese curds in Baltimore, but I'll be sure to do something cheese-related.

Jun 08, 2009
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Appetizer for Wisconsin Friday Night Fish Fry

Hi. I'm looking for help coming up with an appetizer for an up-coming Supper Club gathering, loosely themed "Wisconsin Friday Night Fish Fry." I'm open to anything, with one caveat-- I live in Baltimore, so will have a hard time finding anything truly, authentically Midwestern. Thanks!

Jun 05, 2009
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List of Baltimore wants/questions

The poster who suggested One World for vegetarian restaurants is right, it's pretty much totally veg and the food is pretty decent. Golden West in Hampden is also really good for vegetarians and vegans. Plus a number of outstanding restaurants have great veggie options, like the Helmand in Mt. Vernon.

As for cheese, there are cheesemongers at both farmer's markets, especially the Sunday market under the Jones Falls Expressway (there's a thread re. 2009 vendors). Also a good spot to buy pretty much anything, from meat to fruits/veggies to plants to wonderful prepared foods.

JFX Farmer's Market 2009

Ramps were actually available two weeks ago from the woman who sells mushrooms at the Waverly market on Saturdays. Not sure if she still has them or not.

Mekong Delta Cafe- Baltimore

We went for dinner last night, and I have to agree, the food was absolutely amazing. We had the spring rolls, vegetarian and beef pho, and a rice dish. Probably some of the best in the DC/Baltimore region, the beef pho was particularly outstanding. However, the owners (who are lovely) clearly did not expect to be so busy quite so quickly. After we sat down and ordered, he asked us if it would be ok if we waited about an hour to eat. We agreed, and were probably there a total of two hours. During that time, a number of people came in and were told that they were no longer seating for the evening. Be prepared for this, or to wait for quite a while. But the food was worth waiting for.

Recommendations: Maryland Eastern Shore in Winter

We recently stayed at Tilghman Island Inn for a long weekend. The Inn was great, the owners are lovely, but the food was lousy. The menu was trying way too hard, and we really didn't enjoy any of it, for what it's worth.

from the cheap eats dept: Baltimore institutions

I was going to suggest Pete's Grille! It is absolutely a neighborhood institution.

Vegan pancakes?

thanks, this looks perfect. I've heard that this is a good recipe, so I'll give it a shot.

Jul 14, 2008
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Vegan pancakes?

Does anyone have a good vegan pancakes recipe? I'd prefer not to use any egg substitutes, though I do have flax seeds. Ideally, too, I'd like to be able to make the batter a day or two ahead of time. Thanks!

Jul 14, 2008
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JFX Farmers Market

I know the omelette's are a bit pricey, but the line moves quickly and they are FANTASTIC. They're a bit messier than a traditional omelette, but well-cooked and the choices for fillings are lovely and fresh (plus you can choose as many as you'd like). The last time I had one, the owner talked me into trying diced prunes, and it was surprisingly yummy, a great combination of salty and sweet.

Oyamel recently

Can you tell me more about Rasika? That's actually the other place I was considering, but was wondering if the food might be a bit heavy for the middle of summer.

Oyamel recently

Has anyone been to Oyamel recently? I'm looking for a fun, sexy restaurant for an anniversary, and while the menu sounds great, some of the old posts (2005-06 or so) are pretty negative... Thanks!

Dinner at the Wine Market in Baltimore?

Does Wine Market still have the happy hour deals?

Help with Irish-themed Supper Club

Hi folks. My supper club is doing a St. Paddy's day theme this month, and I've been assigned to a salad/side dish. The main dish is corned beef and cabbage, and someone else was assigned to potatoes. So, knowing nothing about Irish food, is there some sort of tasty side dish that doesn't involve cabbage or potatoes? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Mar 13, 2008
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My Thai or Lemongrass Balto?

We went to Lemongrass over the weekend and I was pretty unimpressed. Yes, it's an attractive (though loud) restaurant. However, I thought the food was seriously mediocre. The menu presents the same standards as every other Thai restaurant in town, which surprised me based on the decor, and I think Thai Arroy and My Thai are much better. All of the chicken in various dishes was dry and bland, even in allegedly spicy dishes. Additionally, the service was seriously less-than-friendly. The only reason to go to Lemongrass is to be seen, IMHO.

Sorry, Cakelove Haters.

I commented on this in another thread, but was at the Canton branch this weekend and tossed out my cupcake-- after waiting for it to thaw. The cake was dry and the frosting tasteless, with nothing to indicate it was strawberry except the color. I bake a lot, and thought that Cakelove's cupcakes were a total waste of calories.

Baltimore Cupcake Tour (Cakelove & BCC)

I knew it wasn't just us! We stopped by Cakelove yesterday, and were mostly disappointed. My mom had a cookie, which she liked, but the two cupcakes were bland and dry at best. My dad had chocolate with white frosting, which he said was very dry, even after letting it rest like we were told. I had a vanilla cupcake with strawberry buttercream. The cupcake was very dry, and the frosting was tasteless and had a slimy or oily, rather than creamy, texture. The only thing indicating that it had strawberry in it was the color. I tossed mine rather than waste the calories... for the money, I'd much rather bake at home!

Soymilk cream sauce

It may depend on what type of cream sauce, but I've used Soy creamer (specifically Silk's "half-and-half") as a perfectly fine substitute in recipes calling for heavy cream, with good results.

Jan 10, 2008
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Thairish in Baltimore-- what to order?

I've been told I'm having takeout from Thairish this evening, and I can't find a menu. Any recommendations for something BESIDES pad thai? Preferably something remotely healthy? Any help would be much appreciated.


Trader Joe's sells boxes of Quinoa. I imagine it's available at Whole Foods as well. Make sure to follow the instructions about rinsing it well. Otherwise, it's very easy to use. I would recommend cooking it in broth or stock to add some extra flavor, like you would with rice.

Dec 13, 2007
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Alternative to 1/2 & 1/2

I use Silk-brand soy half-and-half. It's non-dairy, way better in terms of fat and calories, and no one can tell the difference. Just make sure you buy the plain, not flavored.

Dec 13, 2007
imgould in Home Cooking