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Bridal Shower - Mad Hatter Tea Party Baltimore Co.?

it's not in your desired area, but Lithuanian hall in southwest/west Baltimore has three rooms that can be rented and catering is definitely allowed.

http://lithuanianhall.com/rent-the-hall/

bad manners to accept preferred treatment

i used to have a favorite restaurant close to where i worked that i would visit at least once a week for either lunch or dinner. one year my mother was in one of her "moods" and said that she didn't want to go anywhere for mother's day. well, that is until 1pm on mother's day when she asked me where my father and i were taking her. we went to my regular place and when we arrived, of course there was a line out the door. i went up to the hostess to ask her how long the wait would be so that i could judge whether to request to be put on the list or just go and take mom to chez mickey d's. when i asked her about the wait, she winked at me, said she'd be right back, and went into the kitchen. when she came back, she winked again and said that the owner remembered taking our reservation but forgot to put it in the book. if we could accept his apologies, a table would be ready for us soon. five minutes later, we were seated.
did i feel a little guilty? yes. but i, also, felt appreciated. as said in other posts, regulars keep businesses in business.

HELP! Is my LC Salvageable?

I've had success cleaning stained enamel using a mr. clean eraser and bon ami. it took a little elbow grease, but the stains came out.

Jun 28, 2015
Vidute in Cookware

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

naynaynaynayNAY!!!! peanut butter and jelly nonfat greek yogurt. tj's was sampling the other day. chalky, chemically taste. woman handing out the samples saw my face, burst out laughing and handed me another napkin. one of the very few times that i've spit out a sample. btw, she agreed with me. horrid.

Jun 15, 2015
Vidute in Chains

How has your cooking evolved with age?

i've come to crave quality foods, simply prepared. humanely raised, pastured beef, chicken, pork, lamb, raw milk. knowing what i eat, eats and knowing that the ingredients are non-gmo. a fresh, quality meat, fruit, or vegetable doesn't require heavy sauces or seasonings. i'll occasionally turn the blind eye when craving an ethnic meal. i've found, for myself, that when i do eat pastured, non-processed foods, i become sated much more quickly.

Jun 15, 2015
Vidute in Home Cooking

7 maps and charts that explain the looming egg crisis everyone will soon be talking about

my sources are still secret...and the price is stable. as you said, the pastured/organic chickens are healthy unlike the battery chickens.

Jun 14, 2015
Vidute in General Topics
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Desk meals!

my lunch drawer contains bacon jerky, apple sauce cups, laughing cow cheese, crackers, small tins of red salmon, cashews and peanuts, canned fruit, popcorn kernels and hot air popper. the freezer has several packs of luvo meals.

Jun 14, 2015
Vidute in General Topics
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Your dirty little kitchen secret

therein comes the cursing!

How to clean pyrex baking dishes?

i had some baked in grease stains. i let the pan soak overnight in hot, soapy water, then the next day i "buffed" with bon ami and a mr clean eraser. it took a little bit of effort, but the pan is sparkling, clear. and no harsh chemicals.

Jun 12, 2015
Vidute in Cookware

Need Book club dinner ideas

crab imperial stuffed portabella mushroom caps/crab cakes, golden beet salad/greek salad/cucumber salad, rice pilaf/roasted potatoes/roasted sweet potatoes

chicken and rice casserole, salad

meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans.

Jun 05, 2015
Vidute in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

call me weird, but i like the druid's after they've sat around for a while and gotten stale. chewier texture and more developed flavor.

Jun 05, 2015
Vidute in Chains

What Are Your Favorite Summer Time Foods You Crave and Indulge?

maryland steamed crabs, had my first dozen of the year last night, and could, easily, fill each day of the season with another.
cold beet soup, lithuanian recipe, with a side of hot, boiled potatoes topped with dill
heirloom tomatoes-tomato sandwiches, blt's, and tomato/onion salad.
fruit as it ripens from local strawberries starting in may to apples in the fall
chilled watermelon
strawberry ice-cream soda
extra-large glass of plain iced tea with lemon
caipirinhas
mojitos
panzanella salad

May 31, 2015
Vidute in General Topics
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Odd flavors - i.e. Cilantro tastes like soap or some foods taste like mold.....(?)

asian pine nuts... leaves an awful, metallic taste in my mouth for days. known as "pine mouth". i don't trust restaurants, anymore.

May 30, 2015
Vidute in General Topics

pastured eggs at the local Baltimore farmer's markets?

not a farmer's market, but mom's organic market carries pastured eggs from two local (pa) farmers. also, their inhouse milk is pastured (provided by trickling springs)

Coming to a Wendy's Near You

you still haven't answered my question. and you don't understand economics. prices will increase to cover the minimum wage increase. even with the price increase, the minimum wage earner's buying power will increase, while the person who was earing $15/hr prior to the price/minimum wage increase and whose wage remains at $15/hour, actually loses buying power- his $15/hr is worth less. if you can't understand that, there's no use in my continuing responding.

socialism/communism don't work.

May 27, 2015
Vidute in Food Media & News

Coming to a Wendy's Near You

not angry. just disappointed that while you're willing to jump to a conclusion/judgment, you're not willing to answer my question as i answered yours.

May 27, 2015
Vidute in Food Media & News

What's the most overpriced menu item you've seen?

i can top that. $6 for an 8oz glass of iced tea. no refills. russian restaurant no longer in business.

May 27, 2015
Vidute in Not About Food

Coming to a Wendy's Near You

me as in the "royal we". i answered your question, but you did not answer mine. are you jealous of those who have make more than you because they chose better careers, better education and sacrificed other parts of their lives in order to gain the experience needed to make a higher income?

May 27, 2015
Vidute in Food Media & News

Coming to a Wendy's Near You

nope. i'd be upset that my salary, after years of experience and earning raises and promotions, has become the new minimum wage and that my salary remains the same $15/hr as the minimum wage, inexperienced new hire, that my loyalty and hard work mean nothing. as prices are, more likely than not, to increase, my salary has stagnated so what my paycheck could buy before the $15 minimum wage now buys less.

or, if everyone's pay is increased by the same $7.75/ hour to cover the minimum wage increase, well, then, we're still in the same place. minimum wage increases, everyone else's salaries increase, prices increase, making it a draw.

ours is neither a socialist nor communist economy, but a capitalist one. education, experience, specialization have always been a personal choice which dictated income.

so, to throw your question back to you, you'd be jealous of people making more because they've gotten an education, have gained years of experience or have acquired a specialization which garner them a higher income?

May 26, 2015
Vidute in Food Media & News

Coming to a Wendy's Near You

just to play devil's advocate, if the minimum wage goes to $15/hr, does that mean that everyone else who has been making above minimum wage get the same $7.75/hour raise in their paycheck? or is someone who's been working at the same place for years and makes $15/hr after multiple raises held at that same $15/hr?

May 26, 2015
Vidute in Food Media & News

ISO restaurant for latish Friday night near BWI

Royal Taj in Columbia has some excellent Indian dishes. They're open until 11:00 on Fridays. It's about a 10-15 minute drive from the airport.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

well, then, let me rephrase. tofu is not an ingredient used in original, traditional, european babkas and neither is margarine, which was invented in the early 1800's. i see the tj's babka as a variation, an interpretation on the traditional, babka. kind of like the "authentic" new york bagels sold outside of new york, or "authentic" philly cheesesteaks found here in baltimore.

i understand wanting to create delicious foods while maintaining religious/dietary guidelines.
as i wrote, it's tasty...a fusion, east-meets-west babka.

May 22, 2015
Vidute in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

although it may be tasty, authentic it isn't. tofu, which is in the babka, is definitely not an eastern european ingredient.

May 21, 2015
Vidute in Chains

No cheap corned beef this year?

99ยข/lb for point cut at harris teeter, yesterday.

May 20, 2015
Vidute in General Topics

Ideas for bingo potluck

deviled eggs/egg salad
cherry tomatoes stuffed with tuna salad
cherry tomatoes stuffed with crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar cheese and mayo
cucumber slices topped with cream cheese, smoked salmon, fresh dill
deli meat/salami, cheese, celery/tomato kabobs
fruit and cheese kabobs
pitted prunes stuffed with walnuts and simmered in red wine
jello mold
dill pickles stuffed with pimento cheese/cream cheese, chilled and cut into slices

i know that you said that there were no bowls, but if there are paper cups for coffee, you could serve soups in the paper cups

May 11, 2015
Vidute in General Topics

What items do you wish Trader Joe's would make/stock?

the elkridge md and owings mills md tj have the bananas in bunches and not broken down singles.

May 03, 2015
Vidute in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

harris teeter carries challenge butter

May 03, 2015
Vidute in Chains

no-bake dessert challenge

krustai/kruschiki/bowties- deep-fried dough covered with powdered sugar.

http://recipes.wikia.com/wiki/Zagareliai

or how about paczki/ponchiki - jelly/fruit-filled donuts

or a croque-en-bouche

or cream puffs made with pate a choux

Apr 29, 2015
Vidute in Home Cooking
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bologna..?

depends on the brand. most are awful. only bologna that i eat is kunzler's.

Apr 23, 2015
Vidute in General Topics

FORK and/or SPOON for DESSERT?

good cake = no crumbs left on plate. just moisten back of fork and press down on the crumbs. :)

Apr 23, 2015
Vidute in Not About Food