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Polock Johnnies

They are supposed to reopen, but that's all I've heard.

Food to help your dog GAIN weight.

Google "satin balls" -- they are an easy tasty weight gain.

Jan 12, 2013
lstormont in Not About Food

Ariana Kabob Grill -- a lunch truck in Catonsville

Ok. I've had good luck at Shaheen, but haven't tried Thousand yet. Will soon.

Ariana Kabob Grill -- a lunch truck in Catonsville

And Shaheen.

Thousand Kabobs - new Pakistani kabobs and more at 218 N. Liberty in Baltimore

There is a Groupon today for them.

Shaheen Indian Buffet Catonsville-ish

I haven't had the buffet at the new location, although I've been eating at the old location for years. Their channa is excellent, as is their kabob selection. On weekends they grill to order on a barbecue next to the restaurant.

Strangest Starbucks Drink?

I do often order dirty chai. It's actually quite good, and it was how I learned to like coffee, strangely. I started with a half shot in a chai, then increased it, then started switching over to coffee, which I now love. But a double dirty chai *is* a wonderful thing.

Jan 14, 2012
lstormont in Chains

Recipe using bottle of sweet chili sauce

Recipe please?

Feb 16, 2010
lstormont in Home Cooking

Four quick avocado recipes

Bagel with cream cheese, bacon, and avocado. Best. Thing. Ever.

Feb 14, 2010
lstormont in Home Cooking

New "Asian" restaurant in Catonsville (and a bakery)

Sounds like we have to meet up and go together...

New "Asian" restaurant in Catonsville (and a bakery)

BTW, there are coupons in the ValPak I got in the mail today for both Baker's Park and MangoBerry.....

New "Asian" restaurant in Catonsville (and a bakery)

I second Baker's Park. The owner is very friendly and is willing to customize just about anything. The peach "cobbler" (which is really more of a cake in my opinion) is excellent.

What is your Favorite Breakfast Sandwich?

Bagel with cream cheese, bacon and avocado.

Jun 21, 2009
lstormont in General Topics

Pepsi w/o HFCS in Baltimore

The Target at Long Gate has both the Pepsi and Mt. Dew Throwback. At least they did Monday.

A simple cookie dough that won't spread?

I've actually cut them and then layered the cutouts on sheets of parchment in containers in the freezer, and baked them from frozen. Not holiday cutouts, just simple circles :) But, when you need fresh baked cookies in a hurry.....

I'm also lucky to have an extra freezer so I can do this. You can halve the recipe.

Dec 12, 2008
lstormont in Home Cooking

A simple cookie dough that won't spread?

No-Fail Sugar Cookies

6 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract or desired flavoring
1 tsp. salt

1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Mix dry ingredients and add a little at a time to butter mixture. Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.

2. Chill for 1 to 2 hours (or see Hint below)

3. Roll to desired thickness and cut into desired shapes. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges. This recipe can make up to 5-dozen 3” cookies.

4. HINT: Rolling Out Dough Without the Mess -- Rather than wait for your cookie dough to chill, take the freshly made dough and place a glob between two sheets of parchment paper. Roll it out to the desired thickness then place the dough and paper on a cookie sheet and pop it into the refrigerator. Continue rolling out your dough between sheets of paper until you have used it all. By the time you are finished, the first batch will be completely chilled and ready to cut. Reroll leftover dough and repeat the process! An added bonus is that you are not adding any additional flour to your cookies.

Dec 11, 2008
lstormont in Home Cooking

Fudgy Brownie-like Cookie with Coconut and Walnuts?

I happened on a cookie like this that (gasp) our grocery store was selling in the bakery section. I've not been able to get the recipe from them. It's a very moist chocolate cookie, almost like a brownie (but definitely a drop cookie) with chocolate chunks, walnuts, and coconut in it. Of course, I believe there's crack in them too, with how I've been going through them, but that's another story.

Any recipe ideas?

Dec 11, 2008
lstormont in Home Cooking

Chef Paolino's

All I've had there is the pizza and garlic knots but I like both a ton.

Anyone tried Starbucks' Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate yet?

I was told it was pre-mixed with skim,

Oct 21, 2008
lstormont in Chains

Your opinions on pricing drink refills?

I totally understand on the hand-crafted sodas. But this is just a fountain Coke with a pump of syrup added to it.

Jul 26, 2008
lstormont in Not About Food

Your opinions on pricing drink refills?

My family went to a "50s diner/maltshop" type place last weekend (not a chain). We like this type of place sometimes, and one of the treats for me is to get a vanilla coke. Their pricing was: sodas $2.69, flavored sodas $2.99. However, the plain sodas got free refills and the flavored ones did not.

This was a first for me. I've been to places where both get free refills (or neither), and also where just the difference in price was charged for the refill (meaning, the 2nd drink would have been 30 cents). Needless to say, this did annoy me when we got the bill, but checking the menu showed yes, this was the case, so we paid it, didn't short on the tip at all (although my mother in law tried, but we made sure to cover it) and left. I don't think we'd return though.

Is this the norm and have I just been lucky up until now?

Jul 25, 2008
lstormont in Not About Food

Bakery that makes cupcake cakes

Don't know where in Baltimore you are, but if it's a fairly basic design (and it sounds like it is), Faith N Me Baked Goods in Catonsville will do it. (410) 455-9866

Amish Friendship Bread-- Omit Pudding?

I used cook and serve, and it came out fine.

Other changes I made: used 1/2 WW, 1/2 white flour; added 1/2 c oatmeal; reduce oil to 2/3 c.
One loaf I made, that's all I did, but the 2nd, I used chocolate pudding, added coconut, chocolate chips, and mashed banana. Yum.

Jun 15, 2008
lstormont in Home Cooking

NOVA restaurant/catering: no egg, nut, soy

A friend is having a party and her son is allergic to egg, nut, and soy. Any ideas of which restaurants in the NoVA area that she could get food from?

Soto's Grill - Ellicott City

Went here this evening with hubby. Fairly quiet, I think about half of the tables were filled (it's a small dining area, maybe 10-12 tables?) Service was fine, high school aged girls working but very cheerful.

I had the Taste of Greece, which had dolmades, spanakopita, and pita with tzatziki, along with feta, and olives. Husband had the linguini with chicken parmesan. He was very pleased with his (I didn't try it) but I did have a bite of the garlic breadstick which was good.

Mine was 4 dolmades, probably a good 6 ounces of feta, 8 wedges of pita, a 5 ounce-ish cup of tzatziki, and a triangle of spanakopita the size of a small plate. I ate the spanakopita as it wouldn't reheat, one dolmade, and took everything else home. Absolutely delicious.

Desserts were a cheesecake, chocolate cake, chocolate cake with a layer of cheesecake, baklava, tiramisu, strawberry shortcake, and banana cake with cream cheese icing (which I grabbed to go but haven't delved into yet).

We were very pleased with our meal. It's kind of hard to find but it's more than worth a stop if you're in the area. I wouldn't put it up against Greektown necessarily, but we'll definitely go back soon. They also did have a respectable kids menu.

Mint Crisp M&Ms -- anyone spotted them yet?

I've seen them at CVS and Giant up in the Baltimore area. Definitely worth it.

Spicy Tangy (or Szechuan) Wontons - Baltimore

Also in Columbia, but I've seen them at Noodles Corner off of Dobbin Road.

Bangkok Garden in Columbia, MD

I'm a huge fan of Thai Heaven as well.

Help! Need kosher coconut macaroon recipe!

The ones my mom always made were, 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 bag of shredded coconut, and (I can't remember the exact measurement but I think it was) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Then there were the countless other variations too: chocolate (add cocoa), chocolate chip, lemon, orange....

Make sure to do them on parchment though as these will stick like glue.

Apr 18, 2008
lstormont in Home Cooking

Catonsville Gourmet?

I went for lunch, so we just had sandwiches, sorry. Their homemade potato chips are good though :)