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Reasonably priced halloumi source in Baltimore?

I heard today that Trader Joe's has it. I don't know the price but I'm pretty sure it will be less than Whole Foods!

2 days ago
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Gunnings Closed?

The people who used to own Blobs Park in Jessup are opening a German restaurant in the Gunnings location. We saw them taking down the Gunnings sign today.

Jun 18, 2014
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Elkridge/Annapolis in July

For pit beef. there are of course arguments as to who has the best. But among the top contenders, and fairly close to Elkridge is Pioneer Pit Beer (note their hours, 11-5 weekdays & Sat, not open Sunday): http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/31/142440...

Jun 12, 2014
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Crab Imperial near Baltimore/Howard Co area

Gunnings in Hanover might have it too. But given that Snyders is closed, my first choice would be Olive Grove.

May 31, 2014
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Not eating out or just not posting?

Or is it just because local people are on so many social media sites that they just aren't real interested in Chowhound any more?

Mar 17, 2014
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Source for fresh rabbit in Baltimore County?

I would really think twice especially about frozen rabbit. I spoke to a local butcher and she said they get their rabbit from China. Unless you are ok with that. If it's a farm that raises them, then freezes that's altogether different.

Nov 11, 2013
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Is there a REAL good old fashioned bakery in the Baltimore area?

In a word - no. BUT, within the last few years I am seeing better and better bread from small bakeries, and more people willing to pay for it.. So I am hopeful that things are turning around.

Jul 21, 2013
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Mustard

http://mustardmuseum.com/

They have every mustard imaginable. I used to order from them all the time.

Jun 11, 2013
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Copper River Salmon

When it's here, Frank's Seafood in Jessup will have it.

May 26, 2013
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Local strawberries available yet?

Pick Your Own has started at Gorman Farms (MD)

May 18, 2013
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Need opinions - Arundel Mills's Sweets From Heaven: good place to get my wedding candy??

I second the hint to buy online. Nuts.com, for example, has candy sorted by color or flavor. Their items are FRESH, shipping is super fast.

May 07, 2013
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Honeybell Oranges

Have you tried them yet? I finally broke down and bought a box from Cushmans last year. I thought they were overripe and not quite up to the hype in the ads. I think if you can find really good navel oranges in your local store you probably will like them better.

But -- like my -- maybe you ought to try them once anyways.

Jan 01, 2013
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

bakery that will slice sandwich loaf lengthwise

You should call around, many bakeries would not want to cut bread you bought elsewhere. They may not normally have the kind of pullman loaf you're looking for, but you might be able to special order it. I don't think you'd want Wonder Bread (if it was available) or Sunshine, they are too soft. Pepperidge Farm makes a couple firmer breads but, as you said, they come sliced.

Dec 13, 2012
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

SAF Gold Yeast

Another mail source:
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/

Nov 09, 2012
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Resturant Supply's open to public

Sysco - but they're not really in DC area. Closer to Laurel

Oct 21, 2012
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Anxiously Awaiting Chestnuts

Love Dove Farm didn't have chestnuts at the market today, they had husked black walnuts. But if you want something not too far from you, I'd call or email John. Maybe he still has chestnuts but not enough to bring to a market.

Oct 17, 2012
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Anxiously Awaiting Chestnuts

Are you anywhere near Howard County? John Dove had chestnuts the week before last at the Weds farmer's marked at the Miller Branch Library. You might try to contact him - Love Dove Farm

Oct 16, 2012
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Are crabs still in season in Baltimore?

You are right, DWD. Crabs are really delicious in the Fall and the prices are much better. We wait until this time of year to make crab cakes, because the meat is so much sweeter.

Sep 28, 2012
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Souffle vs Gratin Dish

A souffle uses egg whites for leavening (what makes it raise) and they cling to the sides of the tall souffle dish as they rise. In fact, you often have to add an aluminum foil "collar" around to makethe sides of the dish taller or the souffle will overflow.

Just Visiting makes a good point about the gratin, it might well retain moisture & the top won't brown properly if you use a dish with real tall sides. Now, you don't have to have an official gratin dish, any sort of casserole with 1 1/2" to 2" sides will work just fine.

In other words, souffle and gratin dishes really shouldn't be interchanged.

Sep 26, 2012
ivysmom in Cookware

Any love for the Double T?

We used to eat breakfast at the Catonsville one fairly regularly, but after that article about harrassment, we quit going also.

Sep 13, 2012
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

What happened to Chicken Out?

There is still one in Columbia, as far as I know. We were there not long ago and the food was still good.

Sep 07, 2012
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Looking for a wedding cake that tastes amazing.

I don't know about Oh What a Cake. Their cupcakes are pretty dry and the flavors so-so. I've had a lot of stellar homemade cakes in my life (and the waistline to prove it) and this place doesn't measure up. I think you can do better, HungryGrad.

Aug 11, 2012
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. in Pikesville

Thanks for this post! Too many people don't realize that when stores advertise that their bread products are baked fresh daily it usually means they use a mix or buy the dough pre-made, the only thing done on site is the putting in the oven (or adding water and putting in oven). Nothing real special about that except that the baked goods are sometimes still warm whey you buy them.

While the Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. might be a chain, I'd still rather support this business who actually makes their own!

Jul 16, 2012
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Feta Baltimore

Hungrygrad - It is Israeli. We like it too !

Jul 13, 2012
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Wegman's-Columbia

We've been a couple of times. The parking area is pretty busy unless you go early (i.e before 11). It is pretty comparable to the Hunt Valley one, I'd say it has as much or more. Set up a bit differently but everything is there.

As for alcohol, no. None is available on site, there were plans to open an adjacent liquor store but they are stalled with legal issues.

Jul 13, 2012
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help with a Baltimore favorite - the shrimp cheesesteak

Beats the heck out of me. I've lived here almost 35 years and never heard of a shirmp cheesesteak. My guess would be they put some breaded fried shrimp on a cheesesteak sandwich, but no clue.

Apr 28, 2012
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Gringada near Beltsvile

Has anyone been to the Gringada restaurant on Rt. 1 in/near Beltsville recently? We used to go there all the time years ago, but it went downhill. Then for a while it looked closed, but recently I noticed they've added an outdoor seating area so wondering if the restaurant has been revitalized?

Apr 20, 2012
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best fried chicken near Howard County

I have had a craving for fried chicken for a long while, time to indulge. But it is absolutely not something I should be eating while trying to lose weight. So -- if I'm going to indulge in this craving I want it to be really excellent fried chicken. Crispy skin, moist meat, not greasy.

Does anyone have a recommendation in or near Howard County?

Apr 13, 2012
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Grade B Maple Syrup?

I think it's just your palate, bubba3197. Like wines. Maybe your palate just can't pick up the taste difference. it's just how you were made. I can definitely tell the difference between Grade A and Grade B, and I really prefer the stronger flavor of the Grade B. I am searching for Grade C, thanks for the link curioussheridan.

We are currently using some Grade B that I got at MOM's in Jessup. Previously, it was really hard to find and I ordered it from King Arthur flour. I, also, have seen it at TJ;s.

Apr 04, 2012
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore

Brach's Fiesta Malted Easter Eggs

Treetop Tom, I was just thinking about these yesterday. Since you are in the area, have you tried the malted milk balls at Ken's Old Fashioned Candy Store in Catonsville ? Delicious.

Feb 18, 2012
ivysmom in Washington DC & Baltimore