State Of Confusion

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I like to think I’m a fairly intelligent person who can usually figure things out.  Except math equations.  I was horrible in math.  I don’t care what ‘x’ equals in the equation.  It’s not important to me so I don’t make an effort to understand.  I’m happier to exist in a state of confusion.  So if you’ll agree not to put me on the spot and challenge me to find the value of ‘x’, like some bizarre hazing ritual, I’ll agree not to call you a big jerk.  And I’ll just go on my merry way as Governor of the State of Confusion. Continue reading “State Of Confusion”


White Frosting

Fluffy is one of my more colorful nicknames, thanks to a former coworker (hi Grage, howyadoin?).  But as the years have gone by, it seems as though things have gotten less fluffy in general.  Life has a way of deflating and obscuring the fluff, which is a shame because fluffy is light.  Fluffy is fun.  Fluffy is happy.  These are all good things.  And did I mention that, in the kitchen, fluffy tastes good? Continue reading “Fluffy”

Food Memories – Gramma Rhetta’s Lemon Bars

Gramma Rhetta's Lemon Bars

Today’s food memory comes from Dana of The Kitchen Witch.  If it weren’t for the fact that I live in Bawlmer and she lives somewhere in Colorado, I would swear that we’re twins.  Because not only do we manage to somehow share a brain across a continent, we both luv lemon and have a special place in our hearts for our Grandmother.

This post originally appeared on The Kitchen Witch on 20 July 2009.  My thanks to Dana for sharing her story, and her memory of Sassybritches.  She sounds like one feisty lady I would have liked to have known. Continue reading “Food Memories – Gramma Rhetta’s Lemon Bars”

Flashback Friday – Mine Eyes Have Seen

Flashback Friday

The following originally appeared on 9/8/07 at Exit 51

Mine Eyes Have Seen

I was watching the movie Notting Hill the other day. Total chick flick. No matter how many times I’ve seen it, I always get weepy at the end. There’s a scene where Julia Roberts gives Hugh Grant a painting. She says something about how it makes here think about what love feels like.

We all have our own ideas about what love feels like. Maybe it’s a touch on the back of the neck. Or the warmth of a hand in yours. But what does love look like? And how does that change over a lifetime? Continue reading “Flashback Friday – Mine Eyes Have Seen”

SNOMG 2010


I’ll share a secret with you…I don’t typically blog in real time.  I’ve got myself a nice little backlog of posts all written and scheduled to magically appear here on BAH Monday through Friday.  That explains why some of my recipes may not be “in season”…it’s easier just to set things to publish and not worry about whether I’m talking about Christmas Dinner in February.  If anything, it breaks up the routine.  It’s unexpected.  But there are times when you just have to cut the line and talk about the obvious.  Like SNOMG.  Or Snomageddon.  Or whatever you’ve taken to calling the freak of nature that has engulfed the MidAtlantic.  It cannot be ignored.

How could it?  Government office are closed.  Schools are closed.  Stores are closed.  Mass transit has shut down.  Mail is not being delivered.  Trash is not being picked up.

We each cope in our own way.  Me, I’m doing my thing in the kitchen when I’m not outside wielding a shovel.  Let’s look at what I’ve been cooking up for your reading enjoyment:

Retro Cinnamon Cake

Nigella’s Beef Stew

Beth’s Chicken and Rice Soup

Salmon with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Apple Almond Coffee Cake


Homemade Hot Chocolate

And the rest of the week looks like this:

Penne with Mushrooms

Char Siu Pork

Frizzled Beef and Macaroni

Beef Pot Pies

Cinnamon Bread


Chocolate Cake

I’m guessing that by the time SNOMG moves out of here, I will be carrying around 5 extra pounds from all those sweets.  What about you?  How are you getting through the storm?

Dara has opened up a cooking help line at the Dining Examiner.  Got a question or quandry?  Send it to OR on Twitter @daracooks and we’ll see if one of Baltimore’s Food Bloggers can provide an answer.


Soup and a Side

I’m having a bit of writer’s block today. I think I might still be a bit conflicted about posting Cook’s Illustrated Recipes.  Like the ex that you continue to drunk dial, long after the breakup, I can’t make a clean break from CI.  But you know what?  Quick and easy trumps moral dilemma in this instance.  So instead of trying to come up with a witty narrative, I’m just going to skip right to the recipe. Continue reading “Soupy”