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Baltimore Cooks for Fall


Plan the Perfect Holiday Menu


Baltimore Chef Kiran Patnam Beats Bobby Flay on TV: ‘I Came Prepared’

Chef Kiran at work on “Beat Bobby Flay.” Photo via press handout.

Chef Kiran Patnam has been eyeing a chance to face off against Bobby Flay for five years now, since he first saw “Beat Bobby Flay” on the Food Network. Last night, it finally happened on TV.

I Wanna Stay Home and Make Gumbo with You, Ma


Right in time for Mother’s Day, University of Baltimore MFA candidate Tara Orchard writes about working with her mom in the kitchen. In the beginning, her mom taught her how to crack an egg and cook an elaborate meal, then the tables turned.

My mother’s kitchen is small. And in a small kitchen, there is one thing that you need to know: you need to dance—in a manner of speaking. Since my mother and I developed our own dance long ago, there is never a problem when we cook and there hasn’t been for many years. A hand to the hip—step to the side. A reach across—take a step back. Just saying a name: Get out of my way, woman, this pot is hot! Like many things though, this dance took time, and it had to start somewhere.

Beyond Ramen: Johns Hopkins Teaches Gourmet Dorm Cooking

Photo via smithsonian.com


During the month of January, Johns Hopkins hosts Intersession. Students can choose from a number of 3-week classes, some of them very serious; others, less so. But by far the most useful offering this Intersession was Dorm Cooking 101.

The Gift: Six Bottle Set from E.N. Olivier


E.N. Olivier

What it is: E.N. Olivier (voted Baltimore’s best spot for food gifts, didn’t you know) calls this sampler pack “the gateway to the store.” If you didn’t know how much variety (and flavor) you can get from olive oils and balsamic vinegars, this is a great way to get educated (and wowed) real quick. It includes bottles each of the shop’s most popular extra-virgin olive oils, infused olive oils, and balsamic vinegars. $35.

Who it’s perfect for:

Mom and/or Dad: Sometimes, buying a gift for your parents can seem a little ridiculous. They’re adults. Don’t they already know what they like and manage to find it for themselves? Plus, many empty-nesters move into smaller homes when they retire, and have less space for stuff they don’t really need. So a consumable gift is the perfect thing. And while they may already know plenty about the anti-aging properties of good olive oil, they may have never experienced such awesome varieties of the stuff.

Co-Worker on a Health Kick: So you’ve got to give a gift to someone you don’t know that well. But one thing you do know is that they’re working hard to get or stay in shape, or to generally improve their health. It’s pretty obvious, since they turn their nose up at the donuts your boss brought in, and have started packing their lunch from home. This gift says that you’ve noticed, you’re supportive, and that you also have excellent taste.

The Six Bottle Sampler is available from E.N. Olivier (1407 Clarkview Rd. Suite 300 in Baltimore). For more information, visit www.enolivier.com.





    The View from Halcyon Farm: It’s Finally Fall!


    It’s finally fall here at Halcyon and we’ve already had our first frost. In fact, it was more than two weeks ago! As the season changes, we look at what needs to be done to get ready for when the days draw in and winter comes on with a vengeance. If it’s anything like last winter, we need to be well prepared.

    In the gardens. We are lucky enough to have a greenhouse, so we bring all of our huge citrus trees, gardenias and other fragile plants inside where they can over-winter. And we always pull up all of the dead plants – you really don’t want your garden looking like a plant graveyard all winter, do you?


    If you have tubers, like the dahlias we have by the hundreds, you can pull them up and over-winter them in your basement or another cool area. Here are some great tips on how to do this.

    Knife and Fish Cooking Classes at Pierpoint Restaurant


    Cooking Classes

    catch of the day fish (2)Confession time. We are avid watchers of all those competitive cooking shows. Chopped, Hell’s Kitchen, Cupcake Wars, you name it. And it’s not just because of the mouth watering offerings that contestants come up with. It’s also because whether they’re seasoned professional chefs or just obsessive amateurs, every contestant knows more about food and technique than we thought there was to know. And thanks to chef Nancy Longo at Pierpoint Restaurant, some of these sought after skills can be yours when you sign up for one of Pierpoint’s awesome cooking classes.

    For the Love of Food: Cooking Classes for Kids and Adults


    For the Love of Food

    catch of the day fish (2)Foodie-ism is all the rage these days. Everyone is going local for produce, meats and dairy, and getting on board the slow, whole food bandwagon. Everyone seems to be fermenting their own pickles and yogurts and infusing all manner of things with who-knows-whats. But if cooking was never quite your thing, you might feel a little out of the loop. For the Love of Food offers a great way to play catch up—in a fun, educational setting that will leave your future dinner guests giving their compliments to the chef (and the chef, in this scenario, would be you).

    Pigtown Design: Weekend Update and More Booze!


    A dear friend celebrated her birthday this weekend, so her son decided to have a birthday dinner for her. To take some of the burden off of him, we all pitched in to make something. I volunteered to make the cake for the dinner party and I will give you a little taste of it before I tell you about the rest of the dinner.