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Whole Foods French wine & cheese tasting raises palates to new levels

Sometimes procrastination is good, but not that often. It was not good when I realized the Anne Arundel Community College cooking class I was planning to take had passed me by. I’d had a good experience at last year’s class, and I was looking forward to Dumplings from Around the World, which would make me a master of pot stickers, ravioli, pierogi, tamales and several other dumpling delights.     My education in dumplings would have to wait for another semester, but...

Recipes for humans and other fanciers

Jack-o-lanterns have withered, but pumpkins are not old news yet. November is the biggest month of the year for pumpkin consumption. Pie, ice cream, cheesecake, soup, muffins, bread and lattes all feature pumpkins this time of year. In anticipation of Thanksgiving, canned pumpkin sales soar. Ninety percent of canned pumpkin sales are made in the fourth quarter.     Canned pumpkin is good, but Libby and all the other canners get it the same place you can: in the shell.  ...

Give thanks and get ready

It’s a good thing the winter holidays start with a feast. You’re going to need all your energy to keep up with the oncoming season.     Thanksgiving, only a week hence, is a command performance throughout America. Anticipation and anxiety pair as we prepare for the communal feasting demanded by our native holiday.     Have we the time, energy and skill to manage a multi-course menu? Or had we better eat out or carry in? The Bay Weekly family spans the...

A beautifully staged and wonderfully acted ­communications breakdown

Written in 1980 by Brian Friel and set in a fictional village in agricultural Ireland in the early 1800s, Translations deals with the imperialism of encroaching England, the tradition of language and the refusal to compromise that tradition for communication’s sake. The Masqueraders’ production is beautifully staged and wonderfully acted, which makes a questionable artistic choice all the more unfortunate.     The setting is a hedge school, in this case a very...

At Thanksgiving, this year’s garden continues giving

This year’s garden was one of my most productive in recent years, despite its late start as I recovered from a fall last November. With help from family members, including grandchildren, the garden was planted in mid-May.     Even so, we harvested nearly a bushel of onions, which were braided and hung in the garage until recently. This year’s turkey stuffing will contain those garden-grown onions. The Crocket snap bean crop was outstanding, as was the harvest from...

A fat eel is the best winter bait

I could feel my bait strongly swimming downward next to the bridge piling. Judging its descent at a couple of feet off bottom, I thumbed the reel spool, both to keep it out of any rubble it might dive into and to incite its efforts to escape. It briefly struggled against the increased resistance. That was all that was necessary. Something powerful grabbed the bait then swam away.     A five-count allowed about 25 feet of line to slip under my thumb. I slowly raised my rod tip,...

Hero-worship deflects Jon Stewart’s aim for a great movie

Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal: El Ardor) has great hopes for his homeland. Living in Canada and working for Newsweek, Bahari specializes in reporting on Iranian politics. In the week leading up to the country’s 2009 elections, he returns to Tehran optimistic that Mir-Hossein Mousavi will be elected president and usher in a more moderate era. The younger generation shares his hope.     Their hopes are dashed. Fanatically conservative leader...

Can policy and perseverance put oysters back in the Bay?

a Bay Weekly special report Oysters are Maryland’s delicacy of the season. Oystermen and women are tonging, dredging and power-tonging Bay and river waters as you read, in a season that runs from October 1 through March 31.     At festivals and church and lodge dinners throughout Chesapeake Country, you can feast on oysters every weekend. On rural roads round the Bay, handmade signs advertise oysters in the shell or shucked. Country or city, restaurants build fall and...

Frostbite sailors find best sailing of the year

Just as most sailors have hauled out their boats for the winter, the racing season is heating up for the most intrepid.     The Frostbite Races, sponsored by Annapolis Yacht Club, kicked off the 2014-’15 winter sailing season Nov. 8 with a bang — actually an air horn. Some 98 sailboats entered the Sunday afternoon race, held just off the U.S. Naval Academy seawall. With crews of three to five people each, at least 400 sailors were out on the Severn River for the...

Bay Weekly reports on how restoration is working

If native oysters rebound in the Chesapeake, it will be a miracle. But not a mystery. A clear chain of cause and effect will have led the way.     First came the will, then the way.     Over 30 years — even a century, it could be argued — plenty was going on to restore Chesapeake oysters. For all that was tried, nothing worked — or worked on a big enough scale to fight off the forces working against the native oyster, Crassostrea virginica....