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How to manage the perfect ending for your ­Thanksgiving Feast

The year is fast unfolding. In less than two weeks, we celebrate Thanksgiving.     Food, family and gratitude for our blessings are the focus of that holiday. Food brings the family together and the gratitude forth. So about this time every year, we begin planning for the Thanksgiving feast.     When the Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest feast with the Wampanoag tribe at Plymouth, they would have dined upon seasonally available fowl, seafood, shellfish,...

Pumpkin Pie 101

Pies baked by professionals can be spectacular. But for Thanksgiving, maybe you want to do your own. Here’s how it’s done by for the Melamud Thanksgiving dinner by writer Bob’s wife Lyn Laviana. Lyn Melamud’s Pumpkin Pie Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen website and vouched for by Bay Weekly’s pieman Bob Melamud Prepare a partially baked 10-inch pie shell. Whisk together in a bowl: 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup whole milk 3 large eggs plus 2 large yolks 1...

Decorate your pie for the season

Your family tells you your pumpkin pie is the best they’ve ever eaten.     But you ask yourself, is there room for improvement.     When daughter Lauren Dinsick comes back home to Millersville from her high-stress job as a pediatric intensive care nurse in Philadelphia, she’s ready to unwind.     For her, relaxation often involves pie crust.     Lauren enjoys playing with food, and pies are her medium of choice....

Libby, McNeill & Libby of ­Morton, Illinois

Would you cook you own pumpkin?     We who do are a minority. Pie makers will guard the locations of their cherry tree the way fishers do honey holes. But when the time comes to bake pumpkin pies, they buy their pumpkin in a can.     “I’ve tried fresh and I didn’t like the texture,” says Lyn Laviana, who bakes the pumpkin pie I wish I did.     Laviana says she doesn’t shop brands, but odds on her pumpkin is Libby...

In creating her business, Krista ­Sermon broke more than one ­tradition

Krista Sermon’s desire to cook simmered all through law school and beyond. She wanted to further her culinary skills, but she felt pressured to practice law. So for three years she kept at it, working one year in debt collection, a second in family law and a third in social services in Baltimore.     During her first pregnancy, she decided to listen to her heart.     “I saw that life was short and that I should spend mine in a way that I enjoyed, not...

This bird is worth a trip to Easton

Winter anglers in Chesapeake Country, mergansers — common, red-breasted or hooded — are diving ducks that keep birdwatchers guessing as to where they’ll pop up after their last dive. They hunt in packs underwater, herding fish into their serrated bills.     The hooded merganser that’s just moved onto the grounds of The Academy Art Museum in Easton is a bird of another kind. Standing 16 feet high, this bird will be doing no diving. But he will disappear as...

Muddy Creek Artists Guild shows more than meets the eye

For shoppers, Muddy Creek Artists Guild’s annual holiday show and sale is about finding gifts from the arts to fill their shopping lists and — very likely — indulge themselves.     With 55 artists showing and selling hundreds of creations in the Guild’s biggest show of the year, there’s lots to see, admire and desire.     For artists, the eight-year-old Guild has become a community where they develop their strength and vision....

Remember The Maryland 400

The first regiment of full-time professional soldiers from Maryland to fight for the Continental Army saved the revolution in August of 1776. Against a much larger, better-prepared British force, 450 to 500 Marylanders valiantly defended themselves and their new nation.     “Through a series of charges, they kept the British bottled up so that the rest of the American forces could get off the battlefield,” said historian Owen Lourie, project director for Finding the...

Like a horrific accident, it makes you cringe even as you brake to see it better

When outrage-stage author Edward Albee passed away in September, the theater world mourned with a collective gasp, as if his death from old age were just another violent trick designed to snap us out of complacency. The triple Pulitzer prize-winner aimed to make audiences so uncomfortable they would “run out of the theater — but come back to see the play again.” He succeeded most notably with his first full-length production, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. The Pulitzer...

Gas, oil and battery need attention before the freeze hits

There’s lots to do to winterize your boat and motor, and lots of checklists online and at marine stores tell you how. Let me remind you of the steps that can be the most critical.     Topping off your boat’s gas tanks and dosing with the correct amount of fuel stabilizer is first on the list of must-do’s. Seek out ethanol-free gasoline (E-0), as it is relatively stable during storage.     Ethanol is an additive present in 90 percent of all...