Wicked – Hippodrome Theater – Baltimore, MD

Interested in seeing Wicked on stage? This musical is about the untold story of the witches of Oz. Well before Dorothy's visit to the land of Oz, these two young girls meet. One is born with green skin with a fiery personality and is just misunderstood. The other quite the opposite; popular, ambitious and beautiful. The story walks you through their journey and how they become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

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Resident Activities – Idea Swap

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Coffee Hour

Need a pick-me-up in the mornings? Don't forget to check out our coffee station every morning in the lobby just outside the fitness center!

Learning These Culinary Terms Can Help You Become a Better Cook

In order to create the perfect dish, you first have to understand the proper terminology. If you’re unsure of the difference between slicing and dicing, these helpful definitions will make you feel like a professional chef the next time you’re in the kitchen.

  1. Julienne. To julienne fruits or vegetables means to cut them into very thin strips. This technique is often used when you want a dish to look more attractive.
  2. Mince. When a recipe calls for mincing, it means that the food should be chopped into the tiniest possible pieces. Many chefs achieve this by using a machine like a food processor with revolving blades.
  3. Pare. This means to remove the skin from a fruit or vegetable. Using a paring knife or other peeler, you simply peel the skin away.
  4. Puree. Pureeing is often used on vegetables in soups or fruits for desserts. It means to mash the food until it’s smooth and thick, often using a blender, food processor, or even your hand.

Glossary of Basic Cooking Terms [Les Petites Gourmettes]
Cooking Terms [Recipe Goldmine]
Glossary of Cooking Terms [UMN]
Glossary of Cooking Terms [Better Homes & Gardens]
Culinary Terms [About.com]

Does it Really….

Look like the 1st day of spring??

Howard County Beer Week, March 21-29th

Have you ever wanted an excuse to try a few beers? Here are a few Restaurants/Vendors that will be serving during Beer Week in Howard County, MD.

Howard County Beer week events: http://www.howardcountybeerweek.com/events/

Opening Tap Party @ T Bonz Grille http://www.tbonzgrille.com/
Union Tap Takeover
Great Growlers! @ The Wine Bin http://www.winebinec.com/
Brewers Breakfast @ Kelsey's http://www.kelseysrestaurant.com/
Manor Hill Brewing Release Party @ Victoria's

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March Madness

If you are interested in the brackets for March Madness, be sure to click here! This week's picks lock at Noon today! Tell us which team you are following!

Bertucci’s: Brick Oven Pizza and More

The most important thing in the world of pizza is the oven. Your crust can be perfectly formed, your sauce can be tangy and delicious, but if your oven can’t get hot enough to cook it, the pizza may not turn out right. The key to Bertucci’s success is the brick oven at the heart of the restaurant, which gets each and every pizza perfectly crisp.

This is an excellent casual Italian chain that delivers high-quality food at reasonable process to Columbia locals, and it’s usually quite packed, especially on weekends. Some of the most popular dishes include the Ultimate Bertucci pizza, which is divided into quarters, each with a different flavor profile – meatballs, chicken, ham, and pepperoni. The eggplant Panini is also quite good, and the calzones are hearty and satisfying. You can choose your own ingredients, letting you tailor the meal to your liking!

Bertucci’s
9081 Snowden River Parkway
Columbia, MD 21046
(410) 312-4800
http://www.yelp.com/biz/bertuccis-brick-oven-restaurant-columbia

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

May the luck of the Irish be with you! How will you be celebrating today?

Pro Tips for a Perfect Pie Crust

With the holiday season in full swing, you might want to impress your family and friends with a delicious, homemade pie at your festive gathering. Although making a pie from scratch seems intimidating, these tips from the pros will ensure that your crust turns out completely flawless.

  1. Chill everything. It’s fairly common knowledge that a good pie crust relies on very cold butter, but you can even go one step further by chilling everything (like flour, butter and shortening) before beginning.
  2. Keep things lumpy. While most recipes require you to blend or mix the dough until it’s perfectly smooth, a good pie crust relies on those small chunks of butter or other fats. This is what creates small air pockets for that lovely flaky texture once it’s done baking.
  3. Don’t over-handle the dough. The warmth from your hands can cause the gluten in the dough to seize up, so be sure to only touch the dough when transferring it into the pan.
  4. Use parchment paper. Not only does sandwiching your pie dough between parchment paper keep your kitchen cleaner, it also prevents the crust from tearing when it gets too thin.
  5. Create an aluminum shield. Because the pie’s filling and its crust tend to cook at different speeds, wrap a shield of aluminum foil around the crust’s edges during the last five minutes of baking.

10 Tips for Making Perfect Pie Crust [About Food]
The 10 Commandments of a Perfect Pie Crust [Real Simple]
6 Tips For Perfect Pies And Tarts [Food Network]