Happy Labor Day!

We hope everyone has a happy and safe Labor Day!

The Sugar Content in These Common Foods Might Surprise You

No matter how diligently you count calories, it’s also very important to monitor your sugar intake when you’re attempting to shed a few pounds. Foods like cookies, ice cream, and sweet soft drinks are obviously off limits, but there are also a number of other sugary foods that might surprise you. Here are two common sources of sugar that might be flying under your radar.

  1. Fat-free salad dressings. Seeking out fat-free foods in the grocery store may seem like a simple way to stay on track with your diet, but many of these products attempt to maintain the same bold flavor by loading on the sugar. Salad dressings in both creamy and oil-based forms are loaded with sugar from sources like honey and concentrated fruit juice. Be sure to check the nutrition information before you buy.
  2. Multigrain cereals. Don’t just assume that all grains are automatically healthy. Multigrain cereals offer important fiber and whole grains that your body needs for energy, but unfortunately, many leading brands also include as many as six grams of sugar per cup. Many dietitians suggest opting for the plainest version of your favorite cereal and adding fresh fruit or a teaspoon of sugar instead.

15 Surprising Sources of Added Sugar [SparkPeople]
6 Surprising Sources of Sugar [Huffington Post]

Summer Evening Concerts – Boordy Vineyards: Hyde, MD

Saturday, August 30th is the last Evening Concert at Boordy Vineyards. Enjoy relaxing out in their open vineyard listening to music while sipping some wine.

Featured music:
Mahoney Brothers Juke Box Heroes Live – LESS THAN 200 TICKETS LEFT!!!

Coffee Hour

Bare Bones Restaurant: An Ellicot City Gastropub

Tasty food, live music, artisan beers on tap, and a great happy hour are Bare Bones Restaurant’s claim to fame. Sandwiches and burgers are served at this relaxing Ellicot City spot, with options like the Cajun Shrimp Wrap with seasoned shrimp, lettuce, tomato, scallions, alfalfa sprouts, and Monterey jack cheese and a Philly Cheese Steak Sub with shaved rib eye, sautéed onion & American cheese.

The California Salad is a healthy option, with mixed greens, sliced mushrooms, tomatoes, walnuts, blue cheese and your choice of grilled chicken or Angus steak. If an entrée is what your appetite calls for, order yourself Grilled Salmon with tarragon sauce, Teriyaki Chicken with pineapple sauce, Maryland Crab Cakes or Barbecue Baby Back Ribs.

Ellicot City's Bare Bones Restaurant is open daily.

Bare Bones Restaurant
9150 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
(410) 461-0770

Trash and Pet Reminder!

Windsor Referral Bonus

Want to Become a Better Cook? Start by Learning These Culinary Terms!

When you encounter a recipe that’s full of complicated cooking terminology, it’s easy to feel intimidated. What if your chopping instead of dicing leads to a flop of a soufflé? These kitchen terms will teach you a few things about proper cooking techniques, and they’ll make you feel more confident about your next culinary endeavor.

  1. Beat. To beat a mix or batter is not the same thing as mixing it. Beating involves briskly whipping with a spoon, wire whisk rotary beater, or electric mixer, and it incorporates air into the ingredients in order to obtain a light, fluffy consistency.
  2. Blacken. Blackening a piece of meat or vegetables is a popular Cajun cooking technique that chars seasonings onto the food in order to give it a crunchy, spicy coating. This involves cooking over high heat in a heavy skillet.
  3. Fold. If a recipe calls for you to fold one ingredient into another, it means to combine them without decreasing their volume. Use a rubber spatula in vertical swipes across the mixture, pulling some of the mixture from the bottom to the top each time.
  4. Garnish. Once your dish is completed, you may garnish it by adding a decorative bit of fresh herbs, fruit or greens.

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]

Theater Room

Gunpowder Golf Course: Play Golf in Laurel, Maryland

The Gunpowder Golf Course is an 18 hole, par 70 course that’s great for people who love the challenge of a true Scottish-style green that meanders through hills, valleys and woods. Not only that, but it’s a bargain at only $22 on weekends and $17 during the week for walkers.

The course has been open for more than fifty years and it remains challenging to this day. The fairways are narrow, adding a degree of difficulty for even the most talented golfers. Of course, novices still enjoy the course too, and Gunpowder Golf Course has a couple of on-site pros to give private lessons and group lessons to golfers of all skill levels.

Visit Gunpowder Golf Course's website to learn more about this local course!

Gunpowder Golf Course
14300 Old Gunpowder Road
Laurel, MD 20707
(301) 725-4532