Blueberry Turmeric Granola

Make a double batch of this gluten free granola because you’ll miss it when it’s gone. Every bite promises to be a delicious crunchy combo of quinoa, oats, nuts, seeds, and antioxidant-rich blueberries and turmeric. Did you know turmeric may prevent  your liver from being damaged by toxins? Ingredients  ½ cup quinoa,... Read more →

Buckwheat Banana Bread

This quick bread contains no gluten, a common hormone disruptor. The main ingredient, buckwheat, is a very good source of manganese and a good source of copper, magnesium, dietary fiber and phosphorus. This grain contains rutin and quercitin which are health supportive flavonoids. Ingredients • 1 ½ cups buckwheat flour... Read more →

Pumpkin Pie Bites

Portioned bites of moist pumpkin pie flavor without white sugar or high fat dairy. Enjoy a taste of dessert without feeling bloated. Ingredients ½ cup raw cashews, soaked 2 hours, rinsed, drained 9 pitted medjool dates ¼ cup oats ¼ cup vanilla protein powder 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice pinch of sea salt ¼ cup pumpkin purée Maple Coconut Glaze ¼ cup coconut... Read more →


Two local shops cook up delicious gift ideas STORY BY Emily Johnson      PHOTOGRAPHY BY Robin Shotola November/December 2017 My grandmother has clear preferences when it comes to gifts: “If I can’t eat it or wear it, I don’t want it.” Edible treats appeal to both the giver and the recipient.... Read more →


Comfort food can also be good for you STORY and photography BY Jennifer Cohen-Katz November/December 2017 Wintertime in Howard County is some¬thing to look forward to. We brave the cold for Midnight Madness on Main Street, Ellicott City, to listen as carolers sing while we forage through the shops for... Read more →


FACE IT, FOOD TASTES MUCH BETTER WITH A DOSE OF HEALTHY FAT STORY and Photography BY Jennifer Cohen-Katz September/October 2017 For many of us fall means a fresh start. When the kids go back to school we get back to our workout routines and clean up our diets after summer... Read more →


IN THE SUMMER, FAST FOOD OPTIONS CAN ALSO BE HEALTHY STORY and photography BY Jennifer Cohen-Katz June/July 2017 I find myself counting down all year to the longest stretch of sunlight, the summer solstice. Longer days lend themselves to extra hours of fun while higher temperatures yield gorgeous fruits and... Read more →

Fresh Start

Spring produce comes along just when we need a healthy boost Jennifer Cohen-Katz March 2017/April 2017 Even if you love winter, chances are by this point you are ready to say goodbye to the never-ending bone-chilling temperatures and heavy darkness of the season. When spring is just a peek around... Read more →


CRANK UP THE GRILL FOR A WINTER BARBECUE STORY BY Marion Winik November/December 2016 Most people think of barbecue as a summer delicacy. But in the dead of winter, its smoky flavors and aromas bring back lazy backyard afternoons. Moreover the fatty meats and rich flavors of barbecue make it... Read more →


GROWING UP IN AN ASSIMILATED HOUSEHOLD, SHOPPING REPLACED COOKING SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 STORY BY Marion Winik      ILLUSTRATIONS BY Paige Vickers My teenage daughter Jane’s favorite food is a pasta dish called kasha varnishkes. It’s an Ashkenazi Jewish recipe, one of a number of delights from this cuisine on which I... Read more →


When the sun sets, pull out the picnic blanket STORY BY Kerry Dunnington      PHOTOGRAPHY BY Mary C. Gardella JUNE/JULY 2016 From concerts at Merriweather Post Pavilion to the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s outdoor performances at the Patapsco Female Institute, summer’s cultural offerings are made for eating “en plein air.”... Read more →

Grab & Go

FEEDING A BUSY FAMILY CAN BE LIKE HERDING HOUSEFLIES STORY BY Kerry Dunnington     PHOTOGRAPHY BY Mary C. Gardella MARCH/APRIL 2016 Karen Pitsley, owner of Transforming Architecture and mother of two energetic boys, ages 10 and 12, doesn’t have a lot of extra time at the end of the... Read more →

Brewsters on the rise

Female beer makers, once called “brewsters” are gaining ground in the craft industry STORY BY Rachel Rappaport   PHOTOGRAPHY BY Mary C. Gardella NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 Tori Marriner has observed a subtle change in drinking habits among women. At one time, beer and wine at Victoria Gastro Pub, the Columbia restaurant... Read more →

NOURISH Your Body | Farm Fresh

Roving Radish brings healthy meals from local farms to the plates of those in need. By Mary Lou Baker DECEMBER 2015/JANUARY 2016 Roving Radish, a pilot program started last year by Howard County government, has an admirable mission: to combat nutritional deficiencies among people who live here. It was launched... Read more →

NOURISH Your Body | Eat better

Resolution: Eat better. Good to Go Three ways to ensure you’ll always have the ingredients for a home cooked meal. By Mary Lou Baker DECEMBER 2015/JANUARY 2016 For most of us, a list of New Year’s resolutions almost always includes something food related. We may pledge to eat less or eat... Read more →


  NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 Bare Bones Grill and Brewery 9150 Baltimore National Pike, #22, Ellicott City, MD 21042 Black Eyed Susan 9570 Berger Road, Columbia, MD 21046 Ellicott Mills Brewing Co 8308 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043 Frisco Taphouse and Brewery 6695 Dobbin Road, Columbia, MD 21045 Jailbreak Brewing Company... Read more →


WHEN THE DOCTOR PRESCRIBES VEGETABLES, FAMILY MEMBERS FALL INTO STEP STORY BY Mary Lou Baker PHOTOGRAPHY BY Mary C. Gardella As a longtime food writer and recreational home cook, I received the mandate from my husband’s cardiologist that he start eating vegetarian like a punch in the stomach with an oversized... Read more →


THE KAUR SISTERS LEARNED TO COOK AT THEIR FARM IN PUNJAB. NOW THEY ARE CHEFS AT TWO OF THE REGION’S FINEST INDIAN RESTAURANTS STORY BY Jennifer Waldera PHOTOGRAPHY BY Colby Ware Growing up together on a farm in the Punjab province of northern India, sisters Kinday and Boli Kaur spent... Read more →


TODAY’S WARD CLEAVER WOULD BE A FIXTURE IN THE KITCHEN STORY BY Elizabeth Brunetti Hans Plugge learned to cook out of necessity. Originally from the Netherlands, the now 56-year-old toxicologist remembers traveling to Ontario, Canada, for his master’s degree. Left to fend for himself for the first time in his... Read more →


RECIPES KALE WITH MASHED POTATOES (STAMPPOT BOERENKOOL) From Hans Plugge ❒ 2-3 lbs. potatoes (fresh small reds or Yukon Gold preferred) ❒ 1-2 lbs. raw kale (one large bunch or two smallish ones) ❒ 2 teaspoons salt ❒ 2 teaspoons pepper Optional ❒ 1 stick of butter, warmed and cut... Read more →


ASHLEY ROOP CHURNS OUT HEAVENLY TREATS IN HER PASTRY KITCHEN AT PETIT LOUIS STORY BY Elizabeth Brunetti PHOTOGRAPHY BY Lisa Shires It’s 6:30 on a drizzly morning outside Le Comptoir, the café adjacent to Petit Louis Bistro on the Lake in Columbia. The coffee shop isn’t open yet, but there’s... Read more →


EVEN CARNIVORES APPRECIATE THE PLANT-BASED DISHES AT THE POPULAR VEGAN RESTAURANT STORY BY Elizabeth Brunetti Katie Smallwood, manager and marketing coordinator for the plant-powered Great Sage restaurant, knows of a couple whose weekend errands involve a three-hour trek to Clarksville from their home in Virginia, just to visit Conscious Corner.... Read more →


PHOTOGRAPHY BY Lisa Shires STYLING AND TEXT BY Kristin Antonino Mixology is all the rage these days, so why not climb on the boxcar and stir up your usual drink order? We muddled around with local bartenders as they puttogether all manner of concoctions – from a raspberry kombucha cosmo to... Read more →


THE HOMESHED KITCHENS PHILOSOPHY KEEPS THINGS REAL. STORY BY Julekha Dash   PHOTOGRAPHY BY Meredith Tankersley Jeanette Warne is in the process of dumping rice, smoked turkey, corn, carrots, tomatoes and onions into an aluminum roasting pan when I show up at the commercial kitchen she uses at the Calvary Lutheran... Read more →


HOW I RAISED THE PRESSURE, LET OFF STEAM AND FELL IN LOVE WITH A KITCHEN APPLIANCE STORY BY Martha Thomas I have to admit, I’m smitten. The box arrived last winter, sometime after I’d completed an article for a local newspaper about slow cookers. “Please try our appliance,” the note said.... Read more →


THE HORIZON FOUNDATION’S NEW HEAD IS FIGHTING OBESITY ONE TABLESPOON AT A TIME INTERVIEW BY Martha Thomas PORTRAIT BY André Chung Nicolette (Nikki) Highsmith Vernick is executive director of the Horizon Foundation, a philanthropic organization established in 1998 as a result of the merger of Johns Hopkins Medicine with Howard County... Read more →


The girls loved sushi, but only one had tried making it at home. A couple seemed itchy with excitement. Nikki McGowan and her business partner Melissa Parlette wheeled in two oversized coolers, unpacked a bag of kid-size white aprons, plastic knives and cutting boards, a pot of sticky sushi rice... Read more →


Andrea Vernot combined her passion for food, talent for marketing and love of off-the-beaten track airports to create “Air Fare America,” a television program scheduled to launch in 2013. Vernot’s idea is to poke around the perimeters of the nation’s small airports to discover such local culinary treasures as Sugar... Read more →


People with food allergies rejoice! One Dish Cuisine, which recently opened in Ellicott City, specializes in dishes for folks with food allergies. The menu is filled with offerings that are free from gluten, lactose and dairy, soy, peanuts, yeast, eggs, fish and animal products – though not all at once.... Read more →


The former Rocky Run reopened as the The Ale House Columbia in December, and early reviews indicate that change is good. The refurbished space features three dining areas and three bars, a large outdoor space and plenty of flat screen TVs for sports fans. The bar – like its Baltimore sibling,... Read more →


[ By Elizabeth Brunetti ] The most ubiquitous New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, a vow that goes hand-in-hand with losing weight. These elusive goals can be undermined by a sneaky little thing called Life. Spur-of-the-moment changes in schedules due to longer-than-expected meetings, traffic jams or the soccer game... Read more →


WARMING TRENDS STORY BY Randi Rom   A bowl of steaming soup is comfort food that never goes out of style. In many families, soup is a tradition that evolves through the generations. Building a good soup from scratch can involve elaborate ingredients or utter simplicity. Most will agree there’s... Read more →


ELAINE HEILMAN HAS TAUGHT HER STUDENTS SKILLS FOR THE KITCHEN – AND FOR LIFE STORY BY Angela Dale PORTRAIT BY André Chung When Elaine Heilman was a teenager, she was told she’d never make it as a chef. Working summers in her family’s hotel and restaurant business in Michigan, she... Read more →


TAKE THE HIGH ROAD The owner and executive chef of the Milton Inn in Sparks, north of Baltimore, recently opened an equally elegant country restaurant in Howard County. Brian Boston’s new Highland Inn, located in a renovated 150-year-old farmhouse in a rural setting, will resemble the Milton Inn by offering... Read more →


ALEXANDRA’S RESTAURANT HAS A NEW LOOK. BUT THE VIEWS OF THE GOLF COURSE ARE TIMELESS. STORY BY Martha Thomas As the sun sets alongside the greens at Turf Valley, the air is suddenly still. The breeze has died some and the cadence of conversation between the last group of golfers... Read more →


At Aida Bistro, the best seat in the house has a view of the chef STORY BY Martha Thomas  PHOTOGRAPHY BY Meredith Tankersley When Aida Bistro moved to its new location – a stone’s throw from its home of more than eight years, in a Columbia office park – owner... Read more →