Thursday, May 23, 2013
Who’s NOT planning a BBQ this weekend? If the weather holds and you’ve got propane or charcoal, chances are, you’re grilling something with your friends and family. Here, new ideas for keeping your costs down. Sponsored by Home Depot.
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Here at Patch, we like to be thrifty, so we talked to two barbeque experts and uncovered some really good ideas to help you save money on your next outdoor party. 1. Start with a marinade. This means planning ahead -- say, Friday. But it’s worth it, says Rick Browne, host of Barbeque America on PBS, because you can pass up that well-marbled ribeye steak and buy a less tender and less expensive choice to grill like a flank steak or chuck steak. Just marinate it or brine for one or two days and then cook long and slow on the barbeque grill to break down tissues but maintain moisture. “You need to include an acid in the marinade, perhaps juice, vinegar or soy sauce, but avoid cola which is so acidic it can turn meat into a soggy mess.” Try…
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Remember our fallen, yes, but also challenge our assumptions.
On Memorial Day, as on our entire parade of patriotic holidays, I feel…conflicted. I am certain that these days are important, allowing us to remember those who fell in the service of our country, and reminding us not to lose contact with those who serve still. But, too often, the rhetoric around these calendar-endorsed remembrances devolves into the jingoistic. It’s not that vets are forgotten; in fact, it’s quite the contrary. Today, the American service member is more front and center than ever. The problem I see is that too often, commemoration takes a facile symbolic form instead of any kind of actual reflection or action; a second concern is that near-worship of our military means much-needed debate over overseas adventures becomes …
Monday, May 28, 2012
Seven of Maryland's fallen were ushered into the Circle of the Immortals, surrounded by thousands of flags the Elkridge Young Marines planted.
Tiny American flags adorned almost 3,000 graves at the Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens on Monday. The Elkridge Young Marines spent five hours over the weekend planting the flags, reported ABC 2 News. "We're trying to honor our veterans and show that we really care," Danielle Dixon, a member of the Elkridge Young Marines, told ABC 2 News. Planted at the head of fallen soldiers' grave stones, the flags symbolized the 3,000 Maryland veterans buried at the Timonium cemetery, where thousands gathered on May 28 to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives at war. Among them was Aaron Marchanti, whose father died in combat earlier this year. "It means a lot to us; it's important," said Marchanti of the Memorial Day service. "We want to …
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh posted a 30-second message on YouTube in honor of Memorial Day.
Monday, May 28, 2012
The backdrop of his message confirms what we all know -- Ravens coach John Harbaugh is a football man -- but what he had to say is all about honoring members of the military on this Memorial Day. "They rush to serve and protect on a moment's notice," Harbaugh said, "so that we can enjoy the freedoms that this country has to offer." Do you have a message for military personnel? Share it in the comments below.
The National Weather Service says the heat index will make it feel like it will be in the mid 90s.
It's a great day to grill and spend the day with family outdoors. Yet, the National Weather Service warns that residents in Howard County and Prince George's County should stay hydrated today as forecasters have issued a heat advisory. The temperatures are set to reach a high of 93 degrees, but the heat index will make it feel a few degrees warmer -- stretching it to feel more like it's near 95 degrees. The heat advisory will remain in affect until 9 p.m. this evening.
Memorial Day wasn't always a three-day weekend. Here, learn more about one of America's most solemn observances, which now marks the official start of summer.
Today, Memorial Day, is one of America’s most solemn observances. We honor the men and women who died serving and defending our country—unlike Veterans Day, the day to honor all veterans. Amid the parades, 21-gun salutes and long weekend trips, how much do you know the holiday? Here are five Memorial Day facts. 1. The sheer carnage of the Civil War, America’s deadliest war, inspired Memorial Day as a way to honor the war dead. The observances originally were called Decoration Day because thankful Americans decorated and cared for soldiers’ graves. “Memorial Day” usage began appearing in 1882, but “Decoration Day” was common until post-World War II. Congress officially changed the name in 1967. 2. This year’s Memorial Day falls a few days …
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Tips and recipes for one-of-a-kind, juicy meat.
Memorial Day weekend is here and that means getting the grill fired up. We've asked Maryland chefs to share their tips to help you cook up delicious holiday food. William Schroeder, owner of Guilianova's Groceria and Deli in Westminster, suggests soaking wood chips in Natty Boh for two hours before using. Add your grilling tips in the comments. Terry Pitt, a Howard County caterer-turned-founder of the nonprofit Stone Soup Foundation, shares her secrets for grilling juicy meats. Pitt also said poking a steak with a fork can allow vital juices to drain out. She advises turning meat with tongs. Poultry must be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Beef should come off the grill at 118-122 degrees. Pork should come off at 140-145 …
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice honored at Timonium, Catonsville cemeteries.
Before Memorial Day, several organizations, including one from Elkridge, have been preparing for the May 28 remembrance of soldiers who lost their lives. The Elkridge Young Marines were out Saturday morning planting flags by the 3,500 graves of the fallen, according to ABC 2 News, before a large memorial service on Monday at Dulaney Valley cemetery in Timonium. On Monday, the ceremony will open at 10 a.m. in The Circle of the Immortals—a veterans’ garden within the cemetery—to honor seven recently fallen members of the military with ties to Maryland. There will also be tributes to all soldiers who have served, are still serving or who gave their lives in battle. A 21-gun salute and Taps will conclude the ceremony. The secretary of …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Summer weather is here. At least for the weekend.
Forget the solstice. This year, Memorial Day is the true harbinger of summer. Beginning Friday, and through Memorial Day, temperatures will steadily rise, peaking at about 91 on Monday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). That's thanks, in part, to a high-pressure system moving over the region Friday, according to Calvin Meadows at the NWS. “High pressure means denser air settling over the area,” he said, bringing winds from the south/southeast. Think sunny, hot, and muggy. Temperatures should reach the low 80s Friday, approach 90 on Saturday and Sunday and break through to the low 90s on Memorial Day, according to Meadows. Expect foggy, cloudy evenings with temperatures in the low 60s on Friday night and the high 60s to …
Here are some fun things to do around town with the family this weekend.
Where/When: Howard County Fair Grounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, MD 21794, Sunday, May 27, 2012, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Why to go: Amateur Radio Flea Market and Maryland Western Association horse show. Pricing: Donation: $6.00, children under 12 are FREE Where/When: Howard County Library Elkridge Branch, 6540 Washington Blvd, Elkridge, MD, 2:00 p.m. Why to go: No registration is required, and this event is for the whole family. Learn how to make crafts from different countries and regions. Allow about 30 minutes to complete the craft. Price: FREE Where/When: Toby’s Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd, Columbia, MD, Friday, May 25, 10:00 a.m, Saturday, May 26, 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. Why to go: An original …