Zen and the Art of Pickle Making

Some people are process-oriented. You tend to be goal-oriented. But when one of your goals is to “be in the moment,” a good process helps. The Zen Buddhists of Japan knew this, and from that realization came the tea ceremony. Focus on each step, making each action as good as it can be at that…

Recipe: Cauliflower Steaks with Dippy Eggs and Green Goddess Dressing

You have approached the cauliflower craze with a bit of caution. If there are carmelized cruciferous appetizers to be had, you tend to prefer Brussels sprouts. As faux-mashed potatoes or a substitue for rice, well, that falls into the SWYPO bucket for you. And raw? There are just too many other (read: tastier) options in…

4 No-Sugar-Added, Super-Easy, Tasty Summer Treats

Cleared sugar, dairy and carbs from your diet? That seriously limits your summer treat list, or so you think. But summer is for enjoying yourself, so beat the heat with these fast, easy and delicious treats. Sugar Makes You Thirsty A reason for everyone to skip the added sugar in the summer: It makes you…

“King John” at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

Thanks to the R.E.M. obsession during your teen and young adult years, you have an abiding fondness for mandolins. So hopefully, when you say the pre-show and intermission musical performances are among your favorite things about going to the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, the company players won’t be offended. ‘Cause there is a mandolin. And a…

Instant Gratification: Fast Summer Beauty Fixes

The sun arrived unexpectedly, as did the heat. And thus, two things had to be resolved immediately: Your hair off gotten your neck and the sweat removed off your face. Good thing you were near In Watermelon Sugar, where beside the usual temptations, bottles of Herbivore’s Rose Hibiscus coconut water facial mist and packets of…

Express Gratitude: The Art of the Thank-You Note

A weekend house is an objective you never quite had the resources or wherewithal to pursue with any diligence yourself. Summer weekends being what they are, however, you gladly accept invitations to others’ houses. Such outings, in addition to bringing the joy of time with dear friends, remind you that is there as much art…

Eat, Shop and Be Merry

It’s Restaurant Week in Baltimore, and you are contemplating where to go. And while you’re at it, decide which summer sales to hit. Shopping is hungry work.