Baltimore: Black Owned Restaurants & Eateries

Why would anyone want to know what is a Black owned business?  Unfortunately, Blacks in America still fight stereotypes about being lazy people on welfare waiting to collect a check and food stamps. Moreover, even many Black youth don’t identify with existence of successful Black owners right in their community.  Their perspective still may be limited to having to be a superstar or athlete in order to own a business.

In case you did not know Baltimore is one of the mostly highly Black populated cities in America.  The current mayor is an African American woman.   Not only are restaurants listed below Black owned but they are doing it with excellence, style and of course good taste.

Restaurant/Eateries 

French Onion Soup Recipe by Chef Jay Jones

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French Onion Soup

This classic is quick and easy to make. The key is getting your onions nice and brown.

Culinary Terms to know
Emincer- To thinly slice
Singer- To add flour to sautéed item as a means to thick a sauce or soup
Caramelize- To sauté an item until brown

Ingredients
4 Large Onions
¼ cup flour
4 cloves garlic smashed and sliced
Salt
Pepper
½ cup gruyere cheese shredded
8-10 cup beef stock

Equipment
Large Sauté pan
Large Stock pot

Preparation
Heat beef stock in large stock pot
Heat large sauté pan
Add onions to sauté pan
Caramelize onions
Use stock to deglaze onion sugars from bottom of pan
Singe with flour
Add hot beef stock to onions
Cut baguette into thin slices 2 for bottom of bowl and 1 for top
Rub baguette with garlic and oil
Put baguette in oven until brown on one side then flip and brown on other side

For Service
Put 2 slices of the baguette into bottom of bowl
Cover with soup to the top of the bowl or ramekin
Add one slice of baguette and cove with cheese
Make sure cheeses touches lip of bowl
Put in oven until cheese melts

Remove and serve hot
Enjoy

Edible Folk Remedies for Burns and Scarring

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While in the kitchen with some friends,  I witnessed her get burned.  She immediately went into the refrigerator and slathered mustard on the burned area of her arm.  Her son immediately testified to healing power of mustard in his life to experiencing burns while working in a kitchen.

Folk- info from Health911.com

Aloe Cover the burned area with aloe vera gel.

Honey has antibacterial properties and will promote healing. After applying honey cover the area with some gauze.

Milk For a minor (first degree) burn, soak the burned area in whole milk for 15 minutes or so. You may also apply a cloth soaked in milk to the area. Repeat every few hours to relieve pain. Be sure to wash out the cloth after use, as it will smell badly.

Mustard For minor burns rub some mustard (hot dog style) on the burned area. It may sting a little, but it takes away the pain and reduces blisters and scarring. This remedy was provided by James R., CA.

  • Another variation of this remedy was provided by Joe Brinkley: Apply a thick coating of table mustard (preferably cool) to the burn and wrap loosely with a bandage. Do not remove for several hours (12 hours seems to work the best), then gently wash away the excess mustard. Don’t worry about your yellowed skin! For the next few days treat as you would typically treat a burn. Using this remedy immediately after getting burned will minimize discomfort. This method should also prevent scarring.

Vitamin E Puncture a capsule and squeeze onto the burn. This will promote quick healing and prevent scarring.

Willard water This modified water can be found in health food stores. Anecdotes tell of its ability to promote healing and prevent scars.

Recipe for Rosca de Reyes(King Cake Recipe)

Rosca de Reyes

This bready, donut-shaped cake is decorated with dried fruits and spiked with a non-edible representation of the baby Jesus. Rosca de reyes is traditionally eaten on January 6 to commemorate the biblical story of the arrival of the Three Kings(Also known as the Epiphany) Finding the baby Jesus in your slice of cake is an honor –  See Recipe from the Latinkitchen.com

http://thelatinkitchen.com/recipe/rosca-de-reyes-kings-cake

The Fascinating History of Moon Pie and Recipe

Since 1917, Moon Pies have been made at the Chattanooga Bakery  Earl Mitchell Junior said his father came up with the idea for MoonPies when he asked a Kentucky coal miner what kind of snack he would like to eat, and the miner requested something with graham cracker and marshmallow which had been dipped in chocolate. When Mitchell’s father asked how big it should be, the miner looked up in the night sky and framed the full moon with his hand.

There is a custom for eating moon pies with RC Cola, although the origin of this is unknown.  It is likely that their inexpensive prices, combined with their larger serving sizes, contributed to establishing this combination as the “working man’s lunch”. The popularity of this combination was celebrated in a popular song of the 1950s, by Big Bill Lister, “Gimmee an RC Cola and a Moon Pie.”.  In 1973, NRBQ had a minor hit with the song, “An RC Cola and a Moon Pie.”

Since New Year’s Eve 2008, the city of Mobile, Alabama raises a 12-foot-tall (3.7 m) lighted mechanical moon pie to celebrate the coming of the new year. The giant banana colored MoonPie is raised by a crane to a height of 200 feet (61 m) as the clock strikes midnight.    Also, the city had for the 2008 New Year’s celebration the world’s largest moon pie baked for the occasion. It weighed 55 pounds (25 kg) and contained 45,000 calories.

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An annual RC & Moon Pie Festival is celebrated in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, and a Moon Pie Eating Contest is held in Bessemer, Alabama.

On October 16, 2010, Sonya Thomas, a competitive eater known as the “Black Widow,” ate 38 MoonPies in eight minutes in Caruthersville, Missouri.

Newport, Tennessee held its first annual Moon Pie Festival in May 2012.

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