Five stars for "All Star Superman"

By Bridget Egan | March 2, 2006, midnight | In Books »

The man of steel is back and he is ready to fight some serious crime.

The best chocolate chunk cookies

By Mary Donahue | March 1, 2006, midnight | In Desserts »

When it comes to chocolate cookies, certain recipes set the standard for what can be called "great." This ultimate chocolate fix leaves all these cookies in the dust — even the original chocolate chip cookie. Not only are they easy to make, but the taste will astound even the most hesitant chocolate lover. Though they require a lot of ingredients considering the number of cookies you end up with, they are undoubtedly worth it.

Taking the primitive out of camping food

By Alexis Egan, Bridget Egan | Feb. 28, 2006, midnight | In Food »

Tired of the same old meals of ramen noodles and granola bars while in the wilderness? Next time you and your friends go camping, try some of these delicious, easy recipes, varying from breakfast foods to dessert treats. Even if the weather is not temperate enough to go camping, these recipes can be duplicated at home.

Slightly Stoopid: Slightly uninspired

By Devon Madison | Feb. 24, 2006, midnight | In Music »

The reverberating base sounded throughout the club. The audience was full, the fans were pumped and everyone was jumping up and down in sync with the music. A haze of smoke filled the club, and Slightly Stoopid came to center stage. But the band never showed up, only their disappointing performance did, leaving a less than amazed crowd.

"Date Movie": Eight thumbs down

By Justin Vlasits | Feb. 22, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

Lil' Jon making a toast at a wedding reception has propelled the art form of parody into Dante's Ninth Circle of Hell. Sadly, this scene was the high-point for "Date Movie," a film that could easily have been made by a lobotomized monkey with a pair of scissors, glue and film reels from Hollywood's last 70 romantic comedies.

Fruit dippin' delicious

By Zoe Norvell | Feb. 17, 2006, midnight | In Sides »

Simple apple slices are boring and bland in today's changing world. Introducing the ranch dip of fruit: Joy's Fruit Dip. This tasty dipping spread for fruit is the perfect addition to any lunch or dinner table for something new. It's sweet but healthy and enjoyable for all ages.

Old-school diner is Deli-cious

By Abe Schwadron | Feb. 16, 2006, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

Walk through the dingy front door of The Woodside Deli, and you may be expecting overcooked burgers and dry pancakes. But don't be fooled by the Deli's outwardly uninviting, outdated looks. The Woodside's extensive menu of mouth-watering chow and friendly service will have you calling the diner "hip" in no time.

Mashed Potato Candy

By Alexis Egan | Feb. 15, 2006, midnight | In Desserts »

Who would have thought that mashed potatoes and candy could be used in the same recipe, or even the same sentence? But don't be fooled by the strange mix of ingredients; this dessert is truly tasty. Mashed potato candy has a uniquely smooth and creamy texture that is absolutely sensational.

From pages to plates, from movies to mouths

By Alexis Egan, Bridget Egan | Feb. 14, 2006, midnight | In Food »

Every die-hard movie fan has at least once looked at the scrumptious food that characters eat in their favorite flicks and wondered how to make the delicious treats. Whether it be the butter beer in "Harry Potter" or the Turkish delight from "The Chronicles of Narnia," the food is always notable. Fortunately, many of the dishes are easier to prepare than they look. With the help of the following simple directions, movie fans can enjoy these cinematic dishes.

Tropical iced teas

By Alex Hyder | Feb. 13, 2006, midnight | In Drinks »

It may be the middle of winter, but it's never too early to dream of life in more southerly climes, of palms swaying in the warm breeze, of deep blue waters lapping the white shoals of some dot on the map nestled between the famed paralles of Cancer and Capricorn. And although the realities of daily life may prevent you from hopping a jet to Hawaii, these quick iced teas will have you ready to break out the shades and SPF-45. Forget about wind-chill; these iced teas are all about chillin' out and hanging loose. Impress your friends or just relax on the front porch with these authentic Hawaiian recipes.

Chocolate crinkle cups

By Mary Donahue | Feb. 13, 2006, midnight | In Desserts »

This showy dessert is just one of those extra little details that makes your baked goods stand out from the rest. Lemon sherbet, any ice cream that blends well with chocolate, whipped cream, custard and mousse are all examples are very good fillings. The success of this recipe depends on using semisweet chocolate as indicated with no substitutions.

Classic chocolate mousse

By Mary Donahue | Feb. 13, 2006, midnight | In Desserts »

This delicious, traditional chocolate dessert is easy to make, but the time commitment that it requires limits mass production. So instead, invite a few of your closest friends over and show them that you care with individual chocolate crinkle cups filled with this creamy, delicious chocolate treat.


By Meaghan Mallari | Feb. 13, 2006, midnight | In Entrées »

Handed down from generation to generation, this Greek family recipe is home cooking at its finest. This dish is not only easy to make, but is sure to please everyone at the table with its hearty meat sauce and distinct egg flavoring. Spaghetti-in-the-oven can almost be a meal in and of itself. Just serve this alongside a crisp Caesar salad and you'll have a dinner (not to mention leftovers) fit for the Greek gods themselves.

Thin chocolate glaze

By Mary Donahue | Feb. 12, 2006, midnight | In Desserts »

This glaze makes the perfect addition to any cake that is strong enough to stand on its own. The glaze goes great with the French Chocolate Cake.

French chocolate cake

By Mary Donahue | Feb. 12, 2006, midnight | In Desserts »

This cake is simple enough to whip up in a moment, but decadent enough to please even your toughest critics. Try it with a thin chocolate glaze instead of traditional icings. Fresh fruit makes a perfect garnish to juxtapose the almost overwhelmingly chocolate experience.

The traditional apple pie

By Mary Donahue | Feb. 12, 2006, midnight | In Desserts »

Many things are associated with America: the American flag, baseball, Chevrolet and the apple pie. Whether it is for a Fourth of July picnic or to warm up the house in the middle of winter, this apple pie will be the star of the dessert table.

Exceptional talent in Magnet Arts Night

By Meaghan Mallari | Feb. 11, 2006, midnight | In Music »

During Magnet Arts Night, the auditorium was bursting with people. All seats were occupied and some people had to stand in the back and in the aisles. The audience grew silent as senior Sarah Peitzmeier delicately moved her fingers across the keys of a grand piano performing "Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52" by Frederic Chopin. The piece officially began the 2006 Magnet Arts Night held yesterday at 7:30 p.m. in Blair's auditorium.

1602: A "Marvel"-ous year

By Alexis Egan | Feb. 10, 2006, midnight | In Books »

When readers think of the various Marvel comic legacies, most think of Spider Man, X-Men and Fantastic Four, not of historical drama pieces. Marvel comics has done the inconceivable. They created an alternate history where Doctor Doom and Queen Elizabeth coexist, albeit not-so-peacefully.

Philly Flavor in Silver Spring

By Ethan Kuhnhenn | Feb. 10, 2006, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

The cheese steak is an American classic. A native of Philadelphia, this greasy but delicious sub is often the staple of delicatessens, sandwich shops and restaurants across the nation. While the Philly cheese steak has transcended the Philadelphia city limits and can now be found nearly everywhere, is it possible for a steak and cheese to possess the same flavor, succulence and aura outside its Philly home?

A triumphant return in "Awake and Sing"

By Daniel Klein | Feb. 10, 2006, midnight | In Plays »

There have been countless Jewish plays written; some great, some mediocre. Very few, however, have been able to define the struggles of an entire time period while, at the same time, appealing to a universal audience. Zelda Fichandler, Founding Director of Arena Stage, achieves this goal with Clifford Odets' "Awake and Sing" in her return to Arena Stage in over a decade.

Salt and spice

By Natasha Prados | Feb. 9, 2006, midnight | In Entrées »

Picadillo (pronounced pee-kah-dee-yoh) is a Cuban dish enjoyed throughout Latin America. This dish is economical to make, easy to prepare and oh-so-good to eat! Picadillo involves three major components, which are prepared separately and then combined: rice, beans and meat.

The commercials of Super Bowl XL

By Ethan Kuhnhenn | Feb. 8, 2006, midnight | In Television »

In an era where families watch "the big game" for the "big commercials," where corporations are willing to throw down as much as $2.5 million for ad space, and where a 30-second timeslot can make or break an upstart company, one can no longer mosey over to the bathroom during a commercial break. Super Bowl ads have become an entity, and watching them is almost as important as watching the game itself. In case you were one of those people who missed the commercials because you were too busy calculating Ben Roethlisberger's passer rating, or changing the mood music to forty-year-old Rolling Stones albums, here's a recap of Super Bowl XL's good, bad and just plain ugly.

Clamoring for Grammy glamour

By Ethan Kuhnhenn, Abe Schwadron, Josh Zipin | Feb. 8, 2006, midnight | In Music »

The Grammy Awards are more than just hardware. The Music Industry's Oscars aren't about taking home the mini record player trophies. The Grammys are about respect. Artists put their hearts and souls into their works and this is when they get recognized for it. On a night when every major musical artists holds their breath hoping to hear their name, SCO offers its very own guide to the 48th annual Grammy Awards, complete with nominations for selected categories and our predictions.

Traditional treats

By Lois Bangiolo | Feb. 7, 2006, midnight | In Desserts »

These chocolate chip cookies are good for any occasion. Be it a birthday, potluck, class party or a combination of all three, chocolate chip cookies are always a favorite. Easy to make and even easier to enjoy, these cookies are the ideal sweet.

"Awake and Sing" opens eyes

By Emma Zachurski | Feb. 3, 2006, midnight | In Plays »

New York City, the Great Depression: people are out on the street, money is impossible to come by and everyone is struggling to make ends meet. This grim setting is the embodiment of Clifford Odets's surprisingly life-affirming classic "Awake and Sing." Though the play's cast of characters, a down-on-their-luck Jewish family, face the same hardships of everyone else in their crashing city, their story is one of perseverance and will—a story which D.C.'s Arena Stage captures masterfully in their new production.

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