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Posted at 4:02 PM ET, 01/11/2011

The magic of PAM: D.C. area blogs

By Washington Post editors

Good afternoon. Snow fell, schools closed early and many more hardened snow veterans grumbled about what wimps we are in the D.C. region. Yes, we are, but after last year's spectacle that was "Snowmageddon" -- do you blame us for being twitchy?

If one of your new year’s resolutions was to get more culture into your life, check out this post from Around the Mall on top things to do at the Smithsonian in 2011. Most of the events are free (one of the great things about living in the D.C. area) and using this list, you can plan ahead.

Okay, the following post does involve math, but it’s baking math. Master it and your reward could be a fabulous chocolate cake. Modern Domestic offers us a lesson in how to convert recipes from cups to ounces. Why would you want to do this? Because some chefs -- including Alton Brown -- insist that weight, rather than volume, is a much better way to cook.

Since a seventh-grade biology lesson on trichinosis, I have been paranoid about undercooked pork. Sadly the result is sometimes dry, leather-like pork chops. The Slow Cook offers me a way to put those fears to rest with this e-mail exchange between himself and Grillmaster Steven Raichlen on properly cooked pork.

DC Urban Dad extols the virtues of the cooking spray PAM and asks for readers’ help in coming up with alternative unusual uses for the spray. It’s all part of a PAM contest that could net you $5,000.

When’s the last time you heard of parking rates going down? ARLnow.com reports that parking meter rates in some areas of Arlington will be reduced. It’s part of an effort by officials to get folks to park in “under utilized” areas of the county.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading. I'll be back tomorrow with more great posts from the D.C. area blogosphere.

By Washington Post editors  | January 11, 2011; 4:02 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia  
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