The US Oyster Festival 2011 and Cookoff

Saturday was a very, very good day for Loic Jaffres. The local favorite from Leonardtown, where the US National Oyster Cookoff was held, took first in his category, hors d’oeuvres, ...

Cooked crabs

The Sex Life of Crabs

I don’t know what makes more riveting reading — politicos waxing on about themselves, old Facebook posts, or the sex life of the blue crab. Okay, well actually, I do. ...

Maryland “Restaurants Wine Lovers Need to Know”

Wine Spectator just published its yearly list of restaurants around the world that have earned the magazine’s award for their wine program. 38 were listed in Maryland: Annie’s Paramount Steak ...


A BBQ Joint Fan

The BBQ Joint, Easton

How can you not love a sandwich piled high with pulled pork, ...

Hot Times at Bordeleau Winery

Such a lucky girl — yes, I can say that the next ...

16 Mile Brewery

In 2009, Chad Campbell and Brett McCrea opened the doors on their ...

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Governor’s Buy Local Picnic

Oh, the food…and the fooderati! Being as how it was the absolutely hottest day of the year, we were required by Maryland Law to kick off the MD State Buy Local Challenge. The remarkably simple task before us for the week? To enjoy one Maryland grown, raised or produced product every day from July 23rd [...]

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What to do with bamboo?

It’s beautiful. Invasive. Utilitarian…Delicious. Bamboo shoots are a rite of spring for some of us not-so-serious backyard foragers. Bearing witness once again to the ancient foodie adage, “If you can’t beat it, eat it.” This will be our third year of harvesting bamboo shoots. They’re so simple to gather. When the shoots are a little [...]

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Flour Power: The Wye Grist Mill

Today is Saturday and the mill is grinding. Huge stones, turned by water flowing from the reservoir up the hill, are turning hard winter white wheat from a Delaware farm into a beautiful flour. A culinary class, lead by Anne Arundel Community College’s Virginia Olsen, gets a jam-packed lecture from mill manager Larry McClelland.  He’s [...]

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Morels in the backyard


Spring is springing up! Can you imagine…morels right in our yard. At least, I hope they’re morels. If you don’t hear from me soon, they probably weren’t. Follow-up: We live! One issue with our morels is the sandy soil in which they grow. Soaking, while not the best of all options, at least gets out [...]

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So local, it’s downright native.

Around the ChesapeakeFoodie ranch, Native American artifacts abound. We’ve had to come to terms with the history here, and on the positive side, have learned more than we ever imagined about Eastern Shore Indians. Which brought us to the National Museum of the American Indian last week. We were catching up with a good friend [...]

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