Makers & Growers

December: Spirits of the Holidays

November, 2018

Post-snowball fight: Waverly Local Oyster Stout and Union Snowpants Oatmeal Stout Hampden’s Waverly Brewing Company teamed up with The Local Oyster for this year-round stout made with oyster shells, meat and liquor.  Calcium from the shells contribute to its velvety, smooth mouthfeel, and at just 5.2 percent ABV, a pint of it won’t knock off […]

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December: One Sweet at a Time

November, 2018

The winter holidays—regardless of how, or even if, you celebrate—share themes inherited from solstice rites, when folks would see the sun getting small and do whatever they could to summon it back.  Song, dance, fire—even boughs of evergreen—predate today’s Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa conventions. These days, holidays also mean chocolate, eggnog laced with whiskey or […]

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November: Your Thanksgiving Table

November, 2018

In November, the celebration season begins to move quickly.  If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll want to order your turkey, plan the wine and think about table settings.  If you’re considering a farm-raised heritage turkey, check out recommendations from Lucie Snodgrass in her 2010 book, Dishing Up Maryland (which remains a favorite and is […]

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Introducing Sip and Savor’s Celebration Series

November, 2018

You know how parties work. You schedule a gathering for, say 7. Things get rolling at 9. By 11, you’re exhausted and you can’t wait to get everyone out the door. That’s about the time the last trickle of guests shows up. They bring friends you’ve never met and maybe a bottle of something strong. […]

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Celebrating the Dark Side

November, 2018

Stouts-A-Go-Go at the Shiny, New Guinness Outpost in Halethorpe By Brennen Jensen Did you know that Thursday, November 1 was International Stout Day? What? No one sent you a card? It’s not too late to celebrate the dark and lovely goodness of stout, and one good place to do so is the Guinness brewery in […]

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Sitting on the Top of the Bay

August, 2018

On the Road: A Cecil County Sojourn Includes Wild Animals and Waterfront Eateries Traveling north on Interstate 95 isn’t anyone’s idea of an idyllic car ride. But take a detour just before the Delaware border to begin a relaxing road trip through Cecil County. The drive will take you through historic small towns, scenic wineries and […]

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Hands On: Say Cheese

August, 2018

Sally Fallon Morell is a zealot about the benefits of raw milk and healthy fats derived from natural sources, subjects she covered in her the book, Nourishing Traditions, which she co-authored with nutritionist Mary Enig. Sally and her husband, Geoffrey Morell, live in a 19th-century farmhouse on a farm in Brandywine, Md., where they raise […]

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Food Wisdom for Kids

August, 2018

Nick Bailey, who owns Grand View Farm in Harford County, loves to show off his operation to school children. But when they visit the farm, he says, “They certainly don’t want to just hear us talk for an hour.” Instead, he engages kids. “They help us collect eggs from the nest boxes out in the […]

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Trust Builds Relationships with Local Farms

August, 2018

Beth Burnam has a strategy to improve the environment, and food plays an important role. “Everybody loves food. It’s one of the things we take joy in,” says the executive director of the Cecil Land Trust. “When schoolkids know where their pumpkin grows, then we’ll be on the right track.” The Cecil Land Trust, which […]

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When Crab is the Condiment

August, 2018

John Shields has traditionally drawn his inspiration from the foods of earlier times. He named his Baltimore restaurant, Gertrude’s, after his grandmother Gertie—who’d roast a plump chicken every Sunday to feed a dozen or so family members (and repurpose the leftovers throughout the week). And the recipes Shields has shared over the years—in his numerous […]

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