Last week some friends and I went to see Lucie Snodgrass at the main branch of the Enoch Pratt Library. I can’t lie, I have had a crush on Lucie Snodgrass for about 10 years. She used to write a column for the national magazine Vegetarian Times. My friends and I subscribed to the magazine and LOVED her column. It was funny, informative and always featured great stories about Maryland. One of my favorites was about a cherry pitter she found at a antique store…
Last year when I heard Lucie had a cookbook coming out that would feature seasonal, local cooking in Maryland I was beyond excited. I have to say, the book does not disappoint. Dishing Up Maryland: 150 Recipes from the Alleghenies to the Chesapeake Bay is a beautiful jewel of a book that everyone in Bmore and Maryland should own. Besides being full of great, wholesome recipes made with seasonal goodies from all over the state, it also tells amazing stories of the farmers and farm families that provide us with these fruits, veggies, baked goods and more. And the photographs, by Edwin Remsberg show off the unique beauty of Maryland.
Over falafel and hummus and wine after the talk, my friends and I poured over the book, making plans for a Maryland inspired dinner party as well as farm trips, vineyard trips and a Smith Island Cake baking date!
At the end of the night, I felt so grateful for good friends who share my love of Maryland and local food and farms and FLOWERS! I also felt so proud to work with Maryland flower farmers everyday. If you haven’t picked up a copy of Dishing Up Maryland…do it soon! You’ll definitely be inspired!