• Musings: Food Related Ink

    “Cooking is notably one of the great tattooed occupations.” Bryan Voltaggio I read this yesterday in an article tweeted by Bryan Voltaggio, chef and owner of Volt in Frederick, MD.  He was featured in 5@5, a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe via Etocracy.cnn.com. It’s neat to see a local guy become so widely known, especially now that it’s been over a year since his Top Chef season ended.I like to hear the stories behind why people got their tattoos and his were pretty interesting – plus, I have a soft spot for guys that get tattoos…

  • Musings: Buckets & Treats

    “Each of us has an invisible bucket. It is constantly emptied or filled depending on what others say or do to us. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it’s empty, we feel awful.Each of us also has an individual dipper. When we use our dipper to fill other people’s buckets by saying or doing things to increase their positive emotions we also fill our own bucket. But when we use that dipper to dip from others’ buckets, by saying or doing things that decrease their positive emotions, we diminish ourselves.….So, we face a choice every moment of every day: We can fill one another’s buckets, or we…

  • Out and About: Brewer’s Alley

    Photos courtesy of Brewers-Alley.com I’ve been to Brewer’s Alley in Frederick dozens of times, but last night was the first time I’ve been there when they introduced a brand new beer to the tap. Just as I finished my first sip of wine (I know, wine at a brewery, blah-blah-blah), the bartender called everyone’s attention as the head brewer, Maggie Lenz, stepped out onto the floor. She unveiled the Great Frederick Fair 2009 Homebrew competition Best of Show winner – BROWN ALE. And as winner, this homebrewer gets his beer brewed for the next month on site at Brewer’s Alley. How cool is that?! The bartender gave out free samples, and…

  • Out and About: The Tasting Room

    101 N. Market StDowntown Frederick Monday night a couple of my friends were in town, so we decided to go to dinner. Downtown historic Frederick has a lot of really great restaurants (ahem – Volt, to name one), and tonight we dined at one of the best: The Tasting Room. With a modest menu, The Tasting Room offers a selection of seasonal choices that will suit just about anyone. In fact, I’ve eaten there probably five different times, and I don’t think the menu has been the same twice, aside from the few “classics” that have been there for years. The wait staff is a notch above the rest too.…

  • This simple peach blackberry cobbler will melt in your mouth—better make a double batch!

    Peach Blackberry Cobbler

    This simple peach blackberry cobbler will melt in your mouth — better make a double batch! In the early 2000s, I was living in Savannah, Georgia, just out of college and newly single. Now living completely on my own, and in a new town, I met friends that helped me build a fresh and exciting life … and I discovered a new cable channel called Food Network. I believe it was at this point that my love for food, cooking, eating out, etc., really started to blossom. While living in Savannah, I picked up a cookbook called Savannah Style, published by Junior League of Savannah, which featured recipes created and…

  • Alton Brown "Good Eats"

    Musings: One Trick Pony

    According to Alton Brown, “You shouldn’t own a kitchen gadget unless it has more than one use.” I like Alton Brown; he’s my go-to guy when trying out a classic recipe or a new cooking technique for the first time. Need to understand why to brine chicken, and the perfect brining technique? Alton knows best, and explains it in a way that makes sense…he’s very logical, in a retro-nerd kind of way. So, back to that kitchen gadget thing. Seems like I keep hearing about the FoodSaver. My brother-in-law and his wife foodsave everything they can, including half a tray of lasagna (yes, I did just make a verb out…

  • Light, airy, but super moist and chocolaty, these rich fudgy chocolate brownies are awesome.

    Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

    Light, airy, but super moist and chocolaty, these rich fudgy chocolate brownies are awesome. I’ve been able to discover a world of foodie bloggers that I didn’t realize existed prior to getting this blog up and running. It’s wonderful, and the ideas I now have at my fingertips seem endless—well, they are endless! One blogger I used to follow, both for her recipes and the photography, is Grace at La Mia Vita Dolce: My Sweet Life. Her blog was comprised of funny and interesting stories mixed with her daughter’s simple, yet intricate, photography. Combined, they painted a picture and draw you in delicious post by delicious post. Grace has since retired…

  • Imperfect, heirloom, colorful, natural varieties of corn and other produce are truly the best tasting AND best looking.

    Old Fashioned Corn

    Imperfect, heirloom, colorful, natural varieties of like old fashioned corn and other produce are truly the best tasting AND best looking. Yesterday Jack spent the day at my parents’ homestead and when I dropped him off in the morning they told me that there was extra corn from their garden if we wanted any. Of course I wanted some; who doesn’t want corn on the cob in August? But they warned me that this corn was “old fashioned corn” and probably not what we’re used having to from larger scale farms or grocery stores. They were right! It was very different; it was (gasp!) imperfect, less sweet, a little chewy, FRESH…