We Love LOVAGE – Delicious Perennial Herb

Whenever someone says the following words to you: “That Was the Best {insert whatever here} I Ever Had”. . . .  you stop a moment and say thank you.  When a few people tell you the same thing in one weekend, maybe you blush a little and say “Aw shucks.”

And then you blog about it.   :)

We recently made some chicken salad for an appetizer and several people did say it was the best chicken salad they had ever had!  Which was lovely to hear.  But it’s just chicken salad, right? How could it be soooo good?  Well…nothing is “just” anything when our not-so-secret ingredient is added.


Perennial Herbs

lovage herb

Lovage has been a secret weapon in our kitchen at the Brampton for years.  It’s the kind of herb that most people cannot quite place (because no one has ever heard of it!), but just adore.

This article in the Washington Post is very informative and says it perfectly:  this herb packs a lot of flavor into one little leaf.  And it’s perennial, so once you plant it, you’ll have it season after season.  That fact in itself is a life hack:  perennials are awesome. Plant it once and reap the benefits for years!  So here you have another in our series of posts on simple things to do in the kitchen that have a big impact on your cooking.

No recipe needed, just add lovage to your existing repertoire and wait for the compliments. Anywhere you might use parsely, add some lovage. Add it to scrambled eggs.  To salsa. Mashed potatoes.  Deviled eggs.  Oh, man.  Add it to deviled eggs, please.  In a white bean hummus with lemon juice.  So good.

It tastes a lot like celery; so much so that you can use it as a replacement if you absolutely must.  It’s great in green leafy salads too, for an unexpected burst of flavor.  Folks will tell you it’s the best salad they ever ate!  It’s up to you if you want to keep it a secret.  It’s safe with us.

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Music in Kent County :: National Music Festival

Brampton Inn may be located in one of the most rural areas of Maryland, but that doesn’t mean we are lacking in culture.  Not by a long shot.

Indeed, music lovers have an awful LOT to keep them busy in and around Chestertown:

The Garfield Center for the Arts hosts theatrical and musical events all year long.  The Mainstay in Rock Hall is a delightful small venue (120 seats!) that specializes in jazz and blues.  The Avalon Theater in Easton is a beautiful art deco theater that draws nationally known acts of all genres.

In town at JR’s pub there is live music on most weekend nights, and a piano bar on Sundays.   Every Saturday during the summer, there is a FREE concert downtown in Fountain Park.  It doesn’t get more Mayberry than that!   Except maybe for the beloved Kent County Community Marching Band.  They are there like clockwork for every parade all year long.  You might even catch them practicing in their “civilian clothes” some evenings.  :)

But wait, there’s more. Sorry if that sounds like an infomercial, but the amount of musical distraction around here really is AMAZING !

National Music Festival 2015

And if all this isn’t enough, there’s also the National Music Festival at Washington College, running from May 31 through June 13.   The”next generation of gifted musicians”, along with the mentors that guide, them present two weeks of concerts and open rehearsals, many of them free.  Everything from solo recitals to full orchestral arrangements; mostly classical with some jazz thrown into the mix.  Please check out the concert schedule and come listen to some beautiful music here in the land of pleasant living.

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Wine and Cheese Company — New Shop in Chestertown

Chestertown is full of interesting and unique shops, where you’ll likely find things you may not know you needed.  There are gift shops, clothing stores, the nicest bakery, a fun smoothie shop, and of course antiques.  For the longest time, though, there was a niche just waiting to be filled:  But not any more, thanks to the  Chester River Wine and Cheese Company.  A lovely shop inhabiting the space where the Lemon Leaf got its start, the CRWC  is more than just a shop.  It’s an inviting space where you can sip some wine and enjoy your purchases.

Maryland Wine Country






Chester River Wine and Cheese Company

Here is a peek inside and a chat with owners John and Jenn (former guests of the Brampton!).

We welcome them to Chestertown and encourage our guests to pay them a visit.

Among the additions we offer to enhance your stay is a wine and cheese platter. It’s lovely, but if you aren’t the type of person who likes to plan ahead, or you’d prefer to pair your own wine and cheeses, then by all means, check out the Chester River Wine and Cheese Shop , a newcomer in the land of pleasant living.

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