A while back we shared some really easy recipes that taste great and look like they took a lot more effort than is really required, along with the promise of more to come. So here we have 2 more simple, no-brainer kitchen hacks that will help boost your confidence in the kitchen and get you cooking real food!!
Spiced Salt: this might just be the best thing ever. Apologies to the writer of the cookbook we found it in, (memory loss is a tragic thing) but that person is a genius. However we did adapt it to our taste. It’s a simple mixture of kosher salt, garlic and spices. It makes EVERYTHING it touches taste delicious. And it is so easy.
2 cups of kosher salt * 25 cloves of garlic (roughly 2 heads) * the following dried spices:
- 1.5 tablespoons onion flakes
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons black pepper
- 1 tablespoon ginger
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- and 2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary.
Blend it all together in a food processor. Put it in a jar. That’s it. The copious amount of salt preserves the fresh garlic, so there’s no need to refrigerate it. Keep it on your counter, because we promise you’re going to be using it all the time. (We love it on our potatoes!!)
Speaking of potatoes, how about adding some spiced salt to your hash browns? Need a recipe? Nah, you really don’t.
Food52 is a fabulous website and blog that we follow here at the Brampton. It covers so many different topics that it’s becoming one of our most used resources for new recipes. But one of our favorite features is their “Not Recipes” column. In all honesty, it is the inspiration for this post and the previously mentioned one! You really don’t always need a recipe for things. Sometimes it’s just about ratios and proportions. So grab some potatoes and an onion if you feel like it, and try this very cool technique for amazing hash browns. Just don’t forget to add the special salt!
This holiday season was a season of change for the Chestertown restaurant scene. Many of our favorite local chefs have gone through or are currently going through transitional periods (as Rita talked about in a recent post). The Front Room Restaurant at the Imperial closed its doors at the end of Downrigging Weekend. As sad as it was to say goodbye to an old standby, it was also exciting to welcome Steve and Monica Quigg of The Kitchen at Rock Hall to the neighborhood. The doors of The Kitchen at the Imperial are now open. We’ve always loved their food and are excited that they are in a space that will allow them to reach a larger audience. The menu features ingredients that change seasonally and they now offer tapas. The first meal I had in their new home was seared scallops over butternut squash risotto – yum! The bar doesn’t have the extensive selection that we saw at the Front Room, but perhaps that will grow with time.
Cafe Sado is up-and-running at what was Brooke’s Tavern. What a mix of emotions! So sad to see Barbara and Kevin go, so happy to welcome Sushi and Thai to C-town! It’s pretty nice to drive 1 mile instead of an hour or more to get my sushi and warm sake fix.
Rumor has it that the former sous chef for Brooke’s Tavern will be opening up his own place at what was the Kitchen at Rock Hall. Can’t wait to try it out once it’s open!
Be sure to book your stay at the Brampton Bed & Breakfast Inn when you try these delicious new restaurants!
It’s time for another Winter Special!
There’s been a lot of talk about the possibility of this winter being a rough one. Maryland winters are not traditionally rough. . .wet, muddy and yucky, maybe, but not rough. So if we do get more snow than usual it will certainly be newsworthy. And it will look something like this:
However, we think it’s MUCH MORE important to tell you about our fabulous winter special that we’re once again running: The Frosty Frolic – through February 28th (excepting certain holidays of course), stay 2 nights and get $100 off your stay. That’s quite a savings, leaving more to spend on dinner and other fun stuff!
The first quarter of the year tends to be a quiet one around our Maryland bed and breakfast. Folks are busy getting back into the swing of things after the hub-bub of the holiday season, which seems to start earlier and earlier each year. And the weather is always unpredictable. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take some time away just for yourselves (or yourself: the single traveler looking to get away from it all is always welcome!!) Book soon! It’s such a good idea and so worth it!!