First Friday…and what Spring is supposed to look like…

It’s not as  if we WANT to keep talking about the weather, but what choice is mother nature really giving us?? A long, rough winter, no spring to speak of, thunder storms, tornadoes and incessant rain!

Fortunately for everyone, there does seem to be light at the end of the tunnel:  the forecast for the weekend actually shows SUN, and temperatures in the high 60′s.  Soooooo,  for anyone visiting Chestertown, MD this weekend, the trees and flowers will be extra vibrant and beautiful,  maybe something like this:

spring in chestertown

chestertown md spring flowers

Just in time for First Friday fun!  Downtown Chestertown does First Friday all year long. But, this just might be the  first First Friday of the year that won’t require winter outer wear.  Stroll the streets, drop into the galleries and shops that stay open late, and sample wine and goodies everywhere.

First Friday in Chestertown MD

And even though cherry blossom season is over in DC, there are still beautiful blooms to ogle here on the Eastern Shore.  Dogwoods are the main event this Saturday May 3rd at the Galena Dogwood Festival.  Only about 20 minutes from the Brampton Inn, this event includes a parade, live music, a beer and wine garden, and local Eastern Shore food!

flowering tree in Chestertown MD

So please take heart; the rainy days won’t last forever, the sun will shine again, and we’ll be waiting for you when you get here!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7th Annual Chestertown Taste of the Town : Kent County Maryland

This Sunday April 27  marks the 7th Annual Taste  of the Town in Chestertown, MD, a smorgasbord of local chefs, local food, local wine, and local beer, all up for grabs (well, except for the chefs!) downtown in Fountain Park.  Over the years it’s really grown  into a popular event for locals and visitors alike.  There are contests, raffles, an auction.  And food; did I mention food??

And for the second year in a row, some of the chefs will be participating in feature called “Diced!” – modeled after the TV chow “Chopped!” – preparing dishes on the fly from ingredients out of a “mystery basket”  supplied by some local farmers.

We always tell our guests how lucky we are to have so many fine restaurants in such a small area…and it really is true.  Here is a chance to sample dishes from just about all of them in one day!

Among the Chestertown restaurants participating are some of our very favorites including:

The Kitchen at Rock Hall, Brooks Tavern,  the Imperial Hotel,  Evergrain Bread Company, the Lemon Leaf Café,  the Inn at Osprey Point,  the Fish Whistle, Two Tree Restaurant, and Uncle Charlie’s Bistro and many other caterers, farmers, brewers and wineries.

The Kitchen at Rock Hall
Hotel ImperialIf you’re staying with at our Maryland bed and breakfast on that Sunday, it’s one of the only mornings we might recommend eating a lighter than usual breakfast!  The Taste of the Town is from 12pm to 3pm so you can nibble your lunch slowly all afternoon.  It’s a great way to spend an afternoon.  Try a local beer or a glass of wine and then, think of the incredible nap you could have after all that tasting!

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Spring has sprung, and so has the ASPARAGUS!

growing asparagus

One of the true harbingers of spring is the appearance of the first stalks of asparagus popping through the soil in the garden.  We are so excited that this year one of our 3 asparagus patches will be ready to harvest.  (You have to wait 3 years after the first planting to reap the benefits, but the plants can last as long as 20 years!  That’s a pretty good return on investment, we think).  They say that when it’s ready, and as the weather warms, you might have to harvest TWICE A DAY to keep up!  It’s as if you can almost watch them grow…as Squeaky is seen doing here:

Asparagus gardening tips

Check out this post from last August to see what the foliage looks like in the second year.  If you’d like to add an asparagus patch to your garden, here are some tips.

Maybe in a year or two, we will be able to actually harvest enough to use at breakfast at our Maryland inn.  In the meantime, we’ve been getting most of our asparagus from a lovely, local, family farm, Godfrey’s.   

And did you know that…

 May is National Asparagus Month!

That’s only 2 weeks away, so in preparation for that, we’re sharing a recipe for one of our favorites.

Asparagus and Cheese Frittata with Croutons   Serves 2, maybe 3

6 eggs

1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped, cooked, asparagus: roasted, grilled, or steamed (still warm)

1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded cheese of your choice ( we like to mix cheddar, Parmesan and Gruyère)

small handful off garlic croutons, home-made or store-bought!

salt and pepper to taste

butter and/or olive oil for the pan

Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.

Briskly stir the eggs with a whisk or a fork and set aside.  Heat a little butter and olive oil in a 10 inch skillet over medium high heat.  When butter is melted and just starting to sizzle, pour the eggs into the pan.  Using a heat-resistant spatula, stir the eggs around in the pan scraping the sides into the middle while tilting the pan as if you were  making an omelet. Do this for about a minute and then top with the warm asparagus, cheese, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss the croutons on top and transfer pan to a warm oven for another minute or two, or just until the eggs are set.

asparagus frittata

Slide  out of pan and onto a serving plate.   May be enjoyed warm or even at room temperature.  Paired with a green salad, it makes a lovely lunch.

We like to make these in smaller, 8 inch pans for individual servings at the Brampton.  The fillings  and cheeses can be anything you like, but we really do love the asparagus in a frittata.

So enjoy the spring and eat your asparagus!

 

 

 

 

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