2nd Annual “Locavore Literary Festival” at Chestertown’s Washington College

We’ve talked about eating local foods before, and it’s time to do it again. The weekend of March 30, April 1-2, Washington College’s Center for Environment & Society will host their 2nd Locavore Literary Festival with regional and national writers speaking about food, foraging and fermentation. There will be demonstrations and even an opportunity to…

Oyster Festival at the Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn

  On January 28, The Brampton Inn will be hosting its own, private oyster “festival” here at the inn for guests who wish to participate. Well, it’s more like dinner than an actual festival, but you get the idea. Oysters from the Chester River served four different ways with a winter salad and sparkling wine.…

Salty Chocolate…

I have an obsession.  It started last March when Danielle brought back some chocolates from Switzerland  that were infused with different flavors. Not just nuts, or coffee, or cinnamon.  Heavy duty flavors like lemon,  or chiles, or salt.  Yes. Salt. I’m only slightly embarrassed that I didn’t come up with it myself,   but either…

Cranberry Apricot Nut Bread from the Brampton Inn’s Kitchen

Our favorite Cranberry-Apricot-Nut Bread We posted the recipe for this quick bread 2 years ago, but when I searched the archives, it didn’t appear to be there…ah well, the mysteries of the inter-web!  This is sooo good, it deserves a second chance at posterity.  It might look like fruit cake, but you won’t want to…

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

  It’s pretty quiet here at the Brampton Inn tonight.  No doubt most folks are busy travelling, or preparing for a big feast tomorrow.   Need  some last minute tips or recipes?  Take a look at the Eight Broads in the Kitchen blog for some inspiration.  Danielle and 7 of her inn-keeping friends from around…

Our newest favorite restaurant: The Kitchen at Rock Hall

  Sunday nights in Chestertown = QUIET. This is an understatement. Many of our guests at Brampton Inn are shocked at the lack of foot traffic in town after say, 3pm on a Sunday. Imagine their surprise when I tell them they will have to have an early dinner or go hungry, because most restaurants…

Crab Feast on the Porch

This past weekend Brampton Inn hosted a traditional crab feast for guests who wanted to participate: 4 couples joined in on the pounding and cracking of the hard shelled crustacean that is so popular here on the Eastern Shore. The porch tables were decked out with newspapers and rolls of paper towels were shared. Cold…

Color Coordination?

Have we gone a little overboard here or is this not the cutest thing ever… This morning’s fruit dish at Brampton Inn was a composed salad of super ripe mango slices and plump juicy blueberries, dressed with a dab of vanilla simple syrup. As Simone finished plating them up and was putting them in the…