Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice – Rediscovering Cardamom

We read a lot of food blogs at our Maryland bed and breakfast, so sometimes it’s hard to remember where a bit of interesting information comes from. For example, we keep hearing  about turmeric being “the new kale”…surely you’ve heard it too? Turmeric is the “it” food right now. Whether you get it in the food…

Apple Season and Fall Frittatas

  It’s apple season again, and who doesn’t love the scent of apples and cinnamon and pastry and butter and …mmm…oh, sorry.  I can get carried away by just the thought of an apple pie cooling on the counter.   There is just something about the autumn season that is so rich and comforting: the…

Fourth of July: Fireworks and Spicy Meatballs!!

This is a picture of a piece of paper, I (Rita speaking) have been carrying around for 7 years.  It’s yellow and stained and it should be in a plastic sleeve, but it isn’t. In the days before the internet, we ripped recipes out of magazines and newspapers, remember??   I find it especially hard…

All about Rhubarb

I love learning new things.  Especially tidbits of information that are easy to remember!  For example, yesterday while reading about rhubarb,  I learned that it is actually a vegetable…who knew???   There are not that many savory applications that I know of for rhubarb, so I’ve always just thought of it as a fruit. But…

Brampton Inn: Favorite Food Blogs

  We have quite the cookbook collection here at the Brampton Inn and this is only about a third of them! It’s a little known affliction that many of us  in the food and hospitality business have: we’re addicted to buying cookbooks. There is always just one more that looks so good with beautiful photos and…

Maryland Inn: Favorite Winter Soup Restaurants and Recipe

As a Maryland bed and breakfast,  we obviously focus most of our culinary attention on breakfast foods and sweet treats.  So it’s fun and interesting for us when we do a small event that includes dinner.  We get to come up with different menus and  they almost always  include a soup.  We love soups!  …

Breakfast for Dinner?

When I was a little kid, (I = Rita in this case) every once in a while I would spend the night at my grandmother’s house just down the street.  It wasn’t very far but it always felt like an adventure.  One reason for this is that  Nanny (that was her name as far as…