Spring has sprung, and so has the 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,…

Valentine’s Day….and Chocolate Cake

Valentine’s Day is on a Friday this year, meaning you could turn the whole weekend into a love fest if you wanted to at our inn in Chestertown, MD… If you’re in need of something chocolate this Valentine’s Day, or any day of the year, this is going to become your go-to chocolate cake recipe,…

Brampton Chili will help take the chill off!

  The chill of winter always makes us crave soup.  It’s so nice to end the day with some good bread, a green salad, and a bowl of something piping hot.  We’ve shared some  of our favorite soups with you before, and now we’d like to share the recipe for our chili that has nourished…

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…