I enjoy a good community cookbook. It is a wonderful way to support a cause and learn new recipes from the members that put the cookbook together. Flavors of St. Michaels by the Woman’s Club of St. Michaels was a gift from Dave’s cousin Carla Howell (who is also an active member). St. Michael’s is in Talbot County on the eastern shore of Maryland. The cover photo is of a log canoe which you can see racing nearby on the Miles River. The women’s club started in 1906 and became a literary group. During WWII, they raised enough war bonds to buy and donate a P-51 Mustang fighter plane that was utilized in the allied fight for freedom. Today their charity offers scholarships to local high school graduates. And one of my favorite recipes from their cookbook is the Honey Fruit Salad.
Oxford is also in Talbot County and near St. Michael’s. This is where Dave and I keep our sailboat. Oxford is one of the oldest towns in Maryland dating back to 1663 and it was the first official port of entry on the Chesapeake. Dave and I like the solitude, great food and sunsets. From a sailing perspective, it’s fun pushing out of our slip and anchoring out either nearby on the Choptank River or some other picturesque location on the Bay.
Last month, I took the advice of my friend and fellow sailor Linda Getz… and bought a spiralizer. As many of you know, it such a practical and easy device for preparing vegetables. I love that they are safe, offer an even thickness, and are good for those of us with gluten sensitivities. They are also easy to use, durable, inexpensive and easy to clean (Most all the machines parts can be put on the upper shelf of your dishwasher). And, not surprising, it’s a great way to eat more vegetables.
I am enjoying using my galley now that spring is here! And the new recipes for this month are: Lemon Garlic Zucchini Noodles (using the spiralizer) under Veggies and Spuds, Shrimp Chow Mein under From the Bay, Rueben Sandwiches under Between the Bread and Simple Lemon Bars under Sweet Things.