Author Archives: Judy

About Judy

I have been cooking and eating all my life. I help run the Olney Farmers and Artists Market in Olney, Maryland, arrange their weekly chef demos and blog from that website (olneyfarmersmarket.org) on Market matters. This personal blog is for all things foodie: cookbooks, products, restaurants, eating.

More Wisdom from Joan Nathan – Review: King Solomon’s Table

In her last book, Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, Joan Nathan discovered the breadth of international influences on the cooking of one ethnic group in one country.  Now, she has expanded her range to … Continue reading

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Into the Wild Garlic Yonder

Way out on the outskirts of Olney, behind an unassuming, suburban house, lurks a vampire’s worst nightmare: the backyard garden of Jim and Mary Nupp, the demon garlic-growers of Brookeville. Debbie Amster, one of our favorite farmers market demo chefs, … Continue reading

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Two Queens, The Governor, and Soft-Shelled Crabs: The 2016 Governor’s Maryland Buy-Local Cookout

Once again, the 2016 Governor’s Cookout was the place to be for the finest interpretations of our amazing local ingredients.  Even the July evening was temperate for the time of year. There were opportunities to schmooze with interesting characters and … Continue reading

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Old Friends and New at the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show, Part 3: Party Hardy

And for the last word on the Summer Fancy Food Show, a report on the fabulous cruise party thrown for Urbani Truffles’ Annual Celebration.  It topped last year’s party, and that’s saying a lot! We Ubered down to the pier … Continue reading

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Old Friends and New at the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show, Part 2: Ham Obsession

This year, I decided to undertake a photo-essay of the many legs of cured pork being carefully slivered in the cause of delicious.  I didn’t come close to capturing them all, but I made a dent. Here was a Jamon … Continue reading

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Old Friends and New at the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show, Part 1: Tunisia and Other Countries

Another terrific tour of the world’s food and drink in New York!  Unfortunately, we could only stay for two days this year.  It was enough to get a smattering of the best goods on offer. Tunisia was the partner country … Continue reading

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Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Chocolate? Part 3: Far Afield

And the final outstanding chocolate event of 2016 was our visit to the Askinosie chocolate factory in Springfield, MO, on the way to Kansas City.  If you look up “artisan chocolate maker” in the dictionary, Shawn Askinosie’s picture should be … Continue reading

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Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Chocolate? Part 2: Where The Pros Go

Chocolate event the second: Elevate Chocolate, a semiannual gathering for chocolate professionals held the day before the Fancy Food Show, by the Fine Chocolate Industry Association.  In the summer of 2016, at a hotel off Times Square, an afternoon and … Continue reading

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Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Chocolate? Part 1: The Local Show

The short answer: No.  I have about 1,400 words around the long answer. In 2016, three events stood out as potential chocolate overloads.  Fortunately, none managed to quell my love of the dark stuff, but not through lack of trying. … Continue reading

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Cookbook Review: Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark

Melissa Clark dropped by Politics and Prose last week in honor of her latest cookbook, Dinner: Changing the Game. It’s the 38th book she’s written or collaborated on.  Since her last book tour, in 2011, she’s been making videos with … Continue reading

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