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Aunt Chi-Chi’s Christmas Crack (bacon crackers)

Aunt Chi-Chi's Christmas Crack - Bacon Crackers

  This most delicious appetizer is made from 3 simple ingredients – brown sugar, bacon and Club crackers. They are a tradition at our house for every Christmas party and they’re so addictive — you can’t stop eating them — my travel hag girlfriends nicknamed it “Christmas Crack.”It doesn’t matter if […]


Farewell, Whitey Schmidt

Whitey Schmidt shows off leeks from his garden.

The Blue Crab Guru has left us, and the Eastern Shore has lost a great writer, a well-known foodie and a good friend.  Whitey Schmidt passed away on Friday, July 18th.  He had been suffering from chronic illnesses related to his diabetes from many years. I interviewed Whitey for several […]


Meatloaf with a New Taste – Hard Boiled Eggs

Meatloaf with hard-cooked egg inside.

Meatloaf has been popular on American dinner tables since the Great Depression. Using cheaper cuts of meat, ground with a hand grinder and mixing in grains or breadcrumbs as a binder stretched the family food budget.   As I was flipping through the 1964 edition of My Favorite Maryland Recipes by […]


Hot Fried Oysters and Chesapeake Gold

Johnny Shockley of Chesapeake Gold Oysters

Take a look at the only man who convinced me to eat a raw oyster since my grandfather did 50 years ago. And with Granddaddy, it was like a test. If he pulled a fresh oyster out of the Patuxent River and opened it with his knife and said, “Now […]


Fisherman’s Inn – Crab Cake Heaven

Fisherman’s Inn – Crab Cake Heaven

Love crab cakes? You can get one of the best crab cakes on the Eastern Shore at Fisherman’s Inn located about six miles east of the Bay Bridge along the Kent Narrows. As a lifelong Marylander and lover of all-things-crabby, I’m always searching for that perfect crab cake.  Tons of […]


Old Salty’s – Crab Cakes and Ghosts on Hoopers Island

Old Salty’s – Crab Cakes and Ghosts on Hoopers Island

  Old Salty’s is a popular destination restaurant in lower Dorchester County housed in a renovated old school building. I didn’t know it was rumored to be haunted until I ran into an employee at an event in Cambridge. The employee said it was haunted and that he’d had a […]