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April 18, 2011

Reading on and off the blogs: Asparagus and Karen Wolek

I observed my birthday yesterday as a Day of Reflection on How did I get this damn old?

I slept in and missed the Farmers' Market.

But apparently asparagus is in! This, according to John Houser III over at Rouxde Cooking School. Who else saw asparagus at the Baltimore Farmers' Market (Having already seen asparagus at the 32nd Street Market doesn't count; it won't return to a growers' market until early June.)

Yesterday was also Eli's dad's birthday. Eli reviews a birthday brunch Clementine over on Adventures of a Koodie. He loved it of course. think we're all waiting for the day when Eli complains about other kids in a restaurant he reviews. Did you see the comment Eli's dad's dad sent in about Eli's review of Thanksgiving dinner at his house. 

The Wall Street Journal on preparing for Passover - with a blowtorch.

Read why soap opera fans are taking out their rage about the cancellations of AMC and OLTL on Mario Batali. If I remember correctly, it Batali that killed Marco Dane. (Eater)





Posted by Richard Gorelick at 10:11 AM | | Comments (2)


The "winter" Waverly market does allow non-local produce, but there's a lot of overlap between there and the JFX, so it's pretty easy to tell what would pass muster on Sundays and what wouldn't.

Gardener's Gourmet seems to be the only stand selling local asparagus now, and what I got last week wasn't anything worth getting excited about. We made brunch with it Saturday morning and it was pretty clearly already two days old at that point.

The Caroline County farms (Fountain and McCarthy; there may be others) should have their crop in soon enough, and then the shaving and egging can begin in earnest. How best? on a pizza. I couldn't get the timing right last year but I've got a strong feeling about doing better this time.

Can someone explain to this naive market-goer how to tell a locally stocked stand from one that gets their goods from Jessup?

Obvs, one could ask the vendor. Other tips?

great question...!

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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