Area residents to cook for O'Malley's Buy Local Cook Out

July 15, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Five Washington County residents and two women from a Shepherdstown, W.Va., bistro will travel to Annapolis Thursday to prepare local food for a cookout at the governor's mansion.

The Tri-State-area residents submitted recipes for Gov. Martin O'Malley's second annual Buy Local Cook Out. Their recipes were selected from among 60 submissions, and about 15 dishes will be prepared today.

Five Washington County women were chosen to prepare a main dish of cabrito sliders with goat gouda and eggplant spread.

Jeanne Dietz-Band, who owns Many Rocks Farm in Keedysville, is providing the goat meat and goat chorizo sausage that will be used to make the miniburgers.

"It's a tremendous honor," Dietz-Band said of being selected. "We've had a number of taste testers before this event and have gotten a big thumbs up from everyone who tasted it. We're hoping it will be a big hit there. It certainly will be different."


Julie Stinar, of Evensong Farm in Washington County; and Elizabeth Gallery and Liz Gallery, both of Stone Soup Bistro in Shepherdstown, W.Va., will be preparing "Antietam chicken and slippery dumplings" at the cookout.

The cookout is part of O'Malley's Buy Local Challenge Week, which runs July 18 to 26. During the week, Marylanders are challenged to eat at least one locally grown, made or harvested product each day.

Alice Orzechowski, who owns Caprikorn Farms in Gapland in southern Washington County, is providing the goat gouda cheese that will be melted over the sliders.

She said the group is traveling to Annapolis this morning and will prepare the dish at the cookout.

"We're also trying to do a very artful presentation," Orzechowski said. "We're going to serve the sliders open-faced ... the burger with melted goat cheese, then the eggplant spread."

She said they also will likely put a cube of goat gouda cheese on the side with some type of garnish.

"We just want everyone to remark how wonderful our recipe was," Orzechowski said.

Cookout cooks

The following Tri-State-area residents were selected to prepare a dish for today's cookout hosted by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

o Natoma "Cookie" Vargason -- Cookie's Cooking Company, Washington County

o Burkholder's Baked Goods, Sharpsburg

o Julie Stinar -- Evensong Farm, Washington County

o Alice Orzechowski -- Caprikorn Farms, Gapland

o Jeanne Dietz-Band -- Many Rocks Farm, Keedysville

o Elizabeth Gallery -- Stone Soup Bistro, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

o Ingre Liz Gallery -- Stone Soup Bistro, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

The Herald-Mail Articles