September 26, 2011
Nothing makes me happier than a catfight between TV doctors. Actually, I didn't know that nothing made me happier than a public catfight between TV doctors until I saw one last week, and realized I hadn't been so amused since I saw the tea party openly cheering for human deaths. The whole MD flame-up was caused by apple juice. You can pretend you didn't see that one coming if you want, but apple juice has been a powder keg for years. Setting the match was one “Dr. Oz,” (this would appear to be his real name, although it took four days and multiple affidavits before I was finally convinced)
September 19, 2011
Md. selling prison-grown apples to food bank The Maryland Division of Correction is selling apples grown at at the prisons complex south of Hagerstown to the Maryland Food Bank. The agency planned to deliver some of the fruit Monday at the orchard near Roxbury Correctional Institution. A spokesman said inmates are harvesting 2,000 bushels of red delicious and gala apples from about 1,200 trees. The agency said some of the fruit will be served to inmates at RCI, Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown and Maryland Correctional Training Center.
September 17, 2011
It was time to roll out the apples at Widmeyer Park. The Hancock Lions Club's 35th annual Canal-Apple Days was a potpourri of food, music and fun on Saturday. The tables at the Piney Plains United Methodist Women's booth were covered with baked goods. Donna Joy said she, Phyllis Norris and Robin Stotler supplied most of the treats. Joy said her responsibility was whoopie pies, cookies and 100 bags of potato candy. Stotler said she made 40 loaves of zucchini bread.
September 14, 2011
Hancock hosts the 35th annual Canal-Apple Days Festival this weekend, sponsored by the Hancock Lions and Lioness cubs, and it looks like the weather is going to be great. Plan to arrive early on Saturday to get a good seat along Main Street for the grand parade, which begins at 11 a.m. The parade gathers at the east end of town and ends at Widmeyer Park. Before or after the parade, stop by the Hancock Visitors Center and Museum on Main Street. The center will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate its 15 months of service to 2,500-plus guests from 40 states and 12 countries.
August 29, 2011
You might not know it, but you live in the fruit belt. Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland; Hampshire, Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia; Frederick County, Va.; and Adams County, Pa., account for the vast majority of the tree fruit grown in the mid-Atlantic area. I hope you had the opportunity to enjoy some juicy local peaches. If not, hurry because peach harvest is winding down. Apple harvest is moving into full swing. Varieties such as Ginger Gold, Gala and Honey Crisp are being harvested now, and will be followed by a vast array of other favorites.
July 26, 2011
Beverly Faith had been baking since she was a child; her family was her greatest influence for her baking talents everything from the teaching to swapping recipes and making each one her own. Faith says her reason for baking is simple. She loves baking and gets joy from seeing people's faces react when taking a bite of her goods, knowing than that it's alright. Faith and her husband, Reuben, have been vendors at the City Farmers' Market for more than eight years. Their stand is called R & B Baked Goods & Crafts.
July 4, 2011
Members of the Academy of Finance program at South Hagerstown High School recently visited the business district in New York City. The tour began at the Grand Central Terminal, a transportation hub for commuters and a destination for tourists like the academy students, who had the opportunity to marvel at its history and architecture, and to enjoy the local cuisine. Other attractions visited included Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ground Zero, Staten Island Ferry, the Statue of Liberty and the observatory deck of the Empire State Building.
June 24, 2011
Even though the fall harvest apples are not in season, this wonderfully delicious dessert is easy to prepare from store bought apples. The addition of the Gewurztraminer gives a really nice, sweet note to the dish without added sugar. If you choose sweet apples, be sure to cut back on the sugar since you will have less of a tart taste. — Scott C. Anderson is associate food service director and chef with Shepherd University dining services in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Chef Ambassador to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
June 13, 2011
Apple Valley Waste will take over trash collection for Funkstown beginning in July, Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said Monday night. The Funkstown Town Council voted 4-0 Monday night to award the one-year waste collection contract to Apple Valley Waste, which had the lowest bid at $54,661. Council members John Phillips III and Richard L. Gaver were absent during the vote. Gaver showed up late to the meeting due to a Boy Scouts commitment. Apple Valley held the contract during the 2009-10 fiscal year.
June 10, 2011
I wanted something bright, fresh and crisp for the upcoming summer season, and this salad hit the mark. It has a nice crispness, delightful flavor and delicious crunch. Try a variety of your favorite apples and mix up the sharpness of cheddar if you wish. The sky is the limit, so mix up this delightful summer dish and enjoy. — Scott C. Anderson is associate food service director and chef with Shepherd University dining services in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Chef Ambassador to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.