Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad
1 lb. box macaroni noodles
Cook; drain and set aside.
Whisk together in bowl.
1 cup mayo
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
2 T. mustard
1 T. vinegar
salt & pepper to taste
Mix together sauce, noodles, and then fold in the following:
cheddar cheese (cut in small cubes)
green pepper (diced)
onion (minced)
celery seed (garnish)

Macaroni salad is the perfect summer side dish.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Peanut Butter Candy...

This easy 3-ingredient recipe makes the perfect pinwheel candy every time!

1 stick softened (room temp.) butter
1 lb. box confectioners sugar (10x sugar)
peanut butter (smooth)
Put softened butter in a mixing bowl and add sugar. Mix by hand until it forms a dough. Roll out to desired thickness (on counter dusted with more sugar). Spread with peanut butter. Roll lengthwise then put in foil and chill. Slice and serve.
Sometimes (for me) it turns out prettier than others.
So easy and so yummy!!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Corn Chowder

Chipotle Chicken and Corn Chowder
source: Pinterest
Here's a yummy recipe for Corn Chowder.
This is actually a combination of two recipes that I tweaked a little.

Corn Chowder

4 slices bacon
6 potatoes- diced
1 onion- chopped
3 stalks celery-diced
1 carrot-diced
2 chicken bouillon cubes+ 4 cups water
salt & pepper to taste
6-7 ears fresh corn
1-1/2 cups evaporated milk
3 T. butter
1 clove garlic-minced
1 bell pepper-diced
flour to thicken

Fry bacon, crumble and set aside. To pot (with bacon grease), add potatoes, onion, celery, carrot, bell pepper, garlic, salt & pepper. Add broth and cook until tender. Cut corn off cob and add to soup.
Add milk and simmer until hot, thicken with flour if needed.
*Sprinkle with crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar cheese when serving.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Hilda Crockett's Chesapeake House - Tangier Island, VA

In 1939, Hilda Crockett began her business providing home-cooked meals and lodging to visitors to Tangier Island. Her reputation for good food, warm hospitality and comfortable lodging were the secret to building a business that would continue for many years to come. She served thousands over the years - people coming from all over the world to eat her famous, home cooked, "family style" meals. Mrs. Crockett's three daughters later took over the Chesapeake House, until 2003, when natives Denny and Glenna Crockett, bought the business, carrying on the tradition of serving the same delicious home cooked food.

The Chesapeake House is an 8 room inn as well. Both dinner and breakfast are included in the room rates. Click on the website link for information on an overnight stay on the island.



ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT MENU includes crab cakes, clam fritters, ham, cole slaw, potato salad, corn pudding, string beans, pickled beets, rolls, pound cake.

"Family-Style" Lunch /Dinner
Served daily 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (last seating)
Lunch or Dinner
 $22.00 per person
$10.00 Children -  Ages 6-12
$5.00 Children - Ages 5 & under

Carry-out is also available, which is what we did for dinner on Saturday. One dinner is all you need because the portions are very generous!!


Peter and I both ate a plate like this, plus had the leftover ham and rolls for Sunday breakfast. Then, Peter finished the cole slaw, clams, string beans, and beets for lunch. That's a lot of food!

An all-you-can-eat breakfast is also served daily (7-9 a.m.).

This breakfast is a favorite with the locals as well as guests who visit the island. Menu includes: scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, toasted rolls, fried potatoes, cheddar cheese, strawberry jam, OJ, and coffee. Carry out available for breakfast as well and portions are just as generous as the dinner.

How to get to Tangier Island, VA: the island is accessible only by boat or plane. There is a marina and an airport if you are coming in your own boat or plane, as well as several boats that you can charter daily.

departing Crisfield, MD

departing Reedville, VA

departing Onancock, VA


departing Tangier ->Crisfield->Tangier

Tangier Mailboat

M & S Charters

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Farmer's Wife Eatery & Farm Market - Hebron, MD

The Farmer's Wife Eatery & Farm Market
27000 Ocean Gateway
Hebron, MD 21830

I recently had another girl's day out with Wanda and Hope. We had discussed lunch options and had narrowed it down to a couple of options that we really wanted to try in Salisbury, MD. As we were paying for our purchases at Goose on the Roof (which btw, you must visit!), the cashier asked where we were having lunch. She suggested The Farmer's Wife, which was just up the road from their store. We decided to give it a try and absolutely loved it!!
Wanda got the Mandarin Orange Salad w/ grilled chicken, pecans, feta, and craisins.

I got the Cream of Crab soup (oops! no picture...I gobbled it down too fast!) and a chicken salad sandwich w/seasoned chips.

Hope got the Turkey Apple Panini - Oven Roasted Turkey, Brie Cheese, Apples, and Caramel Sauce on Sunflower Bread.

It was a hit, as was the rest of the food.

So, we had to have dessert.....

Lemon (the better of the two) and Peanut Butter Smith Island Cake!

Again.....I'll be back!!



Friday, June 12, 2015

Alaska Stand - Ocean City MD

Peter and I were in Ocean City last weekend and along with our must-do Thrashers french fries for lunch.....

we decided to give Alaska Stand a try.

Even though this place has been there for years, and I remember passing it many times, we had never tried it. We had seen a show on the Travel Channel about must-try places on the east coast. Thrashers won out for best fries and Alaska Stand was voted best burger. I then looked on TripAdvisor and the reviews were good there too, so we just had to give it a try. We split a burger and a chocolate shake (since we had just gobbled up a large bucket of fries!).

It definitely lived up to it's reputation. It was delicious!!!! The girls at the counter were the sweetest and the prices were reasonable. My new favorite thing: trying new places (especially if the Travel Channel recommends it).

9th Street on the Boardwalk
"The Alaska Stand has been an Ocean City tradition for over 75 years. We have met a lot of good friends over the years, both customers, employees, neighbors and OC locals. Send us your Alaska Stand story and we may post it on the site. Tell us of your trips to Ocean City over the last 75 years or your summers working on the Boardwalk. Re-live the glory days and remember classic days gone by."