|Crabs from Frank's Seafood|
Summer makes for big food, and you can make short drives to get the best stuff.
The '34 Act Gourmet bought crabs to celebrate his birthday, and Frank's Seafood in Jessup steamed a spectacular bushel and a half. I ate far more than my share. Most people are such amateurs. They knock off after two or three crabs. The pros power through.
|Peaches at Gorman|
To continue on the summer flavors, drive down to Gorman Produce Farm in Laurel for peaches, basil, and vegetables. Gorman farms most of the produce, and they sell boxes of tomatoes, herbs, onions, potatoes, beets, and more. They also bring in peaches from Baugher Farm -- along with the first summer apples and other fruit.
|WKitchen's summer cocktail|
What other specialties of summer do you suggest? Any special shopping? Special dishes at local restaurants?
It's a farther drive, but we went to Woodberry Kitchen that has the most-amazing summer items -- a like peach desserts and a warm cherry tomato salad with pancetta and rocket. But my absolute favorite was a non-alcoholic cocktail made from watermelon, cucumber juice, hot sauce, and sour mix. It alternatively sounds crazy and simple, but it tastes complex and delicious. I need to start experimenting with cocktails made with the blueberries that I preserved with wine.