Annapolis humidity fosters mushrooms

A crop of Annapolis mushrooms this morning.
A crop of Annapolis mushrooms this morning.

Muggy August weather here in Annapolis, Maryland means mushrooms in addition to sticky doors, damp clothes, and frizzy hair. Well to be honest I’m not certain whether the crop I spied this morning on the front lawn were mushrooms or toad stools, but I’m sure they’d make good spore prints. They are definitely large in size.  I saw many mushroom crops on my walk from Murray Hill  to City Dock this morning and I’m sure I’ll see more mushrooms in the upcoming month.  What fascinates me is how quickly they pop up.

close-up of a mushroom in Annapolis
close-up of a mushroom in Annapolis

The texture and color is quite remarkable.

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Hot independence day in Annapolis

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We’ve got one more day left of the brutal heat, here in the Mid-Atlantic.  The Washington D.C. region has long been known for its brutal summers but this is one for the record books. July 4th and the accompanying celebrations, at least broke the week in half with a one day brake but it wasn’t easy getting off to work Thursday morning knowing temperature would climb towards 100 degrees. I’m not certain how many folks braved the heat to watch the Annapolis parade but I’d certainly like to commend all those brave souls who marched in the heat. My husband and I still talk about the year we did a float for the girl scout troop I was leading. A generous neighbor lent us their white pick-up truck which we decorated and my husband drove, while I stood in the back of the truck with the girls holding up a banner and throwing out candy. It was hot, really hot, and by the time I stepped down off the back of the truck I was soaked in perspiration from head to toe. But the girls had a good time. My daughter had always wanted to throw candy at a parade, and she got her chance.

If you weren’t there, enjoy the slideshow. There were plenty of politicians, as predicted, plus some wonderful South American dancers, dog walkers, horses, and an antique fire engine.

Oldest House in Annapolis?

Inspired by her family home, writer Ann Jensen creates new ways to share history

It’s easy to walk right past the Sands House, with its pale-yellow clapboard siding, gambrel roof, and red trim, and not notice the special green plaque identifying it as one of the oldest houses in Annapolis. Read More

Annapolis City Dock Street Re-Opens

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Finally, the street torn apart to install a new geothermal heating system to service the once again vacant Market House at City Dock is open again. Locals and visitors can drive downtown and  successfully park to visit some of their favorite stores and restaurants that include: LIly Pulitzer, City Dock Cafe, Hard Bean Cafe, Blanca Flor, and Zachary’s Jewelers.

It’s too bad the City of Annapolis still can not get their act together the utilize a wonderful resource- a large market house strategically located in the heart of the tourist district.  Thankfully the seasonal Farmers’s Market coordinated by Fresh Farm Markets will reopen Sunday mornings commencing the first week of May. For more Farmers’ Market news visit my other blog  Annapolis TASTE.

 

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Finally, the street torn apart to install a new geothermal heating system to service the once again vacant Market House at City Dock is open again. Locals and visitors can drive downtown and  successfully park to visit some of their favorite stores and restaurants that include: LIly Pulitzer, City Dock Cafe, Hard Bean Cafe, Blanca Flor, and Zachary’s Jewelers.

It’s too bad the City of Annapolis still can not get their act together the utilize a wonderful resource- a large market house strategically located in the heart of the tourist district.  Thankfully the seasonal Farmers’s Market coordinated by Fresh Farm Markets will reopen Sunday mornings commencing the first week of May. For more Farmers’ Market news visit my other blog  Annapolis TASTE.

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Greek Burgers with Fennel

My husband reminded me this morning that six weeks ago I could barely hold a mug in my hand. Whenever possible I was drinking beverages out of disposable plastic because it was lighter in weight. Now I don’t give a thought to lifting a pottery mug. I can even lift a frying pan which means I’ve started to cook, although I am very reliant on being able to squat and lunge because I can’t reach down and bend. And to think I hated to do those in exercise class. Now I’m really working those thighs and knees.
Regretfully, the wonderful but small Farmers Market downtown on Sunday mornings is about to come to an end for the season. There are just a few weeks left. Yesterday was the last week in 2011 for Butter Pot Farm. Farm owner Linda drives all the way from Cambridge with her lovely heads organically grown lettuce, escarole, radishes, tomatoes, peppers. Linda also had some fennel which inspired me to purchase some ground lamb from Springfield Farms to try out a recipe for “Greek style burgers.”
Ingredients for two burgers
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon mayonaise
8 ounces ground lamb
1 tablespoon bread crumbs
1/2 bulb fennel finely chopped
1 tablespoons shallots, minced
2 pinches of fresh oregano
salt and pepper to taste
ground black pepper to taste

Directions
In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and minced garlic. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Preheat grill for high heat.
Mix together lamb, bread crumbs, fennel, shallot, oregano . Form into 3/4 inch thick patties, and sprinkle black pepper over surfaces.
Brush grate with oil, and place burgers on grill. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes per side, turning once, or until done. Serve on buns with lettuce, tomato, and garlic mayonnaise.

Many in Bay Region Still Without Power

I didn’t realize how lucky I am until I went to work this morning. Well, what I should say is tried to get to work this morning. Although I did eventually get over to the office, after fielding bunches of phones calls and text messages, we did not have enough power in the building to run our computers or the phone system. So, I am back working at home as is the rest of the editorial department.
Downtown, there is still a section of businesses that are waiting for electricity. Included amongst those waiting is City Dock Cafe where we always buy our coffee midway through our morning walk. They were still boarded up at 7:00 a.m. Also losing power was Eastport and various sections of Greater Annapolis, including the corner of 450 and General’s Highway near where my husband has his insurance office.On a day like today, you need to be able to open your office to answer all those claims questions. Neighborhoods like Epping Forest and Herald Harbor are used to losing power during storms, but it doesn’t make life any easier.
Meanwhile on the Eastern Shore, a good portion of Queen Anne’s County and Kent County are without power, and in some places it will take several days to restore. While us city folk still have water when the power fails, those who live outside the city and have wells with pumps operated by electricity are in “camping-out mode.”
Once again I am thankful for those small luxuries in life that include hot coffee, hot water, lights, and internet.

Irene Kind to Annapolis

City Dock in Annapolis

The wind took the water away from the shoreline downtown at City Dock in Annapolis, as evidenced by the low water level. There was no flooding this morning, Sunday August 28th. The water didn’t even kiss the feet of the Kunte Kinte statue. There was, however, a loss of power. Grover, owner of City Dock Cafe, was out greeting customers and apologizing that he had no hot coffee to serve. The coffee shop’s power went out on Saturday afternoon and at 9:00 am on Sunday was still out along with most businesses and apartments in the lower downtown area.
In Murray Hill, we lost power for approximately one hour late Saturday afternoon, and once our ice chest had been filled to the brim with ice, the power was restored. I made my husband Peter take myself and daughter Alex out to dinner anyway because we’d been working hard all day packing up stuff in the basement, putting things into plastic tubs and labeling it all for future access while also doing four loads of laundry, just in case we lost power. More on that topic, in my “All About Antiques” blog. We walked up the road in the wind and rain, a couple of blocks to Fado’s which was pretty empty for a Saturday night. It was fun to get out of the house.

The good news is, we’ve all got plenty of clean clothes and linens and nothing big fell down in our yard, although I may be losing internet as there appears to be a fallen branch in the neighbor’s yard that is leaning on the cable line. I am thus writing quickly! A neighbor up the street was not so lucky, as an entire tree uprooted itself and fell over in his backyard. Luckily no one or any structure was hurt.