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Daily Archives: February 18, 2012

Why I Love Boarman’s

Living in West HoCo, I have come to realize that it is the family businesses that make it so special. Boarman’s is one of my favorite places to shop in Howard County.

Where else do they grab all your bags and take them to your car and make sure they are securely stored? Where else do they take special orders for things like osso bucco or crown roasts, for the exact amount you need? And, their bacon and sausages. They are so good. Plus, ask HowChow about their crabcakes! Yum! Put those crabcakes on portabellas and place on the grill. Summer can’t come fast enough.

Friday I needed to go to Columbia for a doctor’s appointment. It took longer than usual for whatever reasons and I needed to run to the store before returning home. Do I venture into the 5 pm crowds at Safeway or Giant, or do I run up the road to Boarman’s?

I needed deli, milk, bread and fruit. Boarman’s certainly delivers. Canela sourdough rolls to serve with soup, made in Baltimore. Smoked turkey for less than Giant charges, and I am getting Dietz and Watson. Homemade sausage. Two in one pack, four in another, all freezer wrapped. This is what a butcher did for us years ago.

Sam Adams $6.99 a six pack. Boarman’s sells beer and wine and liquor for good prices. They have a liquor license because they have been a general store in Howard County since the 1950’s. They have been in Maryland since 1933, and before that their family had a grocery in DC. They live in HoCo. George Boarman is there all the time and will ask how things are, and what do you want to see in the store.

They have their branded coffee made for them by Orinoco.

I got my bread, milk, deli and fruit. I also picked up some sausage.

For the past two nights, I have been crock pot cooking so I would have soups for the week.

Last night it was beef soup with Boarman’s beef ribs, and tonight it was sausage and kale Tuscan bean soup with their hot Italian sausage. Two nice dinners, plus lots for the freezer and fridge. During the week it is easy to throw them in a pan and heat up.

Beef soup

Tuscan bean soup

My CSA makes it easy to have fresh veggies and Boarman’s delivers on all other levels.


Rushing Spring, and Counting Birds

I changed my background and header in anticipation of the hopefully soon arrival of spring. At the moment, the daffodils and tulips are pushing their way through the mulch and it won’t be too many weeks before they bloom.

There are tiny little signs of growth on the weeping cherry. I hope we don’t get a hard frost that will take away the beauty of my favorite season. The reason we don’t move south. I love spring and fall in Maryland.

Right now, though, it is the Great Backyard Bird Count weekend. I am checking out my feeders and seeing if anything new shows up. I did get the massive cedar waxwing visit last week, but so far today they have not shown up at the wild crab apple trees.

There are 12 of them in this picture, although I had to zoom in quite a bit to find all of them. They were really enjoying the berries,

and the water on the driveway

I know it is spring though once the hummingbirds return, and the juncos leave. It can’t get here soon enough.