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Standing in a Crowded Fireplace …

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… and yelling “Theater, Theater!!”. One of my favorite JK Lea quotes. For whatever reason as we approach St. Patrick’s Day, I got to remembering how great JK’s Pub was. How it was our neighborhood bar. How much JK put of himself into making it special.

This triggered the memories. I found my 15th Anniversary mug, and my husband had to have a Guiness to toast the occasion.

For quite a long time it was the place to go after work to relax and meet others. Our next door neighbors met there. Got engaged there. Married there. Quite a number of people did the same. We met a couple at the blogtail party who also married there. And, they knew our neighbors and played darts with their son. The small world of Howard County.

I don’t know if there is any place like it still in Columbia. There are bars, yes, and happy hours, but the old time, every one knows each other, neighborhood bars seem to have disappeared. Or maybe it’s just because I am getting old, and don’t frequent bars like we did when we were young and relatively free to go out many nights.

Other favorites from our past in Howard County —

Roy’s Place Too
Last Chance
The Allview Inn

As for today, it seems to us that Iron Bridge comes close. So does Victoria’s.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Eating Locally — A Crock Pot Meal after a Hike

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Today I went hiking on the Conservancy trails for the first time since surgery eighteen days ago. I made it two hours, although we walked to different locations and stopped to talk to the group we were leading. I can handle that.

Before leaving the house though, I put the center cut pork chops from the CSA in the crock pot with collards, sweet potatoes and a sauce made with local ingredients.

The sauce was made with:

All local, including the pepper jelly hell from Suzanne of Glenwood. I did add a tiny bit of honey from the bees at the Conservancy. Went away for eight hours and came back to this.

Pork chops from Treuth’s in Oella. Apple sauce from Quaker Valley in PA. Tomato Preserves from McCutcheon’s Frederick MD. Sweet potatoes and collards from Zahradka Farm. Broth added to the pot, defrosted turkey stock from my Maple Lawn turkey.

Another successful week eating locally in the winter.