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News Release — July 27, 2017

From July 22 to 30, the Maryland Department of Agriculture wants residents to eat their veggies. And their meat, dairy, wine, beer, honey, and more … all from Maryland.

A statewide program – The Buy Local Challenge – encourages Marylanders to eat at least one locally grown or raised product each day of the Buy Local Challenge Week. To help with celebrating, an annual cookbook using locally sourced ingredients has been created.

This year more than 45 recipes were entered, and five of the 19 chosen were from Anne Arundel Community College’s Culinary Club. "We were represented well," said club advisor Louise Nielson, an instructional specialist in AACC’s Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute. “I’m very excited about this group of students this summer that have been working so hard on this project.”

Featured recipes from AACC include:

  • Blackberry-Eyed Susan Spritzer by Christie Lathrop.
  • Cal Ripken Sliders on Soft Yeast Dinner Rolls with State House Slaw by Joe Ero.
  • Peach “Baltimore Sun”dae by Maria Cabrera.
  • Edgar Allen Po’ Boys by Michael Santos.
  • “Hon”-ey and Lavender Panna Cotta with Blueberries and Itty Bitty Meringue Cookies by Louise Nielsen.

Each recipe taps the resources of a local farm. Students were required to develop their own recipes and contact a local farmer about using their product at the event. Three of the featured recipes were chosen to be made for the 10th annual Governor's Buy Local Cookout on July 20. The invitation-only cookout for 350 people also used a local farm for its culinary creations.

The cookbooks, this year’s as well as those from years past, are available to download for free from the Department of Agriculture’s website here.

AACC’s Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute was named one of the 50 Best Culinary Schools in the U.S. by Best Choice Schools. At number 14 on the 2016 list, HCAT met and exceeded high standards and performance metrics on the nationwide list. For more on HCAT, visit here.

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