ANNAPOLIS, MD – The holidays are here! While seasonal celebrations will be smaller this year, it is still a perfect time to include local seafood and farm products on your table. To showcase the best of Maryland’s local bounty, Maryland’s Best will host an exclusive Facebook Live recipe demonstration with Chef John Shields on Tuesday, December 15, at 4 p.m. Follow Maryland’s Best on Facebook.
“This is a holiday season unlike any other, and it is more important than ever that we continue to support the men and women who have worked throughout the pandemic to provide fresh, local food products,” said Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder. “There is plenty of local meat, seafood, dairy products and hardy winter vegetables available for your holiday meal. Visit MarylandsBest.net to find local products near you.”
“It truly is the most wonderful time of the year, not only because of the holidays, but also for fresh Maryland oysters – which are at their best right now,” said Natural Resources Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio. “While this has been a tough year for many of us, we can support the men and women in our communities who produce and catch our food while celebrating with our families by choosing locally grown and locally caught items this holiday season.”
“Chesapeake cuisine makes Maryland a very special place to be for the holidays,” said Chef John Shields, author of several books on the region’s cuisine. “Think local oysters, Old Bay and fresh veggies, and you can’t go wrong.”
Chef Shields will prepare his recipe for “Maryland Oyster and Baby Kale Pudding” (listed below) during the Facebook Live event hosted by Maryland’s Best. This is a hearty, traditional Maryland holiday recipe for families to try at home this year.
This time of year is peak season for Maryland oysters. Both wild caught and farm raised oysters bring the Chesapeake to your table. Try some oysters on the half shell at home. Check out this shucking tutorial for helpful tips on opening fresh oysters at home.
Visit MarylandsBest.net for more recipes that highlight local agricultural and seafood products, including rockfish, blue catfish, poultry, and fresh local produce.
Looking for local beverages to pair with your meal? Visit Maryland Wineries Association, Brewers Association of Maryland, and Maryland Distillers Guild.