When I first learned Kara Mae Harris's blog Old Line Plate, my first thought was that she had a huge task before herself. I tried my hand at cooking some Victorian vegetarian recipes-- the blogging thing is hard, the food blogging thing is really time consuming and requires a lot of research and planning.
When I then learned that Kara is working to preserve and share the history of Maryland's culinary traditions, I knew I had to write a piece on her. Thankfully, she was into the idea, and so was the editor at Atlas Obscura's new food section, Gastro Obscura.
On the Sunday afternoon when I was hanging out with Kara, she made pickled oysters, and as she pointed out, "This sounded like just the perfect somewhat repulsive thing to make when I recently interviewed for Atlas Obscura." Strange, lost recipes like this aren't the only thing Kara makes for her blog, but they all come with a little bit of Maryland spice.
Come in, the stacks are open.
Away from prying eyes, damaging light, and pilfering hands, the most special collections are kept in closed stacks. You need an appointment to view the objects, letters, and books that open a door to the past.