Howard County, as viewed from the kitchen table

Cookbook aims to capture local mealtime favorites

November 18, 2013|By Julia Reed

Want to know what’s for dinner at the Ulman, Robey and Rouse households?

With the help of a new cookbook by the Howard County Historical Society, you can replicate recipes from County Executive Ken Ulman, State Sen. James Robey and Columbia’s developer, the late James Rouse.

Through its 50th-anniversary edition, “Let’s Dish! Then and Now Recipe Collection,” the historical society aims to capture a combination of Howard County’s historic and modern cuisine.

According to Shelley Wygant, the key organizer of the cookbook, “Let’s Dish!” is “a look back to old Howard County that also solicits modern-day recipes because the county has changed a lot in 50 years.”

The society, which was formed in 1958 and works to collect and preserve Howard County’s past, first published a local cookbook in 1964, and their latest edition is expected to come out in July 2014. It will reflect the county’s diversity and “make everyone feel like they have a stake in Howard County,” according to Wygant.

Along with several “celebrity” recipes, the society is currently accepting recipes from county residents willing to share a family favorite and local restaurants looking to promote a signature dish. Recipes can be submitted on the society’s website,, and will be reviewed by a committee before final selections are made.

Already, the cookbook is slated to include dishes such as Snippy Noodle Cake, Dove à la Trusty and Spring Hill Oyster Stew and to capture the stories and details unique to each dish and its relevance to Howard County.

Snippy Noodle Cake, for instance, originated in the early 1900s when Methodist ministers dropped in for visits at area churches, according to the historical society. Also known as “Hurry Up Cake,” the dish was a quickly prepared treat -- a flat cake cut into cubes -- to offer the preacher.

The historical society is hoping to sell 2,500 cookbooks to raise $30,000 to support its programs and projects. The books will cost between $15 and $20 and will be available for purchase through the society’s website and at a variety of local shops. For details, go to

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