Au­thor to sign copies of hunt­ing cook­book

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­ VICKY MUL­LANEY

CAM­BRIDGE — Lo­cal chef Vicky Mul­laney will be sign­ing copies of her new cook­book, “The Lodge at Black Pearl Cook­book: Rais­ing and Feed­ing a Hunt­ing Fam­ily,” from 12 to 3 p.m. on Sat­ur­day, April 22, at The Bay Coun­try Shop in Cam­bridge.

Along with her fam­ily, Mul­laney owns and man­ages the Lodge at Black Pearl Farms, a wa­ter­fowl hunt­ing lodge that she said at­tracts guests from all over the coun­try to en­joy each other’s com­pany and the rich tra­di­tions of the Ch­e­sa­peake lifestyle.

Mul­laney’s book is more than just a col­lec­tion of recipes, it’s her life stor y.

“My book is a cook­book and a story,” Mul­laney said. “It’s the stor y of why I cook — the story of my life as a mother, my out­doors life, and my life run­ning the Lodge at Black Pearl.

“The recipes in the book are re­ally a re­flec­tion of all th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences,” she said. “Rais­ing five chil­dren, I learned to cook for a busy house­hold, de­vel­op­ing healthy, sim­ple and tasty recipes that could be pre­pared in short or­der as our lifestyle de­manded.

“The Lodge at Black Pearl Cook­book re­flects how we live, eat, and en­ter­tain ‘Ch­e­sa­peake style,’ she said. “It in­cludes recipes for wild game, fresh seafood, and the bounty of fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles grown on the Del­marva Penin­sula. It is filled with recipes that I have been pre­par­ing for over 30 years, and many of the recipes I have de­vel­oped to feed our friends who join us from all over the coun­try each year.”

In ad­di­tion to her tried and true recipes, Mul­laney has in­cluded new recipes and a few that were shared with her by friends.

“I find that hunters love to share a good recipe,” she said. “I have in­cluded sev­eral game recipes from an artist friend and a won­der­ful beef ten­der­loin recipe given to me by our friend and French chef from Vir­ginia.”

It took two years to write the book, af­ter five years of en­cour­age­ment from her hus­band, Stephen.

Mul­laney’s fam­ily has been com­ing to the Eastern Shore for nearly two decades, spend­ing ev­ery hunt­ing sea­son at Black Pearl, then known as To­bacco Stick Lodge. They fi­nally made Mary­land their home seven years ago, when they bought the lodge.

“First and fore­most, Black Pearl is about fam­ily,” Mul­laney said. “We bought this place with our fam­ily and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions in mind. Wa­ter­fowl sea­son runs from the mid­dle of Novem­ber un­til the end of Jan­uary, but liv­ing on a wa­ter­fowl farm re­quires year-round work and a unique skill set.

“I can butcher a deer. I grow oys­ters and farm,” she said. “I drive trac­tors and dump trucks. I also brush blinds, run boats, split fire­wood and help with the dogs. The bot­tom line — it’s not just about the cook­ing. It’s just a great life.”

Also up­com­ing, Mul­laney will in­ter­view on So What’s Your Story pod­cast, to air on WSDL Del­marva Pub­lic Ra­dio 90.7 at 1 p.m. on Sat­ur­day, May 6. There will be an ad­di­tional book sign­ing at the Hy­att Re­gency Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Re­sort from 12 to 3 p.m. on Sun­day, May 28.

For more in­for­ma­tion, or to pur­chase the cook­book, visit www.lodgeat­black pearl­cook­


“The Lodge at Black Pearl Cook­book: Rais­ing and Feed­ing a Hunt­ing Fam­ily” is Vicky Mul­laney new book.

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