My name is Martha Elderidge and I live in Newburg Maryland on 35Â acres of farm land. I have been growing food for approximately 40 yearsÂ and I take great pleasure in preparing and preserving the bounty fromÂ my garden every year. Cooking is a hobby and passion for me. I haveÂ taken opportunities to learn from as many folks as possible over theÂ years. I have learned to cook and preserve food from individuals as farÂ back as my Grandmother. I have a love for ethnic cooking and haveÂ learned from some very wonderful Greek and Italian women. I use toÂ make tamales with the Mexican women in Aurora, Illinois when I livedÂ there. I have cooked with chefs in Italy and France. When I moved toÂ the Southern Maryland area, I apprenticed with Gary Fick, owner ofÂ â€œThe Blue Dogâ€, and I worked there, also. Southern Maryland is myÂ home and one of the the places where I learned to appreciate and makeÂ local cuisine such as stuffed ham.