Ellynne’s Top Tomato Cookbook is the result of a collaboration between longtime friends and colleagues who each provided a unique talent and passionately put their love into every page.
Ellynne’s Recipe for her Tomato Stack Salad was chosen as The Washington Post’s annual winner for their Top Tomato Contest in 2009. Click here to see what the Post has to say about this recipe!
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Ellynne Brice Davis – Author
After retirement as an elementary school music teacher, Ellynne – not ready to rest on her laurels – found herself with time to pursue her passion for creating, performing, writing and gourmet cooking.
Ellynne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Voice from the Peabody Conservatory of Music – Johns Hopkins University. She also has a Master’s degrees in both Voice and Speech Communication from West Virginia University. She has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and a Fulbright-Hayes grant to study in Japan. Additionally, Ellynne is a former Artist-in-Residence from West Virginia University.
Mrs. Davis has written two previous books, Oh! Holy Night! and Susan and the Seagulls. Both of these books can be purchased at amazon.com. Currently, Ellynne is a featured writer for a local publication and has been published by many Southern Maryland periodicals for over twenty years.
“I LOVE TOMATOES. I’VE ALWAYS LOVED TOMATOES – FRESH, CANNED, SAUCED OR ANY OTHER WAY!”
Joyce Judd – Illustrator
Long time friend and travel partner of Ellynne, Joyce is also a retired middle school art teacher. Retirement opened up a new career field for Joyce, who is now working as an illustrator!
Originally from South Bend, Indiana, Joyce attended Purdue University and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Art Education. She also holds a graduate degree in Human Development from George Washington University.
After traveling around the United States as a Navy wife, Joyce made her home in Southern Maryland 38 years ago.
Masae Grace Fuller – Wine Specialist
Masae is the co-owner of the Southern Maryland Wine Growers Cooperative. Born and raised in Tokyo, Masae attended Sophia University and traveled the world as an employee of Swiss Air, learning to appreciate the foods and customs of many countries during her adventures.
After her arrival in the United States, Masae – while raising two boys – worked for St. Mary’s County Public Schools as a GED and Adult Education instructor. She also taught High School level Japanese.
When Masae isn’t providing her expert wine knowledge to the hungry public she donates the remainder of her time to many local charities and fundraising events.
Masae (known by all as Grace) also a volunteers her services for the local Japanese community by preparing traditional foods for Southern Maryland’s population of elderly Asian women. Additionally, Grace provides these lucky women with transportation to essential programs and services. One has to wonder when she has time to sleep!
Myra Raspa – Editor
Myra is a longtime friend and colleague of Ellynne and Joyce. Not only is Myra a highly cited educator, she also considers her knowledge of wine a valuable asset to the Top Tomato Team.
Myra holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a Master of Science degree in Education from Western Maryland College and has completed post-graduate work from Loyola University, Bowie State College and the University of Maryland. She spent many years teaching High School English in St. Mary’s County and now holds the position of Writing Resource Instructor at the county level, developing content, testing and enhancing the curriculum for one of the highest achieving school systems in the state.
Myra holds many awards and has been cited for many achievements and publications including:
She also holds awards from former Maryland Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein, Dr. David Hornbeck, National Council of Teachers, Environmental Matters Committee and from Maryland State Senator Bernie Fowler. She and her family were written into the U.S. Congressional Record by Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer for their collective contributions to education, community and St. Mary’s County at large.
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