Sue Latini makes history, and it tastes...


Sue Latini makes history, and it tastes great

Growing up in Arkansas, she helped her mother peel potatoes and prepare meals. Now, Sue Latini is food historian for the Baltimore City Life Museums' 1840 House.

She's not quite sure how she got the label of food historian. "Somewhere along the way I acquired the title," Mrs. Latini says. "It probably came about during one of my workshops" at the 1840 House.

Mrs. Latini, 70, has given monthly workshops and demonstrations in open-hearth cooking at the 1840 House since 1984.

A love for food, a gift for preparing food, an interest in old things and the need for meaningful work helped Mrs. Latini decide to become involved with the 1840 House. It was there that she was first introduced to open-hearth cooking.

"I did research on hearth cooking and practiced at the museum when it first opened," she says.

Now she specializes in Colonial hearth cooking. It is a second career for the Ferndale resident who moved to the area in 1946 and is a retired management analyst. She has also taught at Anne Arundel Community College.

Open-hearth cooking, Mrs. Latini explains, "is more challenging, and the food tastes better. I don't know if it's the iron pots, cooking over the open fire or the setting, but the food has such a wonderful flavor when it's cooked over the hearth."

Her recently finished cookbook, titled "At the Hearth," is a collection of early-American recipes.

In addition to her duties as food historian, Mrs. Latini also is the founder of the Friendly Thyme Herb Club, which began five years ago with three members. Today, more 50 people belong to the group.

It was that interest which prompted Mrs. Latini to start preparing her next cookbook, about cooking with herbs.

Douglas A. Strouse is founder and president of the CEO Club of Baltimore, so like many of his members, his game is golf, right?

"Most do play golf," he says of the 47 members of the club. "I've played once and, well, maybe it will click in for me when I'm older."

Until then, tennis is his sport. Although he didn't pick up a racket until he was in his 20s, or get serious about playing and competing until his 30s, the 44-year-old has drawn high state and regional rankings in U.S. Tennis Association-sanctioned competitions. Next month, he will compete in his first national tournament, a grass court competition in Philadelphia.

"That competitive drive never leaves," says Mr. Strouse, who played baseball as a student at Catonsville High School and the University of Maryland.

Nor, apparently, does the need to stay busy. Here is part of his resume: He is a partner in Betz & Strouse, a court-reporting firm that has handled high-profile cases such as the trials of Oliver North and Marion Barry. He has a doctorate in organizational psychology and has done consulting for Fortune 500 companies. And, he is a principal in a Towson-based public relations and advertising firm, Goldberg Hodes Strouse Communications.

Which makes you wonder, how does he have time for yet another recent venture, co-authoring a book, "You're a 24-Hour a Day Person: How to Maximize Every Hour Every Day"?

"It's not time management," says Mr. Strouse, "it's life management. You just have to schedule and make trade-offs."

Jean Marbella

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