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Summer And Rhubarb Love

Summer And Rhubarb Love

I love tank tops, flip flops, laying in the sun at the pool (eating my grilled cheese and FF), paddle boarding at the lake, playing corn hole in the backyard with friends, outdoor music, gardening, checking out other folk’s gardens, fruit & veggies and ice tea & lemonade. Outside of my first tomato sandwich of the season I must say — my favorite thing this summer so far is rhubarb. I have never had rhubarb before but Garrison Keillor always makes we want a rhubarb pie…so this year when my friend Eric ordered a whole case – I felt it […]

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Growing and Sowing Me, And Our Garden

Growing and Sowing Me, And Our Garden

My first year of gardening was a bust.  I had a 30% success rate with direct sowing (sticking the seed in the ground).  This year, I decided to start some seeds indoors, to have viable hearty starter plants. Well, I put those seeds into my special starting soil, and promptly went out of town for the first time since my twins were born.  I am a stay at home mom.  I left my actual babies, and a bunch of seeds to chance.  I hoped my husband would water them (the seeds, not the kids), I guess I assumed he would […]

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First Look: A Recipe from Farmer and Chef Asheville

First Look: A Recipe from Farmer and Chef Asheville

Christine and I are in full editing and testing mode for the cookbook; we plan to get the book to the designer, Susan McBride, by July 1! We are up to our elbows in delicious produce, meats and poultry from the farmer’s market, local grains and cheeses, fresh fruits, homemade pasta, and fermented vinegars. We’re eating our way through chef and farmer recipes, loving every sink full of dirty dishes. We wanted to let you know how we’re progressing; at this moment we have 129 recipes with more promised by the end of May. Just wait until you see the […]

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Celebrate Derby Days with a Handcrafted Mint Julep

Celebrate Derby Days with a Handcrafted Mint Julep

By Mary Rich Hill of Spirit Savvy, “Crafted Cocktail Events” Other than elaborate sun hats, seersucker suits, and hot browns, the Mint Julep is an essential accessory for Derby Day on May 3. Since 1938, the Mint Julep, now served with Woodford Reserve, has been promoted by Churchill Downs as the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby. Early Times, a brand of Kentucky whiskey also owned by Woodford Reserve’s parent company Brown-Forman Corporation, was actually the first whiskey to be served and is still served in the more moderately priced Juleps at the Derby. Making Mint Juleps at Home Mint […]

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Sustainability Gets a Facelift at Biltmore

Sustainability Gets a Facelift at Biltmore

During the month of April, all thoughts turn to egg hunts, fuzzy chicks, and other harbingers of spring. Biltmore’s farming operations have followed the change of seasons by unveiling the recent restoration of the Brooder House. Tucked away on estate pastures, this structure honors the estate’s history in many unique ways. Originally constructed in 1896 by Richard Howland Hunt, son of Biltmore House architect Richard Morris Hunt, the building housed George Vanderbilt’s poultry operation. Biltmore’s flock of hens provided the necessary 30 dozen eggs required for Biltmore House’s kitchen at the turn of the century. The original flock boasted beautiful […]

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Bringing Back the Butcher of Yore

Bringing Back the Butcher of Yore

An interview with Casey McKissick of Foothills Farm & Butchery
 Meat lovers, meet your new playground: Foothills Farm & Butchery, the six-month-old full-service, whole-animal butcher shop and deli from the family farmers of Foothills Pasture Raised Meats. A bevy of delights await through the door under the giant, inviting neon MEATS sign—the latest Black Mountain landmark that, fittingly, glows blue on a Blue Ridge night. Raw meats ready for your culinary magic? They’ve got ‘em. Lunch sandwiches and complete to-go dinners from their chefs, aka ready to eats heavy on meats? Check. Specialty sausages? Naturally. Housemade hot dogs? Duh! All […]

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Take THAT! Pizza Party!

Take THAT! Pizza Party!

“The [elementary] teacher said that the students were supposed to have a pizza party that day, but she rescheduled because of the cooking lesson. When she told the students about postponing the pizza party, they didn’t even care. They were more excited about having the cooking lesson. It is crazy to me that 1st graders would rather cook with fruits and vegetables than eat pizza. It really surprised me, and I think it’s great. Farm to School is obviously making a difference in the lives of those children and helping them to enjoy cooking with and eating fresh fruits and […]

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Plant the Taste of Summer Now

Plant the Taste of Summer Now

To me, nothing tastes more like summer than a sun-warmed tomato plucked right from the vine. Throw in the smell of fresh mown lawn, the hum of a box fan, and I’m transported back to barefoot, fire fly-catching, childhood bliss. As a kid, I only knew of three ways to eat tomatoes: Sliced, sandwiched, or snitched. Growing up, the sliced tomato was a mainstay on the dinner table (once they started rolling in around the second week of June). With eyes squinted and chin raised, my grandfather would make his proclamation the way a sommelier evaluates a fine wine. “Nice […]

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Laurey Masterton – She Didn’t Postpone Joy

Laurey Masterton - She Didn't Postpone Joy

Would you be willing to teach some fifth graders about the wonder of herbs? Sure, bring ‘em on! Would you be willing to cook with kids out in a school garden? Absolutely! How about if I bring a whole class of kindergartners to your restaurant so you can show them how to cook? Nothing I’d like better! As you can see, Laurey was ALWAYS game for cooking for kids, no arm twisting required. And then she gets invited to the White House (Chefs Move to Schools) and she comes back more passionate than ever and wants every chef she knows […]

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Southern Foodways Alliance – An Introduction to Appalachia

Southern Foodways Alliance - An Introduction to Appalachia

Montani Semper Liberi – Mountaineers are always free – This is the state motto from where I grew up – West Virginia – It’s also a motto for us mountain folk in Appalachia. “Almost Heaven”, Coal Country – 4 wheelers, guns, and an appreciation for the land are a way of life. In the oldest mountains on the planet, we live in proximity to part of the most populated, urban real estate on the planet, yet we live and appreciate a country lifestyle – farming & family at the center of it all. During the birth of our young country, […]

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