Asheville & Bryson City Eats & Drinks

October 4, 2015

Tupelo Honey Cafe Some restaurants get over hyped. Maybe that super blond guy on the Food Network has been there, or a reporter is BFF with the owner and they get a ton of coverage, or it is on a Sex and the City episode and they have three hour lines for the next decade. So […]

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Are Your Nuts Boiled?

September 18, 2015

Few things divide the Mason-Dixon line so well as boiled peanuts do. If you’re from the South there’s a 98% chance that you love them, and if you grew up in the North, you’re wrong you probably don’t like them and are horrified by the thought of wet nuts. But boiled peanuts are a perfect […]

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A Slow Mountain Weekend in Bryson City

September 9, 2015

For anyone who has been reading me for a few years you’ve probably read about the vacations I take every year with my friends to places like Atlanta, Boston, DC, and Disney World. Those vacations are usually hard hitting trips where we cover as much ground as humanly possible in three to five days. This year we […]

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The End of August, Already

August 27, 2015

I don’t really have a whole lot to say today that’s focused on any one thing, but just wanted to comment on the first bits of autumnal crispness that’s creeping into the air. It’s not plain hot when I open the door to let the dogs out in the morning, it’s more of a pleasant […]

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Conquest is Set Up Right for the Jams

August 16, 2015

I’ve got a special treat as a post today… my husband Patrick went to a show at Conquest Brewing this weekend and commented on how great the space was for music. So I asked him to do a write up on his experience there since he is a connoisseur of music and small bands. I would […]

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Spotted Salamander Cafe: Where The Ladies Lunch

July 14, 2015

Summertime is for taking time off to enjoy the weather, so a few weeks ago I scheduled some time off for yesterday and today for a nice luxurious four-day weekend. Because I spent the actual weekend mostly sleeping for some reason, I made the most of the other two days including lunch at a new […]

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Summer Squash and Potato Spiral Tian

May 19, 2015

You know those recipes you see on Pinterest and think, “Ugh who are these jerks making these things?” After seeing such a recipe of a spiralized tian I finally decided to give it a go to get rid of a bunch of yellow squash before my next Pinckney’s Produce CSA box for the box arrived. […]

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Ingredient Reduction Challenge Results

April 25, 2015

Remember the ingredient reduction challenge I issued for myself a little less than two weeks ago? I’ve finally finished using up the original four items, which were Stubb’s barbecue sauce, bread crumbs, pumpkin soup and one ingredient I totally forgot to mention in the first post- the contents of the bag, canahua. Canahua (pronounced and […]

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Cooking with Benford Brewing’s Southern Tater Ale

April 14, 2015

Let’s discuss a very unlikely place to want to discuss: Lancaster, South Carolina. It’s a place that kind of marks halfway from Columbia to Charlotte for me when I’m on I-77. And that’s about as far as my thinking on Lancaster went until I discovered Benford Brewing by way of a road trip up there […]

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Ingredient Reduction Challenge

April 13, 2015

When the cost of living goes up but the income stays the same, it’s harder to save a dollar than it ever was before. So in these turbulent times, I decided to embark on a little self-challenge to use up some random ingredients from the pantry to make up meals rather than starting from scratch […]

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