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Monthly Archives: June 2015

What I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends. So far today in our kitchen, we’ve made some sorghum bourbon butter pecan ice cream. For dinner, catfish and hushpuppies are in the works, likely alongside fried green tomatoes. This very second, a blueberry icebox pie is being assembled, while a strawberry crumble pie will be baked first thing tomorrow morning (both recipes from “A Year of Pies“). The ice cream and fried deliciousness is all part of recipe development and testing for my new southern pantry book while the pies will be my and Glenn’s entries at our friend Barbara Swell’s Retro Pie Contest tomorrow afternoon. I do so very much love a baking/stirring/measuring/whipping/tasting/chopping day in the kitchen!

Just a small round-up this week, of this and that’s that caught my attention:

*Butter and salt-coated radishes. So fresh. So clean. So simple. So good.

*So honored to have been included in the Garden.Kitchen.Table summit. Do yourself a favor and check it out! And if you’ve ever wondered what I look like when I’m talking to a computer screen (as dorky as you’ve likely imagined!), you can view my interview here.

*Had a pint of One World Brewing’s Chocolate Truffle Stout the other day at Farm Burger. I tell you without a lick of hyperbole that it was truly one of the best stouts I’ve ever had.

*Looking forward to hosting Chris Bennett here for a few nights next week. He’s the author of Southeast Foraging, and will be giving a free lecture on foraging information from his book this coming Tuesday night at Villagers.

*Yesterday was tomato trellising day chez English. Natalie carries biodegradable tomato clips at Villagers (in-store only, for now!), which we’ve never used out here before. They worked like a champ!

Alright, all that food mentioned above won’t cook itself. Back to work for me! Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

*For this week’s “What I’m Digging” round-up, I’m sharing images of our home and property. These were taken last year, right around this time, by the wonderful Tim Robison. Tim wrote me yesterday, saying he had a bunch of images from a shoot we did together that I could have. Everything still looks almost completely the same, so I thought it would be fun to share those images here with you. Thanks, Tim



What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! As I type this, the profoundly loud, but immensely welcome, sound of  drill cutting a hole into the side of our house is filling the air. A range hood that we purchased nearly a year ago (!!!) and are only just now getting around to having installed is getting duct work put through the attic. Those of you that know me personally know just how very excited this is. No more exposed wires coming out of the wall over the range, woohoo!

In other quieter, less jarring news, here’s a smattering of this and that’s that caught my attention recently:

*Nearly every post in Stony Soil Vermont reads like poetry. Brett is my kind of writer, no doubt about it.

*Sarah’s Strawberry and Honeysuckle Crush looks outta sight!

*Fantastic tips from Ashley on Meal Train Etiquette.

*I picked up some items from Melissa’s studio on Sunday for Glenn’s birthday on Monday. And then he went to her studio on Tuesday and picked up some items for our 8-year anniversary that day (the material for 8 years of marriage is pottery). It all feels very The Gift of the Magi!

*My friend Faryn told me about Field Day, dresses made out of upcycled vintage sheets. I love that they’re both environmentally friendly and adorable, not to mention have pockets (dress pockets are my JAM!).

*If you’d like to travel without leaving the comfort of home, go check out my friend Nicole’s Instagram feed. She and her friend Marley spent a week in Istanbul before heading to Barcelona a few days ago. Get ready to sigh in dreamy delight.

Alright, cutting out early to check on the range hood’s progress. Then we’re off to Marshall, NC, for the 4th annual Mermaids in Marshall parade. We went last year and had so much fun. Plus, I get to dress Huxley up as a pirate, always a good thing. We’re actually heading back out to Marshall again tomorrow, for our friend Tara’s monthly wood-fired pizza night at her bakery, Smoke Signals. Think picnic blankets, toted in coolers full of beer and wine, and kiddos running around all while the aroma of smoke and fire and yeast and cheese waft through the air. So, so good.

Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

*I post a photo of Huxley in my What I’m Digging round-ups because, truly, he’s what Glenn and I dig the most. This photo is from a recent visit to Hole Donuts, one of his favorite destinations. And it’s highly appropriate that I’d post it today, considering that it’s National Donut Day!