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  • Chatting about existentialism, and contradicting ourselves, and winter over on small measure today. || Into the woods behind our house.
  • Players gonna play. Huxley and his buddy Bay, doing their little guy thing today at the perennially lovely @thencarboretum.
  • The garden got blanketed with what I'm hoping was winter's last gasp this past week. I'm ready for those snow-covered strawberry beds in the foreground to start putting out juicy fruits, for Huxley to dig in his sandbox again, for cocktails at sunset on the pergola, and for conversing with soil and seeds once more. Spring is coming. Really started to feel it this weekend.
  • Scotch eggs of supreme deliciousness can be had on the regular at @kingjamesavl. @glennbenglish and I savored these beauties today alongside dirty rice fritters, gumbo with poutine, and @sunbursttrout smoked trout dip, all wonderful. There was also a pint of Appalachian Brewery porter that I have to have more of. Oh, and old school White Stripes on rotation. Great food, great atmosphere.
  • Confession: until last night, I had never had honest to goodness snow cream. @glennbenglish whipped up a tasty batch with vanilla and nutmeg, and we enjoyed it alongside @oldworldlevain's heavenly frangipane tartlettes with fresh cranberries, orange peel, and cinnamon. Snow-pretty AND tasty.
  • Scattered, smothered, and covered. Snowy day in the cove!
  • We three Englishes do so very much love snow. Forecast to receive between 3-6 inches tonight! @glennbenglish captured Huxley and I taking in the view on his way back to the house after locking up the chickens.
  • Woke up to overnight snowfall, always a treat. Then heard from my neighbor Lynn, a licensed massage & bodywork therapist, that the snow was preventing her from getting in to her clients in town and, as a result, she had an opening in her schedule and could give me a massage. Whenever she travels, I pet-sit her cat Sophie, and in exchange she trades me a massage. Not only is she a seriously stellar masseuse, she also is an aromatherapist, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner (a kind of Japanese acupressure technique), and is certified in neuromuscular therapy. So when I get a massage from her, I receive this healing trifecta involving scent, body, and spirit. Plus, in all honesty, I feel like this woman is actually imbuing my body with love when she works on me. I left her house feeling light and bright, and nourished. She has offices in Asheville and Johnson City, TN (the home massages are reserved for family and neighbors!). If you're looking for a rich, wonderful, deeply healing massage, please consider Lynn. You can find her information at www.lynnbernatsky.com. || I passed our bamboo grove and its tiny creek on my walk over to Lynn and Steve's; it somehow spoke to me of good things in store.
  • Woke up to this view. Some kind of wonderful!
  • Spotted Quench in the wild today.Always a thrill to see my books out in the big world, and rubbing elbows with friends @thejoyofcooking, no less!
  • Good day to be in western NC. View of Mt.  Pisgah from the top of our road.
  • You will not pass! || Our shorty with his soul sister Raeglan, adventuring in our woods two days ago. @thebriere4

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Recipes

I Always Think of Corn

When I think of iconic summer foods, I always, always think of corn.

I have this very vivid recollection of the entire extended Adams (my maiden name) family convening in Avalon, NJ, eating ear-upon-ear of sweet Jersey Silver Queen corn. My dad is one of 8. Our family is a large one, with more cousins than I can count on both hands. When we’d meet up, in the boiling months of July or August, we’d spend our days at the shore and our nights gorging on corn.

Last night, Hubs whipped up his tasty take on the beloved summertime staple pictured above. He pan-fried it with a chili powder rub and then topped each ear with crumbled Cotija cheese and chopped cilantro. These ears of grilled deliciousness were served alongside grass-fed skirt steak tacos filled with celery seed coleslaw and fresh pineapple & pineapple sage salsa.

Summer is here, and it is corny as all get out, and spectacularly tasty.

Grilled Corn

The Goods:

-2 Tablespoons peanut oil
-1 Tablespoon butter for the pan
-Shucked ears of corn
-Homemade chili powder (1 Tablespoon ground dried chilies, 1 Tablespoon granulated garlic, 1 teaspoon salt)
-Fresh butter for the corn
-A pinch of salt
-Crumbled Mexican farmers cheese (Cotija)
-A couple tbs of chopped cilantro, if desired

The Deal:

1) Place the peanut oil and butter to a heavy, hot pan (we used a flat surface cast iron pan).
2) Roll the corn ears in the oil in the pan.
3) Sprinkle the corn with chili powder; turn, and sprinkle the other side.
4) Cook the corn, turning every minute or so, for about 10 minutes, until there are some nice brown marks here and there.
5) Remove the corn from the pan and rub with some fresh butter.
6) Toss the corn in a bowl with the pinch of salt, crumbled cheese, and the cilantro, if desired.
7) Serve and enjoy.

Jam On It!

Hi friends. I’ve got a guest post over up on The Art of Doing Stuff today. Karen is taking a much needed break, and tapped a few of her fellow blogging buddies to post in her absence. Karen’s blog is amazing, full of projects and ideas that are readily accessible and implementable. Plus, she’s funny, and I love me some funny.

I’m sharing the recipe for my Blueberry & Raspberry Jam with Allspice and Rum. The jam-slathered toast in the image above was downed in about 45 seconds flat. Fortunately, I was alone when this happened, so my dignity, and manners, can remain intact.

Enjoy!