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  • 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
  • Batman Begins. You ought to hear his 4 year-old take on Batman's gravelly, husky whisper.
  • Post meal, pre-hike to the frozen
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Savoring the Season

The best part of late summer, in my estimation, has got to be the reduction in household bills. Which is to say, we’re using the ceiling fans less owing to cooler days and nights, we’re drying our clothes in the warm summer sun, and we’re picking up our meals from the chicken coop, beehives, and garden. Amen to all that!

Pictured here are some of our recent eats. Yes, we consume an awful lot of eggs, especially frittatas, our go-to egg vehicle of choice. And there are many, many tomatoes. And fresh herbs are making many a cameo. But there have been new additions to our cooking repertoire, as well, inspired by what we’re pulling from the soil, including a Summer Vegetable Hash with Sorrel Pecan Pesto (with house-made Chop Shop Livermush, our zucchini, squash, tomatoes, and potatoes) and Triple Decker (!!!) BLT’s.  And it’s just all so good and fresh and colorful and ripe and, well, awesome.

While I’m extremely excited to move toward the days of cardigans, scarves, and pumpkin ale (PUMPKIN! ALE!), I keep reminding myself to savor these fleeting days of zucchini, fresh peppers, and eggplant. They’ll be gone before I know it and we’ll move from morning coffee in the garden to inside, next to the wood stove.

For now, I’m happy to keep my costs down, my belly full, and taste buds delighted.

11 Responses to Savoring the Season

  • christine says:

    You folk really know how to eat… it all looks so yummy! I love your blog even though I’ve never commented before- so, “Hi, love your blog”
    Oh, and, I just got my copy of A Year Pies- so we’ll be eating extra yummy soon too- thanks!

  • this just made me realize that, somehow, I’ve yet to have a blt this summer. I’m not sure how that happened, but it must be remedied soon. Foothills Family Farm is now offering DELICIOUS bacon. It is so so good. Foothills Family Farms pork bellies cured and such by the weeping radish folks near the coast. mmmm mmmmm good. Picked it up at the tailgate market in Black Mt, but I know they are at some of the other markets as well.

  • Elaine says:

    Oh my! Looks and sounds amazing!!!

  • tea_austen says:

    I am torn as well. I can feel the seasons begin to change up here, and while I love the brisk-get organized-ness of fall, I want to hold on to long evenings and warm days. The fruit has finally come in and it’s all about blackberries, peaches, tomatoes. I’ve grown used to eating out of the garden. Will be sad to give that up.
    But pumpkin ale! And fresh cider! There are some pretty good trade-offs ahead.

  • Lillian says:

    Woooooooooooooooow – I NEED to eat that BLT!!!

  • Lauren says:

    What a beautiful set of meals! I am particularly in love with triple decker tomato BLT’s! Now that is a sandwich! I loved your postings the other day too! The article on eating like Julia Child was really though provoking and inspiring. Thanks for all you share!

  • Hazel says:

    Pumpkin ale? Do you brew it or just drink it?!

  • This all looks delicious!! We eat a lot of eggs here too; I think an egg on just about anything makes it that much better. Now you have me wanting to make a pizza tonight!

  • Yum!
    We love heading out to the garden to gather food for our meals and not needing to go to the grocery store very often. :)

  • Aly says:

    It is a wonderful to have the hint of Autumn in the breeze with excitement of sweaters and crisp leaves beneath your feet. I love sleeping with the windows open! Hurray for pumpkin flavors.