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  • When @bakerhands put out a call two days ago asking for a few hours of baking help today, I pounced at the chance to spend some quality time with such a warm, wise lady. When I found out @rorris and @jenathan had offered the same thing, the deal became even sweeter. The four of us gathered at Smoke Signals Bakery in Marshall today to chat, chew, and chop. Three cheers for wonderful people, delicious food, and fostering community. Hip, hip, freaking HOORAY!!! What a stellar day. *I was in charge of apple pie filling prep today. Photo credit to @rorris for capturing my hella serious pie-making game face!!!
  • When your morning looks like this, you know you're off to a good start. Was introduced to the glorious donuts and conviviality at @holedoughnuts today. Mercy! Goodness abounds.
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  • This next pie is a pumpkin-meets-tiramisu hybrid, my
  • Up next in pie recipes with a Thanksgiving vibe from my book
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  • Totally a long underwear, trains in front of the wood stove kind of evening. Stay warm out there, friends! Low of 15 here tonight, BRR!!!!
  • Very fun to find this spread in the @womansworkco catalogue that arrived with yesterday's mail. Thank to so very much, Dorian, for all of your support. I ADORE my @womansworkco gloves. Friends, if you're shopping for durable, beautiful gloves made in the U.S., look no further. I wear my @womansworkco gloves out to the chicken coop every morning and can't recommend them enough! Also, there's a giveaway of three autographed copies of my book
  • Romanesco as meditative object. These served as the gorgeous centerpiece on our table at last night's @rhubarbavl 1-year anniversary dinner. Stunning.
  • Still thinking about last noght's sensational @rhubarbavl 1-year anniversary dinner. We adore the restaurant and chef John Fleer's elegant yet approachable southern Appalachian cuisine. Last night's Sunday Supper featured @bentonsbacon, @cruzefarmgirl, and Jolley Farm. It was a meal I won't soon forget, especially on account of these @sunbursttrout filets wrapped in @bentonsbacon served atop brown butter braised Savoy cabbage (that cabbage changed my life, no joke!). Job well done, @rhubarbavl!
  • At long last, Huxley finally found a dancing partner last night downtown in Asheville.
  • Perfect Saturday for this transcendent hot chocolate, made from scratch with @frenchbroadchocolates bars, sweetened with handcrafted sorghum syrup, and garnished with a dollop of homemade apple butter, graham cracker chards, slivered almonds, apple slices, cinnamon, and fresh ground nutmeg. Bring it, cold weather!
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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! We were a house under siege this week, chez English. Some sort of weird and sudden stomach bug hit us hard Wednesday evening. Yesterday saw lots of moaning, groaning, belly-holding, and general lying about in bed, waiting for the discomfort to end. Today is much better, thanks to peppermint tea, Oscillococinum, Reed’s ginger brew and good old Alka-Seltzer. These rough tummy romps make me so thankful for all of the other days that are without stomach assault. 
Here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that piqued my interest this week:
 *I would really love to make it to the Heritage Harvest Festival this September (bonus: Joel Salatin!). 
*These winter salads all look divine.
*This essay on How We Eat is eye-opening, and inspiring.
*Meg Paska, who is profiled in Keeping Bees, is in this gorgeous video.
*Yes to more cottage industry foods!
*Make your own kombucha scoby.
*The Debutante Hunters stirred all kinds of emotions in me (thanks to Angela for clueing me in!).
*Every cookie I’ve baked from this book has turned out wonderful.
*Huxley has been requesting this song on repeat all week.
*Asheville finally has its own downtown food truck lot, including Suzi’s incredible eats!
We’re off on Sunday to the Organic Grower’s School. Hubs and I plan to tag-team minding the tiny Englishman while each other attends classes. I’m going to Advanced Beekeeping and Preserving your Harvest with Lacto-Fermentation while he’ll be checking out Real Life Forest Gardening & Farming and Effortless Edibles in the Landscape. SO excited!
Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

6 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • SouthernGirl says:

    I used the same tutorial for making your own kombucha scoby and IT WORKED! I couldn't believe it. I'm now on my second batch of homemade kombucha and am loving it!

  • Anonymous says:

    I really appreciate that you linked the book to Indiebound and not Amazon! :)

  • Dixie says:

    Once again, great links. Thank you for sharing! My husband and I will be hearing Joel Salatin speak in April and then again at the Mother Earth News Fair in Pennsylvania in September. Can' t wait.

  • Alison says:

    If you get to the festival at Monticello, seek out Tom Burford. He is a national treasure when it comes to apples–anyone who loves hard cider needs to know him. He's a lovely man and a wealth of information especially about heirloom varieties and southern apples. Personality-wise he's the polar opposite of Salatin (Burford is quiet and humble) so he'd be easy to miss.

  • Apseed says:

    I like your posts, it's so inspiring!

  • Marlo says:

    Oh, I am so excited about the Heritage Harvest Festival. I'm already planning a trip down to C-Ville. Can't wait!