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  • The pies @rorris, @jenathan and I helped baking goddess @bakerhands make today will be available for purchase tomorrow at the North Asheville Tailgate Market from 8-1 pm, along with tarts and bread. Trust me, you don't want to miss out. Set your alarm clocks now!
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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! It’s a special day today! My beloved maternal grandmother, Ruby (aka “Nanny”), who served as the quiet inspiration for so much of what I’ve come to make my livelihood writing about, turns a young, spry 87 today! Woo hoo!

She doesn’t know it (shh!!!), but my mother is planning a big surprise birthday party for her tomorrow. I’ll be baking my Blueberry Refrigerator Pie (from my book) as an homage to the blueberry farm she used to own with her second husband in Chesapeake, Virginia years ago. Knowing how much she loves peanut butter, I’m also planning to make her that amazing peanut butter pie I fell in love with at the pie contest, as Barbara (the contest’s instigator and creator!) was kind enough to put me in touch with the person behind that dessert of creamy, nutty, chocolatey goodness. Love that pie. Love, love, love it! Happy birthday, Nanny! I’m so, so glad you’re here!

In non-grandmother news, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*Thinking of pitching something to Gather (via Kate).
*Got A Girl Crush is adorable (also from Kate).
*Might be my favorite pumpkin ale yet.
*Speaking of pumpkins, this takes me back.
*Paul Stamets is a remarkably inspiring person.
*More mushroom ideas (mycoremediation to clean up oil spills!).
*Marisa’s tips for preserving all that zucchini!
*Intriguing film about unschooling.
*Joy loves pie (and my book!).
*Gorgeous fruit-collecting basket.

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

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6 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Nicole says:

    Aw, happy birthday, Nanny! A pie celebration sounds perfect :)

  • Rose says:

    Oh my goodness. Was their farm in the Hickory section of Chesapeake? Did they give out recipes and sell blueberry baked goods too? If so, that’s the farm I took my children to during the late 80′s and early 90′s!! Please let me know. And Happy Birthday to her either way!

    • rose-oh, how i wish i could say yes, but, alas, no, that wasn’t her place. theirs was a small-time outfit, with no recipes or blueberry baked goods (which sounds AMAZING, by the way)! she also closed the farm around ’88-’89, when her husband died.

  • Dana says:

    Hi there
    You are my Friday ritual! Love all your links, so much fun.
    Love your pics of Huxley too, he is adorable.
    Finally got my Where Women Cook mag back from friend so I can make my favorite chicken from your feature with honey recipes.
    Enjoy

  • Lisa says:

    Happy Birthday to your Nanny! I know she will just love your special pie. We have some small blueberries, called Garden Huckleberries, which came from seeds passed down from my husbands grandfather. As soon as they”re ripe, I will be making your refrigerator pie! I bought two or your pie books last week, one for my daughter, and one for me! We both love it Ashley! The peanut butter pie sounds yummy. Is that a recipe you can share??

  • Hazel says:

    Happy birthday Nanny Ruby! I’m not sure if my English Granny has even tasted peanut butter. Think it would have to be fruit pie for her!

    The pumpkin ale sounds delicious- I’ve never heard of it before, or seen it for sale in the UK. My husband brews a large amount of (hard) cider every autumn with some friends. Pity about the large ocean in the way, or I’d have bartered/swapped some for your home brewed pumpkin ale when you make it!
    Incidentally, as you said you were looking into making hard cider at some point in the future, they just scrat (chop/mash) the unwashed apples, (as great a variety as possible to give a good balance of sweetness/acidity in the finished cider), press them and then leave the juice to ferment in air locked demijohns- all very rustic! No added ingredients at all. A lot gets drunk immediately as the best juice you’ve ever tasted (my children’s favourite bit- they must have gallons!), some gets frozen immediately as juice and the rest becomes cider. I was tentative about my first sip, but it’s really very drinkable (and highly alcoholic!!). I manage to make some into cider vinegar too.
    Definitely worth a try!