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QUENCH

 

HANDMADE GATHERINGS

 

A YEAR OF PIES!

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • A winter's day, in a deep and dark December. Enjoyed a walk down our driveway earlier to gather holiday cards and gifts from the mail with my little fella. Happy almost solstice, friends.
  • Local friends-whatever your plans are for this evening, change them! Come join me instead at @rhubarbavl for their
  • Great burger and transcendent frites with a charred onion aioli at @kingjamesavl. Great vibe and an exceptional waitstaff, which deftly caught that Huxley was nearing meltdown mode, and saved the day with a lightening fast, perfect grilled cheese. Wonderful seeing Steven Goff and @samlg87!
  • Livin' in an Appalachian paradise. ??(view of Mt. Pisgah, from the top of our road).
  • The finale at last night's Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl was this Chocolate Coffee Tart with Vanilla Orange Marmalade from my book
  • What a surreal experience last night @rhubarbavl, being served your own recipes! Shown here: Chimichurri Deviled Eggs (
  • So much delicious decadence on display yesterday afternoon at my 7th Annual Ladies Cookie Exchange. Thanks to all you lovelies (and your littles!) that made it out! Such a wonderful community of women I'm surrounded by. We three Englishes won't have to bake any more this holiday season! *That's your girl waiting patiently for the sugar frenzy to begin, @littlecoffeebeans !
  • Put this down as a night to remember. Immeasurable gratitude to @rhubarbavl for hosting recipes from all 7 of my books at tonight's Sunday Supper. @glennbenglish couldn't have been more thrilled. Our favorite restaurant in Asheville now feels even more like our dining room away from home.
  • Asheville and vicinity friends, I want to let you in on a secret. @oldworldlevain is a baked goods goddess, a fascinating woman (she bakes AND teaches tango lessons!), and simply a lovely human being. This medley of deliciousness is a mere sampling of the tastiness she had on offer today at her pop-up inside of Wood & Spoon in west Asheville. You can order regularly from her though, and you should. Her goods are creative, imminently flavorful, and clearly lovingly made. Obviously, I am smitten.
  • All kinds of magic percolating up in here.
  • Last night this sweet, tiny elf wanted me to pick him up, and then asked
  • Only a few seats remain for the Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl on the 14th featuring recipes from all 7 of my books. The large dining room is nearly sold out, woohoo!!! Call 828/785-1503 to reserve a spot before they're all gone. I'd love to see you there!
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With Thanks To the Pumpkin


I’ve had a soft spot for pumpkins for just about as long as I can remember. Pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin cinnamon buns, pumpkin butter-the whole enchilada. And so it was no big stretch for me to include a pumpkin gathering in the new book. I love those orbs, I truly do.

I had high hopes for growing my own this year, but, alas, the squash vine borers had other plans. I’m already working on a 3-tiered approach for next year: plant early (one farmer said as early as late May), cover the plants with floating row cover until the flowers appear, and plant them where they haven’t been planted before (to avoid any larvae pupating in the soil). Pumpkin bliss in the cove will be mine, I say, mine!

Since we’re in the busy, busy, busy stages of prepping the house and kitchen for 18 dinner guests (!), I’m going to sign out early this week. I’m leaving you with a sneak peek of the pumpkin gathering we threw. Jen captured those glorious images above, rock star photographer that she is. I think they showcase my beloved pumpkins in the most lovely way, don’t you?

I’m so very thankful for food, family, health (!!!), and, yes, for pumpkins. From our home to yours, thank you for your support of this little blog. It means the world.

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