Food Adventures In Western North Carolina! Blog at Allrecipes.com (10/2011)

Food Adventures In Western North Carolina!

 
Oct. 6, 2011 1:49 pm 
Updated: Oct. 8, 2011 6:29 am
Have spent this past week putting up a bushel of Mutsu and Stayman apples that we picked at Hickory Nut Gap Farms last weekend.  Making Apple Jelly, Apple Chutney, Apple Preserves, freezing and dehydrating apples made me start inventing ways to use this bounty!  What better way then an… MORE
Harvest Apple Cookies
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Oct. 4, 2011 12:15 pm 
Updated: Oct. 7, 2011 4:28 am
My husband David and I just moved from Houston, Texas (yes, where the temperature went over 100 for most of the summer!) to the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.  Within 2 months of getting here, fall has arrived and with it blessed cooler weather and spectacular fall colors.… MORE
David waiting on his Taco Casserole!
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mintconditionherbfarm

Home Town
Houston, Texas, USA

Member Since
Jul. 2010

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

Hobbies
Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music

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About Me
I'm the former owner of Mint Condition Herb Farm, an organic herb nursery, gardening shop and cooking school in Seabrook, Texas. In July my husband and I moved from Texas to Asheville, North Carolina and began a whole new adventure...farmer's markets are everywhere and small farms are just down the road. it's a cooks paradise! I'm found every Saturday am at the UNC Farmer's Market picking what's fresh for our meals the next week!
My favorite things to cook
Chicken, seafood (NC seafood is awesome!), & I'm experimenting constantly with Shrimp & Grits. With so much local organic produce I'm canning, dehydrating and freezing as much as possible for the coming winter. Love to bake bread, any kind of bread. We no longer eat turkey though...we have huge flocks that wander our yard and it would seem too much like eating a pet! Guess it will be ham for the holidays this year!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cinnamon sticky buns during the Texas/A&M grudge match at Thanksgiving! Chicken Noodle Soup with Fresh Rosemary and Homemade Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies for whenever my husband isn't feel well!
My cooking triumphs
I catered lunch and snacks for the cast and crew of a History Channel documentary on The Making of the Alamo and even got screen credit! Having written 3 cookbooks (San Bernard River Recipes) that are now out of print, I'm working on Mint Condition Herb Farm's new cookbook! And hoping that will be my future cooking triumph! I'm also a former food writer and restaurant reviewer for the Houston Chronicle.
My cooking tragedies
My first loaf of bread...my boyfriend (now my husband of 34 years!) went around knocking on neighbor's doors with it, it was so hard!!!! I've gotten much much better he says!
 
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