Toasted Cornbread with Maple Syrup and Plain Yogurt
Kinda like eating a bowl of cornbread with buttermilk, a local old-timey favorite. TOASTing the cornbread is a must for crunch. Use real maple syrup or local honey and plain yogurt. This whole milk yogurt with the cream-on-top from the biodynamic Seven Stars Farm is hard to beat. This is also a good simple desert that kids and grownups love.
Weather update: Still snowing here.
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Pouring snow inspired this cozy dinner of cornbread, beans, and greens, a favorite combo in
Mixing It Up!
these parts and for most of the south.
Preheat your oven and start mixing. This cornbread is slightly sweet and buttery rich. And heating the oiled cornbread pan before pouring in the batter is a must – if you are a crunchy crust lover. We fight over the end pieces because we all love crust. See the recipe HERE.
Round here, I always start off beans by sautéing onions and peppers, so I ransacked the freezer for the roasted sweet Italian peppers that I bought last fall from Mountain Harvest Organic Farm (Julie and Carl sell at the North Asheville and Waynesville Tailgate Markets). I was craving pinto beans, but had to settle for black beans since a trip to the store was out of the question. I was also out of a very essential ingredient for beans – bay leaves, so I added a pinch of cocoa and cinnamon (I only add this to black beans), and some garlic.
Onions and olive oil were the base for the kale too. Gotta have some grease to make it good, right? The beans and greens were vegan by chance, but the grease (olive oil in this case) in both dishes is essential for that satisfied feeling.
Roasted Red Peppers from the North Asheville Tailgate Market
Slicing up the cornbread
Beans & Rice, Cornbread, & Greens
At the table we broke open Matt Timmer’s pepper vinegar for the greens. SO fantastico! Thank you Matt. Matt grows lots of peppers in his garden, mostly really fiery peppers, and shares a variety of addictive homemade salsa with us at work.
Matt’s Homemade Pepper Vinegar
Dinner was a great combo. Plus, guess what we’re having for breakfast? Toasted cornbread with maple syrup and yogurt. Uh-huh! Happy snow day people!
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My Neighbor’s Relentless Winter Squash
I froze and watched as two red-tailed hawks flew low over my head this afternoon, hunting doves for dinner. The sky was so blue and clear, I sat in a puddle of sun for a few minutes taking in the fall day, the creature activity, and the pretty little details lingering in my garden. One last purple flower bloomed lonely on the eggplants. I saw a baby snake, the size and color of a great big earthworm. I happily discovered cilantro volunteers. They aren’t afraid of winter. A doggone groundhog munched the tops off of some of my lettuces. Eventually, I got around to the bigger job of fall garden cleanup (read weeding), harvesting the last of my peppers before frost, and digging a few potatoes for dinner.
Carmen & California Wonder Peppers
Potatoes for Dinner
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This post is reprinted from an email sent by Rodney Bowling and Cindy Trisler of Mudlucious Pottery & Gardens. Rod and Cindy make deliveries to town every week from their small farm. They send out an email detailing what is available, but oftentimes – aside from the practical information – the email is entertaining and tells a story about their week. Both of them write great emails, but this one is from Rodney. He was so on target that I asked his permission to reprint it. Tailgate Market Fans – at a minimum read the second to last paragraph (but if you skip down you will miss the part about Voltaire the Rooster). Rodney takes it from here.
Well, we have some sad news to report this week. One of our most beautiful roosters, Voltaire,
died a tragic death this past week here at Mudluscious Pottery
Voltaire the Rooster
RIP, Voltaire 2010-2013
and Gardens. We are not sure of the sequence of events, but think that he got into a fight with our Alpha rooster, William Howard (named after William Howard Taft, the heaviest President who got stuck in the White House bathtub).
I write this not to shock anyone or even to evoke sympathy for Voltaire. This is the way of life in the rural world. Cindy and I follow a naturalist’s philosophy in allowing our birds to live out their normal life span regardless of their declining egg production (in reference to hens) or general slowing down in the case of roosters. We still make sure they have protected areas to live, good pasture, keep them fed and watered, and generally watch out for their welfare. But, death happens. Whether it is a ravaging raccoon, a wayward dog or coyote, a hawk or bobcat, or old age, we deal with the fact that there is an ebb and flow to the farm and to nature in general.
It is this ebb and flow that is fast disappearing in the American experience. Modern commercial farmers have traded in the old homestead model where they grew crops for market, kept gardens for their personal use, milked cows, raised pigs and children using an age-old, family centered lifestyle. They traded for increased yields in crops using synthetic means and expanded the number of acres they farm from modest 80-160 acre farms to 1000s of acres using modern technology and leased land. They have become adroit chemists and agronomists but are losing-or have already lost-the truly personal connection to the land. Their children grow up in an environment that is not much different from their urban cousins-they just have more land around them.
This is one reason (there are many others) that Cindy and I choose to live the way we do here. It is also encouraging to see a growing number of young people getting interested in returning to the old model. The only way – and I mean ONLY
– that those young folks can succeed in this is if the market for the type of goods
Cindy Trisler & Rodney Bowling
Photo by Adrian Etheridge
Photo courtesy of The Laurel of Asheville
they produce expands sufficiently to sustain them and their families. That’s where you come in. We appreciate that you trust and buy from us, but we sincerely hope that Mudluscious is not your only entry to sustaining the old-fashioned homestead model. Visit the tailgate markets, search out local food suppliers, pay attention at the grocery store. You are doing more than just trying to eat healthier. You become part of the process itself.
I would also encourage you to get out into the country sometime. See where all of this happens. Come visit us. Go on a farm tour. Ask a farmer at the tailgate market if you can visit them. You’ll be surprised by how many are eager to share with others. You’ll be glad you did.
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This Saturday, September 28, the North Asheville Tailgate Market will be located in the MAHEC parking lot (instead of their usual location at UNCA). The MAHEC parking lot is located at 118 W.T. Weaver Boulevard just a stones throw from the UNCA roundabout at the Barnard Road intersection.
IMPORTANT: The NATM will be extending it’s hours until 1 PM this Saturday, so all of
their awesome customers have a chance to get their Tailgate Market favorites.
The weather is supposed to be marvelous this weekend. I can’t imagine a more glorious way to spend Saturday morning…gathering goodies for feasting through the weekend and into the week. Fall is hinting its arrival. Revel in LOCAL FOOD while you can!
WHY will they be at MAHEC? The Citizen Times Marathon is passing through UNCA this Saturday.
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The ASAP Farm Tour is SO much fun. I have attended the Farm Tour multiple times over the years, and each farm we visited was unique and memorable. This is your chance to meet some of your favorite Tailgate Market farmers right on their farms, see the farm, and get a feel for how farming works. The Farm Tour runs from 1-6 p.m. on this Saturday and Sunday, September 21 & September 22.
I suggest wearing good shoes for tromping around and adventuring. Bring an ice chest in case you want to buy something at the farm, and water to drink, snacks, and a sun hat/sunscreen. Some farms are selling treats or even wood-fired pizza! (Read the guide.) We always end up lingering longer than we planned on each farm, so get an early start. Plan to be at the first farm right after one o’clock. Do not arrive early. Most of these farmers sell at the Tailgate Markets on Saturday and will barely have gotten home before the Farm Tour begins at 1 p.m.
The Farm Tour is affordable too. Your entry fee covers your entire carload. For more information and where to buy tickets...click here.
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Written two days ago on September 18, 2014.
Maybe this glass of wine is making me wax sentimental, but it has been a sentimental day. My beautiful stepdaughter Amelia had her second son today. He is a magical being who only earlier today was clothed in the secrecy of his mother’s womb. At breakfast his “self” was a mystery to all of us. He was born on his father’s birthday and only one week after his older brother’s fourth birthday. They named him Lucas.
Amelia delivered him within 20 minutes of checking in to the birthing center. Whoa fellow mothers…that is impressive! That is strong. But you know this already …motherhood IS a strong endeavor – full of heart and soul that traces its story all the way back to the first Mother and makes its way down through the ages in an unbroken chain to this very day. To this very dear and pure child.
Amelia’s mother sent pictures and a tiny video (he moved!) that brought us to tears and smiles. The miracle of the child. The radiant holy family. The expression on big brother’s face as he meets his new baby brother for the first time. Lucas is bursting open the floodgates of our hearts. We cry. We smile. We rejoice that all is well.
Our family has been touched by magic and beauty in a big way today. We fall on our knees in gratitude for all that is good and beautiful in our world. But any of us can walk outside right now and claim the magnificence that abounds in our lives. Let us enchant our children and ourselves, let us fall in love, let us be staggered by the depths of incomprehension. We don’t need any special school degrees to be awestruck by the harvest moon. Or the inky sky that slowly blues as the sun rises. The sweet taste of water. Apples. The last-of-summer clouds flying by in a fall sky. Spinach sprouts pushing up through the soil. A red leaf. The rising symphony of crickets, cicadas and frogs. The taste of sun and soil on your garden potatoes. The way fingers work. Soup. The red-tailed hawk that flies above your car as you drive to town. Let us treasure all of this and more. Let us be kind to our planet and its natural abundance – our home – so that Lucas and Asher and all our children can discover the miracle and wonder that is our Earth. Our Mother.
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