Monday, July 12, 2010

Give me an apple and I'll make you pie

A lot of eating, drinking, and cooking seems to go down at the cabin. This trip we found some great places to shop in Sylva and Dillsboro for fresh and local meats, produce and beer.

1. Eric's Fish Market- fresh fish and seafood .... special of the day was apricot smoked salmon!
2. Papaos Wine Shop- for local meats/cheese with attached wine/ tapas bar. They are hoping to have the gourmet food shop stocked by next week.
3. Heinzelmannchen Brewery- beer, root beer and birch beer

Soul Infusion saw quite a bit of us during our time in NC. They had wireless internet so I could do my homework and awesome beer and food. The smoked trout dip crostini was my favorite.

Dillsboro Chocolate Factory was worth the visit. Very yum maple fudge
The brewery
Deiter sells his tasty beer to Nathan, Chris and Kris
Dillsboro Smokehouse. Good bbq, especially enjoyed the smoked turkey and hush puppies
The tiny cooking space made for some delicious food. I wish I had documented EVERYTHING I made while I was up there.
I made my usual Mac and Cheese one night....this time in a cast iron skillet.

Cook 3 Cups elbow pasta in salted water
add 1 stick butter and let it melt on pasta
stir in
3 cups cheese until melted and gooey
then add
5 eggs beaten with 3 cups milk
Add Salt and Pepper

Bake 30-40 minutes until firm but not dry

mix together all the mac and cheese (gently, without breaking the pasta) and
add one more cup of milk
cover with one more cup of cheese and sea salt

Bake for 10 more minutes or until top is crusty and brown

We found beautiful heirloom tomatoes for our salads
Above are the roasted chicken leftovers from the previous night. Pulled cihcken, bacon, shallots, roasted onions, roasted garlic, sage, lots of black pepper covered in au jus.
I turned them into open-faced pulled chicken melts on grilled garlic texas toast- insanely good!
We had the freshest, biggest, sweetest, blackberries ever! I made blackberry mojitos with them and biscuits one morning.

I mixed together 2 cups bisquick ( we had run out of flour)
tablespoon melted butter
about a cup of milk
Handful of blackberries crushed
a black berry on top of each
and baked them for 12 minutes at 400 degrees

serve split open with butter and blackberry preserves

This is not our best photo but we had a really great dinner one evening that consisted of bourbon salmon (from eric seafood) Crab cakes and creamed corn, and Pyramid Apricot Wheat beer.

Creamed corn.
In a cast iron skillet cook
2 pieces bacon until the fat begins to melt
add 1 sweet onion chopped
and cook on low heat until the onions begin to sweat but are not browned
stir in 2 tablespoons butter mixed with flour for about a minute (dont let the flour burn)
Add in milk (about a cup)
Let the sauce thicken and reduce
Contiue adding more liquid until you have a sauce that is somewhere between thick and thin
Add 2 ears of corn cut off the cob
LOTs of black pepper
salt to taste
cook until corn has softened slightly

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