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Published: June 6, 2012 in Farm Life, Food & Drink, Listen

“You start with the mother” says Nick Pihakis of Jim N’ Nicks BBQ. Based near Birmingham, this 28 location purveyor of made from scratch Q and sides is all about doing things “the way they […]

Mary Margaret Shelton’s Apple Cake

Published: May 12, 2012 in Recipes

This moist old fashioned cake is rich and delicious. Serve with Serious Cider—-the crème fraiche and dry cider offset the sweetness of the cake. 1 1/2 Cup vegetable oil 1 C. white sugar 1 C. […]

Keep Your Focus

Published: April 19, 2012 in Farm Life, Food & Drink, Inspiration

Every spring my most determined companion is a Phoebe. This drab little flycatcher constructs her muddy home with maniacal focus atop an electrical outlet on the Foggy Ridge crush pad, just behind the blending tank […]

Shrimp and Grits

Published: February 15, 2012 in Recipes

Foggy Ridge Serious Cider compliments this southern traditional. Grits: 4 to 5 Cups vegetable stock Salt 1 Cup yellow stone ground grits 1 Cup grated white Cheddar cheese Finely ground black pepper 3 green onions, […]

All Together Now

Published: December 16, 2011 in Listen

Dad’s Jerusalem Artichoke Relish was a team effort—we dug the knobby tubers in late fall and scrubbed off the sticky red clay. Then the whole family set in chopping. We packed pint jars full of […]

Apple and Leek Stock

Published: December 4, 2011 in Recipes

From In Praise of Apples by Mark Rosenstein 2 gallons 6 leeks, with top quarter removed, split in half, washed and cut into 1” pieces 2 large onions, cut into quarters 8 medium apples, cut […]

Whole Trout en Papillote

Published: December 4, 2011 in Recipes

This light delicious dish pairs well with Foggy Ridge Cider First Fruit. 2 Whole trout, dressed 1/2 cup sliced sweet yellow onions 2 Handfuls fresh herbs (thyme, parsley, rosemary) 3 Tablespoons lemon shallot butter 1 […]

A Good Appetite

Published: November 6, 2011 in Food & Drink, Inspiration

When asked to list his strengths at school, my then 10-year old stepson wrote “I’m a good eater”. I, too, am firmly in the “live to eat” camp, and never miss a chance to dine […]

Why Not In My Back Yard?

Published: October 6, 2011 in Farm Life, Listen

We grow azaleas and dogwoods. We’re passionate about closely trimmed lawns. Some of us even grow tomatoes and beans. So why aren’t fruit trees part of the American garden palate? My husband and I love […]

Apple Heaven

Published: September 8, 2011 in Listen

Last month I went to heaven, apple heaven that is. My pilgrimage to Brogdale in Faversham, Kent, was an apple lover’s dream. The southern England climate is ideal for fruit growing, and I wandered among […]

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