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Cheese Curds in the Triangle

Just order them from Ashe County Cheese -- I grew up on them, and they're the real thing. Squeaky.

Aug 11, 2014
kizil in Southeast

To soak, or not to eyed peas. That is the question...

I soaked and rinsed my black eyed peas a few times, then put them in the fridge til I was ready to cook them. Not a single pea lost its shape.

A couple of days before, I had cooked the first half of the bag like I always do, bring to boil, leave for a bit, then drain and cook -- and the peas fell apart.

Jan 02, 2014
kizil in Home Cooking

Anybody else got a kitchen supply made in the shape of their State?

here are some state-shaped cast iron skillets -- not sure what you could do with Rhode Island, though.

Jan 02, 2014
kizil in Cookware

Southern Food - John Egerton

Thank you for your post. John Egerton's passing is very sad news.

I enjoyed hearing Mr. Egerton speak at the UNC Library, 13 or 14 years ago, and we discussed chocolate gravy; he signed my copy of Southern Food with this: "To Gina, who grew up on chocolate gravy."

Nov 25, 2013
kizil in Food Media & News

Ramps at RDU Markets

Ramps grow in the mountains and are the first spring vegetable there.
They've been up for a few weeks now. There's a limited supply, and it's a short season, usually the month of April. The later in the season, the higher up you have to climb.

May 01, 2013
kizil in Southeast

New restaurant -- Oakleaf, in Pittsboro, NC

are you sure that's in Pittsboro?

Aug 31, 2012
kizil in Southeast

ISO - Good Eats! Wilmington and surrounding area

this article was in yesterday's N&O:

Jun 07, 2012
kizil in Southeast

From pound cake to cupcake?

I made a bunch of pound cake cupcakes (in parchment paper liners) for my daughter's wedding a couple of years ago. I didn't put any icing on them, just some powdered sugar. I used my Granny's recipe for a basic Southern buttermilk pound cake. They were really good.

Mar 16, 2012
kizil in Home Cooking

Georgia Lambs

my son raised market lambs a few years ago through the 4-H program.

You could look at the 4-H programs in your area.

Feb 03, 2012
kizil in Southeast

Smoked Ham or Turkey for the Holidays? Any place selling their own in NC?

Our department had the annual Thanksgiving potluck today, with some really great smoked turkey from The Barbecue Joint.

Even though the restaurant has closed, they continue to cater.

The Barbecue Joint Mobile Catering, LLC
Catering Kitchen: 7401 Rex Road, Suite #106
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27516
Mailing Address: 302 Plum Lane,
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919.308-2242 Jonathan's Cell
919.308.2305 Alicia's

The Barbecue Joint
630 Weaver Dairy Rd Ste 101, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Nov 17, 2011
kizil in Southeast

Refrigerator Down: What to toss?

eggs don't really have to be refrigerated, many people all over the world do not.

Aug 30, 2011
kizil in General Topics

West Jefferson/Ashe County, North Carolina

Not that Brickstone is fine dining, but they use local ingredients. I really don't know about Michael's. When I asked people if it had closed, they said, hmm, maybe it is...

Fraser's would probably be the only fine dining in West Jefferson. It's not a very big town.

The River House is very good, the road to Grassy Creek is straight. It's a nice setting on the river.

River House Restaurant
1896 Old Field Creek Rd, Grassy Creek, NC 28631

Aug 04, 2011
kizil in Southeast

West Jefferson/Ashe County, North Carolina

I don't know of any place in West Jefferson that uses locally-sourced food. If you're looking for fine dining, you can go to the River House in Grassy Creek, it's about a 30 minute drive out Hwy 16 toward Virginia.

I have never eaten at Frasers, but it would be considered fine dining in WJ -- it's in what used to be Belk.

Brickstone Pizza and Past is decent, but probably does not use locally sourced food, and Geno's has been around since the 80s. Their garlic knots are addictive when available.

There is a farmer's market on Saturday mornings on the back street, one might inquire if a local chef is using local food.

For a local tradition, go to Smithey's for a Smithey burger.

this is from the WJ website:

River House Restaurant
1896 Old Field Creek Rd, Grassy Creek, NC 28631

Smithey's Cafe
05 N Second Ave, West Jefferson, NC 28694

Aug 03, 2011
kizil in Southeast

Abundance of Shiso (perilla) - cooking uses and experiments?

I've used it to wrap fish in to steam.

Jul 14, 2011
kizil in Home Cooking

Good Donuts in RDU/Triangle ?

If we're going further away from the Triangle, the doughnuts at Sandra's in Sanford are great.

Mar 21, 2011
kizil in Southeast

Lunch in Boone, NC

another vote for hobnob. there is literally something for everyone.

Mar 17, 2011
kizil in Southeast

Paczki in Asheville?

This wasn't in Asheville, but today I saw this in a Lowes Food in Chapel Hill; I had never heard of it before today.

Mar 09, 2011
kizil in Southeast

hello all. SF transplant. here for gradschool at UNC. need help.

I love my Lowes at Cole Park -- Lowes has local produce in the summers, from a tri-state area, I believe. I will not jump ship for the new HT down the road.

For fresh seafood, Tom Robinson's in Carrboro.

Jul 21, 2010
kizil in Southeast

Bitter Canned Tomatoes

you could try adding some sugar.

Jul 09, 2010
kizil in Home Cooking

Your best reuse/repurposed item for gardening?

I just saw a garden that had several electric fan fronts/cages (the kind that are on a base and rotate) attached to the top of a pole, with string running down to green beans. There must have been 10 of these. I guess they bought the same fan every year or something, or maybe a fan factory was going out of business

Jun 25, 2010
kizil in Gardening

Need Boone, NC Recs

The new name is Hob Nob Farm Cafe and it's owned by the same people as before when it was Angelica's and Tupelo's. They're focusing on using mostly local food, including veg from their own farm, Hob Nob Farm.
(The link to their website in this article directs to godaddy.

)We took my dad there for Father's Day and his favorite dish from Angelica's is still on the menu (Avocado Melt with Tempeh). It's a huge menu. There are pastas and burritos and tamales (not the typical tamale) and melts and salads and soups and all kinds of teas and juices...

The service was excellent. We were prepared to spend some time there, but we got our food relatively quickly, compared to previous visits. I imagine it is still not a place to eat if you're in a hurry.

The food was good and portions ample. The awning over the patio makes the dining room much more pleasant, somehow.

Jun 23, 2010
kizil in Southeast

I have Turkey Thighs

you can smoke them on the grill and they taste very much like the brisket we used to get in Texas.

May 24, 2010
kizil in Home Cooking

Help! Where can I get decent food for a pot luck in Chapel Hill/Carrboro?

Tom Robinson's is still open from 9-6:30, Thursday through Saturday.

Apr 28, 2010
kizil in Southeast

Rumors of authentic Chinese in Carrboro

Mar 19, 2010
kizil in Southeast

Crepes Truck, Carrboro NC

Half the parking lot at the Courtyard was still closed off on Thursday. Vimala's Curryblossom Café is supposed to move into Sandwhich's space when they move to their new space next to McDonald's.

Mar 13, 2010
kizil in Southeast

Where to buy in Durham/Chapel Hill/Raleigh?

Tom Robinson in Carrboro has various roes, you might call and see if he has any salmon roe. 919.942.1221.

Jan 15, 2010
kizil in Southeast

Turkey in Cary/Raleigh, NC

the Bojangles in Siler City had fried turkey listed for $39.99 on their menu board a week ago.

Nov 17, 2009
kizil in Southeast

Bojangles Turkey - Where?

I was in the Bojangle's in Siler City yesterday, and they had fried turkey on their menu board for $39.99.

Nov 09, 2009
kizil in Southeast

Turnip bread recipe???

that sounds good -- and it's turnip season!

Could it be something like this? (Lanttulaatikko)

or this? (Jalasjarven nauris bread

Oct 27, 2009
kizil in Home Cooking

wet corn on the cob

as long as the kernals are still milky, it shouldn't matter. you should try to cook corn as soon as possible after it's been picked.

Aug 21, 2009
kizil in General Topics