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where can I buy good stone ground grits?

My gosh, looks like you're right!! I just went to their website and it says you can buy grits, cornmeal, and buckwheat flour in the gift shop. I do know they had stopped -- my daughter went there and saw for herself and at that time, I checked their website to be sure. Perhaps brought back by popular demand? Are the products they're selling now actually milled there as they used to be? This will require further investigation -- and a trip to Meadows of Dan! Next season, though -- they close at the end of October. My (now grown) kids will be thrilled as I am!

For those who don't know, Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of our nation's iconic picturesque water-driven mills. Once you see it, you will recognize it again and again in pictures and paintings. I bought a framed painting of it for my daughter at Macy's a while back -- it wasn't identified as Mabry Mill, but sure enough! She has it hanging next to a framed photo we took of the exact same view.

Oct 24, 2013
cookbookchick in Southeast

where can I buy good stone ground grits?

Oh, how I miss Mabry Mill grits! THE BEST!! They stopped selling them some years back. I have one ancient bag in my fridge with some grits still left in it that I can't bear to throw away. It's a little Mabry Mill memorial! :-) I also still have a few of the little recipe booklets they gave out with each purchase. I buy Anson Mills now online, but I want to try Adluh.

Oct 24, 2013
cookbookchick in Southeast

best immersion blender?

I bought the Kalorik as a second IB on Cook's Illustrated's recommendation. Got it for about $25 on Amazon -- it's now down around $15. VERY disappointed -- it overheats very quickly and the instructions tell you to use it only for short periods with long breaks in between. What's with that?? Just not up to the job! My Braun Multiquick is far better. Wish they hadn't quit making them -- and their wonderful $35 blender! As a side note, I bought an expensive Cuisipro food mill top-rated by CI and it, too, is a bust. The turning knob won't stay on -- other similar complaints on Amazon -- and the company won't respond to my emails asking them to honor their "25 year warranty." I now take CI recommendations with a big grain of salt!

Sep 27, 2010
cookbookchick in Cookware

What to Do with Leftover Easter Eggs

Eggs Goldenrod!! My kids' favorite! Make a white sauce (bechamel) with of 2 tablespoons butter, 2 to 3 tablespoons flour and 2 cups hot milk, salt and pepper to taste. Chop up the hard-boiled egg whites, coarsely or fine, whichever you prefer. Save out the yolks. Add the whites to the sauce and heat well; spoon over buttered toast. Using your fingertips, finely crumble the egg yolks over each serving -- that's the Goldenrod pollen! Enjoy!

Apr 01, 2010
cookbookchick in Features

Horrible Host: Invited to a Dinner Party, and then asked to bring DINNER!!!

My daughter made a beautiful apple pie, her specialty, for Thanksgiving at my sister's home. Before anyone had tasted it, her adult son (my nephew) took the entire pie and went off to his girlfriend's house with the pie as his offering to her family. Worst of all MY SISTER DEFENDED HIS CRASS BEHAVIOR!!

Jan 08, 2010
cookbookchick in Not About Food

stumped for wedding gift....your go-to gift?

If you can afford it, an All-Clad 3-quart saucier -- it is the most versatile pan I own. I wouldn't risk cast iron because, unless you know they want one, most people do not have the know-how or commitment to maintain it properly. But enameled cat-iron, like Le Creuset is a gift that will last forever -- these days, probably longer than the marriage! :-)

Jun 25, 2007
cookbookchick in Cookware

What is your favorite Cooking Magazine

One more thing: I'm new to this board, so maybe I'm telling you all something you already know, but there's a handy website called foodieview.com where you type in the ingredients you are interested in using and it pulls up recipes from all over the 'net. I find it especially useful for those times when I am looking to make something with whatever I have on hand.

Jan 31, 2007
cookbookchick in Food Media & News

What is your favorite Cooking Magazine

If you are in NYC, Gastronomica is available at the various Universal News stores around the city. I go to the one on 8th just off West 57th Street. They also carry a wide variety of domestic and imported food magazines. I especially love the publications from Australia, such as Gourmet Traveller, which is more a food mag than a travel mag. Be prepared to bring your piggy bank, though! They don't come cheap!

Jan 31, 2007
cookbookchick in Food Media & News