…a recipe for success by some North Carolina food makers!

Each year, the November issue of Carolina Country Magazine is their “food” issue.  And lucky me gets to contribute.  Out now in the current issue is this article… Local Brands offer Recipes for Success!

Like for all issues , I’m working months, sometimes a year in advance… (I just went to the mountains to have fun and do a story for next fall issue).  This one came together over much of the last year.  Featured in this tale is:

I’ll just let you hop over to the story at Carolina Country and read… see what I had to say about being an NC food entrepreneur along with what these four offered too!

Find these local goodies and #ShopLocal!  Tell your friends too…

And I would LOVE for you to go add a comment at the very bottom of the article!



German Apple Cake

German Apple Cake

Enjoy this moist German Apple Cake… for breakfast, lunch, supper or bedtime snack! Great over warm applesauce and a dollop of whipped cream on top, dusted with apple pie spice! Or, just as is.

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How To Host A Pig Pickin!

How to Host a Pig Picking… and P.S., barbecue is a noun, not a verb!

Ahhh… the good ole southern NC pig picking! Here’s all you need to know to host one for yourself. Nothing is much finer than gathering friends and family to pick pork, is there?

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Buttered Wilted Cabbage with Pepper & Caraway Seed

Buttered Wilted Cabbage with Pepper & Caraway Seed

Featured in Carolina Country Magazine November 2020 I.Love.Cabbage. I cannot think of one way I do not love me some cabbage!  It’s so versatile and […]

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Rustic Herbed Dressing with apples and cheddar

Rustic Herbed Dressing With apples and cheddar

You know it’s fall when the aroma of baked apples and fresh herbs fills the air! Roasted pork, chicken — this stuffing makes just the right side dish. Or crisp up leftover dressing in the toaster oven for a banner breakfast with bacon, sausage and a drizzle o’ maple syrup!

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Maple Bacon Stuffed Pork Loin with Garlicky Apple Cider Gravy

Bacon-Stuffed Pork Loin With garlicy apple cider gravy

Ahhh, fall. Time for roasting and slow cooking flavors of the season. Low and slow is just right for lean pork loin … surrounded by bacon and salami for the moist fat needed to make it tender and juicy. This pork stuffed pork with garlicky apple cider gravy will make ya tummy happy!

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Smokey Spiced Grilled Turkey Legs

No fair? No fair! … so cook yourself some turkey legs at home!

Published in Carolina Country Magazine November 2017 Well 2020 just keeps giving us disappointment on top of disappointment.  Some of us look real forward to […]

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pina colada white not russian

pina colada white not russian…

Okay… I know. First thought… what the hell kinda drink name is THAT? …a pina colada white NOT russian? Well here you go… makes perfect sense!!

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Pig Pick'n Banana Pudding

Pig Pick’n Banana Pudding… and an ode to my fave birthday cake (& missing Ms. Ethel!)

This Pig Pick’n Banana Pudding is a marriage of 2 of my favorites… pig picking cake and good old banana pudding! What’s not to love here?

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Carolina Gold Oil drizzled Salted Watermelon Rind

Don’t throw away those watermelon rinds!

Stop… Don’t throw that watermelon rind away! Throw this together… Bogue Sound Watermelon Rind drizzled with Carolina Gold Oil! Great for nibblin, appetize’n… or on top of your tacos, hot dogs, salads and more.

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Hot and Sour Soup with Rotisserie Chicken

Hot and Sour Soup With Rotisserie Chicken & crispy wonton noodles

Some recipes for tasty hot and sour soup can take hours and require hard-to-find ingredients. This simple version takes only 30 minutes from prep to table when using time-saving rotisserie chicken.

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Banana Sandwich with Duke's Mayonnaise

…the banana sandwich

…the banana sandwich.
bread. duke’s mayonnaise. ripe banana. yum.

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Wendy's Pork & Shrimp Egg Rolls

Wendy’s Pork and Shrimp Egg Rolls

Don’t be intimidated — egg rolls are so easy to make. If you want low carb, skip the wrappers and throw in a bowl. Serve with duck sauce or peach jam mixed with hot pepper jelly.

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Mandarin Orange Upside Down Cake

Mandarin Orange Upside-Down Cake

This gluten-free Mandarin Orange Upside Down Cake is the perfect citrus dessert for a savory Asian meal, but it’s also the ideal pairing with a cup of tea or coffee. And if you’re a breakfast cake eater, this is IT.

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Orange-y Everything Beer Bread with Mediterranean Dipping Oil

Pairing a couple of my NC favorite foods… Mimi’s Mountain Mixes & Carolina Gold Oils

Pair North Carolina’s Mimi’s Mountain Mixes Beer Bread with Carolina Gold Oil’s Mediterranean Dipping Oil for an easy fun nibble. Great addition to your charcuterie boards too! I gave a little twist and used orange beer…. realllll good!

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No Churn Cantaloupe & Coconut Ice Cream with vanilla bean

No-Churn Cantaloupe & Coconut Ice Cream With vanilla bean

Nothing says summer like the combination of sweet, ripe cantaloupe and creamy coconut. Close your eyes and you might even think you’ve landed on a tropical island. No need to pull out the ice cream freezer for this one. Fun to make as popsicles too!

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... a southern seafood platter twist!

Deviled Crab Hushpuppy Waffle & Pickled Seafood Medley ~ The New Southern Seafood Platter in Our State Magazine

We love a seafood platter in the summertime — especially one that features fresh, local fish. Here, we imagined what a modern twist on this classic dish might look like with these Deviled Crab Hushpuppy Waffles and Pickled Seafood Medley!

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