I have a long line of blog posts waiting to be written about my food adventures. I’ve eaten my way around Columbia, South Carolina and Seattle, Washington and attended some rad dinners including a recent Civil Society dinner and last night’s Blind Pig and Guerilla Cuisine mash-up dinner, all just in September, but I couldn’t resist kicking it old school Gap Creek Gourmet with a Rip and File post to kick off Fall.
These are going on the Pinterest wish list , folks! (Dear Great Pumpkin, I’ve been a good girl this year…)
Cowboy Cauldrons are freaking awesome. Have you seen these things? All the cool people have them. Well, almost all… I am in total need for our fall gatherings. (Saveur Oct. 2014)
I have been madly searching for a good leather bag. I’d been hunting for kelly green until I found this beautiful dark handcrafted leather bag from Fount. I just spent ten minutes online lusting… (Country Living Mag Oct. 2014)
I dig a good t-shirt. I saw a story on Mindful Supply Company in the August issue of Our State Magazine. Gotta have some of these. The cotton for the shirts is grown in Richfield, North Carolina. The cotton is ginned in New London, North Carolina, spun at Hill Spinning in Thomasville, North Carolina, knitted into fabric in Lumberton then sent to Gaffney, South Carolina where the fabric is finished. In Hemingway, South Carolina, the shirts are cut and sewn, they are designed and then sent to Burlington for dying and printing. Now THAT’s made in Carolina! You can even track your shirt online. See? You want one now, don’t you? (Our State Aug. 2014)
I have a high end marshmallow addiction problem. And these Mint Chocolate Chip (stuffed) Mallows aren’t helping. Here’s hoping someone will slip these in my stocking this Christmas. Yes, I said Christmas. It’s coming quick, ya know! (Better Homes and Gardens Oct. 2014)
There’s no ripping the Food Network Mag. This Reuben Dip is properly dogeared for the Halloween party later this month. (Food Network Mag Oct. 2014)
I learned how to make Cavatelli this year (thanks to Food Network Mag) and now, I’m kicking it up a bit for fall with Louisiana Chef Michael Stolzfus’s recipe for Coquette’s Butternut Squash Cavatelli. #yums (The Local Palate Oct. 2014)
You can’t throw a muscadine without hitting a chef who’s pickling these days. And they are pickling EVERYTHING they can get their hands on. Grapes included. If someone makes these, you gotta give me a jar. I tried them at Westward in Seattle while I was there for the International Food Blogger Conference last week and they are AMAZING! Recipe for Pickled Grapes here. Posts about #IFBC coming soon…
Husk Chef Sean Brock has a cookbook coming out this month. Let the book tour begin, sir. I’m waiting with a pen.
I lapped up Gabrielle Hamilton‘s first book Blood, Bones and Butter faster than spilled cream, and now her long awaited cookbook comes out in November. If you can’t get a gal to Prune, you bring Prune to the gal.
On the road!
The restaurants are opening faster than I can get to them all! Leon’s Oyster Shop is definitely at the top of my list. Located on Upper King Street, it’s doubling as an Oyster shack and fried chicken joint and is headed up by Brooks Reitz, former bartender of FIG turned beverage king behind Jack Rudy beverage mixes..well, turned restaurateur. Maybe I can make it back to Chuck Town during oyster season…
The Fourth Annual Southern Ground Music and Food Festival Oct. 11-12, 2014. If nightly performances by Zac Brown Band isn’t enough to get you there, how about a lineup including Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Bela Fleck, and The Wailers. Damn, I hope I can get to this one next year! (Local Palate Oct. 2014)
The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch opens October 1st and let me tell you, this one alone is worth the trip to Charleston! There’s a hayride through a kid friendly monster alley (think Monsters, Inc.), a corn maze, a petting zoo, a little climbing wall, a huge jumpy pillow, and the largest pumpkins you’ve ever seen. My family has been two years in a row and it is a blast. (Local Palate Oct. 2014)
What’s on the tube.
We’ll just skip the magazine in parenthesis, shall we? We all know that my “newspaper” is Entertainment Weekly, so let’s just get down to business. There are finally shows on television that I can get excited about again. It’s been a slim pickin’s summer, folks.
Scandal is back on and Millie has gone bonkers, but looks rather beautiful with hardly any makeup on. Took ten years off of her! And who are we kidding, the gladiators are totally going back in, or we wouldn’t have a show now, would we?
Somehow I am sucked back into The Good Wife, even though I missed the whole last season. It’s like I never missed a day. (I am realizing this could be the reason I quit watching to begin with…)
Gotham is the bomb diggity. Finally a show my whole family wants to watch together! Yay!
You HAVE to watch Madam Secretary, even if it is just to watch Tea Leoni walk around all smart and sexy. I love her! It really is good.
We’re all bracing ourselves for the return of Walking Dead and Homeland, too. Dang-it! I love fall tv!
What the hell you should be drinking!
Beer Sangria. You’re totally clicking on that right now, aren’t you? I was too! (Better Homes and Gardens Oct. 2014) But, sadly, I can’t find a link to the fall version in the mag. Tip: Soak cubed apples in bourbon for 20 minutes, follow recipe as is and throw in a cinnamon stick. That should do it, but if you really, really want the full recipe, guess you have to go out and buy a magazine or do a little web surfing of your own. Here’s the Peach Lambic and Rye Summer Sangria recipe. Find the fall recipe? Post here!
Let me hear from you! What are you buying, eating, drinking, watching and generally just ecstatic about this fall?