Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

The Parkway is a National Park centered on a two-lane highway which stretches over 460 miles through North Carolina and Virginia along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the Park you will find gorgeous scenery everywhere you look, whether the road is nestled under the tree canopy, winding through one of the myriads of tunnels, or perched atop a 6000 foot ridge. Continue reading Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

A New Pickle – EGGPLANT (2 ways)

This season it has been my pleasure to mentor several friends in the art of preserving food by canning.  So far, we’ve successfully canned 3 bushels of green beans, 100 pounds of new potatoes, and 4 bushels of cucumbers made into pickles of various types. The next 2 weeks will be very busy with canning both peaches and tomatoes. While pickling cucumbers (kosher dills, if … Continue reading A New Pickle – EGGPLANT (2 ways)

Spanish Moss

It grows on air, or so it seems.  It can be pulled from one tree and tossed into another without missing a beat. Its ability to ‘drink’ air and its ethereal hair-like qualities make Spanish Moss a mysterious bio-gadget. Beautiful, and sometimes spooky, it is quintessentially ‘southern’ in the landscape. The Choctaw people call it “Ponchatoula” which means “hanging hair”.  This is how the city … Continue reading Spanish Moss