life list: learn to make cheese

52. Learn to make paneer and mozzarella. I have wanted to learn to make cheese for absolutely ever, because I love eating cheese, and last night I had the chance to take a class in it! My friend Nina and I went to a hands-on cheese making class at Southern Season, taught by Leslie Chartier…

eats in the thrill: 411 west

A Chapel Hill classic, I hadn’t been here in years and Trav had never been before we took his folks there this past weekend. Their whole menu is great – the antipasto tray was spectacular – but I do love their pizettes. This one was sourced from all NC farms.

eats in the thrill: buns

Ordered hamburgers from Buns the other night, and they were A+. Brie, bacon, honey mustard. Would eat again.

photography: thinking about light and shadow

This is the same photo, with two different focal points. They feel totally different, and yet they’re the same plants (something evergreen, and a caladium), same framing, two distinct images. The top photo, the interesting parts are the shadows on the everygreen; the bottom photo, it’s the light through the leaves on the caladium. My…

explore your state: daniel stowe botanical garden

Trav and I drove out to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden on Sunday morning, and it was such a lovely day. Right now the garden features an installation from Seattle glass artist Jason Gamrath, lovely Chihuly-esque oversized flowers set into the Stowe’s living gardens. The exhibit will be installed through the end of September, so if…

100 foods in 100 counties: davidson & cabarrus counties

13. Cabarrus County – Concord – Cabarrus Creamery: Moon Pie Ice Cream 29. Davidson County – Lexington – Barbeque Center: Banana Split and Q Soup Checked two places off the 100 foods list this weekend. The Q Soup at the Barbeque Center is a fabulous hearty vegetable soup with a solid portion of their excellent…

carrboro farmer’s market

My buddy Jesse and his wife Hannah own a small no-till organic farm in Central Kentucky – Rough Draft Farmstead, check ’em out if you’re in their CSA area! – and last week or the week before, he mentioned that they’d recently traded produce for farm and family photos. While I’ve traded photos for a…

album review: frank turner – no man’s land

Look, let’s be honest here: this is probably not an album that Frank Turner needed to make. I was skeptical when I heard about it, and while I understand the sentiment and desire, Frank or no, I don’t need men to tell me about women anymore. At all. Ever. I don’t really need men to tell me…

a summer’s worth of canning

Trav bought me an electric water bath canner for Christmas last year, and I have made great use of it this summer with both my own vegetables and ones I was given (five pounds of carrots) and bought myself (strawberries and even more pickling cukes). So here’s some of the summer’s bounty, and the recipes…