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Recipes: Drinks and Beverages

Eat Wild: Elderflower Cordial

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Eat Wild Recently, I’ve been studying a couple of foraging books and trying to use more wild food in my kitchen. Serving locally foraged ingredients has become a feature of international haute cuisine over the last few years. I’m finding that there seems to be a great deal of interest in eating wild with Appalachian… Read more »

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Bourbon Apple Cider

Here’s a festive cocktail for your holiday pleasure! Bon Appétit Y’all Virginia Bourbon Apple Cider Serves 2 3/4 cup freshly pressed apple cider 1/3 cup Bourbon 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 thin slices fresh ginger 2 thin slices apple, for garnish 2 sprigs thyme, for garnish. Combine apple cider, bourbon, and lemon juice… Read more »

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Labor Day Appetizers and Summer’s Sweet End

I’ve spent the summer in New England. It’s been an eye-opener on many levels. First, I was told all about the corn. “Our corn is the best in the world,” she said. In my mind, I silently dismissed it. “Oh-okay,” I responded. The half acknowledgment that conveys the unspoken sentiment, “You really don’t know what… Read more »

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