Wild night? Head hurting a bit? You know what you need? You need some cheese and eggs. We are gonna take a bit of a Mexican twist with this one! Ingredients 6 large eggs 1/2 tbsp. canola oil 5 oz. tortilla chips 1 c. Shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1/4 c. pickled jalapeño slices 1 avocado,… Continue reading Breakfast Nachos
It doesn't have to be Shabbat to have a Shalom! See what we did there? The Shalom features Orange juice, vodka and a new piece for us, madeira. If you don't know (we didn't) Madeira is a wine hailing from Portugal. Madeira’s unique taste comes from the process of repeatedly heating the wine. This repetitive process… Continue reading Frankly, Madeira, We Give a Damn
This week we head to Randleman, NC! Ya like food, ya like music? We got ya covered. Beginning Friday, June 15th at 5:00 you can sample food from food trucks around the state while getting your groove on to some local musicians. The judging begins at 2 on Saturday, but you'll have to wait until… Continue reading Food Truck Championship
My name is Potato Omelet...I am delicious. Prepare to drool. Eggs, potatoes, onion... Everything about this one is just delicious. The only thing that we might add is, you guessed it, cheese! Go to town with this one! Mix it up a little with your own touches and make it your own. Ingredients 6 large eggs… Continue reading Spanish Potato Omelet
If you've been paying attention, you know the CC team LOVES sandwiches! One of the most perfect sandwiches is the breakfast sandwich. The cheesy, eggy, sausagy or bacony goodness is just the thing you need if you swung for the cheap seats the night before. We present one breakfast sandwich recipe of probably many you… Continue reading Breakfast Grilled Cheese
Beer...who doesn't love a great beer? It seems like everyone is making beer, experimenting with hops, flavors, strength, types, you name it. One such type is Ale! An Ale is a beer brewed using a warm fermentation method, resulting in a sweet, full-bodied and fruity taste. In its original form, Ale was originally bittered… Continue reading I am Gruit!!!
About 30 minutes west of Asheville, NC travelers will find Lake Logan. Lake's are cool all on their own, but add in a festival, you've got yourself a rockin good time! Beginning this Friday, June 8th, the Cold Mountain Music Festival takes off. Go enjoy local food trucks and craft beers set against the backdrop… Continue reading Cold Mountain Music Festival
Eggs and seafood works, trust me on this. Whether its a seafood quiche, a crab cake benedict, or a simple seafood omlette, there is something inherently rich and elegant about seafood for breakfast. It wasn't always that way though. For a long time seafood was subsistence food for the fishermen who caught it. I have… Continue reading Seafood for Breakfast? YEAH Seafood for Breakfast!
Lemme tell ya about a place, a special place, with a magical slab of copper that upon is served some of the best seafood we have ever eaten. Awful Arthur's down in Kill Devil Hills, NC is a special spot for more than just us. During peak season, people will wait for hours just to… Continue reading So Good, it’s Awful
I will put Carolina beaches against just about any beach in the world. They are pristine stretches of white sand, some have wild horses running free, legends of pirate's gold, and world class fishing. They also see their fair share of storms. Hurricanes roll through here almost like clockwork, keeping framers, and carpenters busy all the… Continue reading Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season
Not too long ago, we introduced you to the Negroni. Meet the Negroni's fast talking, dirty cousin Boulevardier! Like the Negroni, this sweet little ditty uses Campari and sweet vermouth. It strays a bit from the path, gets a little wild by switching out the gin for whiskey. Kick your Friday off with the wild… Continue reading Cousin Boulevardier
Nestled in the middle of South Carolina, travelers will find a small city with deep historical roots. Every year the town of Newberry beckons visitors to come sample the local spirits, beer, and food. Visitors will enjoy brisket, crab cakes, and other delicious eats from around the town and county while local jazz musicians set… Continue reading Taste of Newberry
Look, I worked in the restaurant business for years and years. Nobody wants to think about it, but your servers got mommas too. There they are trying to make your day special while their poor mom is sitting all alone with no one to share brunch with except the TV and the cat, and the… Continue reading Make mother’s day special for a food server.
Naan is a fantastic little staple in the kitchen. Bread for dinner, bang, wraps for lunch, got it. Pizza in a hurry? you betcha. Naan, which literally translated means "bread" comes from the Middle East and Central Asia. It is soft chewy and delicious. We recently in our kitchen have been leaning on naan alot,… Continue reading We’ll Have Naan of That
Now or in the near future tons of students will don caps and gowns, put on their best smiles, and stride purposely forward into the next chapter of their lives. Maybe they are leaving high school to head to college or they are graduating college to embark on a new career, heading to a bright… Continue reading It’s Graduation Time…
The strawberry. It's a good little fruit you can use in a multitude of ways. Breakfast, desert, salads...so much more! It's such a great little fruit, we in the Carolina's feel the need to celebrate! Really, we don't need a reason to celebrate, but having one is nice. This weekend if you have time on… Continue reading Carolina Strawberry Festival
Love craft beer & wine? Love stuffing your face with culinary masterpieces that blow your mind? Got some bucks burning a hole in your pocket? If you have some free time this Friday and/or Saturday, head to Blowing Rock, NC. The Savor Blowing Rock annual event is going on right now! You can learn about… Continue reading Ya Got Some Time on Your Hands?
Brunch is a time to relax and enjoy the last bit of your weekend, the last thing you want to do is spend all morning in the kitchen to make it look like an effortless meal. Well let us make your day a little bit easier. Stratas are great ways to make a one pan… Continue reading Take Your Brunch to the Stratasphere
Look I'm not judging, we all been there. You go out with the guys and girls from accounting when Jill suddenly looks up from her appletini with those black shark eyes that lets you know Jill has left for the evening, and growls"SHOTS!". Next thing you know you sang the entire Billy Joel Catalog, there… Continue reading You had 2 too many….. now what?
OK this drink supposedly was made to revive a patron who was DOA of a hangover. It was so popular it was even served during the 1939 World's fair. A Tiki bar staple, it started the bartender mantra "When in doubt, make it strong and red". Ladies and gents, go stock up on a slew… Continue reading A Drink to Wake the Dead
Earth Day today, the one time a year where you might get your neighbor to park his SUV and ride a bike for a bit. While you are out cleaning the neighborhood, or generally being good stewards of the Earth, you might get hungry. Well I got a burger for you, big BEEFY burger, full… Continue reading Save the Earth, Eat a Burger.
Empanadas are Swiss army knives in the cook's repertoire. You can fill them with almost anything from sweet to savory, they bake they fry, they even can saute'. Hand pies are awesome to make ahead, but with this recipe from genius kitchen, you don't even need to, with good ole can of biscuits in place… Continue reading Bacon & Eggs Empanada
Today is the mambo master's birthday, good ole Tito Puente. WW2 veteran, honorary doctorate holder, and closer of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Tito's musical life spanned over half a century. That's a lot of good times had by all, especially by him who seemed to be boundless in energy and joy in his… Continue reading Happy Birthday TITO!!!!
Here we are, coming around the corner. Coming out of the dark. Heading into temperate weather which warms the soul. We look for things to take us outdoors, things to refill our work depleted spirits. Looking toward the weekend, you may want to get outside, feel your toes in the grass, get some beer in… Continue reading Rockyfest
Most people tend to steer away from Leeks, thinking they are the tougher, larger cousin of the green onion, but that's simply not true. The Leek gets a fantastic mild flavor when they are cooked down, with almost a floral undertone. These are easy to prepare dishes that can go from your oven to the… Continue reading Baked Eggs with Leeks
Saturday breakfast is sacrosanct. Sure people put alot of stock in Sunday brunch, we do too, but Saturday is the time to reflect on the week, think about how things are going, connect with family and friends. It is also a good time to eat something greasy and outstanding if your Friday night went a… Continue reading Biscuit Egg in a Hole
I'm about to say something bordering on sacreligous around here during Easter. Now, hold on to your bonnet because I am about to really cause a Southern storm. I make better deviled eggs than my momma. Don't get me wrong, hers are good, but they aren't drop your jaws good. These are just that. Sophisticated with… Continue reading Deviled Eggs to Make Your Momma Green with Envy
The cast iron skillet holds a vaunted place in our kitchens. They don't have to live in a cupboard but instead dwell upon high on the stove, ready to go at a moments notice. Over the years we have used them to sear steaks, fry chickens, even make the best Chicago Deep dish this side… Continue reading One Man’s Hash is Another Man’s Treasure
Today in 240 BC, was the first record of Halley's comet. The Chinese astronomers called it the "broom star". While we won't see it sweeping the sky again until July 28th 2061, you can enjoy the cocktail now. Besides, with Easter right around the corner who doesn't need a flaming shot of courage to impress… Continue reading Fireball in the Sky
While not a true brunch staple, we have made this recipe several times. These little bites of the South are perfect as a starter, or a side for other fair. The comeback sauce is just that. it will make you come back for more. Oh sure, you could just buy pimento cheese and some hushpuppy… Continue reading Pimento Cheese Hush Puppies
The Portuguese know how to do the day after. They got a sandwich so decadent they suggest you only eat two a month for health and well being. So, if you swang for the fences the night before and need a bracer for the day ahead think about saddling up to one of these behemoths… Continue reading Sometimes You Just Gotta Let Go.
Look we get it, you went full tilt boogie and did the Erin Go Bragh-thing all the way, but unless you fed an army, or have a family the size of the brady bunch, you probably have a big ole hunk of Corned beef brisket sitting in the fridge. Well fellow traveler, let me tell… Continue reading The day after St. Patricks day
No secret today is the most Irish of days, heck everyone is a little Irish on St. Patrick's day. Here's a little thing that I like to imagine came to fruition while the Chinese and Irish immigrants were working on building the railroads from the east to the west. Perfect for St. Patty's day finger… Continue reading I Call it the Transcontinental Railroad
If there is one thing the British have down pat, it's breakfast. From drover's platters to the toad in the hole, they take breakfast seriously, you should too. No one is really sure where the name comes from, but most agree it is the sausage peaking up through the batter looks like a "Toad in… Continue reading Toad in the Hole
Monday's are hard enough, dinners should be easy! Give this 20 Minute Pasta recipe a whirl!