The wife was teaching sewing lessons out of the house today, so I decided to drop by the monthly Hagood Mill singer/songwriter showcase event. Hagood Mill is a great slice of Americana: One of the finest regional examples of nineteenth century technology can be found just three miles north ofRead more
Shrimp and grits was originally a peasant dish, meaning it’s supposed to be cheap and easy. That’s why I have a problem paying $20 for it at restaurants that have jumped on the haute southern cuisine fad of late. My version of the dish isn’t necessarily the cheapest or theRead more
The Basics Let’s get one thing straight; the words “grilling” and “barbecuing” are not interchangeable. In the south, if you invite people to a “barbecue,” they expect to be served BBQ pork. If you invite them to come over and “grill out” at your house, then they expect toRead more
Last weekend, the wife and I used the holiday to squeeze in two hikes; Jones Gap Falls at Jones Gap State Park and Pinnacle Mountain Falls at Table Rock State Park.
As regular reader know, the wife and I love the mountains. It seems like we’re up there at least two or three times a month just to get out of the house. We’ve decided to start hiking more as a way to be active in the colder months. We’ve discoveredRead more
In my old age, I’ve become a huge fan of vinegar. I don’t know how it happened, but I love anything with that unique sour taste. As a result, I’ve grown to really like the vinegar-based barbecue sauces that are so prevalent in the Carolinas.
Bob Dylan was playing the arena at UNC Charlotte on Thursday night. As you know, I’m a bit of a fan. I bribed the wife into going up there with me by promising to take her sightseeing through the mountains all day on Friday. The show was great. Dylan variedRead more