A Food Tour of the North Carolina State Fair

nc state fair

This past weekend, I was introduced to a true piece of Americana in my new home of Raleigh, and that was the NC State Fair.

I grew up going to our little Garland County Fair in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I have fond memories of watching mutton’ bustin’, eating kettle corn and looking through the little cages of bunnies and chicks.

Honestly, I didn’t know if we were ever going to make it to the NC State Fair because of all the traffic (and this was early afternoon on Saturday), but we did and there was so much to explore inside.

I loved seeing all of the signs, colors, sights and pieces of North Carolina around every corner. I was also surprised by how many tasty treats there were, and, no, I’m not even talking about the deep fried kind.

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Simple Saturday: Egg-cellent Ideas


Good Saturday morning out there!

I have a feeling it’s going to be a crisp, beautiful day. And I’m going to the NC State Fair later on, so that should be interesting. I’ll report back on the fried foods that I sample.

In the mean time, I thought this would be a good time as any to talk about a very important ingredient in all of our fridges: eggs.

Do you like eggs?

Eggs are one staple that I always have on hand, whether I’m baking or just doing some egg in the holes for dinner. Eggs can always be really great or really not.

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The Pumpkin Party Starts Here

coconut oil pumpkin bread

We all know it. We’ve all seen it.

Pumpkin is all over the grocery store/everywhere…and I LOVE it!

Living near Trader Joe’s has amped up my love of pumpkin things to a whole new level: pumpkin cornbread, pumpkin soup. I can’t get enough.

I’m all about the more traditional recipes for which you keep pumpkin puree on hand (btw: I love TJ’s organic version). You know, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bars, etc.

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N.C. One Bite at a Time (Part 7)

Well, hello out there.

Are we ready to jump into this new week? Well, whether we are or not, let’s take a few minutes to explore some of the fun things that have been going on in the past two months.

Boulted Bread

Boulted Bread

Boulted Bread, the beloved artisan loaves that are served at many restaurants in Raleigh, finally has a shop that’s open and serving some amazing pastries and breads. I’ll let you in on a little secret: These croissants are the best!

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A Birthday Dessert Tour in Raleigh

Raleigh Dessert Tour

First of all, thanks to everyone who participated and commented on my special Made in NC post this week. I just loved reading about all of the local businesses from cities across the states that you love.

And so the blog birthday week continues. In honor of think fruitful turning the big 3, I decided we could all celebrate by taking a virtual dessert tour of Raleigh.

Let’s all indulge in a piece of pie with freshly whipped cream or pair a hot cocoa with a $3 cookie (that’s totally worth it) and celebrate.

I’ve always associated desserts with celebrating, and I don’t intend on changing that anytime soon.

So, in the spirit of celebration, if I had to pick my favorite dessert spots in Raleigh, I’d say:

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Made in NC: Wit & Whistle, Blog Bday & Giveaway

Wit & Whistle teatowel misdirection

*Made in NC is a series that showcases North Carolina artisans who make exceptional products. This is not a sponsored post, and all of the opinions here are my own. Thanks to Amanda Wright of Wit & Whistle for letting me use her beautiful photos.

Believe it or not, this blog is turning 3 this weekend!

Wow- how time flies…and how your food photos get so much better when you start using natural light instead of yellow kitchen light. Ya’ll know.

It’s been such a wonderful adventure, and I just love cooking, writing and sharing things with all of you!

In honor of this special week, I’m featuring a very special Made in NC post and giveaway!

Today, we’re getting to know a bit more about Wit & Whistle and its founder Amanda Wright.

Whit & Whistle process_and_workspace

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Simple Saturday: Simple Vinaigrette

Simple Vinaigrette

So, I’ve been hearing for awhile that salad dressing is not the best thing for you.

There’s some possibly extra sodium, fat and calories going on. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still into my Trader Joe’s Goddess Dressing.

But sometimes I just want something quick and light that I can make from pantry products I already have.

In comes this Simple Vinaigrette. It’s everything you want it to be: flavorful, quick and flexible (it goes with most all salads- sweet and savory).

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A Meal for Adventurers

West African Peanut Stew

The other day when I was making our meal plan, I asked my husband which soup he wanted me to make.

I mentioned a quinoa chili, butternut squash soup, a curried carrot and apple soup and West African Peanut Stew.

I guess I had him at West African Peanut Stew, because his eyes got really big, and he said “That one!”

What a blessing to be married to a fellow adventurous eater, who enjoys foods form all cultures.

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Farm Tour

in theory farm

There are times for watching TV and eating pizza at home…and there are times to get out explore and learn new things.

A few weekends ago, I roped my sister (who was actually excited about it, too) in to going to a few farms on the Eastern Triangle Farm Tour.

Although we just went to a few nearby, it was great to visit some farms, learn new things and get more connected with the wonderful farmers around us.

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Oh Happy Day!

Happy Day

No matter what type of day we’re facing, let’s make it a happy one.

Make yourself a delicious puffy apple pancake or treat yourself to a locally-made pastry.

Walk a new trail.

Plan a spontaneous girls night with friends.

Enjoy today, no matter if you’re off work or on the clock.

Let’s make it a happy day!

(And if you need to bust into singing that “Oh happy day” song from Sister Act, I’m totally cool with that, and in fact, I’m already way ahead of you.)