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An Apple A Day

I don’t know if the old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is true, but most people and all deer like apples. Through the years I’ve seen many a deer stand close to an old apple tree and I’ve eaten many an apple off of an old survivor apple tree near an old homestead. Chris recently planted these apple trees for a client with two purposes in mind: eating fruit and feeding deer. The varieties were selected to make apples available over the longest period of time possible. They are all heirloom apple trees from Big Horse Creek Farm near Lansing, N.C. The varieties planted are listed below. American Summer Pearmain Betsy Deaton Blacktwig Cannon Pearmain Carters Blue Grimes Golden Lit

Pie on the Mountain - Restaurant Review

Tathel, Lisa, and I recently stopped for lunch at Pie on the Mountain in downtown Lansing, NC. Pie on the Mountain is located at the intersection of Highway 194 and Big Horse Creek Road on the main drag in Lansing. We all had sandwiches on homemade bread that were very good. Although we were pleasantly full, we could not resist topping them off with a fresh homemade cookie for desert. Their menu includes a wide variety of pizza and salads, as well as sandwiches. The restaurant specialized in locally sourced ingredients. Some of the suppliers are listed below. Big Horse Creek Farm Rose Mtn. Butcher Shop Stick Boy Bread Company AB Vannoy Hams Parch Hollow MicroRoasters Coffee High Country Gree

Apple Pie - A New Tradition

A couple of years ago, I rediscovered a recipe that I received from my Grandmother – canned apple pie filling. After some discussion with other cooks in the family, I determined that no one had actually ever used this particular recipe. Being adventurous, I decided that I would give it a whirl. I made a trip out to the apple house and after chatting with experts there, returned home with a box of apples - Staymans. While I do not remember how many quarts I made that first time, the process was very simple – especially with help. In little to no time, all the apples were peeled, cored and sliced into the quart jars and covered with the filling mixture. A short water bath later and we we

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