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1. Today is Dan’s 30th birthday! He wants to celebrate it by smoking a brisket and making red wine sausage.

2. Who/Whom, a friendly guide.

3. Whenever I went out in the cold as a kid my grandma would warn me about catching “the peu-monies.”

4. I love this.

5. On tipping.

6. Community gardening in Asheville.

7. How do you like your oysters? I like mine just barely cracked open and warm, but still very wet and juicy (with hot sauce and horseradish, of course).

8. Terrorism works.

9. My sister gave me some BB cream for Christmas, and since I’d never heard of it (I live under a rock, apparently) I’m fascinated. Do you use it? What’s your favorite brand?

10. As a life-long fan of Carteret County and a lover of David Sedaris, I hope he continues to chronicle his Emerald Isle adventures.

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a year in review, 2014

I learned a lot in 2014 about myself, and even though a lot of it was difficult I count it as one of my best years yet. Here’s the recap:




– celebrated our fifth year of marriage

– moved into a house in a neighborhood that we love

– celebrated kaylee’s second birthday & river’s first birthday

– ran my third marathon

–  watched in awe as dan ran many races, including his first half marathon!

dove with whale sharks

– witnessed and participated in the weddings of so many of our close friends


biscuits & such:


my first cookbookThe American Cookbook, was published!

my second cookbook projectThe Meat Cookbook, was published!

– I put the finishing touches on my third cookbook and I made incredible progress on the proposal for my fourth cookbook.

– celebrated a sixth year of blogging.

– I had the incredible opportunity to tour Southern Living! It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I still can’t believe it happened!

– I was featured by a number of incredible magazines and publications.

– We shared meals with the people in my life that mean the most to us, and it was all in the name of B&S.



2014 In Review from Elena Rosemond-Hoerr on Vimeo.

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Best of 2014

It’s always funny to me to look back on the year and compare my expectations with the reality. In so many ways, both wonderful and terrible, this year was not what I expected. I’ve grown a lot, and I’m comfortable saying that I’ve come out on the other side a better person. And, looking back on what we cooked in 2014, it’s evident that despite whatever else was going on in our world we ate very well. So, without further ado, the Best of B&S: 2014 Edition!

stormy scuppernog 4

Best Cocktail

The Stormy Scuppernong

tarheel pie 2

Best Pie

Skillet Tar Heel Pie

fiddlehead ferns 2

Best Ways to Up Your Bloody Mary Game

Pickled Fiddlehead Ferns and Bone Broth Bloody Mary

smashed potatoes 3

Dan’s Favorite Recipe

Garlic Skillet Smashed Potatoes

sea salt 7

Best Food-Related Reason to Get Waist Deep in the Ocean

Ginger Sea Salt

mac and cheese 2

Best Comfort Food

Three Cheese Macaroni

blossoms 14

Most Wonderful Use of Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese Stuffed Squash Blossoms 

dolphin 10

Best Day at Sea

Blue Crab Stuffed Dolphin Fish

hull pie 4

Best Use of Muscadines

Muscadine Hull Pie

quail 8

Best Indignant Monologue Published by a Magazine

A big thanks to The Local Palate for giving me a platform to discuss what defines the “real South.”

beerbeque 8

Best Appliance Purchase 

Our smoker! Long live the beerbeque!

rum 2

Most Unexpected Use of Cayenne

Cayenne Cider Punch

bacon wrapped turkey 10

Most Amazing Trip

My visit to Southern Living!

sauerkraut & dumplins 2

Elena’s Favorite

Sauerkraut & Dumplings

pound cake 2

Best Family Recipe

Flossie’s Pound Cake

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