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November 14, 2014

11.14.14

1. I am so very guilty of answering “busy” when someone asks how I am. The Disease of Being Busy.

2. “Modern Farmer is not widely read by farmers.”

3. Lithopedions.

4. This is how Net Neutrality works (a comic).

5. My dad always says that early is on time, on time is late, and late means you’re fired. I think he’d agree with the sentiments of this (as do I).

6. Being a feminist does not, unfortunately, excuse you from having body image issues.

7. Our first year out of college Dan bought me the first season of Gilmore girls on DVD. Then, slowly, we acquired the whole show and I have subsequently watched it about once a year all the way through. This play-by-play of the first season was spot on.

8. Speaking of Gilmore girls here’s a drinking game for you. I’ll be finishing my tea to Sylvia Plath references all winter long.

9. I’ve been laughing at this ALL WEEK.

10. “That’s infertility, I think, that feeling of being just a little bit crushed, always.” (I got to meet Natalie last night and she was just as lovely in person as she is online. It was a treat.)

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{ Cayenne Cider Punch }

November 9, 2014

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During my sojourn at the Atlanta Airport a few weeks ago I spent most of a day in One Flew South, enjoying pork belly and cocktails mixed by their master mixologist Tiffanie Barriere. My first drink was one that I immediately wanted to recreate at home- a Jumping Jack Flight, a mix of apple jack, sorghum, cider, and cayenne.

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I came home from Birmingham with a bottle of Blue Chair Bay Rum waiting for me, which presented the perfect opportunity to try my hand at a spicy cider punch. I mixed the coconut spiced rum with local fresh pressed apple cider, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger and then topped it off with a splash of hard sparkling cider and a touch of a cayenne.

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The spiciness of the cayenne balances the sweetness of the rum, blending with the tartness of the cider and the warmth of the ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

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This post is brought to you in partnership with Blue Chair Bay Rum.

Cayenne Cider Punch

750ml spiced coconut rum

1/2 gallon apple cider

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

Hard cider

Cayenne

In a large punch bowl mix together rum, cider, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Top with a splash of hard cider and a pinch of cayenne before serving.

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November 7, 2014

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1. Sometimes Dan and I get into a rut of cooking the same things over and over on weeknights. I’ve been poking around Gathered Table for the past few weeks, and kind of loving it. It’s given me a lot of new ideas based on our particular preferences, which has been wonderful.

2. These are just lovely.

3. No, your food isn’t like crack. (and other obnoxious food phrases that can just go away now thanks)

4. You’ll know my friend Mrs. Wheelbarrow, I’m sure. She has a new book, and you should make it your business to pick it up because so far as I can tell, it’s excellent.

5. Maintaining a long term blog.

6. What’s so bad about gluten?

7. Brilliant.

8. Misogynists are the most bored people on the planet.

9. It’s pie season!

10. Cast iron myths.

P.S. I’m in Wrightsville Beach Magazine this month!

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