NC Made Cookbook Club with Deep Run Roots
Vivian Howard is probably best known for her Peabody-, Emmy-, and James Beard Award-winning television show A Chef's Life that takes place in her hometown of Deep Run and in Kinston, where she runs her popular restaurant Chef & the Farmer. Her cuisine focuses on local ingredients, exalting the produce and regional foods that she grew up with. Her comprehensive cookbook is broken down by ingredient -- approaching something like watermelon literally eight different ways, from Watermelon Rind Pickles to Pork Shoulder in Red Curry-Braised Watermelon (mind blown emoji) -- and sprinkled with amusing stories about her roots in Lenoir County, a region known for its collard greens and pork production.
Nicole's brother-in-law, Tommy, and niece, Jordan, joined us this time; they are native to Deep Run and were excited to help. We all contributed dishes to the menu, and everything turned out beautifully. The Party Magnet Cheese Ball was especially good, and the Collard Salad has already become a staple in our house (tastes just as nice with kale too). But it felt like we barely scratched the surface! There were so many other intriguing recipes to choose from, we may have to (dramatic pause) go for round two! Until then, here's our menu:
Party Magnet Cheese Ball
The Full Spread
Collard, Carrot, and Raisin Salad
Deep Run Roots Plated
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