Sheri Castle

Sheri Castle hails from Watauga County, but came down off the mountain to go to Carolina and now lives in Fearrington Village. She is a writer, recipe developer, cooking teacher, and popular public speaker. She is fueled by mountains, excellent bourbon, farmers’ markets, and searching for the right word. Sheri believes that stories happen only to those who can tell them. Check her out at shericastle.com.

Food

The Best Way to Eat Collard Greens is to Sip Them

Don’t toss that broth! Potlikker — the liquid left behind after boiling collards — is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Plus, it’s delicious.

Food

Persimmons are North Carolina’s First Frost Fruits

A windfall in more ways than one, persimmons are a prize that rewards patience: The fruit isn’t sweet and juicy until it hits the ground. But oh, is it worth the wait.

Food

The Curb Appeal of Roadside Produce Stands

Maters! Corn! Cukes! Follow the hand-painted signs to a whole meal’s worth of fresh produce, right on the side of the road.

Recipes

Pop Goes The Cake: Soda-Infused Recipes

North Carolina’s favorite sodas add a sweet twist to three classic cakes. Load up your picnic table with these irresistible treats.

Food

A Recipe Box Holds the Kitchen’s Riches

You don’t need a treasure map to find the most valuable item in any home cook’s kitchen. Just look for the family recipe box — a link to loved ones, and a peek into the past.