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


A Vintage Recipe: Ambrosia

Ambrosia was such a treat that many families reserved a cut-glass or crystal bowl solely for displaying and serving it.


A Smoker Named Jezebel at Southern Smoke

The line is out the door at Southern Smoke, a tiny carryout barbecue joint in Garland with a big following. Their secret is knowing how to tend both fire and family at the same time.


Where Cabbage Is King

A staple crop of Watauga County for generations, the glorious green cabbage remains a savory symbol of old mountain ways and comforting suppers. Plus, it might just cure what ails you.


Pisgah Fish Camp

There’s more than one way to measure this fish camp tale: two generations, four siblings, 51 years, and nine million hush puppies.