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


Silent Night in the Kitchen

The stockings are hung, the cookies are out, and the house is now miraculously quiet. Just one more thing to do before bed: make the breakfast dish that’s become a tradition.


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.