January 16, 2017

Boiled Peanuts, A Southern Tradition

by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr The dog days of summer, as the hot and humid late summer days are often called, inspire in me a deep seated desire to swampify myself. For as long as I can remember my family migrated to the coastal town of Morehead City in the late summer to camp out in the family home affectionately referred to as the Swamp House. The Swamp House is an old fireman's cottage that sits on stilts in the low … [Read more...]

Mount Olive Pickle Festival

by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr A few months ago I was standing in line for a Britt’s Donut in Carolina Beach with my cousin Mary. For those that have indulged in a Britt’s you’ll know two things- they are insanely delicious and the line is out of control. As the minutes inched by and we moved closer and closer to heaven I found myself engrossed in the shirt of the man in front of me. Tour de Pickle, I read, as my brain … [Read more...]

Chess Pie!

By Elena Rosemond-Hoerr Because it is National Pie Month, and by way of introduction, I thought I would discuss my favorite category of pies with you today, the chess. Growing up my grandmother's holiday specialty was a chocolate chess pie, a pie so decadent that it can only be consumed "just a sliver" at a time. My grandmother, Barbara, was a North Carolinian through and through. With the exception of months … [Read more...]