Cinco de Fryo

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     So May 5 has already arrived, but why enjoy these delicious Mexico-inspired delicacies only once per year? Gather some friends, some beverages, and pull out the deep fryer. Try our Southern twists on Mexican delights, and you'll soon thank goodness it's fry-day.       Are the recipes authentic? Nah. Are they delicious? You bet. Plus, prep is easy. All but the frying can be done in advance. Just put out the taco fixings and fry up the rest at party time.  Menu BLTacos (Hard shells, lettuce, bacon, tomato, avocado, mayo, hot sauce) Pulled Pork Tacos (Barbecue, slaw, hard shells, sauce) Queso Pimento Chiles Rellenos Churros "Fried" ice cream (Crumble well-done churros over ice cream. Trust us... we tried frying ice cream. This works far...

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Queso de Pimento Chiles Rellenos...

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 Queso Pimento Chiles Rellenos  Chiles rellenos are delicious, so we figured a Southern spin might be tasty. We were right! The chiles can be prepped and stuffed in advance, keeping these low fuss for the party. Ingredients pasilla or poblano peppers homemade spicy pimento cheese one egg per pepper cornstarch canola oil for frying Equipment deep fryer or other frying apparatus mixer pan fitted with rack for draining oil Procedure 1. Wash peppers and cut a T shape on one flat side. Remove seeds and ribs (gloves are a good idea here!). Leave stem intact. 2. Roast peppers under broiler until skins blacken. Immediately transfer to a bowl with a tight lid, or cover bowl in plastic wrap. Leave peppers in bowl to cool; the skins will loosen. 3. Carefully peel cooled peppers (might...

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Deal’s Gap

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     The winter was just cold enough to keep us close to home, but not cold enough to inspire ski trips or pastoral winter scenes. For many of my less-dedicated motorcyclismo friends, it was cold enough to keep their trusty steeds in the barn – no longer. It’s time to dust off your two-wheeled friend and warm those tires up on some mountain curves! I can attest that the air is fine and the roads are calling you back! I chose to start the warm riding season with a pilgrimage to Deal’s Gap, North Carolina, on the Tennessee border.      If you’ve never heard of Deal’s Gap, you may have heard its popular nickname – the Tail of the Dragon. This particular stretch of US Highway 129 between Fontana, NC and Chilhowee,...

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From the Editor: May 2012

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Dear Readers, Happy almost-summer! May kicks off with so much excitement -- Mother’s Day, graduations, the annual rolling in of shower and wedding invitations, the increasing abundance in the farmers markets -- that it’s hard not to feel like a kid about to get out of school. Of course, down South we’re soaking up all the outdoors we can before Ma Nature cranks the heat up to 100° and the humidity to after-dinner dishrag. This month we’re keeping it light with some activities that won’t bust your summer budget and a little soul-feeding music and sight-seeing. Red’s heading out on his first great adventure, and we hope y’all are preparing for adventures of your own, whether traveling cross country or poking around your own town. We’d love to hear what you’re up to. To...

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Herb Roasted New Potatoes

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  One of the first signs that Spring has sprung is the arrival of new potatoes.  Try our recipe for roasting with your favorite herbs;  these go great with anything off the grill!  Herb Roasted New PotatoesServes 4-6 Ingredients 1 lb. new potatoes, cleaned1 tbsp. salt1 tbsp. dried dill1 tbsp. garlic powder2 tbsp. parsley¼ c. olive oil Procedure 1. Combine all ingredients in a large plastic freezer bag.  Close tightly and shake to coat potatoes with oil and herbs. 2. Spread on a baking sheet in a single layer.  Bake at 350° F for approximately 30 minutes, stirring halfway...

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