The Weekly Newsletter **
Menus and Stories for August 22 - 27, 2005

Dinner on the Farm - August 25 (this Thursday!)
These are some of Anne Gaines' heirloom tomatoes. We're featuring them in our part of the dinner that is being served this coming Thursday at Hickory Nut Gap Farms. This dinner is a benefit for Carolina Farm Stewards Association and will be cooked by Mark from The Marketplace, John from Early Girl, Hector from Salsa's and me. The desserts will be prepared by a CFSA baker from the flatlands, Anne Everitt from Chapel Hill.

(919) 542-2402 is the number to call to see if they can squeeze you in. Just leave a message if you want to call this weekend. Hope to see you then.

Almost the last chance to go to Italy
We have two more weeks left for you to decide if you'd like to come with us on one of our rare Fall trips to Tuscany. We have to close it off by the end of the month, so if this is something you've always wanted to do, now is the time to say yes!

This fall trip will feature Olive Oil, though that just means that we'll be visiting and tasting a bit more olive oil (just pressed - wow!)than we normally do. This trip is a taste journey, to be sure, but we like to give you time to enjoy yourselves too, so there will not be any rushing around madly trying to keep up with some megaphone-laden guide.

Monroe and I will introduce you to the quieter side of Tuscany that we have encountered in our many visits there. You'll meet our Italian friends, and will come away with a nice collection of experiences - all delicious.

Let us know if you'd like to join in. We'd certainly love to have you. 828-252-1500.

Heirlom Tomato Salad with Thyme
In last week's newsletter featured some of the salads we made for Penland's Auction. I ran out of room, but wanted to show this one too.

We've been getting wonderful local tomatoes lately. This salad had German Pinks, Mr. Stripey, and Cherokee Blacks.

Gorgeous looking (and wonderful tasting too!) Look for some in our deli case while the fields are still bearing.

Dinners to go
Dinners come with a freshly-made green salad, salad dressing of the day,
and made-right-here bread of the day. We take reservations until noon or so.

Please order by phone (252-1500), by FAX (252-02002) or stop in to speak to one of us in person.

Monday August 22 Elsies Chicken Baked in Wine 9.75
Tuesday August 23 Shimp and Spinach Fettucine 12.25
Wednesday August 24 Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Johnny Cakes 10.25
Thursday August 25 Classic Meatloaf and Parmesan Potatoes 10.25
Friday August 26 BBQ Salmon with Vegetable Slaw 12.75

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Our Casserole of the week
We make a special casserole each week on Wednesday. Please give us a call by the end of the day on Tuesday and well fix yours for you. Come by between 4:30 and 6:00. Get a half (for 4 appetites) or a full sized pan (for 9 or so.)

Wednesday, August 24
Shrimp, Snapper, and Sweet Potato Callaloo
Full 45.00
Half 22.50

Quiche of the day
Hmm, looks like this newsletter is turning out to be pretty much about tomatoes. I didn't plan it that way, but, when it is tomato season, ya feature 'em, know what I mean?

This was the quiche of the day earlier this week. Tomatoes. Basil. Mozzarella. The cooks have been making three or four different ones these days. More and more folks have been enjoying them in the morning, but I've seen many a lunch plate with some too. Very nice!

Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Artichokes
This one is becoming one which we're making almost daily. It is a really great lunch option. Give it a whirl on one of our "Try two" or "Try three" plates.

(What those titles mean is that you get to put your own plate together, choosing to combine any salads you like. If you're like me, you'll opt for the "A little of each" plate.)

We make 'em every day. Why wait for a family reunion or a picnic at the lake when you can come here and tuck a couple of these deviled eggs into a to-go box or add them to your lunch right here.

A Note from Laurey
August 20, 2005

Zoom! Here goes August.

We finally have sunshine. After many many MANY days of rain for at least part of the day, we finally have some clear skies. Yesterday after work I hurried home and quickly mowed my lawn. It had been a solid two weeks since Id been able to get to it and it was nearly a Herculean task. Not quite, but nearly. My pup, after realizing that we were not going on a walk, resigned herself to the porch, propped her nose up on the lower rail, and glumly watched as I scooted up and down, trying to beat the dark. I made it and everything looks very trim and nice again. Whew!

This past week was a week of technological excellence for me. I have always found someone who knows more than I do about such things, and so I have always let that person take over when it comes to figuring out computer glitches, hooking up stereo and video equipment, and taking care of some of the more complex household tasks. This past week was one of those when a whole bunch of things broke or crashed or needed to be replaced. Faced with the onslaught of new things, quaking at the thought of negotiating all those set up manuals, and finding myself without any handy assistant, I took things into my own hands, and decided that these were things I could actually do!

The first thing was to work my way through a computer glitch at work. Figuring it out meant getting in touch with the right tech support person at the right company understanding who our internet service provider was, sorting through the various phone prompts, filling out forms at the on-line help desk. Miraculously, someone actually responded to my e-mailed plea and helped me fix the problem. This, for me, was a first!

Then, at my house, I tackled the television. I bought a new tv a few years ago and have always been frustrated that the sound quality was poor. I finally decided to go get new speakers. And, while I was at the store I decided to figure out a way to switch between my vcr and my cable box without having to dismantle the entire setup as I switched plugs from the back of one machine to the back of another. Id heard there was a technical solution, so I decided to try to find it and hook it up myself.

I was SO fortunate to meet up with a sympathetic, patient saleswoman at Radio Shack. She didnt burst out laughing at me as I described, in really stupid terms, my request. There is a cable that has a red and a yellow and a white plug on it and Ive heard there is a splitter that I can buy, but if you DO have one, can you help me figure out how to use it?

She quickly found all the pieces I needed and even drew me a little additional instruction sheet which she scotch-taped to the package. (She wins my customer service award for the week!) I took the bundles and went home.

Acting as if I knew what I was doing, I hooked everything up. The speakers, with a sub woofer (whatever the heck THAT is) worked perfectly, clearly, immediately. The switch box is great too. Ive put the flashlight away, no longer needing it to negotiate the miasma of options on the backs of all of the audio and video equipment.

Most importantly, however, was that I had done it.

I also arranged for someone to come fix my gutters - which have been leaking badly. I also made appointments to have someone come to waterproof my garage and or someone else to repair the water filter system. I am proud to say that I know how to use every part of my new digital video recording system and Im working my way through the instruction manual for my new phone, determined to figure out how to do everything it can do, not just make simple phone calls. (My new phone can hook up to the internet, can play games, can who even KNOWS what it can do! Stupid as it sounds, Im going to learn how to text message!) Im going to learn how to operate some more complex graphics programs too. Ive been doing everything using an antiquated system and its high time I enter the present and future of this all.

Go me!

Ellie's first outing!
Grandmother Bea did not let go of her little sweet pea for the entire lunch, but really, would you?

We were honored to have these two (and Ellie's mother and Great Aunt too) choose our shop for Ellie's very first excursion out of her house ever. She was too little to enjoy any of our food - yet - though it appeared that she was taking everything in visually. We're looking forward to watching her as she grows up. What a sweet little pipsqueak she is!

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