Sunday, February 22, 2009

Farm Tractors

For the last year or so I have been hoping to start a farm to supply the restaurant with most of it's fresh vegetables, eggs, and maybe Pork. I have been doing a lot of research on tractors.  Green ,yellow, blue , red, what tractor will I chose. After much studying I have chosen the orange one.  I want the Kubota L4400 4WD HST.  It has more horsepower than I will ever need.  I hope to one day have a 15-20 acre farm. If you have any tips, farmland, or just want to talk tractor- email me.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Weekend in Review

620 plus night smooth as glass.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Heirloom Kitchen Garden


In the last few weeks I have been planning  what I should plant this year.  I have tripled the size of the garden this year.  I'm going lay out my garden like the  kitchen garden at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Square plots.(photo above) I will arrange the plots by with part of the plant will be harvested. I also plan to only plant heirloom variety's of vegetables.  Tomato's, Okra, Peppers, Melons, Squash, Greens, Sorrel, Carrots, Beets and maybe a few other things.  I plan to add a few  "White Princess" peach trees also.  I hope to relocate the blackberry's and blueberry's  to give them more room.  I'm ordering most of my seeds from ,HEIRLOOM SEEDS. ,Victory Heirloom Seeds, and Seed Savers Exchange,

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Over the past few weeks I have be working to come up with the best cornbread recipe. The black iron pan is the most important part of the recipe. Finding the right cornmeal is important as well. I've used artisan local cornmeal, store brand, and a few others. The one that I think has the best flavor and produces the darkest brown crust is Yelton's. It is milled in Western North Carolina by Lakeside Mill. They have been milling since the 1700's. You can find their cornmeal in a few locally owned stores (Bilo, Ingles, etc.).

Cornmeal bag photo is from Likeside Mill.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Valentine's Features

Gulf Coast Oysters,Tennessee Bacon,Wilted Spinach, Parmesan

Yellow Fin Tuna, Carolina Gold,
Preserved Tomato’s, Capers, Lemons

Dry Aged Prime Ribeye, 
Horseradish Potatoes,
Asparagus, Truffle Demi

Chocolate Crepes, Caramel, Bananas and Passion Fruit Ice Cream

Saturday, February 7, 2009

New Menu

We started a new menu this week.  Smoked Pork Chop with Candied Sweet Potato, Grouper and Sea Island Red Peas, Benton's Ham Jus.  Blue Crab Deviled Eggs with Crispy Ham Cracklings.  And My Favorite is the Gullah Shrimp and Grits with Caw Caw Creek Bacon.  All of the main ingredients for this dish are from South Carolina, Shrimp from Port Royal, Grits and Bacon from Columbia.  Come by and check it out.


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Week in Review

House Cured Bacon

Braised Painted Hills Farm Short Ribs

Me and Virginia Willis at the Wine Dinner . We had a great Time.