Barbara Swell is a gifted pie baker, an accomplished heirloom recipe book writer, and an all-around great lady. Barbara hosts woodstove cooking classes in the historic log cabin on the land where she lives with her husband, Wayne, an old-time music instructor. The gardens surrounding her cabin are also the site of the legendary annual Retro Pie Contest, whose motto is “It’s Not Fair.” I felt lucky to be able to attend the pie contest this year, and after a busy day at the Cake Shop yesterday, Jess and I grabbed the pies we made Friday evening and headed over to the party. Continue reading
When Duncan and I moved to Asheville from Georgia (by way of Boston) in 2001, we didn’t move here for the mountains, although they are lovely. We didn’t move here for the food, and we didn’t move here for the weather (though that was a big plus, too). We moved to Asheville because of the community we felt that we could build with others here.
Update! Our 4th Birthday party was a smashing success! Many, many thanks to everyone that made it possible: Troy and Sons, French Broad Food Coop, Heinzelmaanchen Brewery, Peter Parpan, DJ’s Champale and Abu Dissarray, Glo Babcock, the neighborhood businesses who donated to the raffle, Carrie-Welles Craven, and of course, Duncan, Jasper, Lucy, Hannah, Alexandra, Joel, Douggles, Dan, and Jess! We raised over $900 for the garden program at Hall Fletcher Elementary. Happy Mardi Gras, 2013 y’all!
This year, we’re having lots of fun playing with our all-natural colors for Halloween cakes and cupcakes. We can render ghosts, vampire bites, spiderwebs, frankensteins, mummies, spiders, black cats, jack-o-lanterns on any of your cakes or cupcakes, and there are rumors of a Bella Lugosi Gateau by Lucy! Just let us know at least 48 hours in advance, or drop by the Cake Shop and see what’s in the case!
Here’s some examples: