Eating Greeneville

Farming, bartering and foraging for meals in East Tennessee.


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Sweet Potato Crusted Flounder with Collards Pesto.

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Flounder crusted with crispy sweet potatoes and smothered with sage and butter toasted panko and collards pesto.

If you love a bright green, garlicky and lemony pesto as much as I do, you don’t just sit around and wait for basil season.   Pestos can be made of many different greens including kale, chard, collards, cilantro, parsley or a combination of any of the aforementioned.  Young, tender collard leaves as found in the high tunnel last week during the deep freeze that covered the ground of East Tennessee outside were perfect for pesto.

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Year of the Goat Dumplings.

Beef filled dumplings ready to steam/fry in a cast iron skillet

Beef filled dumplings ready to steam/fry in a cast iron skillet

Happy belated Chinese New Years which fell on February 19, 2015.  The Year of the Goat.  The goat represents introversion, creativity, shyness and being a perfectionist.  These are all traits I highly identify with.  In East Tennessee we have been bearing the full brunt of winter these past few weeks.  Seeing as it was Chinese New Years and I was trapped in my house due to icy hills I made egg drop soup and these delicious dumplings.

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Curried Hushpuppies with Apple/Cranberry Chutney. And High School Jobs.

Curried  Hush Puppies with Chutney.

Curried Hush Puppies with Chutney.

What do you kids know about Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips?  Nothing?  That’s what I thought.  It happens to have been my first REAL 16 year old job.  It was located in the Food Court in the Galleria Mall in Buffalo, NY and it’s where my love affair with deep fried balls of corn meal began and ended, until now.

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Christmas Morning Currant/Ginger Scones

Turn that oven on! Christmas morning scones to warm the house.

Turn that oven on! Christmas morning scones to warm the house.

I’ll admit, most of my desire to bake upon waking comes from a necessity to immediately warm my kitchen/house  by whatever means necessary.  Don’t feel bad for me, I live in a charming old house on a river, but sometimes I just can’t pull myself out of bed at 4 am to stoke the fire and I wake up quite cold.  And I bake.

These scones are very easily and deliciously made vegan by substituting butter for coconut oil.

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Sweet Potato Latkes with Avocado Cream

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Happy Chanukah all!  I’m not Jewish, but man is their food good! Bagels, Knishes, Lox, Brisket, Kugel….some of my favorite foods are Jewish.  I lived in New York a long stretch of my life so I feel that I have had the best version of many of these foods.  Avocado cream on top is where four years in California meets my New York roots.  And honestly I had some greek yogurt in the fridge along with some avocados ripe on the counter and I figured, why not?

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Whole Wheat Crackers and Walnut Oil Hummus

Hummus and homemade crackers.  An easy holiday appetizer.

Hummus and homemade crackers. An easy holiday appetizer.

Over the next few weeks, people are attending holiday party after holiday party.  I’m gonna plead with the masses here to give the old cheese ball a rest.  Even the most conscientious of eaters (myself included) consume more dairy and processed foods during this time that we would even like to think about.  This year, I am looking to bring healthy, tasty alternatives to holiday gatherings, starting with these whole wheat crackers and walnut oil hummus

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