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Carolina Poutine with Pulled Pork

Did you say poutine? Yes, yes! This is your all local poutine inspired by the abundance that North Carolina offers. I am receiving compensation from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to raise awareness about purchasing pork at NC farmer’s markets. All opinions and content are my own.

IMG_7515Every once in a while a great opportunity comes along and you get a little more bang for your buck when it comes to being a cheerleader for all things local–you get a whole TEAM of cheerleaders. I’ve partnered with the NC Department of Agriculture’s Got to be NC program along with bloggers across the state, to highlight some of our local farmers. Bloggers like me, who love local goodness (I’ll call them my SQUAD), are shopping at their local NC farmer’s market, buying the ingredients for a meal and sharing the recipe with folks like you. We’ve got chicken and pork coming at you. I’ll share links to those at the end of this post.

My farm is Mill River Farm in Mount Airy. I’m actually familiar with farmers, Kim and Steve, as I subscribed to a CSA with them a few years back. Such quality meat and produce!  I looked forward to what would be in my box every Saturday when I picked it up from the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Farmer’s Market.  market - booth2

Kim and Steve have an abundant farm and they sell pork products such as bacon, pork belly, pork butt and loin, chicken, grass-fed beef, eggs, produce of all varieties like lettuce, kale, peas, beets, sweet potatoes, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and I could go on and on. You can visit them at the farm (details here) or at the Fairgrounds Farmer’s Market, where you can speak to them directly and find out more about how they raise their animals and grow produce that you can feel so great about.  They’re both super knowledgeable and enjoy sharing what they do. Kim even has a cookbook called Cook Like a Farmer .  It’s full of great recipes. The thing that we don’t want you to forget is: When you visit your North Carolina farmer’s market, don’t forget the meat!

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When I saw Kim and Steve, they weren’t in their traditional digs inside the farmer’s market since the fair was in town. But they had enough yumminess on hand for me to purchase the main ingredients for my #GotToBeNCPork Carolina Poutine.  Poutine? Yeah, baby! Poutine is typically french fries and cheese curds with a rich brown gravy.  If you’ve had it, you know it’s like the guiltiest pleasure ever. Mine is a riff on that.

Let’s take a look at my truly local…

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Carolina Poutine with GotToBeNCPork
Serves 2-4

2-4 Sweet Potatoes (count on about one per person), preferably #gottobeNC
Pulled pork (from a 2-3 pound #GotToBeNCPork butt or shoulder)
Ashe County Cheese Curds
BBQ Sauce of your choice (I used a blend of chipotle sauce with some Eastern NC sauce I had on hand)

To prepare the pork: Give the pork a good liberal rub of your choice of seasoning plus plenty of salt and pepper. If you’re able, grill the pork on all sides. I don’t have a smoker, so I let my grill and my slow cooker do the work for me. Get it good and browned on all sides, then place in the slow cooker with about 1 1/2 cups of water or broth (beer or a mixture of bbq sauce and water is fine too–you just want a flavorful liquid). Allow to cook on low for 4-6 hours.  Once tender and falling apart, remove from cooker and shred it, baby.

Cut your NC Sweet Taters into fry-sized sticks. Coat with oil (I used avocado oil, but you can use whatever you have on hand) and sprinkle with smoked paprika (optional), salt and pepper. Bake at 400-degrees until lightly browned and crispy, about 30 minutes.

Just before you remove the fries from the oven, heat up the sauce. I simply used my favorite Sam Jones Eastern NC style sauce and added some smoky chipotles to it.  You will want that sauce to be PIPING hot so that it can melt the cheese curds as it hits them.

On a platter or pan, place the crispy sweet potato fries in heaping pile. Top with shredded pork, cheese curds and drizzle the sauce over the top. The sauce should be hot enough to start melting the cheese curds. If not, it’s okay to blast it under the broiler until they appear to be just melting.

Garnish with chopped green onions and enjoy!

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I want you to know that this delicious and fun recipe is simply a guide. If you can slow cook your meat on a smoker, so much the better. As I said before, I don’t have a smoker but I do have the grill and a slow cooker. I get a really good crust by grilling on high, though I keep an eye on it as the fat and any sugar on the outside can cause it to light up. You can also bypass the slow cooker and modify by cooking on a low heat in the oven for 2 1/2-3 hours. The sauce is also up to you. A mole would be amazing with those sweet potatoes. Play around with your flavors and have fun!

So… what makes it poutine? To a purist, is it still poutine if it doesn’t have real gravy but rather a sauce?

I’m not here to debate that. I just do know this poutine delicious party, nosh, use-up-leftovers kind of fare that tastes great with a NC craft beer. Support your local farmers at your local market. I’ve got links below to plenty of convenient locations and some of the best pork in North Carolina.

PS: You are going to have plenty of pork leftover for another poutine, tacos, breakfast…or a good ol’ BBQ plate.

Here’s a list of the pork and chicken from my squad:

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Got To Be NC Pork at Your Local NC Farmers Market

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Watch Heidi’s video!

Got to Be NC Chicken at your NC Farmers Market

 

Get Your Taste & See NC Box with Coupon Code!

Hey, foodies!

You know fun it is to go to local markets, boutiques and shops and see all the yummy, local provisions? If only there was a way to see AND taste or taste and see. Well, there’s a new company, based right here in North Carolina that is giving us all a chance to bring home a box of North Carolina goodness. You pick your city and it’s delivered right to your door.

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My friend, Shayla, launched Taste and See NC earlier this year as a way to highlight local makers with a gift box of artisan food products from our fair cities. There’s a Winston-Salem box, a Durham Box, Raleigh, Charlotte, Asheville. You get the idea. Shayna reached out to the foodies and asked us if we wanted a box (uh…yes, Shayla, yes!) and let us choose our city. I was familiar with some of Asheville and all of Winston-Salem’s box. I haven’t had the benefit of enjoying a whole lot of Durham goodies, even though it’s one of the top Southern food towns. So Shayna sent me a Durham box and I just had to show you how cute and fun it is. Of course, I’ve tried all of these items and will be sharing them with you here.

Look! It was a like a little present from Tiffany. Only better. Yeah I said that (No thanks to the post office for getting it all dirty).

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Inside that Carolina Blue box was a selection from some of the finest makers in the Bull City:

Big Spoon Roasters: Apricot and Pepita Bar
Chocked full of real ingredients. I started noshing on this little bar so quickly that I forgot to snap a pic. Oops! But I did remember later to photograph this bar as a topping to my smoothie bowl. It was chewy and lightly sweet and satisfying. On a side note, you can find Big Spoon in the Triad (including Whole Foods) and all over the region as they are super popular with their nut butters. It was fun to see they’ve gotten into food bars for a quick, healthy snack. Big Spoon is known for their sustainable practices including supporting our NC Peanut Farmers. IMG_8466

Sangha Tea: Ginger Peach Black Tea
As I write this, I’m fearing I’m catching the microfoodies’ colds. So this tea is very warm and soothing. This tea is smells and tastes exactly as its name. It’s gingery. It’s peachy and wonderful.

Ello Raw: Cinnamon Sugar Donut Bites
Another healthy grab and go option, these little grain-free bites are made with raw, organic superfood ingredients.

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Durham Toffee: 
Man, oh man. This toffee though. Fortunately it made it to me without getting all melted in the summer heat. This toffee is melt in your mouth, chewy, buttery deliciousness topped with the crunch of almonds. I’m going to miss it when it’s gone. It won’t be long now either.

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Double M Bakeshop:
Shhhh…don’t tell mr. foodie that there’s another nut butter in the domicile. He already shakes his head in disbelief. I have an entire pantry shelf devoted to nut butters (cashew, almond, flax and chia, peanut x 4, mixed nut)  and they are even stacked one on top of another. It’s almost embarrassing. Proudly, Double M now sits among its lower class peers. The peanut butter is all natural, with a little coconut oil and an ever so light lacing of honey for some sweetness. It’s a great blend of a little sweet, a little salty and the little girl who only eats peanut butter when she has to is Double M’s newest fan. On a bagel or with some crackers? Yes, please. Drizzled on a smoothie bowl? Done and done.

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So if you’re in, near or from one of these hometowns, they make a fun gift for yourself and especially for friends and family, to give them a taste of the local flavor. All City Boxes are $40. Find out more here.  City Boxes will get updated as well.

In December, Taste and See NC will begin offering a quarterly themed subscription box which will feature seven to ten NC food items. It might be a pantry theme or a chocolate theme, but you can bet it will be delicious. You can still order the City Boxes to sample the program or to give as a gift. Sign up for your quarterly subscription here. Get $5 OFF with the coupon code TRIADFOODIE

I also wanted to point out something about Taste and See…and Shayla didn’t ask me to tell you this, but it’s so worth knowing. Approximately 160,000 of North Carolina’s citizens receive emergency food assistance in any given week. One in four children live in food insecure households. You can help with your quarterly subscription.  A percentage from the sales of all quarterly subscriptions will support a NC-based charity specifically focused on feeding children in food insecure areas.  These NC makers are already doing their part by creating healthy, real food from our own state and supporting the farmers here. Now you can help Taste and See bring it full circle by enjoying your quarterly box or gifting them or a City Box to friends.

Enjoy these makers, foodies and don’t forget your coupon code!

 

 

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

Great things are happening all over the Triad culinary scene. We are so excited that for the first time, we’re attending the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction. I’ve always wanted to go, just for some reason or another it just hasn’t happened and I’m so honored to be asked to be a part of it.

What is the Signature Chefs Auction? It is a unique culinary event featuring the best of Winston-Salem and Greensboro.  This event is designed to feature the local chefs, their signature dishes, entertainment, silent and live auctions in an effort to raise funds to support the mission of March of Dimes…”Giving a Fighting Chance To Every Baby.”

Now just check out this lineup, you guys!

The Greensboro event is the first one up, on September 28. For tickets, click here. The 2017 Greensboro Chefs List Includes:

1618 Midtown-Chef Matt Kidd;  Undercurrent–Chef Michael Harkenreader, Sedgefield Country Club–Chef James Patterson;  Painted Plate Events–Chef Brad Semon, Cristina Gray’s Restaurant & Bar–Chef Derek Cress, B. Christophers–Chef Christopher Russell, Southern Lights Bistro–Chef John Drees, GIA Drink Eat Listen–Chef Eric Snow.

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The Winston-Salem auction is October 27. For tickets, click here.

The 2017 Winston Salem Restaurant List Includes: 

Meridian Restaurant–Chef Mark Grohman, The Porch Kitchen & Cantina–Claire Calvin, Village Tavern–Anthony Bonner, Finnigan’s Wake Irish Pub & Kitchen–Opie Kirby, Graze–Chef Richard Miller, Foothills Brewing–Chef Shane Moore, The Katharine Brasserie–Chef Adam Barnett, Bleu Restaurant–Jon Rumery

Don’t miss your chance to help a worthwhile cause and see these culinary greats in action!

Cheers!

Join us at our next Chef’s Table with Chef Ali Utley of the Historic Brookstown Inn!

Hi, foodies!

We’re back at it again with another delicious Triadfoodies Chef’s Table!

Our July Chef’s Table is super exciting. Chef Mary Alison Utley (we call her Ali) has recently taken over the Executive Chef position at The Historic Brookstown Inn. She’ll be the next chef to surprise us on Tuesday, July 25.

Chef has literally worked her way up in the culinary field. “I started out washing dishes and gradually worked my way up.”

Check out the list of where Chef Ali has worked her magic: Leon’s Cafe, Rainbow News & Cafe, Christipher’s Global Cuisine, Mundo, The Millenium Center, Sapora Ridge Country Club, and most recently Meridian Restaurant, where she and Chef Mark Grohman’s team wowed us with multiple, incredible courses. Ali took the position next door at Brookstown Inn to be able to spend more time wth her teenage daughters.

What will Chef Ali surprise us with? Who knows? We never know what’ s coming at our Chef’s Table. She hinted that she may be dabbling in Baltic or Turkish and she promises the menu will be different than anything we’ve had so far.

Here’s how it works. Reserve with a ticket here and you’ll join us at our table on Tuesday, July 25. Seating is limited. A reminder of our pricing:Your ticket price of $30 INCLUDES your multi-course meal including dessert as well as tax and gratuity associated with the meal. Beverage (and gratuity for the purchase of beverages) are not included in the ticket price. Please take care of your server on any beverage service. We’ll see you on July 25th!

** Follow us on Facebook for the latest details and get in on the chatter by tagging @TheHistoricBrookstownInn and #triadfoodiesChefsTable on Facebook and Instagram.

Please notify me at Kristi@triadfoodies.com if you have any food sensitivity or need the chef needs to be aware of any concerns.

All Local Super Bowl Party Goods & Giveaway

We are stocking our party this year with all local party goods and we’re going to show you how we did it. Heck we’re going one step beyond that and we’re GIVING AWAY a shopping tote of all these goodies to a lucky winner.

It’s all NC baby…come to think of it…probably should’ve done it last year when our own Carolina Panthers kept pounding all the way to the big game. But …oh well. You know you don’t watch the game for the …game. Especially when it’s not your team.

Whether you’re in it for the Falcons or the Pats, it’s all about the food anyway. Here’s what we like for your big game party.

Mozzarella Fellas Pizza, Winston-Salem

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No Super Bowl party is complete without pizza. One of our favorites is the Siciliano from Mozzarella Fellas. This local pizza joint in Winston-Salem is relatively new and business is jumping. Super fresh pizza dough made daily, fresh pasta and locally sourced ingredients. Gluten got you down? You can even order your pizza gluten-free. Our winner will receive a $20 gift card that’s good any time and you can order whatever you like. We hope it’s pizza. PS…if you live in Winston-Salem, Chow Time Taxi can deliver your pizza right to your door. How’s that for teamwork? mozzarellafellas.com   chowtimetaxi.com 

West End Coffeehouse Brownies, Winston-Salem

If you were to ask my family, they’d tell you that actually no Super Bowl party is complete without a fresh batch of brownies. And Doritos. But ‘ritos aren’t local so they don’t make the list. But get this. West End Coffeehouse has these delicious, thick, chewy, fudgy brownies that are my little boy’s favorite thing in the world. And a single brownie is as big as his face. But for a reasonable $12, you can order a whole platter of brownies. West End Coffeehouse cuts that baby into 8 squares for their shop, but you can feed your party and then some as that sheet of brownies can easily be cut into 16, 32 or even 64 if you want little bites. They’re fantastic. Winner gets a $20 gift card which will allow you plenty of room for gelato and coffee. For more info on West End Coffeehouse, follow them on Facebook. Chow Time Taxi delivers for West End Coffeehouse too.

Green Mountain Gringo Chips & Salsa

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Of course, you need chips and salsa at your party right? We got you covered with T.W. Garner’s (makers of Texas Pete) Green Mountain Gringo. The salsa comes in a variety of flavors and heat and is some of the best jarred salsas at the store. The chips….what can we say about the chips? Organic, non-GMO and they taste almost kettle-cooked. Super tasty. They come in convenient strips to make for fun dipping. Winner gets two jars of salsa and a bag each of the white corn and blue corn variety of chips. The salsa is found at about every grocery store around, but the chips are slightly harder to come by as of late and found at Whole Foods In Winston-Salem. But the internet can be your friend…greenmountaingringo.com 

SausageWorks Sausage 

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When we want smoked sausage, Italian sausage, kielbasa, brats, we head over to Lowe’s Foods for some SausageWorks. The varieties of sausage are seemingly endless. Really interesting flavors are available in addition to traditional. My favorite is Texas Pete but your game day might require a smoked or bratwurst variety. You do you. It’s all delicious. Lowe’s Foods is giving our winner a pound each of the famous HoppyYummy (infused with Foothills Beer) and Texas Pete (infused with …Texas Pete). 

Brewmaster’s Malt Mustard

And to join with your sausages in a delicious play, mustard made with unfermented beer. Al Wolf is a brewmaster at Red Oak Brewing. He takes malted barley and adds super simple ingredients and crunchy mustard seeds for a really tasty, different mustard that’s great in recipes and on sandwiches, worthy of a championship trophy. Al knows a good bit about beer and mustard. He’s a German Braumeister and moved to the states seven years ago to take his gig at Red Oak Brewing. You can catch find his mustard at a number of local stores including Whole Foods, Deep Roots and Lowe’s Foods and if you’re lucky, you can meet him out sampling one day dressed head to foot in traditional Bavarian Lederhosen. Al is so nice and he’d love to speak with you about his mustard and beer. You can also order online brewmastersmalt.com 

Uncle Chris Pimento Cheese (Smoky Habanero)

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We love our pate of the South, i.e. pimento cheese. We really love Uncle
Chris’ approachable and traditional spreads, but our favorite is by far is the Smoky Habanero. Look for it in most stores including Lowe’s and stay up to date with them on Facebook. The pimento cheese as just the right amount of kick. You can sizzle up some crumbled sausage and mix it together, dollop it on nachos, put it in a sandwich but what we really hope you do is put it on a pork rind or a cracker (not included) with….

Miss Jenny’s Pickles

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That’ right. If you’ve been paying attention you know I love a sweet and tangy pickle with a sharp and spicy pimento cheese. All the players are here in our “Super” Game Day tote. Miss Jenny’s + Uncle Chris = Touchdown. I love the Habanero Bread & Butter with the aforementioned pimento cheese, but if that seems too much heat for you, never fear. The Pickle Lady herself was having the best pickle day and the winner gets two jars of Miss Jenny’s. Habanero and Traditional B & B. Found at Lowe’s at lots of local stores as well as Trader Joe’s. missjennyspickles.com 

Cackalacky Beer B Q Nuts

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Cackalacky’s name is synonymous with North Carolina goodness. The Cheerwine Sauce is already close to our heart. The new nut that’s been added to the line-up does not disappoint. It’s a little sweet and a little bit spicy with a great BBQ rub and a hint of beer. You can pick these up at Lowe’s Foods as well. Put one tub out at the party and leave the other for yourself. You deserve it. Winner also gets a sporty winter scarf to show off your Cackalacky spirit. Cheers! cackalacky.com 

Foothills Beer

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Yes, you know I wouldn’t leave you hanging without beer. What better beer to celebrate your North Carolina pride than Foothills.  We all have our favorites, from Carolina Blonde to People’s Porter, Hoppyum or the delightful Jade IPA. Foothills is found all over the place. Our winner will get a special beer that will first be featured at the pub on Fourth Street in Winston-Salem and the Brewery and Tasting Room across town. Then they’ll be available in stores and statewide. Every year, Foothills rolls out new limited release beer on a near monthly basis. They’re calling it the #CraftHappiness IPA of the Month.  For 2017, each new roll-out will be a craft beer that has a meaningful impact, to create awareness for causes that are not so happy. Our winner will receive a bomber of the Domicile IPA.  Knowing that homelessness and lack of shelter and security happen right here in our back yard, the folks at Foothills hope the sales of Domicile can make an impact to a charitable organization or two (or more). Says Foothills, “Each month we’ll bring attention to a different need – a different opportunity to craft happiness for those in our community and in our world.  Being happy doesn’t mean everything is good. It simply means you see the good in everything.”Foothillsbrewing.com 

Talk about team spirit. After all, we are all in this together.

We hope you see the good in our Triad area food artisans and restaurants. We think they’re all winners and we love to celebrate them with you. Follow YES! Weekly on Facebook for your chance to win a grocery tote full of these party goods. Winner will be announced the week of Super Bowl LI. See us show the goodies live on the air of WFMY’s Good Morning Show  on Tuesday, January 31 at 7:50am.