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Cooking in Cast Iron: Nothing is more NOW

It’s a somewhat antiquated tradition, but one that shouldn’t be let go of for good reason.  Cooking in cast iron survives generations of new cooking gadgets popping up here and there because the food that comes out of these tried and true pots and pans are just that delicious.  They stand the test of time for that reason and should be a part of every chef’s kitchen.     When it comes to cooking in cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens, there is no better time than the last quarter of the year. When the leaves change, then eventually fall and crunch; and when our pumpkin spice lattes morph into holiday eggnogs, the comfort food born in cast iron starts...

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Memories of Meals Made in Cast Iron

“The cast iron skillet had been seasoned before she was born…” -Kelly J. Ford   Cast iron skillets aren’t like other pans.  They aren’t meant to be washed with soap, or replaced when they get old.  They aren’t meant to be pretty or change with the times.  They aren’t trendy.  No, just the opposite.  They are meant to age into matriarchs of families, where they hold all the secrets of every ingredient ever tasted.  They hold onto the smallest morsels, and carry memories with their lingering specks of cornmeal. My grandmother had a lot of mouths to feed when the family came together.  I was blessed by a family flowing with aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Oftentimes, “Mamaw” would make a...

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Y'all Come Back Now

My roots run deep here in Appalachia. I was raised on cast iron skillet cooking, floating on the French Broad, and southern graciousness in our home. While I don’t think that hospitality is confined to the south, I strongly believe in the inheritance of southern graciousness and that it is part of my DNA. When designing Provisions Mercantile, I had my grandmother’s original West Asheville community store in my mind. My family has told me stories about their experiences there for as long as I can remember. Anecdotes ranged from my uncle working in the store after his classes as a senior at Lee Edwards school, to the candy treats my aunt used to sneak, and all the staple food...

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Worry or Strength

Reflections that struck me today from different categories are listed below. We are still struggling with what our "new" normal will look like when we open back up for business. Faith: Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. - Proverbs: 12:25 Fame: “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.” –Corrie Ten Boom Family: "I try not to worry about things out of my control; Easier said than done, but I try."  - Heather Wright Future:  Our flag-ship store at 728 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806 is being prepped and staged to open. We cannot wait to share the store with you! The space looks beautiful. Whenever it is deemed safe...

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