May / June 2014 issue

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down home Vol 6 -Issue 5 May/June 2014


m a g a z in e

keeping it down home - from the Sandhills to the Crystal Coast

Light and Refreshing Spring and Summer Salads

Farmers’ Market Real Fast Fo od

Backroads Carolina

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down home Vol 6 -Issue 5 May/June 2014


m a g a z in e

keeping it down home - from the Sandhills to the Crystal Coast

Light and Refreshing Jim Hinnant

Spring and Summer Salads

Paula Woodworth

Farmers’ Market Real Fast Fo od

Austin Pate

J Paul Abrams

Backroads Carolina

On the Cover It’s that time of year again - farmers’ markets - camping - cooking in the great outdoors - summer camp school’s out - heading to the beach - exploring backroads - and doing it all Down Home!

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Editor s Note

Everyone has their own ways to enjoy the Summer months. Some travel to the beach, take a vacation on a cruise ship or to Disney World, but our family takes the leisurely route - we go to the lake. There’s nothing like packing up the camper and towing it to Kerr Lake or White Lake and spending a week with your family in it. The food taste better, the movies we’ve already watched a dozen times are funnier and life seems to slow down enough to really enjoy it. I’d love to hear about your trips to the lake - be sure to click into one of our social media pages and tell us all about it.

Cindi Pate - Editor/Publisher @this chicadee

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Eat Your Squash from Down Home Magazine

Throw Cooking Nekkid Food Squash Blossom Adventures Wendy Perry, owner & chef Zebulon, NC

backroads carolina

The Old Country Store

written by Jim Hinnant photography styling by Paula Woodworth, Jim Hinnant & Jeff Pettitt

TL Lee’s Country Store - photographed by Jeff Pettitt

backroads carolina A

backroad is a

secondary type of road, usually found in rural


In North Carolina, where they are also referred to as “blue

roads”, the

roads are often constructed of gravel.

Join us as we bring you the new seriesBackroads Carolina!

The Old Country Store When we hear Bentonville mentioned, many of us think about the American Civil War battle that took place there in March of 1865 and the historic site of the battlefield that one can visit. However, today’s Bentonville has a little hidden treasure that many of us pass by and never notice. It’s right there at the intersection of Harper House Road and Devil’s Race Track Road, next to the Methodist Church, and catty-cornered from the fire department. We’re talking about C. W. Flower’s Store – a real and still active old country store. The first time I stopped there I felt a little like I stepped back in time. It was a hot summer day on my return trip to Goldsboro, and an ice-cold Pepsi was in order for sure! Walking in, I found a somewhat worn floor with chairs sitting around. They had both Pepsi and Coke as well as many other varieties. I saw canned goods, paper goods, and just about anything you’d need in pinch. Additionally, they page 8

photography by Jim Hinnant

David Pace’s Grocery Store is outside of Clayton. And, is still an active store today. photography by Jeff Pettitt

{Top Left, Mr. Lewis - holding a Vulcan Plow Point from yesteryear -- Top Right, hardware, tires, fertilizer, and other things you wouldn’t think would necessarily be in a country store -- Bottom Left, the original building still stands today -Bottom Right, and the clerk can still take your money for a drink and a nab.} photography by Jim Hinnant

sell hardware, tires, fertilizer, and other things you wouldn’t think would necessarily be in a country store. Mr. Wilson Lee, the current owner, said one of the oldest things he has left over from many years ago are Vulcan Plow points. That’s way before my time! According to Mr. Lee, the store was built around 1940 by C. W. Flowers and run by him until about 1955. Mr. Flowers’ nephew, J. L. Flowers, Jr., ran the store until 1985, and his children sold it to Mr. Lee who began running the store in 1986. The name was never

changed because it was well known throughout the area and beyond. Old country stores weren’t just a place to buy things. They were also a community gathering place – a place where a farmer would stop by to catch up on what his neighbors were doing. You might even find a friendly game of checkers or cards or just people sitting around enjoying conversation about how to solve the world’s problems. My dad’s sister, Mary Lou, ran a store across from the

Belfast Fire Department north of Goldsboro when I was growing up. That old concrete block building is gone now, but I remember Howell’s Grocery Store where you could pick up that loaf of bread, a half-gallon of milk, or maybe a “drink and nab” if you were hungry. You could also have your car filled up with gas – only full service. I also remember Lillie’s Store on US 19 north of Abingdon, Virginia. That was a treasure house of fun for a 10 year-old to explore. The first floor was the main store with mostly grocery items. The second floor had

This old country store is located on Hwy 903 outside of Snow Hill. photography by Paula Woodworth

Howard’s is located in Franklin County, this particular old coutry store has been transformed into a get-a-way for one man and all his friends. photography by Jeff Pettitt

clothing and other items that you wouldn’t normally see in today’s convenience store. The third floor had everything that they didn’t sell and didn’t want to throw away, and that’s where the other kids and I spent many hours investigating. Lillie’s burned in the late 60’s, and today I believe there is a convenience store at that location. Country stores have mostly been replaced by commercial convenience stores designed to get us in and out quickly in our fast-paced world. However, if you’re down in Bentonville area, stop by C. W. Flowers Store and have a look around, buy that “drink and nab” if you’re hungry, and enjoy making a stop on Backroads Carolina.

------------------Paula Woodworth is moving back to her home state of Maine, all of us at Down Home Magazine would like to give a special thanks for her great ideas and photos for this and other articles. We’ll certainly miss her.

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It’s that time again, so let’s fire up the grill and try our hands at cooking sausages… What could be simpler? Well, there’s a little more to it than you think. Everybody has a different way of cooking the links. The biggest problems are getting a good sausage grilled through without drying out the casing, or worse having the casings burst open. Now I’m not talking about breakfast links here, I’m talking about kielbasas, bratwursts and other large sausages. We’re going to explore a few methods of grilling sausages: Split and Grill: One method is to cut the sausage lengthwise about 80% of the way through, so you can fold it out and lay it flat on the grill. This is a great way to get the insides cooked quickly because you can lay it skin side up; at least the skin won’t dry out. Of course you are opening up the sausage to let the juices drip out. While this might be a leaner way of cooking, it tends to dry out the sausages and leave them a bit lacking in flavor. If you are cooking a recipe that calls for sausage, like a jambalaya then I say, go for it, otherwise don’t bother.

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Boil and Grill: Another way to grill sausages is to parboil them first. In fact there is a great recipe that calls for boiling sausages in

half water, half beer before you put them on the grill. If you add something to the water to enhance the flavor then this can be a great way to get sausages partially cooked before they hit the grill, but if you use plain water you will be pulling flavor out of the sausages. To parboil first, drop sausages into boiling liquid long enough to tighten the skin. When you pull the sausages out the fat inside should be just starting to liquefy. Next, place the sausages on a hot grill over a medium low fire and finish cooking. This method gives you juicy sausages and is a popular way of grilling them. Straight Grilling: Of course you can place sausages right on the grill and cook them the old fashioned way. The biggest problem is that people use a high heat and burn the surface before the middle gets cooked. The other problem is that when a sausage cooks it leaks juices that can cause flare-ups and add to the

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burning problem. To eliminate the burning and the flare-ups you need to keep the fire low. This increases the cooking time, but lets the sausage cook gently and hold in its flavor. Some people will tell you to puncture the skin, but this will just let the juices out to start more fires. Keep the sausage casing intact and the heat low. How you serve and eat sausages is important to the method of cooking. If you are going to be chopping the sausages up for another recipe then any method that holds in the flavor will do. If you want to serve the sausages straight up, then take care to cook them gently to preserve the appearance as much as the flavor. Here are a couple great recipes to try out Grilled Sausage, Peppers, Onions & Potatoes Fresh raw sausage links (Italian pork, chicken, duck or lamb even) Red or white new potatoes Red pepper

Vidalia Onion Olive Oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Lil’ Buddy’s Mustard by Nephew’s Sauce and Rub Company To Prepare Vegetables: 1. Place potatoes in a pot of water with salt. Bring to a boil and cook until just tender. Drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking. Place in refrigerator. When chilled, slice in 1 inch pieces. 2. Peel onion and slice in rings that are about 1 inch thick. 3. Cut and de-seed peppers into quarters and trim off the ends so they lie flat on the grill. 4. Brush potatoes, onion and peppers with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bring grill to medium heat. Add sausages, peppers, onions and potatoes. Grill (with the lid closed) until tender and browned, but not too charred. The sausage will need to cook for about 15 minutes, turning every so often for even cooking. Remove onions, peppers and potatoes from grill once brown and tender. If needed, turn up the heat and continue to grill sausage until brown. Use Lil’ Buddy’s Mustard by Nephew’s Sauce and Rub Company for dipping

Grilled Chicken Sausages with Peach-Sage Skewers Recipe INGREDIENTS •6 (10-inch) metal or wooden skewers •6 medium ripe peaches, pitted and quartered •24 medium sage leaves •Salt •Freshly ground black pepper •Oil, for prepping the grill •6 chicken sausages •1 teaspoon cider vinegar INSTRUCTIONS 1. Heat a grill pan or outdoor grill to medium (about 350°F). Meanwhile, alternately thread 4 peach quarters and 4 sage leaves on each skewer. Season well with salt and pepper. 2. Rub the grill with a towel dipped in oil and place the skewers and sausages on the grill. Cook, uncovered and turning occasionally, until the peaches are charred and soft and the sausages are cooked through, about 20 to 30 minutes. 3. Remove from the grill, drizzle cider vinegar over the peaches, and serve immediately.

Summer Programs Guide

for parents

The 2014 Summer Art Camp, Excellent Adventures: Exploring Our World, is sure to unleash every child’s creative imagination. All supplies are included in camp cost. Each weekly camp is Monday thru Thursday, 9am to Noon. Children ages 5 to 12 are welcome (5 year-olds must have completed kindergarten). Students are divided into two groups with class sizes no larger than 12 students. Each week, students work with the two instructors for 90 minutes. 102 N. John Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530 (919) 736-3300

Camp Invention Camp Invention inspires creativity and inventive thinking during its weeklong summer program! Led by local educators, elementary school children are immersed into fun-filled, exciting, activities that reinvent summer fun. Throughout the week, children work together to solve real- world challenges that prepare them for the 21st century. Whether they are creating an epic, insect-themed pinball machine or dismantling broken devices, participants learn new approaches to everyday problems! Discounts available – register today! Call 800.968.4332 or visit Locations 6/23/2014 - 6/26/2014 Gregory School of Science, Math and Technology, 1106 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 7/14/2014 - 7/17/2014 MCS Noble Middle School, 6520 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405 - See more at: #sthash.6Y5jBFfg.dpuf

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Camp Dixie $3 Matinees Monday - Friday before 6pm

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373 W. Bladen Union Church Rd., Fayetteville, North Carolina 28306 Camp Dixie offers five-day co-ed residential summer camps for children entering grades 2-6 and teens entering grades 7-12. Recreation & Leisure, Soccer (Football), Dance, Volleyball, Canoeing, Swimming, Sleep Away Camp

Statewide Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program encourages youth to continue to improve their reading skills during the months that most school are not in session. Statewide coordinated summer reading programs began in the summer of 1980. Since 1998, North Carolina Public Libraries’ summer reading programs have been funded as a part of the State Library of North Carolina’s regular budget. For more information, contact your local Public Library.

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Now booking end of school year parties, birthday parties, sporting events,VBS, ect... Let us bring Sensational Snow to you and make your party or event the talk of the town. Special event price - ONLY $1.00 PER PERSON. Also deliver to daycare centers or anywhere else that your group would like a special treat. Fundraising packages also available. You supply the crowd and we come do all the work and your organization gets to keep up to 50% of all sales!!!!

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Farmers’ Market -Real Fast Food-

written by cindi pate photography styling by jeff pettitt cindi pate and austin pate

It can be exausting trying to come up with meal plans that are healthy and good all at the same time. It’s easy to get in the mind-set that picking up a pizza or grabbing a buger would be so easy. But if you want real fast food, try your local Farmers’ Market. When we are out and about for Down Home Magazine, the boys and I venture out to Farmer’s Markets to find something to go along with our dinner plans. There are several in Eastern North Carolina to explore and buy from. We go to whichever one is where we are at the time. There are many treasures to find at a Farmers’ Market. We can enjoy a fresh squeezed lemonade and listen to music while we go from farm stand to farm

stand. We run into friends, talk to a few farmers, buy a few things for dinner and dessert and, on our last trip, we got a new recipe for kale chips –which sounded much better than the one I had used before. When we got home we admired our veggies. The tops of the onions were magnificent! We talked about how they grew, who grew them and where they were grown. We worked together to chop and prep our goodies having fun and laughing. When we sat down to our simple and delicious dinner we all felt satisfied about the meal and how it got to our table which made it even more delicious.

Now tell me where in town can you have that much fun with your kids, enjoy a great dinner, support local farming and have the sweetest strawberries for dessert all while learning so much about where your food comes from? One place… the Farmers’ Market We found something fast, healthy and tasty for dinner and the boys are excited about returning to the Farmers’ Market. They have never felt this way about any grocery store and most certainly never asked to go with me to buy groceries, but the Farmers’ Market is whole different story. We never know what new vegetables or new varieties we’ll discover or what adventures we’ll have when we go out for our fast food.

Light and Refreshing Spring and Summer Salads

styling and photography by cindi pate

Strawberry Salad Ingredients 1 bunch mixed greens 1 cup strawberries (sliced fresh) 1/2 cup crumbled feta 1/2 cup roasted pecans Dressing 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 3 tbsps honey 1/2 cup olive oil Directions 1. Combine the spinach, strawberries, feta cheese, and pecans in a large bowl. 2. Stir the balsamic vinegar and honey together in a bowl; slowly stream the olive oil into the mixture while whisking continuously. Drizzle the dressing over the salad just before serving.

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Marinated Vegetables Ingredients

Apple Salad Ingredients 5 ozs mixed greens 1 red apple, large 1/4 cup unflower seeds (dry-roasted) 2 tbsps feta cheese garlic seasoned croutons 2 tsps lemon juice (fresh-squeezed) 2 tsps dijon mustard 1 tsp balsamic vinegar (white, or any mild white vinegar will work) 2 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil Directions Mix lemon juice, dijon mustard, olive oil and balsamic vinegar together to make the dressing and set aside. Core and dice apple and pour dressing mix over top of the apples to perserve them - let them soak. Add greens and other items for the salad into a large bowl and add apples and dressing. Toss and serve.

1 cup Vinegar 1 cup Sugar 1 tbsp Olive Oil 1 tsp Rosemanry/snipped 1 tsp Salt {bring the firsts 5 ingredients to a boil} 1 Can French Style Green Beans 1 Can English Peas 1 Can KIidney or Black Beans {wash well} 1 Small Onion thinly slidced 1 Cucumber, diced 2 Stalks Celery, sliced 1 Green & 1 Red Pepper, diced Carrots, sliced Directions Drain canned vegetables and combine each in a large bowl. Pour marinade over the vegetables, cover and refrigerate overnight.


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Cucumber, Tomato & Onion Salad Ingredients 5 medium plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced 1/4 onion, peeled, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced 1 cucumber, thinly sliced A generous drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, about 2 tablespoons 2 splashes red wine vinegar Coarse salt and black pepper

Directions Dress the tomatoes, onions, and cucumber with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. Let stand while you prepare dinner, about 20 minutes. Re-toss and serve salad with crusty bread for mopping up juices and oil.

This vintage

apron makes a great garden flag.

You can also try beach towels, kitchen towels, feed sacks, vintage hankerchiefs and doilies. If you have any of these old items taking up space - make use of them and show them off on your garden flag holder. All you need are a couple of metal clips or clothes pins.

Antique Show & Sale at The Depot

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