Podcast – Old Mule Sauce

Leah talks with Steve Modlin from Old Mule Sauce (www.oldmule.com). Old Mule is a small family business specializing in unique BBQ-Marinade-Dipping Sauce. They cook their Old Mule Sauce on their family farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC.

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Would You Rob a Bank to Buy a Bag of Candy?

  One of the extreme statements you might see floating around the internet  is something along the lines of “sugar is addictive” or going even further, “Sugar is addictive as cocaine!”.  I’m not going to write that we should all be shoveling sugar by the spoonful, despite Mary Poppins’ advice about taking medicine.  I’m also not one to… Continue reading Would You Rob a Bank to Buy a Bag of Candy?

Podcast – Cause Matters

Leah talks with Michele Payn of Cause Matters ( www.causematters.com ) an organization that educates people about farming and gives farmers a voice. Known as one of North America’s leading experts in connecting farm and food, she serves as a resource for people around the plate. Michele encourages all of her clients and audiences to find people’s hot… Continue reading Podcast – Cause Matters


(Predictions) 2017 Top Trends/Fads in Foods

Each year seems to bring signature flavors and “hot” new products and the trending vegetable.  Let’s take a look at a couple of the food trends and fads we could see in 2017. FLAVOR – Still looking for coconut and sea salt flavored chocolate bars, popcorn,  or beverages?  You are SO last year…while those flavors… Continue reading (Predictions) 2017 Top Trends/Fads in Foods

Podcast – Tribal Grounds Coffee

Leah talks with Natalie Smith from Tribal Grounds Coffee that roasts, packs their coffee on tribal land in Whittier, NC. http://www.coffeewithculture.com/

Podcast – Alan Muskat

Leah talks with about edible plants and foraging for food Alan Muskat author of Wild Mushrooms: A Taste of Enchantment. http://notastelikehome.org/alan/


Dirty Boots and the Basics of Beef

When you visit a cattle ranch, even if it’s in North Carolina,  you need to plan to wear boots.  The short, cute leather boots I was wearing when I visited Ridgefield Farm in Brasstown, North Carolina were probably not the best choice.  To make matters worse, the unseasonably warm fall weather compounded by the drought made it very dry and… Continue reading Dirty Boots and the Basics of Beef


Tools of a Tomato Titan – Toothbrush and Tweezers

Who are your heroes? A politician, a celebrity, an author, an athlete, a religious figure?  For many Western North Carolina tomato growers,  their hero is an unassuming tomato researcher by the name of Dr. Randolph(“Randy”) Gardner https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/fletcher/staff/rgardner/.  About three years ago I interviewed local tomato grower, William Shelton of Shelton Family Farm in Whittier, NC.http://buildupdietitians.blogspot.com/search?q=shelton#!/2014/07/farmer-story-1-walking-through-fields.html… Continue reading Tools of a Tomato Titan – Toothbrush and Tweezers

Podcast – Ally’s Bar

Leah talks with Ally Murphy from Ally’s Bar, all-natural, gluten free bars. https://allysbar.com


It’s Flowers not Flour

  Flowers Foods may be a name that’s unfamiliar to you, but this is the company that markets Nature’s Own breads and owns bakery brands and products such as Tastykake, Cobblestone Bread Co., Wonder and Sunbeam bread,  and the more recently acquired, Dave’s Killer Breads.  In total, Flowers Foods owns more than 20 brands and operates 49 bakeries across the United… Continue reading It’s Flowers not Flour