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Mac and Cheese, If You Please

I grew up eating macaroni straight from a box. For me, macaroni and cheese only came in two forms, Kraft or Velveeta. Boil the noodles, mix in the packet and Voila! Honestly I don’t think I had ever eaten real macaroni and cheese until I was an adult and my dear friends, Shy and Celinda Miller, were hosting a cookout at their home. You see, in the Miller family, macaroni and cheese is somewhat of a staple and NOBODY makes macaroni and cheese like Shy’s Auntie, Shalawn Covert. When she opened the door and walked through the kitchen carrying that massive pan of ooey gooey, cheesy goodness I realized that my life would be forever changed.



So when years later, someone started tagging @SalisburyFoodie in instagram stories featuring a Macaroni and Cheese Fundraiser I have to admit, I was both excited and skeptical. I followed the link and made my way to the ordering site for Aunt Lynn’s Mac Attack where I was greeted by a video of Aunt Lynn describing her food. The way that Aunt Lynn, …
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The Farm to Cup Experience

The Tale of the Coffee Snob
Like much of middle class America, there are two things that I MUST have every morning in order to function like a proper human being throughout the day.  One, a hot shower and two, a strong cup of coffee. The shower wakes me up..  The coffee sustains me.  Now for most this is just a small part of the day, but for me, it’s crucial.  You see, about eleven years ago when I was pregnant with my first child, I gave up all caffeinated sodas in lieu of Sprite and Ginger Ale.  Eventually, as my body began to adjust to this massive decrease in sugar and caffeine, I began to find that the Sprite, the Ginger Ale and yes, even sweet tea was just too much for me.  Yeah yeah, I know…  here in the South, that’s pretty much blasphemous.  Eventually I gave up Sprite and Ginger Ale completely and became accustomed to requesting “half and half tea.”  For those of you who aren't from around here, in North Carolina that generally means half sweet, half unsweet.  So now th…

You Scream, I Scream, We ALL Scream for.....

Goodbye Pie, Hello Ice Cream
The clouds have cleared, the birds are singing and Spring is finally in the air. With one quick glance we can see the change that’s underway.Flowers are blooming, the grass is high and our skin is begging for the sun’s kiss.And just as we see changes to the world around us, we also start to notice changes at our local restaurants.We gradually move away from the warm cakes and pies that soothed our bones over the Winter months and we start looking forward to fruit topped custards and creamy ice creams!Fortunately for us foodies, Salisbury has PLENTY to of options!


One of my favorite stops is the old fashioned, iconic Dairy Queen located at 1004 W Innes St where you can still order all kinds of delicious soft-serve treats right at the window.On a warm summer night, just after the sun sets, nothing makes the heart sing like a dipped cone!
As you venture into downtown, you’ll notice Spanky’s, a cozy, sort-of retro ice-cream shop that also offers all sorts of…

Sweet Meadow, where locals do brunch

Photo courtesy of Duane Duvall from DDPhotography13
Getting In
Bells jingled harmoniously as I slipped through the door at Sweet Meadow Cafe in hopes of finding a seat.  The Sunday morning brunch rush had already begun and I watched as servers buzzed around like a hive of bees, cleaning off tables and making room for the cluster of hungry bodies waiting patiently by the door.  A smiling face looked my way and asked, “Do you have a reservation?” I cringed. Of course I didn’t. I shook my head no and waited to accept my fate. The smile never left her face as she checked her reservation schedule and scanned the room for a spot.  She seemed relieved though when I volunteered to take an open seat at the bar. Menus and silverware secured my place as the server popped around the corner to pour me a cool glass of water. The brunch menu was filled with a wide variety of farm to table breakfast and lunch items including salads, french toast and both breakfast and lunch sandwiches.   The menu …

Juice Life, An Evolution

--From the Beginning--Many of the folks who call Salisbury home still remember a time when Salisbury was filled with hometown BBQ restaurants and hot dog joints.  The biggest decision we had to make was chopped or sliced.. plain or “all the way.” Today Salisbury has blossomed into a cornucopia of locally owned restaurants, coffee houses, breweries and wineries.  No one is more aware of this change than Juice Life owners Mark and Ashley Honeycutt. Ashley, a native to Salisbury, has always been passionate about bringing healthy food to our community. She began her journey by welcoming us at the former Farmhouse Restaurant, a farm to table operation that introduced Salisbury to a wide variety of salad and veggie plate options.  As Ashley explained, “back then that WAS healthy. We had no idea that what our bodies were lacking was the nutrition that we gain from consuming raw and cold pressed fruits and vegetables.” In October of 2014, the Farmhouse officially closed their doors, but…

Salisbury Foodie; An Introduction

10 years ago, I was in my mid-20s, newly married, and preparing to welcome my first child into the world.  I was just entering the "nesting stage" of my pregnancy and I was determined to find the perfect home for my new bundle of joy.  Finally, after countless trips to the bank, months of counting pennies and a little creative problem solving, I landed in the duplex (soon to be single family) home of my pregnant dreams.  The home was located smack dab in between some of the most beautiful historical homes I had ever seen, and those older homes that had been abandoned and left to rot over the years.  This juxtaposition of the pre and post renovation homes was a contradiction that became apparent in many aspects of Salisbury and now, 10 years later, it has become the thing that makes it so incredibly special.  


Like most small towns sprinkled across the Southeast, we have our iconic "Main St," where families and citizens come together to share in food, art, music and …