An Apple a Day

on Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Posted in Website Articles

Quench Your Thirst on Virginia’s Cider Trail

An Apple a Day
Sometimes the ugliest apples make the best cider. That’s why Virginia’s community of cidermakers are constantly seeking out rare and heirloom varieties of the fruit to create their concoctions. With eight active cideries scattered throughout the commonwealth, Virginia is helping lead the charge to revive this historic beverage. 

Bluegrass Bliss—The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

on Monday, 20 October 2014. Posted in Website Articles

Bluegrass Bliss—The Ultimate Grilled Cheese
If you stop by the Lexington Farmer’s Market in Kentucky this Saturday, you will find Susan Miller selling out of her grilled cheese sandwiches, her customers requesting “the works.” The “works” is Miller’s top-selling grilled cheese sandwich made with a combination of goat cheese, sharp cheddar, Swiss, and sheep cheeses. That’s four cheeses melting their flavors together. It’s an over-the-top kind of delicious.

A Week of Whiskey

on Saturday, 18 October 2014. Posted in Recipes, Food & Dining, Wine & Beverages

A Week of Whiskey
This week The Local Palate co-hosted Whiskey After Dark, a whiskey sampling event in Charleston, South Carolina. If you were lucky enough to attend, you were able to taste some of the best whiskey from around the world, so in homage to that event, 
this week’s Sunday Supper is a lovely accompaniment to whiskey. 

Don't Count Out Cider

on Friday, 17 October 2014. Posted in Wine & Beverages

Don't Count Out Cider

The burgeoning artisanal cider crusade counters the common perception that cider is an uber-sweet, overwhelmingly carbonated “girly drink.” We’re now seeing intensely sour ciders, dry-hopping and barrel-aging. In Virginia, we’ve incorporated other fruits such as heirloom purple raspberries, blackberries and mulberries (yes, it changes the color of the cider). How about dessert ciders fortified with custom apple brandy that taste like liquid butterscotch and come in at 18 percent ABV?