Q & A with Ashley English

Local author of seven books on the topics of homesteading, cooking and entertaining. Tell us a little about your background. I was raised in Virginia and North Carolina, with a brief stint in the Florida panhandle when I was 14. I attended UNCA before heading up to Washington, DC for nearly 4 years, returning in … Continued

Kitchen Conversations: Just an Old Bee Charmer

The Asheville Bee Charmer is more than just bee-themed products and jars of honey. You’ll also find a veritable hive of activity dedicated to a passionate support of the honeybee and sustainable beekeeping. Jillian Kelly and Kim Allen’s passion for honey began many years ago in Chicago, with Kelly looking for healthy alternatives to sugar, … Continued

Getting Started in Beekeeping

Beekeeping offers many rewards – fostering endangered pollinators will help your garden, provide you with honey and other hive by-products, and introduce you to some fascinating creatures to study. Where to Begin You might be surprised to learn that North Carolina has the oldest and largest beekeeping organization in the nation. The NC State Beekeepers … Continued

Recipe: Grilled Steak

grilled steak ingredients 2 lb skirt steak honey: can be wildflower, Jameson’s infused, or any honey to your taste marinade ½ cup wheat-free tamari 1 tbsp sesame oil 2 cloves garlic, grated 1” knob of ginger, grated 1 small bunch scallions, chopped prepare Mix together marinade ingredients, and put in a shallow pan if cooking … Continued

Recipe: Honey and Tomato Bruschetta

honey and tomato bruschetta ingredients 1 baguette Mieli Thun Italian Dandelion Honey Chopped Tomatoes (enough to cover the split baguette) prepare Split the baguette down the middle, and spread a generous amount of honey on both open sides. Cover with the chopped tomatoes, then toast in the oven until the bread is brown on the … Continued