Summer Quencher

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Duck, Duck, Confit Quesadilla

“Hustle” is the name of the game in Asheville, a city where most folks juggle at least two jobs to make ends and dreams meet. It’s a concept Bandidos owner and chef Justin Smudde knows a thing or two about. The wily entrepreneur has a handful of businesses, including Bandidos and Blue Ridge Renovations. Over the years he’s ventured into…

Garden-to-Table at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel takes farm-to-table to a new level with its organic garden. In it, a handful of herbs and produce are grown which ultimately make their way to a dish served in one of the restaurants. Executive Chef, Brian Sundeen and his culinary experts cultivate and maintain the organic garden throughout the year with herbs, seasonal fruits and vegetables.…


Nutrition is the most important aspect of healthy living. Without proper nutrition, you won’t have the energy needed to stay active, and/or your body won’t be nearly as susceptible to both minor and severe illness. Whether you’ve been an athlete for as long as you can remember, or just since you woke up the first of this year, it’s crucial…

Twofer Twice-Baked Potatoes

This recipe is my favorite part of my family’s Thanksgiving buffet: mom’s Twofer twice-baked potatoes. Twofer twice-baked potatoes are stuffed with half mashed potatoes, half mashed sweet potatoes, and topped accordingly; a big hit with both kids and adults. To make, you can use your favorite mashed potato recipes. If you don’t have any favorites, follow the recipe listed here.

Choose Your Brew

Mix-and-Match the Perfect Six Pack for Summer

Organic All American Apple Pie

Place flour in a food processor with cutting metal blade, add butter and shortening, slowly pulse your processor to cut up butter and shortening. Add two tablespoon of water at a time and pulse a few more times. After four tablespoons of water, check to see if the flour holds together. The dough should look crumbly if it does not…

Crunchy Kale Chips

One of my favorite snacks to make in the dehydrator are kale chips. After many times of trial and error, I have finally perfected the recipe. The key is to use vegetables that have a lot of water in them, so they dehydrate well. You can alter the recipe by substituting the bell peppers with zucchini or other vegetables. I…

5 Healthy Foods to Help 
You ReNew This Year!

The great Hippocrates once said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” and it’s a statement we should live by. The typical American diet is ridden with acid-forming foods such as refined grains, processed sugars, artificial sweeteners, processed meats and dairy. These foods are deadly, with research linking them to long-term health risks like liver and kidney…

A taste of Spain

To prepare the shrimp, peel off their shells, leaving the tails intact. Using a sharp knife, make a shallow slit along the top and bottom of each shrimp, then pull out the dark vein and discard. Rinse the shrimp under cold water and dry well on paper towels.