Kitchen Sink Mead

Kitchen Sink Mead
Wow, look at this stuff! Is it a fine sherry? A liqueur of some sort? No, it’s simply the first test pouring of DeNeice’s crystal clear “Kitchen Sink Mead” round about the first week of May 2014. This had only been in the bottle 8 months at most. Kitchen sink mead The taste was of fruit, for all the odds and ends of the canning season  had en [...]

Book Tour North Carolina Day 4

Book Tour North Carolina Day 4
Boy, what a trip!! Everyone has been so nice. But gosh, it’s been so hot!  Then today we got soaked by an afternoon thunderstorm, we had to sit in the car about 30 minutes before we could get to our B&B. We are on day 4 of our 5 day book tour. We’ve had some great fun so far. Below are some pictures from our events. More to fo [...]

North Carolina Book Tour

North Carolina Book Tour
Here is an update of our North Carolina book tour so far… It’s HOT HOT HOT!! ;O) The Country Book Shop in Southern Pines, NC was very nice. We had about 15-20 people turn out and sold quite a few books. We had some fierce competition with the Women’s US Open Golf Tournament, but we held our own. ;o) Our table set up for The Country Boo [...]

National Book Launch a Complete Succe...

National Book Launch a Complete Success!!
Wow! That was fun! We had a blast! Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our National Book Launch for Drink the Harvest. We had a great turnout, I think about 50-60 people crowed in. ;o) Nan did a great job with the introductions and the Kombucha demonstration. I’ve included an action shot from the evening. Action shot from Malaprop [...]

National Book Launch Tomorrow!!

National Book Launch Tomorrow!!
  DeNeice in front of Malaprop’s. Check out the poster in the window! Tomorrow is the Drink the Harvest National Book Launch at @Malaprop’s! Please come out 7pm for the book signing and demo, then please come join us at the After Party at MG Road on Wallstreet. Nan outside of Malaprop’s. Don’t we both just look gr [...]

National Book Launch!!

National Book Launch!!
If you are in Asheville next weekend, please join Nan Chase and me for our National Book launch June 14, 7 pm, at Malaprop’s, Asheville, North Carolina. Our first box of books! With our new book, Drink the Harvest, we show you just how safe and easy it is to preserve homegrown, homemade beverages with fruits and vegetables, flowers and herbs, [...]

Rhubarb Again!?

Rhubarb Again!?
We’ve already raved about rhubarb the plant. Here’s what you can do with ripe rhubarb and strawberries in the space of just a couple of hours: start rhubarb-strawberry wine. Rhubarb and strawberries Wow, wow, and wow. Raw rhubarb stalks are quite tart, actually sour in a healthy sort of way, but just cook them up for 10 minutes or so and then [...]

The Joy of Rhubarb

The Joy of Rhubarb
In writing Drink the Harvest we did mention rhubarb a few times as a possible beverage fruit. This delightful spring crop – full of nutritional value – doesn’t grow just anywhere, so in some parts of the country it has to be brought in from elsewhere. Rhubarb Rhubarb reportedly originated in Siberia, which should tell you that it loves cold w [...]

Plant Potatoes Now!

Plant Potatoes Now!
It’s not too late to plant potatoes for 2014. What? Potatoes in the drinkable landscape? That’s right, potatoes. You already know that vodka comes from potatoes, but we’re not talking about vodka. It turns out that potatoes make an interesting and most unusual wine. Why not grow your own for a totally pure and super-local version. It costs on [...]

Strawberries!!

Strawberries!!
Finally, it’s spring in the Appalachian Mountains!! These incredibly big sweet strawberries are arriving in the farmers market from South Carolina. The strawberry harvest is a beautiful thing, and fleeting. It ends about June 1. Fresh strawberries When you find such a huge crop – picked at the height of goodness and rushed to market – it’s ha [...]