On this fine Saturday night, it is a pleasure for the Roediger House to welcome back Jay Brown for an overnight visit. Jay is my oldest friend in the world; we grew up across the street from one another in Buies Creek, and we were roommates in a cool old downtown apartment in Raleigh back in my teaching days. He and his wife Tracy are headed to the mountains to celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary, and he came as far as Winston a day ahead so we could have some time to hang out.
On the dinner menu: the Tupelo Honey Cafe recipe for lamb and mushroom meat loaf, along with smashed sweet potatoes and green beans. It was a fine meal for us and really hit the spot before we headed upstairs for beer and pool.
"Lamb and Multi-Mushroom Meat Loaf" (p. 150) and "Smashed Sweet Potatoes" (p. 128), in Tupelo Honey Cafe: Spirited Recipes from Asheville's New South Kitchen, by Elizabeth Sims with Chef Brian Sonoskus. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC, 2011.