Juan Meloncamp

 Article Ted Gibson | Photography Ashley Perry  Juan Meloncamp  Few flavors tap into the nostalgia of summertime like fresh watermelon.  Tequila, vermouth and basil provide a delicate herbal backdrop, and a few dashes of bitter Campari help to balance the  sweetness of the watermelon and honey. A pinch of salt is rarely a bad idea and helps to elevate the cocktail's flavors.

Eat. This. Now.

Undoubtedly, you have strolled by this little, fuzzy, brown fruit at the Farmers' Market and in the produce aisle and perhaps you picked up a few to bring home. Once peeled and sliced this sweet yet tart fruit displays the most vivid green pulp with tiny black seeds. Traditionally, Europeans referred to it as a Chinese Gooseberry, attributed to its…

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…

Valentine’s Day Breakfast in Bed

It's February, perhaps the chilliest month of the year. We couldn't think of a more romantic yet comfy way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with breakfast in bed. With comfort food on our minds, we made waffles the star of this romantic morning menu. However, these are not your average waffles! These are liège waffles - rich, chewy and dense, with a caramelized sugar…

A Doctor in the Kitchen

Half Italian and half Jewish, Dr. Aliza Cicerone grew up around food and has always loved cooking. Before she entered the medical field, she worked in the food and wine industry, which included teaching cooking classes.

Cranberry Tart

When you are tasked with bringing a dessert to a dinner party and are looking for an alternative to the ubiquitous apple pie, give this sweet yet tangy confection a try. We suggest pairing with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and a drizzle of dark chocolate.

Fine Sugar Artistry

Owner, artist and creative director behind Petalsweet, based in San Diego, Calif., Jacqueline Butler is a former wedding cake artist turned sugarcraft and cake decorating instructor. During her first career teaching and training in the non-profit sector, she discovered and fell in love with sugar flowers as a hobby. She traveled extensively to study with some of the best sugar…

Chef Casey’s Homemade Recipes

Celebrity chef and culinary personality Casey Thompson spearheads a number of endeavors: three-time Bravo Top Chef competitor, culinary consultant for California wineries, international wine ambassador, food-centric world traveler, and, of course, chef, for upcoming concepts in the Southwest and on the West Coast. Her focus is on market-fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers. In support of ethical animal treatment, Thompson…