Just last week I received a beautiful new book by Sam Beall – The Blackberry Farm Cookbook. Although I have never been, the Blackberry Farm is on my list of places to visit in the south. Nestled in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, the Blackberry Farm is one of the leading small hotels in America. Sandy and Kreis Beall, founders of the popular restaurant chain Ruby Tuesdays, bought the 9 bedroom farm house in 1975 and over the years have transformed it into a magical, high-end get away.
Their son, Sam Beall, began busing tables at Ruby Tuesdays at the age of 12 and later went on to study at the California Culinary Academy. With his dream of turning Blackberry Farm back into a working farm, Sam took jobs throughout California at vineyards, creamerys, and the world famous French Laundry. Today, the 32 year old chef, works with a team of chefs and staff to create seasonal dishes using produce and fresh cheeses all grow and made right on the farm.
As I flipped through the book, one recipe stood out among all the others. Call me strange, but I love kale and most of all – buttermilk. Growing up, if there was leftover cornbread in the frig I would be happier sitting down to a snack of cornbread soaked in buttermilk then I would warm brownies. So the Kale Salad with Buttermilk Dressing was a must try for me. Needless to say, I loved it and it may just become my new coleslaw!
As Thanksgiving approaches my tastes buds are ready for fall inspired dishes such as Sam’s Stewed Spiced Apples and the Dried Cherry and Cranberry Sauce. If you want to know how to deep fry a turkey – this book is for you. In addition to the seasonal recipes, the book is filled with beautiful photography from Spring to Winter which also makes it the perfect book for the coffee table.