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Weekend Cooking: Tupelo Honey Cafe

March 27, 2011

One of our favorite places to eat in Asheville is Tupelo Honey Cafe, so I was beyond excited when I heard they were creating a cookbook!  I’m thrilled to say this cookbook met my expectations and then some.  The cookbook includes more than scrumptious recipes, it includes facts and photos about Asheville, so it will not only make you hungry, it will make you want to head to the mountains of North Carolina.

The cookbook is divided into chapters by recipe type with titles such as The Larder (sauces, salsas, gravies, etc), Fish Out of Water (seafood),  The Threes (vegetables), and Chicken Seven Ways, of We Still Lay.  Just the titles give you an idea of the personality of this great restaurant and its cookbook.  The back of the book includes a list of resources, an index, and a conversion table.  There are also lots of gorgeous photos, but not every single recipe is pictured.   Beer and wine suggestions are included with each dish – the “pairings are intended to wake up your taste buds, complementing the dish and bringing its best flavors forward.”

When I received this cookbook, the first thing I did was flip through it to see if my absolute favorite Tupelo Honey Cafe dish was included and I was thrilled to see it is.   It didn’t take me long to whip up a batch of warm pimento cheese and, I have to tell you, it is to die for.  I wanted to lick the bowl when we were done.  Believe me when I say it tastes much better than it looks in that picture.  I’ve made this for Carl and myself, my mother, and some friends and everyone has loved it.

Warm Pimento Cheese and Chips

8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
1 teaspoon mustard powder
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
½ cup finely diced roasted red bell pepper

Tortilla chips for serving

Combine the cheese, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, stone-ground mustard, mustard powder, salt, pepper, parsley and roasted bell peppers in a large bowl.  Transfer to a microwaveable dish and microwave for about 20 seconds, or until hot.  Or put in a baking dish in a preheated 350ºF over for about 15 minutes, or until heated through.  Serve with tortilla chips.  Makes 2 cups.

If you like delicious food with personality, you’re going to want to check this cookbook out!

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Review copy provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
30 Comments leave one →
  1. March 27, 2011 7:48 am

    I’m so glad you discovered this cookbook! Although I have to admit that recipe doesn’t do too much for me! LOL! I’ll just take your word for it that it’s delicious!

  2. March 27, 2011 8:14 am

    I’m a sucker for chips, salsa & queso! This looks divine.

  3. March 27, 2011 8:20 am

    Oh that looks so good! It is 7:19 in the morning here…. too early to make this? 🙂

  4. March 27, 2011 9:02 am

    I will definitely try this recipe – sounds delicious!

  5. March 27, 2011 10:27 am

    Yum – what could be better than warm cheese dip? The ultimate comfort food! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. March 27, 2011 10:48 am

    cheese…melted…what more does one have to say..nothing!
    I would love to head back to the mountains of North Carolina anyhoo, and if I ever make it back I must go to the Tupelo Cafe.

  7. March 27, 2011 10:50 am

    yummy! a comforting contrast to the standard Velveeta/Ro-tel combo…I think I will like yours much better 🙂

  8. March 27, 2011 11:32 am

    OMG that sounds amazing.

    I’m a sucker for anything with the name Tupelo in it 😉

  9. March 27, 2011 12:21 pm

    I’ve always loved the pimento cheese that comes in the little jars. I never thought of making it myself. This sounds good and now I’m going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing. The book sounds good too.

  10. March 27, 2011 1:13 pm

    How cool that you have a cookbook now from one of your favorite restaurants! Oh and that recipe does look delicious!

  11. March 27, 2011 1:17 pm

    Totally delight! I love western cooking. Simple and delicious.

  12. March 27, 2011 2:34 pm

    This cookbook sounds wonderful! I’m so glad you reviewed it as I remember seeing it in your Monday post about the books you received the previous week and I wondered about it.

    I didn’t know there was a Tupelo Honey Cafe but the name instantly put me in mind of the Van Morrison song which I love. It’s a good enough reason for me considering getting a copy of this cookbook & now that I know it’s a good one, I think it’s a must! This recipe looks & sounds delicious.

  13. March 27, 2011 3:04 pm

    Hm, that does look good :=)

  14. March 27, 2011 3:26 pm

    I want it now…did you roast your own peppers or buy jarred ones? That looks so good…

  15. March 27, 2011 3:38 pm

    Oh wow! That looks wonderful!!!!! Yum!

  16. Beth Hoffman permalink
    March 27, 2011 3:43 pm

    I love the Tupelo Honey Cafe. Thanks for sharing the dip recipe, Kathy!

  17. stacybuckeye permalink
    March 27, 2011 3:50 pm

    If I made that Jason wouldn’t get to eat any and I’d gain 5 pounds! Kind of like the cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory we brought home last night!

  18. March 27, 2011 4:28 pm

    Wow does that that sound and look delish.

    What a fun cookbook to have.

    ENJOY!!!!

  19. March 27, 2011 4:32 pm

    I’ve had several good dishes at the Tupelo Honey and they’re all good. 🙂

  20. March 27, 2011 7:01 pm

    there goes my arteries…. screaming taste buds cry YES… oh well too bad arteries, you’ll just have to deal with it 🙂

  21. March 27, 2011 8:09 pm

    You seem to have the best of all worlds down there in your neck of the woods!! That dip looks delicious!!! I’d lick the bowl too!! 😀

  22. March 27, 2011 10:26 pm

    I’ve never had pimento cheese, but it looks good!

  23. March 28, 2011 1:52 am

    That looks delicious. I could easily make it vegan. I did a vegan mac and cheese for Weekend Cooking.

  24. March 28, 2011 6:02 am

    OMG, I know what I’m going to make Mr. BFR next time he wants a snack before dinner or when watching TV. How easy, easy is this? I know we’d have this finished in about 3 seconds.

  25. March 28, 2011 7:44 am

    It’s funny – I remember when you talked on twitter about this cookbook and cheese dip … when I saw your post I thought I had read it before. Yum, sounds/looks even better than in your tweet!

  26. March 28, 2011 4:40 pm

    I think the dip looks yummy! I’m going to print out the recipe so I can try it. Of course, I’ll have to check my library for that book too.

  27. March 29, 2011 12:35 pm

    Looks and sounds delicious! I’m going to keep this one around for entertaining. Of course, I’m going to have to try it first.

  28. kaye permalink
    March 30, 2011 10:08 am

    OOh, boy does that look good!

  29. April 1, 2011 10:34 am

    There’s a character in my current audio book who is named Tupelo Honey Sweet – too funny!

  30. April 2, 2011 4:02 pm

    I’ve never been to Tupelo Honey Cafe, but I’ll have to make it a point if I find myself in Asheville again!

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