German Apple Cake (Apfelkuchen)

I would not consider myself a baker. I always sigh and move on, when I see a really delicious dessert that requires baking. I tend to mess up the recipes in some small way. It may be overly dry, or maybe it doesn’t rise properly, too dense or some other version of too much or […]

Cran Elderberry Pepita Relish

You spend days or even weeks planning Thanksgiving dinner and then you spend hours cooking an amazing turkey, perfect stuffing, fluffy mashed potatoes, delicious casseroles and pies pies pies! But what about the cranberry sauce? Most of us just make one simple decision – whole berry or jellied. We decant the can and call it […]

Vegan chocolate chip cookies

I am not a vegan, but these cookies are delicious! I doubt they are any better for you, the environment or anyone else except maybe the cows and chickens. They are not easier to make. So why did I make them? Well that’s easy, I didn’t have enough eggs or butter, but my pantry just […]


It’s always fun to come up with a menu based on a single ingredient. Sometimes it’s the protein, sometimes it’s a vegetable. This time around the recipe was based on something that wouldn’t even end up in the recipe! Enter the Gewurztraminer (pronounced gə-ˈvu̇rt-ˌstra-mə-nər). We tasted a bottle at our local wine shop and loved […]

Pasta with Swordfish, Tomato, & Eggplant

We live just down the street from a little roadside stand that sells arguably some of the freshest seafood possible. We love to stop in and pick up whatever they happen to have and fashion a dish around that ingredient. This past weekend that dish happened to be Swordfish. I’ve never cooked it before, and […]

Sprout Sandwich with Tofu Ricotta

When my wife came home with “The High-Protein Vegan Cookbook” I rolled my eyes and gave her a look like “You’re kidding right? Why do we need this?” We love meat and dairy and I find a lot of vegan versions of regular dishes to be poor substitutes. But I sucked in my desire to […]

Instant Pot Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

This Christmas, Terri, The Food Fairy, gifted each of her tenured head chefs a brand new Instant Pot. Initially I didn’t really understand what the hype was about, but after some experimenting, I am officially a fan. My plan for this Ragu was to make it “the old fashioned way” slow cooking in the oven. […]

Apple Pie

Just last week one of my regular clients asked me to make her an apple pie. Dessert requests are a rarity at The Food Fairy, so I was excited to oblige! In 1978 when I was living in the Catskill Mountains of New York I was overjoyed at the plethora of wild apples available for […]

Terri’s Clementine Kale Salad

Terri’s Clementine Kale Salad

Please come and celebrate-rsvp [email protected]…365 Nicks Bend W, Pittsboro, NC 27312. On Saturday, December 30, 3:00-5:00 pm, en-joy some fairy food and allow me to offer you another form of nourishment. I’d like you to meet my friend Mark Nathaniel Mead, MSC, a holistic nutritionist specializing in Nutritional Oncology, helping cancer patients optimize treatment outcomes […]

Quick and Yummy Sweet Potato Dip

Sweet potatoes, being so colorful, nutritious, and delicious, are a great option for any course in a meal. You can have twice baked potatoes with chevre and bacon, or scalloped potatoes with apples and sweet onions, or a sweet potato mousse with praline caramel sauce… Not today, for you need something quick and yummy! I created this recipe when teaching a high fiber health and wellness class. You can use leftover cooked sweet potatoes or cook some up especially for this tasty appetizer. Also, great for kids’ lunches!