Beyond the Books

A Gathering on the Ridge with Novel Adventures

A Gathering on the Ridge with Novel Adventures

I had an Outlander adventure last week — an amazing weekend packed with Outlandish activities — that I was very privileged to share with a diverse group of Outlanders from all over the US.

We gathered together on Thursday at The Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis, historic lodging in the Western High Country of North Carolina — the area that inspired Fraser’s Ridge — and just a few miles down the road from the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Read More

My New Outlander Kitchen

My New Outlander Kitchen

If you follow on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll have seen me mention a kitchen renovation at least once or twice in the last few months. We started the process last October, but unfortunately ran into some trouble with our initial contractor. When the quote comes back at double the budget, it’s time to get a second opinion.

Enter IM Design, located right here on little old Pender Island. Santi and Patricia came over the day I called them to ask for help. They set my mind at ease immediately, especially about the budget. Our kitchen really isn’t that large, and they assured me that they could transform our 14′ galley into something special while sticking within the budget.

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Steel-Cut Oat Risotto with Shiitakes and Pancetta

Steel-Cut Oat Risotto with Shiitakes and Pancetta

I’m tardy with this post, but I have an excuse.

I wanted to post this awesomely delicious recipe for Outlander Kitchen’s 3rd Anniversary on October 31 , but then I had an accident involving a brand-new, very sharp vegetable peeler, a butternut squash and my left pinky.

Let’s just say my pinky (especially the nail and tip) suffered the brunt of the damage. Read More

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