Be a “Docker” – The Fire is Lit!

I love my job.  I didn’t always, but circumstances have led me full circle back to the place I once left because I was very unhappy – and it is completely different than it used to be.  I consider myself very lucky to be able to do something to pay my bills that also brings me fulfillment on a more personal level.  I am all too aware that not everyone has the opportunity to do what they love for a living; I feel blessed.  Other people seem to notice, too, as they comment about how both I and my place of employment…

Battle Pork Shoulder: Swine Not Dessert?

If you have been following along, you know about the Competition Dining program that is taking place here in our great state of North Carolina.  If you haven’t, then you can read my introduction here.  I attended yet another round of the competition this past week, and I was honored to judge some super tasty eats in Battle Pork Shoulder.  I haven’t attended all of Fire on the Dock events, so I am sure there were many other really fab dishes produced.  But this – this took the cake. Pork-fat infused sweet potato corn cake with heavenly goat cheese whipped cream, cinnamon…