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5 Elements to Good Vegetarian Cooking

The days of your Aunt Cathy’s hippy Vegetarian food are over!  Today’s modern vegetarian cuisine is diverse, enticing, healthy and delicious.  There are so many fantastic ingredients available in your local grocery these days, not to mention all of the ethnic groceries available.  It easy to find whatever items you need to cook satisfying vegetarian food.  But even with all of those terrific ingredients there are some elements to cooking sans meat which will enhance your final outcome. Good Stock.  Just as in cooking with the cow, a good stock is an essential base to great vegetarian soups, stews and …

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Adam’s Mountain Cafe& Me: How I could not get hired

My serving “career” was never meant to be a career at all. In the sticky, hot Virginia summer of 1983 I got my first waitress job at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville – mostly because my parents were members and they begged the manager at the 19th Hole to hire me.  He did and I was bestowed a green plaid dress with a peter pan collar and a name tag.  At Farmington, little seemed to have changed since the golden age of the Grand Old South.  Lady members in tennis skirts and Lacoste sun visors wearing pink Tretorn tennis shoes dined …

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Adam’s Mountain Cafe & Me: So this is Vegetarian!

Back in my younger years I decided to become a Vegetarian.  The outcome of that decision at the age of 16 got the exact reaction I was looking for. I completely freaked out my parents and got their attention straight away.  But getting the reaction I wanted didn’t make me a “healthy” Vegetarian.  I had never even considered tofu or complete proteins (this was the 80’s) and instead sustained myself on boxed fettucine alfredo, rice cakes with peanut butter and cheese (which I still love) and other versions of pasta dishes that emphasized carbs and dairy.  I grew up in …

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Cooking Classes 2017

Let the 2017 Cooking Class season begin!!  For several years Adam’s Mountain Cafe has been offering cooking classes – but no ordinary cooking classes.  After reserching many different restaurant’s class offerings I can confirm that ours are unique, not to mention affordable and fun.  We design each class based around a specific cuisine such as Moraccan, for example.  We research up to 12 recipes as though you were creating an entire meal so there is always one chicken entree, one seafood entree, multiple side dishes, condiments and of course dessert!  Then we set up stations for each recipe.  Some recipes …

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Adam’s Mountain Café “house” Orange Spice Tea

This is a caffeinated black tea infused with orange rind, cinnamon and clove. Prior to brewing, we recommend storing loose tea in an airtight container away from exposure of light. After brewing, store iced tea in a glass container to prevent staining. Keep refrigerated. Recipe for 1 gallon of iced tea: Using a home brewer coffee machine, add 1 cup of loose tea to a filter. Brew through 2 times (using the same tea grinds) pouring into a glass container each time. Allow to cool thoroughly before refrigerating. For hot tea, brew 1 pot of tea using ½ cup of …

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