Travelin’ Through Tennessee

I arrived in Tennessee on a foggy morning and so much the better: As our car crept along the back roads that lead to Blackberry Farm, a 44-room country inn in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the woolly clouds erased the mental grime left behind by months of urban living. Innkeepers Kreis and Sandy Beall had proposed to pamper all of my senses, and I willingly accepted. The answer is yes to just about any question guests ask the Bealls, who’ve turned their rambling 1,100-acre estate into a comfortable, inviting inn where weary travelers can’t help but relax and rejuvenate.   The Smoky Mountains, y'all. The Smoky Mountains, y’all.   “Would you…

Antique Utensils? You Got It!

Having the proper tool for the job is no less important in the kitchen than it is in the workshop. With this in mind, follow the reasoning in the 1899 White House Cook Book as you prepare your Thanksgiving feast – by all means, put away that heavy-duty fork or wire beater and turn instead to the humble potato masher. Today’s kitchenware collector has a number of choices available when it comes to the old-fashioned tools long used in preparing one of America’s starch staples – mashed potatoes. “The many different items patented during the late 19th and early 20th centuries to do the same job have become a definite…