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Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016 Final

October 2016

Grandma Swain’s

Grandma Swain’s Sourdough Bread Grandma Swain always had sourdough on hand. Just about every meal bread was on the table. The boys grew up eating homemade sourdough bread, rolls, even pancakes! Her starter has been lost long ago, so we included directions on making your own starter. Fermented foods are making a comeback because of the health benefits. Looks like sometimes the old ways are better. Ingredients: Loft Gardens Intimate gatherings at the loft gardens Sleeps up to 10 Book your holidays events with loft gardens Call Doris at 252 339 6317 for rates. **** Sourdough Starter Ingredients: Flour (bread flour would probably work best) Water (best to use filtered water today) Packet of dry yeast Directions: 3 cups flour 1 cup warm water 1/2 cup sourdough starter **** 2 Tbs. Blackstrap molasses (you can use sugar) 1 tsp. salt Directions: In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and salt, stirring until combined. Add sourdough starter****, molasses, and warm water, stirring until combined. The dough will feel wet and sticky rather than dry. Knead the wet dough for a minute or two. This part will be messy. Place dough into a greased 9×5 inch bread pan. Cover with a damp dish cloth with a dry towel over it and let the bread rise for 12-24 hours (depending on temperature). Once it has risen, the dough should be light and fluffy and form an indentation when you press your finger into it. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45-50 minutes or until bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when you tap on it. Combine flour and undissolved yeast, In large plastic, ceramic or glass bowl (don’t use metal). Gradually add warm water to flour mixture and beat until smooth. Cover with a cloth towel or cheesecloth; let stand in warm place until mixture is bubbly and sour-smelling, about 2 to 4 days. Transfer to a 2 quart or larger plastic or glass container with tightfitting lid. Refrigerate until ready to use. To replenish starter just take out of refrigerator and let it reach room temperature. Whatever you remove from the starter just replace. Example - if you remove one cup of starter just add one cup of flour and water mixed (to keep starter alive) and let sit for a day or two before adding back to fridge. If you don’t bake bread for a while you need to feed the starter about once per week by removing a cup of starter and replacing it (just like replenishing it) to keep starter alive. 20 Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016

Fall Surf Fishing Fall is now in the air and this is when the surf fishing on Hatteras Island really heats up. Fall is a great time to visit Hatteras Island because there are fewer people, the weather is usually cooler, and most of the beaches are open for driving. This the time the Red Drum are making their appearance and making countless fishermen happier than a kid on Christmas morning. There is no prettier sight than the Point at Buxton filled with Drum fishermen casting and catching drum. If you have never witnessed these sportsmen casting their lines, making line adjustments, keeping their rigs from becoming tangled, hooking and catching a prized Red Drum, and then releasing the Drum to catch again. You need to come witness this fishing wonder firsthand and watch the seasoned fisherman catch fish like a well oiled machine. If this type of fishing intimidates you, don’t worry. You can travel north or south of The Point and still be in the fish. Generally during the fall, the ocean is filled with hungry Speckled Trout, Puppy Drum, Bluefish, Sea Mullet, Spot, Croaker and maybe an occasional False Albacore. Most of these fish can be caught on bottom rigs baited with cut bait. You can also hook them casting jigs, spoons, and plugs. Of course always be on the lookout for the big Red Drum because many an angler targeting smaller fish on bottom rigs has hooked Red Drum and had the fight by Jake Worthington of their life on light tackle. If you are considering heading to Hatteras Island and surf fishing, here are some things that you will need to know in advance. To drive on the beach, you will need an ORV Permit issued by the National Park Service. These permits are available from the NPS Office or you can go online and purchase one. While on the beach, you will need the following required equipment for off road driving: a shovel, a jack, a jack board, and a low pressure tire gauge. Some other items such as a tow strap, fire extinguisher, and a flashlight are also recommended. Also make sure you have a current NC Fishing license which can be purchased online on the NCWRC website. When you are packing your 4x4 truck or SUV, make sure you have everything that you will need so you won’t have to leave the beach. Making a checklist will ensure this. Before you hit the beach, make sure you stop at one of the local tackle shops and load up on fresh bait, lead weights, lures, line or anything else you may need. These tackle shops are not only filled with the correct equipment you will need, they also have information that they will share if you ask. The most important thing to remember before you hit the sand--air those tires down!! Your Storefront is your Customers first Impression by Mike Hindenach Windsor Picture Tour We all know that your storefront gives your business’s first impression. Location, appearance, and maintenance all play an important part in making that impression. Recently I spoke with a small group of local consumers and asked them how long it took for them to make a decision about entering a store. “Two seconds.” was the first decisive answer; other answers ranged from two to seven seconds to decide if they would even enter a store. The group went on to say that a storefront and parking area needed to be clean and well maintained or they wouldn’t even bother to enter. They talked in detail about the importance of sidewalk maintenance and lighting. For them, the outside of the business absolutely represented what they expected to find on the inside of the business. This discussion led me to take a look at how long it takes for us to form an impression. According to a study done by Princeton University psychologist Alex Todorov and co-author Janine Willis, we decide about a person’s trustworthiness within a tenth of a second. Todorov found that we intuitively respond before our rational minds can influence the reaction. Something to think about that when considering who the first person your customer is going to see when they walk through your doors. One of the easiest and most impactful enhancements a business can make is creating and maintain their curb appeal. A simple daily routine such as maintaining sidewalks can lead to greater customer interest. Just that one difference has been shown by industry experts to attract attention and create additional foot traffic. The Elizabeth City sidewalk maintenance ordinances can serve as an easy checklist: 152.11 GRASS AND WEEDS TO BE KEPT OFF STREETS, SIDEWALKS. (A) No occupant or owner of property shall permit grass or weeds to grow over any brick, concrete, tar, asphalt, stone or other hard-surface sidewalk or street. (B) Each occupant or owner shall keep the grass plot adjacent to such sidewalk or street neatly mowed. 152.12 CLEANING SIDEWALKS. (A) The owner or occupant of any store, office or other place of business on the first floor abutting the street shall keep the sidewalk in front of his or her place of business clean. (B) The owner of every lot abutting any sidewalk which is paved shall remove all snow, ice or similar accumulation from such sidewalk by 10:00 a.m. of each day unless it is continuing to snow, hail or sleet at the time, in which case same must be removed immediately upon completion of such weather condition. While my short discussions with local consumers certainly are not scientific, they do reflect the findings of numerous articles regarding customer attraction and retention. It may make you wonder about how many customers may pass you by if your storefront was not perceived as inviting and how many new customers you will attract with a few simple improvements. Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016 21