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staff prepare the fresh fish in countless ways,
including a quick sauté with a dusting of North
African spices, with a side of Hoppin' John
couscous.
"I love seeing the mix of people in the restaurant," says Fleer, who first earned recognition in the
culinary world as chef at Blackberry Farm in
Walland, Tenn. "Some come in in shorts and sandals, and some come in in pearls and dressed to the
nines."
Of the old barn, Fleer says: "Basically nature is
the décor. At night we throw open the doors, and
the cross-breeze from the mountains is blowing in
at all times."
Diners have a clear view of Laurel Knob, the tallest
vertical expanse of granite in the eastern United States.
CHEF JOHN FLEER'S SMASHED AND SEARED
LAMB STEAK AND SMASHED LEEKY POTATOES
WITH SALSA VERDE

8 4-5-ounce lamb leg steaks
(can also be done with lamb chops)
Kosher salt
Olive oil
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
Pound lamb steaks with the bottom of a sauté pan until about
3/4-inch thick. Season with kosher salt and let sit for at least
half an hour. Combine olive oil, lemon juice and zest, pepper
flakes, and finely chopped oregano.
Rub seasoned lamb with herb mixture. Let sit for a few minutes.
Turn a cast iron skillet to medium high. Sear lamb on each side
for about 3 minutes. If necessary remove from pan and finish
in a 350-degree oven. Serves 8

Leeky Smashed Potatoes
4 ounces butter
1 bunch of leeks,
white parts cut in half moons, washed
Kosher salt
½ cup white wine
8 red bliss potatoes, about 4 ounces each
¼ cup red wine vinegar
1 bay leaf

FRED SAUCEMAN

"Basically nature is the décor.
At night we throw open the
doors, and the cross-breeze
from the mountains is
blowing in at all times."

½ teaspoon black peppercorns
Olive oil
Melt butter in a sauté pan. Stir in leeks and season with salt and
sweat gently. Stir in wine and continue to cook until fully soft.
Put potatoes in a large saucepot. Cover with cold water. Add
vinegar, bay leaf, peppercorns, and kosher salt. Bring to a
boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer for 12-15 minutes until
potatoes are just tender. Drain and allow to cool briefly. Do
not allow to cool completely. Place a potato on a clean cloth.
Cover with another cloth and gently press/smash the potato.
Repeat with remaining potatoes. Press a tablespoon of leeks
onto each potato. Sear potatoes in a hot cast iron pan with
olive oil.

The Canyon Kitchen,
once a barn, now serves
new takes on North
Carolina cuisine.

Salsa Verde
1 tablespoon marjoram
½ cup chopped mint
2 cups chopped Italian parsley
2 garlic cloves
2 anchovy filets
2 tablespoons salt-packed capers
1 ½ cups extra virgin olive oil
Pinch of black pepper
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Combine all herbs, garlic, anchovy and capers in a food processor or mortar and pestle and work to a paste. Stir in olive oil
slowly. Stir in black pepper and lemon. Drizzle over lamb and/
or potatoes.

Canyon Kitchen
94 Lonesome Valley Road
Sapphire, North Carolina
828-743-7967
Open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday nights
from Memorial Day through October
Note: In the fall of 2013, Chef John Fleer opened yet
another restaurant, Rhubarb, at 7 Southwest Pack
Square in Asheville.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014

Cover
Table of Contents
Letters/Worth a Click
From the Editor
Creature Feature
From the Farm
Great Home Buys
Digital Help Guide
Mountain Report
The Hike
Festivals & Events
Mountain Curios: Racing Lawn Mowers
Mountain Curios: Stamping Out Squirrel Sex!
Mountain Curios: A Library as Big as a Breadbox?
Mountain Curios: Mill from 1794 Still Turns!
Mountain Curios: Indian Mounds in Downtown!
Travel Guide 2014: A Year of Great Festivals!
The Blue Ridge Parkway Photoessay
Travel Guide 2014: A Foodie's Dream Journey
Travel Guide 2014: The Retro Pilgrimage
Wilderness Institute in the Smokies
Mountain Garden
Cabin in the Woods: Royal Oaks Retreat
Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cover
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Table of Contents
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Letters/Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - From the Editor
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - From the Farm
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Great Home Buys
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 12
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Digital Help Guide
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 17
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 19
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 20
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 22
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Racing Lawn Mowers
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Stamping Out Squirrel Sex!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: A Library as Big as a Breadbox?
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Mill from 1794 Still Turns!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Indian Mounds in Downtown!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Travel Guide 2014: A Year of Great Festivals!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 29
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 30
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 31
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 32
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - The Blue Ridge Parkway Photoessay
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 35
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 36
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Travel Guide 2014: A Foodie's Dream Journey
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 40
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 41
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 42
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 43
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 44
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 45
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 46
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 47
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Travel Guide 2014: The Retro Pilgrimage
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 49
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 50
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 51
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 52
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 53
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Wilderness Institute in the Smokies
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 55
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 56
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 57
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 58
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Garden
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 60
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 61
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cabin in the Woods: Royal Oaks Retreat
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 63
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 64
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 65
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cover3
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cover4
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