Breakfast of Carolinians

I spent my formative post-college years at The Salisbury Post in Salisbury, N.C. I learned many things there that hadn’t been taught in journalism school, including: Never accept painted turkey bones from the town crazy lady, pigeons don’t belong in the computer server room and reporting on a 4-H fair winner can lead to a family feud. (That last led to immortal words from my managing editor, “It’s not the scandals that get you, it’s the dairy cows.”)

Because Salisbury is the proud home of Cheerwine, the soft drink was a prominent ingredient in numerous dishes at every potluck. A Cheerwine Jell-O mold stands out in my mind.

I’m surprised it took this long to marry two of the state’s food products, but it has finally happened: Krispy Kreme doughnuts filled with Cheerwine creme. The specialty doughnuts will be available for the month of July only, according to the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record, which also writes that a dozen will be delivered ceremonially to North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue on Wednesday morning. Wonder if she’ll be wearing that hazmat-looking bee suit.

Big week for sweets

Can you smell the delight of lovers of baked sweets? First, the Krispy-Kreme on Person Street in Raleigh, N.C. reopened June 1, after month-long renovations left seekers of “Hot Doughnuts Now” with the cold comfort of packaged goods.

And today, the doors opened at Scratch Baking in Durham, N.C. The long-desired permanent store at 111 Orange Street gives fans of baker Phoebe Lawless a place to get pies and doughnut muffins between her weekends at area farmers markets. The hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lawless’ pies aren’t your grandma’s pies. The pan-less pies have rustic crusts folded up around exotic fillings, which peek through the center like an open purse tempting a pickpocket. A dark chocolate-sea salt pie I got for a picnic last summer still sticks in the memory.