Reasons to Celebrate in April

Looking for reasons to celebrate in April? It’s a quiet month here in Highlands, NC and across the rest of the Plateau. Easter Sunday and April Fool’s Day, both of which fall on Sunday, April 1, start the month off. Then, for the environmentally-inclined, Earth Day is Sunday, April 22 and Arbor Day follows on Friday, April 27. And that’s it.

OR IS IT? Check out these two holidays that you may be unaware of:

Friday, April 6 is “Walk to Work Day.” This is one of the great things we love about living in Highlands and Cashiers, NC:  both towns are extremely walkable. Because Highlands has a vibrant downtown with plenty of fine dining, specialty shops and fashion boutiques, homes that are within walking distance of downtown Highlands are in high demand. Cashiers is very flat within town and has a pathway that extends through the village, taking you by antique shops, restaurants, and through the Village Green. Even if you are lucky enough to have retired from work, living in either one of these towns would give you easy access to all the action.

Thursday, April 12 is “Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day.” This just might be our new favorite holiday! There’s not much better than a gooey, buttery grilled cheese sandwich – especially when paired with tomato soup. However, if you want to amp up the gourmet factor, why not try this recipe from Wolfgang Puck?

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People Magazine
Tiffani Thiesen’s Pizza with Wolfgang Puck’s Grilled Cheese with Fig Jam (OSCARS
Food Stylist Erin Merhar
Prop Stylist Caroline Cunningham 43097_WPuckGCheese
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Photograph by Hector Sanchez

Wolfgang Puck’s Grilled Cheese with Fig Jam

8 slices sourdough bread
¼ cup fig jam
¼ cup honey
6 oz. white cheddar cheese, sliced
6 oz. mozzarella cheese, sliced
¼ cup melted butter
Pinch of sea salt

  1. Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-low heat. Spread fig jam on four slices of bread and spread honey on the other four slices. Layer with cheddar and mozzarella; sandwich the slices together.
  2. Brush the bread with butter. Place the sandwiches, butter-side down, in the hot pan. Brush the other sides with butter. Cook until golden brown and the cheeses have melted, five to seven minutes per side.
  3. Transfer sandwiches to a cutting board; let them rest for one minute. Cut into quarters and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Serve hot.

Serves: 6 to 8.

Prep time: 5 minutes.

Cook time: 15 minutes

About the Author
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES MEADOWS MOUNTAIN REALTY has been serving the Highlands NC and Cashiers NC areas offering exclusive mountain real estate and country club properties since 2003.

We recognize that there are many important aspects to consider in making a real estate choice. With that in mind, we listen closely to the needs and desires of each individual customer and work diligently to find the ideal mountain property or to sell your property as efficiently and effectively as possible. However, our job does not stop there.

Once you have made your real estate decisions, we are here to help you in any way that we can. It will be our pleasure to familiarize you with all aspects of the Highlands and Cashiers communities, including home, professional and personal services as well as activities, restaurants, health care and shopping. We will go the extra mile to ensure that your experience in the mountains exceeds your expectations.

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