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Rip & Go: Black Balsam Knob to Cold Mountain – Pisgah National Forest, NC

Trek 18.2 miles from the South's best view to its most famous mountain.
september 09 ripngo black balsam 445x260Old Butt Knob Trail (Kevin Adams)

On the Menu
Lunches 1 & 2
Everything bagels with cheese and pepperoni
Dinner 1
Cold Mountain Couscous
Breakfast 1
Art Loeb’s Griddle Biscuits
Beef jerky, sesame sticks

Cold Mountain Couscous
An easy, one-pot dish

1 6-ounce pouch tuna
1/2 cup instant couscous
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small zucchini
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh basil

Chop zucchini and sauté in bottom of pot along with chicken and pine nuts. Set aside in bowl. Bring 2/3 cup water, salt, and olive oil to a boil. Stir in couscous. Dump in chicken mixture. Cover and let sit for five minutes. Top with diced basil. Serve.

Art Loeb’s Griddle Biscuits
A southern favorite

1 cup Bisquick
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup Craisins
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup honey

Stir milk (water works too) into Bisquick. Add Craisins. Beat for 30 seconds. Melt butter in pan or bottom of pot. Drop spoonfuls of mix onto hot surface. Flip when bubbles rise to the surface. Drizzle with honey. Eat.

The Grocery List (Aisle #) In nearest store below 1 pack beef jerky (2)
8 oz. sesame sticks (2)
1 4-oz. jar honey (2)
1 box couscous (3)
1 pack dried cranberries (3)
1 6-oz. pouch tuna (5)
1 box Bisquick (9)
1/4 C. pine nuts (9)
1 pack basil (9)
1 box powdered milk (9)
1 stick butter (13)
2 everything bagels (bakery)
1 pack sliced pepperoni (cold cuts)
1 small zucchini (produce)
8-oz. block Colby jack cheese (13)
Pack olive oil, salt

Nearest Grocery Store
Ingle’s Market 225 Charlotte Highway; Asheville, NC; (828) 298-2160

Pit Stop
Start with the garlic and cheese fries, continue to the beer-marinated Guinness burger, and seal the deal with a Green Man Ale, brewed on site at Jack of the Wood Public House. 95 Patton St., Asheville; (828) 252-5445; (570) 476-0132

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