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Ginger and Bourbon Spice Up a Side Dish

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Ginger and Bourbon Spice Up a Side Dish
Photo courtesy of The Carolina Inn’s Carolina Crossroads Restaurant

Built in 1924, The Carolina Inn is an icon of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and its storied University. The quality of the accommodations are well-known, but lest you think it’s all about lodging, we’d assert that the inn has some solid food offerings as well at its Carolina Crossroads Restaurant.

A favorite place for gourmet cuisine, Executive Chef James Clark offers prix fixe menus with choices between three, four or five courses, but he shared with us a surprisingly easy (!) recipe for root veggies that will go with many a hearty main dish. Don’t try and substitute powdered ginger for the fresh as its freshness is front and center, and there’s no need to skimp. It’s mellowed by the bourbon sweetness — isn’t that sweet?

Gingered Carrots & Parsnips
from Chef James Clark, Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC