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Forget a cash ISA! If you want to make a million here’s 2 things I’d do instead

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Would you like to make a million? I expect you would. Will you achieve it using a Cash ISA?With typical interest rates lower than inflation, you’ll lose money in real terms with a Cash ISA. So that seems like a no.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Looking round today, I’m seeing top rates of around 1.3%, while inflation is expected to come in at 1.8% in the first quarter of 2020. You can get slightly better rates if you’re prepared to tie up your cash for a fixed term. But that removes what I see as the only possible Cash ISA advantage, easy access.It’s a shame a Cash ISA is so poor, because it gives investors a jaundiced view of ISAs in general. And that must surely put some people off considering a Stocks and Shares ISA as an alternative.Buy sharesAnd that is one of the two things I’d do instead of saving cash – I’d set up a Stocks and Shares ISA.You don’t need a lot of money to get started, and you can usually transfer in regular small sums every month. Once you have enough for an investment, you can take your time choosing the shares you want to buy – there’s no pressure to invest quickly.Transaction charges tend to be fixed, and are usually low. My provider charges a fixed £11.50 per buy or sell, for example, and there’s 0.5% stamp duty to pay on purchases (but not on sales). I think around £1,000 is a good minimum for a single purchase, to keep charges low as a proportion of the investment.You’ll need an investment strategy, of course, but I don’t think that need be very complicated at all. One simple approach I like is to pick FTSE 100 companies paying attractive dividends, and diversify your picks across different sectors to spread the risk.Now, not all dividend stocks are reliable, and some can fail badly. But if you check our Motley Fool articles, it’s very likely our writers will have picked up on any risks. Right now, for example, I’m extremely sceptical of BT Group‘s potential 10% dividend.Wait and watchOnce your Stocks and Shares ISA is underway, the second thing I’d do is wait and watch. Watch for what? For dividends.Looking back on 2019, I received a payment £174.51 in May, followed by £79.90 in September. That’s my dividend income from my Aviva shares. The total of £254.41 isn’t enough to retire on, but it’s money I didn’t have to work for. And, if I’d invested my Aviva stake in a Cash ISA instead, I’d have had only £45 in interest.I always reinvest my dividends, so I combined my Aviva cash with dividends from other shares for my next purchase.What would it take to make an actual million? UK shares have returned around 4.9% above inflation per year for the past century. Allowing for 2% inflation long term, I reckon you’d need to invest around £870 per month for 30 years. For a lot of people, I think that’s actually feasible. But whatever you can afford to invest, you could do much better with a Stocks and Shares ISA than a Cash ISA. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Alan Oscroft | Saturday, 15th February, 2020 center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images Forget a cash ISA! If you want to make a million here’s 2 things I’d do instead I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Alan Oscroft owns shares of Aviva. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. See all posts by Alan Oscroftlast_img read more

Secretary Perdue Wants China Deal and USMCA Approved

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE By Andy Eubank – Nov 6, 2018 Perdue-wants-USMCA-and-China-dealWith the elections over, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says it is time get going on approval and implementation of NAFTA 2.0, or the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. No matter how the balance of power works out, he says it’s a good trade deal.“Well the timeline obviously depends on Congress,” Perdue said. “I think it will be done in the first quarter. This is a great deal. It’s a good deal for agriculture. It’s a great deal for the American worker, for the auto industry and others, and I cannot imagine it would not be confirmed by Congress.”Perdue remains optimistic that there will be an end to the trade dispute with China. He says the resolution depends on China, with whom the U.S. has continued to have trade conversations.“It’s just a matter of when China makes up their mind they want to play by the rules the rest of the world is. It’s not right, and President Trump to his credit threw the flag and called them out on that fact that they were forcing a technology transfer of our intellectual property, and in fact even sometimes deceptively stealing it. And that’s not right.”He says you can’t have a trade platform between two countries if you’re not playing by the same rules. Secretary Perdue Wants China Deal and USMCA Approved SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Secretary Perdue Wants China Deal and USMCA Approved Previous articleAg Barometer Rebounds After USMCA AnnouncementNext articlePOET Adding its 5th Indiana Ethanol Plant in Shelby County Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Xome CEO Kal Raman Resigns

first_img Home / Daily Dose / Xome CEO Kal Raman Resigns The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago December 1, 2015 3,085 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Xome CEO Kal Raman Resigns Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Kal RamanKal Raman has resigned his position as President and CEO of Xome Holdings, LLC, and its subsidiaries, according to an 8K filing by Xome’s parent company, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings, with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).Xome and its subsidiaries are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Lewisville, Texas-based Nationstar Mortgage Holdings. Raman originally joined Nationstar Mortgage as the CEO of another one of its subsidiaries, Solutionstar, in November 2014. In June 2015 when Nationstar launched Xome, an end-to-end real estate platform meant to simplify the home buying and selling process, Raman was named CEO of Xome.According to the SEC filing, Raman will as part of the separation agreement a cash severance payment of $600,000 spread out over 52 weeks beginning 30 days after the date the resignation became effective, which was November 23.Before joining Nationstar Mortgage, Raman spent more than two decades as a leading technology executive. He served as COO for Groupon in addition to serving as CEO of the company’s Asia Pacific region. His other past positions include VP of Global Fulfillment at eBay, CEO of GlobalScholar, a leader in enterprise software for public schools; SVP at Amazon in charge of the company’s retail technology and marketing units; CEO of drugstore.com; and multiple management positions with Wal-Mart.Nationstar did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Raman’s departure.In the third quarter this year, Nationstar reported adjusted earnings of $32 million and a quarterly net loss (for GAAP purposes) of $66 million. Nationstar reported a quarterly net income of $75 million in Q2, which followed a quarterly net loss of $48 million in Q1. The Xome segment of Nationstar’s business performed well in the third quarter, however, selling more than 4,900 properties and ended the quarter with about 8,000 in its inventory, increasing third-party revenues to 34 percent, and continuing to diversify its revenue streams and client base, according to Nationstar. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Kal Raman Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Xome 2015-12-01 Brian Honea Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Tagged with: Kal Raman Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Xome The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Fannie Mae’s Mortgage Portfolio Continues Rapid Contraction Next: DOJ Settles With Bank Over Alleged Discriminatory Lending About Author: Brian Honea in Daily Dose, Featured, News Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Woman comes out of coma after doctors tell her mother to turn off life support

first_imgStuff co.nz 22 March 2017Family First Comment: “At that time, Wilson (21) had a 20 per cent chance of surviving and was not responding to treatment. “They said if I did pull through, it was highly likely I would need 24-hour care.” In the face of the grim prognosis, her mother agreed to have Wilson’s life support turned off. “I must have heard it because I was like ‘I’m not ready just yet, just having a sleep’, Something happened and they kept me on and I woke up.” Wilson, now 32, spent 2½ weeks in a coma.”Euthanasia laws are based on the definition of ‘terminal’ – but nobody can ever REALLY tell for sure. That’s why euthanasia is a risky road to go down.Doctors didn’t think Jules Wilson had much of a chance after a crash left her critically injured and in a coma. Her mother agreed to turn off her life support. But Jules wasn’t done yet. Nicholas McBride reports. Jules Wilson’s life was hanging by a thread.Lying in a coma, part of her skull cut away to ease the pressure on her swollen brain, her mother made an agonising choice – to turn off her life support.But Wilson wasn’t ready to give up.Wilson was just a typical 21-year-old when a car crash in 2005 changed her life forever.A passenger in a car that crashed into a ditch while passing at 150kmh, she suffered critical head injuries.Doctors doubted she would last the night.At that time, she had a 20 per cent chance of surviving and was not responding to treatment.“They said if I did pull through, it was highly likely I would need 24-hour care.”In the face of the grim prognosis, her mother agreed to have Wilson’s life support turned off.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/90705063/Woman-comes-out-of-coma-after-doctors-tell-her-mother-to-turn-off-life-support?cid=app-iPhonelast_img read more

Draymond Green still plans to be defensive player of the year

first_img“It’s good to have our team back,” Green said. “A lot has gone on since all of us was out – in the league. Let’s try to get some normal order restored. That’s the goal.”After playing a career-low 70 games last season, Green – who dealt with various injuries to his shoulder, knee and groin – stepped away from the game this summer to heal. In the two months following the Warriors’ latest title, Green vacationed in Tel Aviv, France, Mexico, and the Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos in search of rejuvenation. A hefty summer itinerary hasn’t helped Green’s recent bill of health. He sat out most of the preseason nursing a sore left knee and has missed 13 of the Warriors’ past 15 games with his injured toe.“You work all summer to put yourself in a position to play and something goes wrong,” Green said. “That was the hardest part – not being able to play.”In the last 11 games without Green, the Warriors are giving up 110.5 points per game, 14.1 second-chance points allowed and have surrendered 49.4 points per game in the paint. In a 134-111 loss to the Bucks, the Warriors gave up a season-high 84 points in the paint in Green’s first game out of the lineup this season.“He’s the best defensive player in the league,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “I think our defensive efforts have reflected that in terms of not being as efficient. Not being able to cover as much ground.”Green’s latest journey on the injured list has tested his patience. When he injured the toe initially in November, the three-time all-star pushed himself back into the lineup just a week later, making the injury worse. After nearly a month on the bench, Green, lobbied with the training staff to return for Friday night’s 105-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks – even participating in a pregame workout at Fiserv Forum before agreeing to sit out. Now, Green says he’s learned his lesson.“Tried it my way and it didn’t work out,” Green said. “I was supposed to start back shooting two weeks ago and I got pushed back to [Friday] when we were in Detroit. No complaining for me, it didn’t quite work for me.”The addition of Green comes as the Warriors are finding their footing. With Curry back in the lineup, Golden State has won three straight games, ascending back to the top of the Western Conference. On Friday, the Warriors had their best defensive performance of the season, holding the Bucks – the league’s best 3-point shooting team – to just 17.9 percent from beyond the arc.“Very impressive,” Green said of the game. “Our intensity, our focus on the defensive side was so impressive that when they got open shots they missed em badly. You tend to miss open shots when somebody has been in your grill nonstop. Then you get open and all of a sudden you’re not in rhythm.”With Green back in the fold, the Warriors seem primed to make one of their patented runs. Seven of the team’s next nine games are at Oracle Arena, where the Warriors are 11-2 this season.“A lot of teams have made their runs – we kind of started off hot then hit this little rough patch but that’s okay,” Green said. “It’s a good time for us to make a run.”Green’s return also presents an opportune time to continue his quest for his biggest personal goal of the season: Winning his second career Defensive Player of the Year award. Four seasons ago, San Antonio Spurs guard Kawhi Leonard beat out Green for the award, despite playing just 64 games – further convincing Green he’d be a worthy candidate for the award this summer.“It’s still on my mind and I’ma get it done.”Related Articles Inside the development of Alen Smailagic, who is a long-term play for the Warriors Why Steve Kerr changed his tune on high schoolers coming straight to the NBA OAKLAND –  Despite playing just 13 games this season, Warriors forward Draymond Green still believes he can achieve his goal of winning Defensive Player of the Year.“I just got to come back and lock the league up,” said Green, who is expected to play Monday night against the Timberwolves. “Which I’m more than capable of doing.”Long considered Golden State’s emotional leader, Green’s brashness has helped push the Warriors to three championships in four years.Now, with the all-star back in the lineup alongside Stephen Curry, Green believes the suddenly-healthy Warriors are primed for a run. Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers center_img Why college basketball is back in San Francisco after 80-year absence Like our Warriors Facebook page for more Warriors news, commentary and conversation. Why the Warriors want to keep Damion Lee beyond this season last_img read more

Finding sound real estate investment

first_img1 November 2010South Africa’s post-apartheid transformation and the growth of a new middle class are fuelling demand for affordable homes. For private equity fund International Housing Solutions (IHS) and its global investors, that means opportunity. IHS’ South Africa Workforce Housing Fund has raised some US$250-million (R1.7-billion), with early support from the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation, to take equity stakes in developers and development projects that are adding tens of thousands of new homes and apartments to South Africa’s housing stockInvestors include Citigroup Global Markets along with a major North American endowment and a pension fund. The Development Bank of Southern Africa is also participating.In its largest deal to date, IHS has invested around $30-million (R200-million) in the conversion of 11 landmark buildings in downtown Johannesburg into 3 000 rental units. This and similar IHS-funded projects are making an important contribution to the revival of Johannesburg’s central business district.Other IHS-backed projects include a 4 141-unit estate in Soweto’s Jabulani district – the kind of development that is making Soweto unrecognisable to anyone whose mental picture of the township was formed before the advent of democracy.IHS’ Washington-based managing partner is Soula Proxenos. She maintains deep ties with her home country and is happy to be counted as a Global South African, part of a growing network of South African emigres committed to the country’s success.The housing in which IHS is investing is targeted at salary earners who can afford reasonable mortgage payments or rent but battle to find reasonably priced accommodation in the current market. These, says Proxenos, are the “missing middle” and many, she believes, are better off renting rather than owning.“Overall the demand for housing in the affordable property sector is huge. But current access to finance is driving consumers to rent rather than buy. For developers and investors like IHS, the high demand plus the relatively low default rate in rental payments make the provision of rental accommodation in the affordable housing market an ideal product.”Proxenos, who was managing director of Fannie Mae’s International Housing Financial Services before joining IHS, says the idea that home-ownership is always the best option is “clearly outdated”, putting people into homes they cannot afford. “It has proved a dangerous model in the US, leading to the worldwide housing crash which sparked the meltdown in financial markets.”This article was first published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB).last_img read more

GIF: TCU Loses To West Virginia After Fouling Jevon Carter With 1 Second Remaining

first_imgBob Huggins sitting on a stool.SAN DIEGO, CA – MARCH 18: Head coach Bob Huggins of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts as they take on the Marshall Thundering Herd in the first half during the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Viejas Arena on March 18, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)TCU nearly landed a massive win in Morgantown against the No. 18 West Virginia Mountaineers, a game that would have given some legitimacy to TCU’s impressive early season record. Instead, the Horned Frogs will travel back to Fort Worth with a brutal loss. With under a second left in overtime, and his team up 85-84, TCU’s Kyan Anderson fouled West Virginia reserve guard Jevon Carter. Carter hit two clutch free throws to give West Virginia the late go-ahead lead. West Virginia goes to 16-3 with the win. The Mountaineers are definitely a factor in a very tough Big 12 this season.last_img read more

Video: Devin Gardner Responds To Teammate Devin Funchess’ Dunk Video With One Of His Own

first_imgView of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes.SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)Apparently wide receiver Devin Funchess is not the only recent Michigan football player who can throw down. After seeing Funchess’ impressive dunk on Instagram on Sunday, quarterback Devin Gardner decided to make one of his own.Gardner’s dunks are definitely impressive, especially for someone who focuses on another sport, but we’ll have to award this impromptu Wolverine dunk contest to Funchess. That vertical leaping ability is sure to impress NFL scouts in the coming weeks during the combine and other draft preparation events.last_img read more

Delegates in Jamaica for UNESCO Creative Cities of Music Meeting

first_img Jamaica’s nomination file, dubbed ‘Reggae Music of Jamaica’, was submitted in March 2017. It is anticipated that the genre may be inscribed in 2018. Delegates attending include representatives from the cities of Hamamatsu, Japan; Katowice, Poland; Glasgow, Scotland; Amarante, Portugal; Adelaide, Australia; Hannover, Germany; Norrkopink, Sweden; and Daegu and Tongyeong, South Korea. Delegates from eight countries are in the island for the annual United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities of Music Subnetwork Meeting being held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston from February 16 to 18. Story Highlights Delegates from eight countries are in the island for the annual United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities of Music Subnetwork Meeting being held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston from February 16 to 18.The four-day meeting, which is being held in the Caribbean for the first time, aims to strengthen ties between designated Creative Cities of Music and serves as a platform for discussions on musical creativity.Delegates attending include representatives from the cities of Hamamatsu, Japan; Katowice, Poland; Glasgow, Scotland; Amarante, Portugal; Adelaide, Australia; Hannover, Germany; Norrkopink, Sweden; and Daegu and Tongyeong, South Korea.A key part of the discussions will centre on the Government’s submission of a nomination dossier to inscribe Reggae on UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage for Humanity.Jamaica’s nomination file, dubbed ‘Reggae Music of Jamaica’, was submitted in March 2017. It is anticipated that the genre may be inscribed in 2018.The international protection instrument will ensure that the origins of Reggae and its derivatives are appropriately documented and safeguarded for present and future generations.In her remarks at the opening ceremony, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, expressed the hope that the discussions will yield positive outcomes.“I hope that the conversations and sharing that will arise during the course of the meetings will look at how cities that lack capacity in one area can be bolstered by other cities within the network that are able to provide support in technical areas of cultural mapping, cultural data gathering and cultural data analysis. I am sure that the music cities will find a model that can be replicated across your network of other creative cities,” she said.Meanwhile, Kingston’s Mayor, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, said the initiative is important for the development of Jamaica’s reputation as a Creative City of Music, a designation that was bestowed by the UNESCO in December 2015.“We have a competitive advantage as a city in the creative industries, and we have to use that advantage to the benefit of the city’s economy. We are committed to building the creative industries in order to build the economy of the city and the economy of our country,” he said.Director and Representative of the UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office, Yuri Peshkov said the meeting is timely, coinciding with the annual Reggae Month celebrations in February, pointing out that “that gives us the opportunity to share experiences in the emerging and vibrant creative music sector”.last_img read more

Ashe County weekend

first_imgHeirloom Fried Rabbit(Note: Must prepare 24 hours in advance)5 rabbit legs1 quart buttermilk1 tablespoon chopped garlic1 tablespoon chili powder1 tablespoon dried thyme2 quarts all-purpose flour1/2 cup Texas Pete hot sauceSalt and pepperMarinate rabbit legs in buttermilk with the garlic, ½ tablespoon of the chili powder, and thyme for 24 hours.Dredge rabbit in flour that has been seasoned with thyme, remaining ½ tablespoon chili powder, salt, and pepper. Fry rabbit until golden brown and remove from oil.Toss rabbit with Texas Pete and enjoy!Soup from chef Van Nolintha of Bida Manda in RaleighPork Belly SoupSoup Broth:1 cup shallot, finely chopped1 cup garlic, finely chopped1 pound ground pork1 1/2 gallons pork stock or water10 lime leaves, finely chopped3 tablespoons sugarSalt to taste3 eggs1 to 2 cans coconut milk1 cup peanuts, crushed1 small can red curry paste1/2 cup vegetable oil2 limes, in sectionsVegetables:3 cups purple cabbage, julienned1 cup cilantro, chopped1 cup mint leaves1/2 cup green onion, choppedNoodles:2 bags rice noodlesMake soup broth:In a big pot over medium heat, combine oil, red curry paste, shallot, and garlic. Stir a few minutes, until shallot and garlic turn golden at the edges. Add ground pork and stir until pork is fully cooked. Add pork stock, sugar, salt, coconut milk, and lime leaves, and cook until boiled. When the broth is fully boiled, whisk in eggs slowly. Add peanuts.Taste the soup: add more sugar, salt, or coconut milk if needed.Prepare noodles:Soak rice noodles in cold water bath for 2 hours, or in warm water bath for 45 minutes (noodles tend to break easily when soaked in warm water).Assemble the bowl:Boil a big pot of hot water. Cook pre-soaked noodles in boiled water for 4 minutes, only enough for one soup bowl at a time.Drain noodles and place in a large serving bowl. Add broth, cabbage, cilantro, mint, and green onion.Serve with chopsticks and lime sections.Bill Smith’s Tomato SandwichesMakes 10 sandwiches1 loaf of your favorite white sandwich bread (see text)2 or 3 large ripe, red summer tomatoesMayonnaise (see text)SaltThis recipe is not as simple as it seems at first glance. All sorts of things come into play. I am always in favor of newness and innovation, but there are times when well enough should be left alone. This may be one such case. First of all, it’s really better to buy cheap, house-brand, grocery store, sliced white bread. Resist the temptation to upgrade to the artisanal. Then there is the mayonnaise. People fight over mayonnaise brands here, just as they do over barbecue or basketball. Both the users of Hellmann’s and the users of Duke’s regard the other with disbelief. Neither can contain their derision of the users of Miracle Whip. Use what your grandmother used.You should be able to get at least four fairly thick slices from each tomato. Commercial sliced white bread generally has 20 slices per loaf. Spread mayonnaise thickly on two slices of bread. Place a slice of tomato on one of the slices of prepared bread. Sprinkle with salt. Top with the other slice of bread. Slice the sandwich in two, diagonally. Repeat until you have used up all of the bread.These sandwiches are better if they sit awhile before serving. Many people claim that they are best if eaten while you are leaning over the sink, because if they have been made right, they are very messy. Bill Smith, the Crook’s Corner chef famous for bringing Southern cooking to a national audience with his cuisine and his writing, is the author of several acclaimed cookbooks, including Seasoned in the South. He has twice been a finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast, and has helped earn a James Beard America’s Classics award for Crook’s. photographs by Jim McGuireIt was a hot July morning in Raleigh when strategist Nation Hahn, nonprofit executive Alexis Trost, and restaurant owners Van Nolintha, Angela Salamanca, and Matt Kelly packed their cars for a weekend adventure. The friends, united by a love of food and community, were headed to the mountains of Ashe County to cook, eat, and raise money for a cause close to their hearts: the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation.As the group made their way to the blueberry farm where they’d spend three days, they talked about the people they’d meet there: their mutual friend Eliza Olander, who’d put the wheels in motion when she and her friend Jackie Locklear became high bidders for a foodie mountain weekend to support the foundation at a Triangle Wine Experience auction; the revered Crook’s Corner chef Bill Smith; the two Raleighites who own the farm, Johnny Burleson and Walter Clark; and 10 other friends. “Jamie believed in the power of good food and strong cocktails to bring people together to party with a purpose,” says Hahn, whose late wife Jamie inspired the creation of a foundation that nurtures leaders to work on issues like poverty, hunger, and public education. Ashe County Weekend Itinerary FridayThe group arrived and unpacked as chef Clark Barlowe of Heirloom Restaurant in Charlotte chopped tomatoes and chorizo.7 p.m.: Clark pulled out the tapas: clams, oysters, heirloom fried rabbit, and more for people to munch on as Matt Kelly of Mateo Bar de Tapas in Durham made paella over an open fire. Wine from Eliza Olander’s collection rounded out the meal.SaturdayThe group was slow to wake up on Saturday, but accelerated their pace when they smelled the pork belly soup being made in the farmhouse kitchen by Van Nolintha of Bida Manda.12:00 p.m.: Soup was served in the blueberry shed.Afternoon: The group whiled away a lazy afternoon around the farm.5:30 p.m.: Sonny Wong, bartender at Lantern Restaurant in Chapel Hill, mixed cocktails with bourbon and blueberries in a historic millhouse on the property.8 p.m.: Chefs Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill and Angela Salamanca of Centro in Raleigh made dinner. It began with a stack of Smith’s classic tomato sandwiches. They followed with seafood gazpacho, tamales, and, finally, roasted pork shoulder. For dessert, the duo made bread pudding with bread from the local farmers’ market and blueberries and apples picked from the farm.SundayBrunch: Salamanaca and Nolintha made brunch with the leftovers. Pork went into breakfast casserole; scrambled eggs were put together with peppers and arugula; and freshly picked berries made for flavorful french toast.Angela Salamanca serves up tamalesBill Smith and Angela Salamanca at work in the kitchenJohn Cooper, Angela Salamanca, Bill Smith, Vansana NolinthaPatrick Woodson, Nation HahnEliza Olander, Alexis Trost Seasonal cocktail from bartender Sarah Vickery of Chapel Hill’s Lantern RestaurantWalk Right In10-15 blueberries, muddled1/2 ounce simple syrup1/2 ounce lemon juice2 ounces bourbonCombine all ingredients and stir. Serve over rocks.Small plates from chef Clark Barlowe of Charlotte’s Heirloom restaurantChilled Clams Casino20 clams1 link fresh chorizo, diced2 shallots, minced2 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped1 cup Champagne vinegar1 cup blended oil (a combination typically of olive, canola, and other cooking oils)1 teaspoon Dijon mustardSautée chorizo slowly over medium heat until fat is rendered. Soak minced shallots and chopped thyme in Champagne vinegar for 20 minutes. Add Dijon mustard to vinegar mixture and slowly drizzle in blended oil, stirring as you go to emulsify. Add chopped chorizo and its rendered fat to the vinaigrette.Shuck the clams, top with chorizo vinaigrette, and enjoy. The farm that would host them was well-suited to a weekend of purposeful partying. Its 1880 farmhouse has been painstakingly refurbished by Burleson and Clark, who bought the place in 2003 after a memorable day picking berries there a few years earlier. “We felt an instant connection” on that fateful afternoon, Clark says. The two learned the farm was an Ashe County landmark, a spot where folks had come to pick apples and blueberries for generations. “We were stewards,” Clark says, “of a very special place.”In its current, beautifully restored state, it is still that. Old Orchard Creek Farm, as they call it, continues as a working blueberry farm and “a place where visitors find solace,” Clark says. And so it made sense to them to donate the haven to the foundation for the weekend. “What better way to celebrate and support the foundation than with a weekend of fine food and drink prepared by some of North Carolina’s best chefs from local products, including lots of blueberries?”last_img read more