Blackberry cobbler and shiitake mushroom quesidill
Stayed at the Wilderness Club of Big Cedar Lodge for 4 nights. Absolutely perfect lodge and quality experience. Took a 20 minute drive to Dogwood Canyon, a nature facility owned by Big Cedar which is owned by Bass Pros Shops. Drive a little over a mile past Dogwood, and watch for the signs for Persimmon Hill. Take a right turn and follow the signs. There is a charming blackberry, blueberry and shiitake mushroom farm. We had a wonderful lunch of shiitake quesidellas and pulled pork sandwiches with blackberry barbeque sauce (about $6 each). Delish and so lovely for an outdoor picnic. Topped it off with some warm blackberry cobbler with ice cream (about $5). This roadside fruit stand/out door restaurant also has large frozen cobblers to take home to bake (about $25). Dried Shiitake mushrooms and all kinds of gourmet goodies. The owner gave us a personal tour of the process of growing the mushrooms and sent us home with some of his famous blueberry muffins. These items are available on their website, www.persimmonhill.com. A wonderful treat but off the road-- a real gem.