I recently had lunch at Herons Restaurant in The Umstead Hotel and Spa. They served the most wonderful bread, but the highlight was the Savory Cornbread Muffins. I wonder if they can be convinced to part with the recipe? -- C.L., Pittsboro
Daniel Benjamin, pastry chef at Herons (100 Woodland Pond, Cary; 447-4200; www.heronsrestaurant.com), rises to the occasion.
Before we preheat our ovens, let's all raise a glass to The Umstead, which was recently named a winner of the coveted Mobil Five Diamond Award. The Cary hotel joins The Fearrington House in Pittsboro in giving the Triangle two of the fewer than 50 Five Diamond properties nationwide.
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