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Playing Music, Building Houses

Playing Music, Building Houses

As the history of Asheville is written, residents and visitors alike would be remiss to overlook the impact of the man named Warren Haynes.

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Acclaimed pastry chef Lisa Donovan, formerly of Sean Brock’s Husk in Nashville, grew up traveling with her family, as her dad was in the Army. “I think there’s a biological imperative that has us seeking a sense of place,” she said. Read more

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Across the country, tween girls dance in front of mirrors singing Taylor Swift hits, or granddads sit on porches picking banjos and mandolins. Read more

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A conversation with the Smokies’ shutterbug

Kristina Plaas photo

Knoxville-based photographer Kristina Plaas got bitten by the photography bug at a young age, and she’s channeled that passion into a unique role at the nation’s most-visited national park. Read more

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Sitting on a rather large fallen tree branch, Langhorne Slim gazes out onto the grounds of FloydFest. The annual late July gathering has become a haven of sorts for tens of thousands of folks seeking genuine human compassion and melodic serenity. Read more

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Roasting a Pig and Remembering

Photo by Fred Sauceman.

Every October, Eduardo Zayas-Bazán travels from Miami to East Tennessee, where he once taught Spanish. His mission: to reunite with friends over a roasting, citrus-marinated, garlicky pig. Read more

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Bacon Extraordinaire

Aubrie Pick photo

Americans are deeply in love with the meat of all meats, the cured (often smoked) fatty belly of the pig. While its saturated fat content may make bacon a “sometimes” food for health, it is an “always” food for those who swoon for swine. Read more

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Pies were the Mother of Invention because necessity required that they be made from whatever was on hand. In the summer there was no dearth of fruit that could be gathered—often by small children who would eagerly do the work for just reward later. Read more

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A sculpture that has graced the South Terrace at the Biltmore House for more than a century underwent surgery in June to replace an arm that originally went missing decades ago. Read more

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SML is pleased to feature recipes from featured restaurants, chefs — even some oldies!