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Fried chicken

Fried Chicken is the Taste of Memories

It can be hard to be spontaneous and up for whatever when you’re a fastidious planner. Which is why it’s such a good thing that life brought me both a parent and a spouse who couldn’t be more opposite in their behaviors.



Before and after

Photo special to Smoky Mountain Living

Working in her studio nestled on a hillside overlooking Wears Valley, a border community of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, artist Kathryn Rutherford’s face takes on a radiance. more

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Biltmore Industries

Photo courtsey of Grovewood Village

When Biltmore’s first lady, Edith Vanderbilt, approached Fred Seely, visionary of The Grove Park Inn, about buying Biltmore Estate Industries in 1917, she asked that he “continue its educational features and develop the arts.” more

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Southern Highlands Craft Guild

SHCG photo

This year the Guild has partnered with several local interior designers, architects and builders from Western North Carolina to showcase how handcrafted works can be incorporated into daily life. more

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As the Monday through Friday host of WDVX’s “Blue Plate Special” on 89.9 FM, Red Hickey oversees a legendary radio program in the studio located on bustling Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. more

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Margaret Hester photo

The mountain beer scene continues to grow, with more than two dozen breweries now in the Asheville area and around 60 in Western North Carolina. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

While craft beer gets a great deal of attention across the Smokies, craft distilling is coming on strong. Celebrate the warmer weather with a cocktail made with North Carolina or Tennessee spirits. more

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“As the legend goes, he didn’t say round or anything at the time,” explains Tory Johnston, current vice president of marketing for the Chattanooga Bakery. “He said it just needs to be those flavors, marshmallow and graham, and dipped in chocolate." more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Pickled eggs

Erin Adams

During the summer of 2001, I took the road trip of a lifetime. A close friend was relocating from Asheville to Oakland, California, bound for grad school, and asked if I’d accompany her on the cross-country drive. more

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