Ashley English

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

Sweet Appalachia

Curried Winter Vegetable Pie

Meg Reilley photo

My identity hasn’t always been a fixed one. The current guise I sport of “all-natural mountain mama” has been honed and adjusted and tweaked for decades before arriving at its modern iteration. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Each October and May, I find myself relying on the kindness of strangers. This owes to the fact that twice annually, I bake, cook, and make, an array of items, label them, and spend a few afternoon hours giving them away. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

Learn the Constellations

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

With a new year comes new resolutions. Whether you hope to hike more or stress less, eat better or give back, Smoky Mountain Living offers an only-in-Southern-Appalachia guide to making 2017 your best year yet. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM , , , , , , , Features

Corn bread

Meg Reilley photo

Not too long ago, I was chatting with a friend—a lifelong Southerner who had relocated to northern California several years prior. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Sweet pickle relish

Meg Reilley

I am an “all purpose” lady. Which is to say that I most prefer those objects that serve a multitude of purposes. An item whose usefulness can be employed on a daily as opposed to occasional basis gets my vote. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

All-Purpose cleaner

Meg Reilley photo

I have never been a messy person. As a child, I curated and organized my bedroom so deliberately and dutifully that, upon returning home from school, I was able to immediately discern if anyone had set foot in it while I was away. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

Miss Angel's sonker

Courtesy of Surry County Tourism

Chefs, brewers, distillers, bakers, farmers, and country cooks are preserving traditions and redefining the flavor of Southern Appalachia, from A to Z. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM , , , , Features

Fire Cider

Meg Reilley photo

I like to think of myself as a prepared person. Perhaps my brief stint as a Girl Scout in early adolescence left a mark so indelible that I took on “Be Prepared” as my personal lifelong mantra. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments 1 Comments

Wassail that packs a punch

Meg Reilley Photo

There are a lot of things I don’t know. I don’t know why my cat Harold tries to swat me every time I walk by him. I thought he and I were better friends than that. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments 1 Comments

Pumpkin Pie

Meg Reilley photo

Everyone has his or her heart-fluttering produce. Spring enthusiasts get downright giddy at the first sign of strawberries. Summer lovers are prone to spontaneous happy dancing whenever watermelons make their debut. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments


Photo by Johnny Autry. Styled by Charlotte Autry

The nail polish was the last thing to go. For the better part of 14 years, I had moved five glass bottles of silver, emerald, ruby, cobalt, and onyx hues around with me. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

Life's a peach

Johnny Autry photo

Peach eaters are taskmasters, expecting nothing short of sensory perfection from each specimen. When the demand meets the desire, the result—without any hint of hyperbole—is ecstasy. When it does not, however, the letdown feels profound. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia