Finished Dip Dogs

Fred Sauceman

The big city hot dogs of Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia get most of the media attention, but the small towns and country backroads of Southwest Virginia are rich in hot dog cuisine. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

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

Home Cooking

JBN Photo

’Tis the season for good cooking. Whether your holiday food traditions have been set in place for generations or every year starts as a blank menu, there’s always room at the table for one more special dish. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Janette Carter

Photo by Larry Smith

The making of chow-chow involves far more than the blending of vinegar, vegetables, and spices. Canning this mysterious relish, made for generations in the Mountain South, signals change and ingenuity. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Fresh Harvest

Courtesy of Harvest Table

Interstate 81 bypassed their business over half a century ago, but Pam and Grant Hall keep making Dip Dogs on the Lee Highway between Chilhowie and Marion in Southwest Virginia. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Across the South, more women are wielding the knives and making masterful menus in what have traditionally been male-dominated kitchens—leading exciting eateries that are reawakening palates and reinvigorating communities. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

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

At the East Tennessee Coffee Company

Dawn Gilchrist photo

From our home in Sylva, we sidled up along Jonathan Creek in Haywood County and rode it until we approached the Pigeon River and intersected Interstate 40. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments

Though Appalachia’s apple stack cake tends to get most of the attention, many Southern holiday spreads wouldn’t be complete without an old-fashioned Japanese fruitcake, a layered spice cake with coconut filling or icing. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

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

Whiskey Cake

Beall + Thomas photography

Fruitcake isn’t the only liquor-soaked dessert that brings out the holiday cheer. This time of year, the classic Tennessee whiskey cake also finds itself in heavy rotation in Southern kitchens, inspiring the rich updates included here. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

East Tennessee Coffee Company

Dawn Gilchrist/Tim Osment

Husband-and-wife team Tim Osment and Dawn Gilchrist explored Newport and Cosby, Tennessee, in search of their favorite hallmarks of small-town living in Southern Appalachia—fresh coffee, smart books, and good eating. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM , Departments


Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

Every December 31st, while millions of Americans from Maine to California resolve to lose the last few pinches of pudge, Southerners have already gotten a jump (or, rather, a hoppin’ john) on the rest of the country. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads


MoonPie photo

What do you get when you stick two graham cracker cookies together with a layer of marshmallow, and dip the whole thing in chocolate? more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments

Sorghum and Bourbon Pecan Pie

John Rott Photo, Courtesy University Press of Florida

When it comes to old mountain staples reaching new heights of popularity, sorghum takes the cake—not to mention the fried chicken, pork chops, and wings. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

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


Kathryn Ray

A spirit of craftsmanship has always imbued these mountains. These days, Southern Appalachia’s most innovative artisans and entrepreneurs honor the past and this region while pushing their crafts to new limits. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

Fonta Flora in Morganton, N.C.

Donated Photo

With fewer than 17,000 residents, Morganton doesn’t top many culinary lists—at least not yet. Just don’t try to tell that to the diners at Wisteria Southern Gastropub. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments

Walk into any bookshop in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and you will almost certainly find an impressive array of books celebrating these life and times—from hiking guides to Cherokee folk tales. And the new titles keep coming. more

May 13, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

A biscuit at the Plaid Apron

Jeff Jones Photography

Whether as big as a cat’s head or dropped from a spoon into a skillet, biscuits are a staple of most Southern breakfast tables. On May 14-16, Knoxville will be host to the International Biscuit Festival. more

May 13, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia