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When I was in my early 20s I found myself nursing a broken heart just before Valentine’s Day. Loving holidays as I do, and looking for a way to pick my heart up off the floor, I invited a group of girlfriends over for some baking and camaraderie. more

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Truffles in the Smokies

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In 1979, Franklin and Betty Garland pioneered truffle growing in North America, leading to the first commercially-grown truffles in the United States in 1992. Since then, they have shared their expertise with chefs, farmers and researchers. more

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Banner Elk, N.C.

Todd Bush photo

Sandwiched between Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain along the Elk River in North Carolina’s High Country, the tiny burg of Banner Elk rises as a destination for all seasons. more

Outposts

The Dillard House

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In the Little Tennessee River Valley of North Georgia in 1917, Carrie and Arthur Dillard served their first meal at The Dillard House to a circuit-riding minister. more

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While maintaining that spirit of barbecue inclusiveness, when asked to name my favorite, I answer instantly and confidently: Ridgewood Barbecue in Bluff City, Tennessee. more

A Walk Around Wytheville

Bruce Ingram photo

Wytheville is a charming small town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia that offers a variety of musical entertainment, shopping opportunities, rich history and abundance of outdoor recreation. more

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Mountaineers have long been known for their ingenuity and independent spirit, traits that live on today among the entrepreneurs and artisans profiled in Smoky Mountain Living’s Made in the Smokies feature. more

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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

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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

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Home Cooking

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’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

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Cooking for a Cause

Buddy Woods photo

The architecture and the ambiance still reflect the days when eating establishments had to classify themselves as private clubs in order to sell liquor. The name is a link to the building’s former life, as a gasoline station. more

Mountain Explorer

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The first time I remember being truly awed by food, it was trout that did it. My family was on vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and we were walking past Smoky Mountain Trout House when I spied an aquarium in the window. more

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Knoxville celebrates its 225th birthday this October. I’ve lived here since 1984. You’d think the place wouldn’t hold too many secrets left for me to discover. Or at least that’s what I thought. more

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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

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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

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Miss Angel's sonker

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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