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  • Trout on the Table

    Courtesy of Jim Casada

    Trout on the Table

    One of the more frequently used quotations from 19th century wilderness wanderer, writer, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau suggests that “some men fish all their lives without knowing it is not really the fish they are after.” Read more

    Jun 1, 2021

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    A Yearning for Yard Bird

    In past generations, chickens were as much a part of normal mountain homesteads as bedsteads or corn cribs. Variously known as yard birds, preacher birds, and Gospel birds, as well as chickens, they had a myriad of virtues. Read more

    Apr 1, 2021

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    Mountain Soul Food

    Rich, filling, savory, and chock full of a myriad of blended tastes, a hearty stew, accompanied by a pone of cornbread or fresh-baked batch of cathead biscuits, offered food which filled the inner being and stirred the soul. Read more

    Feb 1, 2021

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    The Wonders of Winter Squash

    Traditionally, winter squash figured prominently in subsistence agriculture throughout the southern high country. Pumpkins and other “keeping” squash were grown in both fields and gardens. Read more

    Dec 1, 2020

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    Makins From Maters

    Along with corn, most consider tomatoes, usually just called “maters” in traditional mountain vernacular, the quintessence of foodstuffs from mountain gardens. Tomatoes are so versatile, so tasty, and come in so many varieties they are irresistible. Read more

    Aug 1, 2020

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  • Apple time in the High Country

    Apple Time in the High Country

    Two or three generations ago almost every mountain homestead had apple trees. Whether or not they rose to the status of meriting the term orchard, they provided welcome, indeed needful, additions to the family’s diet. Read more

    Oct 1, 2020

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    The Bounty of Blackberries

    Some of my fondest childhood memories center on countless days spent plucking the fruits of the good Earth. Foremost among these was picking what is far and away the best known of the wild brambles, the luscious and pretty much ubiquitous blackberry. Read more

    Jun 1, 2020

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    Fried Pies

    I’ve always held you can tell mountain southerners from all other southerners by the kind of fried pie they prefer. Read more

    Apr 1, 2020

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