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    Gifts from the Gardening Gods

    Every gardener, whether of the minimalist pots and raised beds on the patio clan or of the full-blown frustrated farmer of the half-acre patch persuasion, knows that their labor produces distinctive rewards that satisfy, in terms of tastiness. Read more

    Apr 1, 2022


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    Traditional Mountain Drinks

    In its widest sense, writing about food means embracing liquid nourishment and celebratory drinks. So, let’s celebrate traditional mountain beverages meant to warm the inner man, lift the spirits, and in some cases, “lighten one’s load.” Read more

    Feb 1, 2022


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    High Country Country Foods

    “A body can get the miseries or suffer from mollygrubs most any time,” my Grandpa Joe used to say, “but somehow they seem to come most often in the dead of winter.” He had what he considered surefire remedies for these ailments. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021


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    Time of the Season

    Around Labor Day, when the first cool breeze rolls through the ancient mountains of Southern Appalachia, so, too, is the indication that fall is just around corner. It’s also the signal to harvest the bounty of another growing season. Read more

    Oct 1, 2021


  • The Delights of Dried Food

    The Delights of Dried Food

    In my youth, and to a far greater degree one or two generations earlier, hardy mountain folks living close to the land relied heavily on curing, pickling, and drying to preserve foods. Read more

    Oct 1, 2021


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    The Many Pleasures of Pickles

    Pickling has always been important to residents of the Smokies and other portions of the southern Appalachian highlands. Read more

    Aug 1, 2021



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    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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