Comfort Food

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What do you get when an ethnic Pakistani man runs into a young Appalachian woman on a crowded college town street? Read more

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Located in Southwest Virginia, Marion projects the small town pride and vitality that is typical of many communities in our region. Named after General Francis Marion, the town also serves as the birthplace of Mountain Dew. Read more


The festival features authentic traditional food vendors representing Asian countries and areas such as Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Korea, China, Japan, Philippines, and Vietnam. Read more


Items include pecans, peaches, jellies, soaps, body lotions, dog biscuits, walking canes, clothing, bread, candles, pickles, pottery, syrups, and lots more, all grown, harvested, canned, baked, stitched or crafted in Georgia. Read more


Peach cobbler


In South Carolina, peach cobbler truly is a Southern specialty. From the locally sourced peaches to the homemade batter, it will have your mouth watering. Read more

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Henderson County, North Carolina

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Widely known for its abundance of apples and as the final home of American poet and writer Carl Sandburg, this popular destination spot offers not only history and agriculture but also an array of culinary, musical and leisure experiences. Read more

Traditionally hailing from the deep, dark woods of France, Italy and Spain, the black winter truffle is beginning to be successfully cultivated in our own mountains. Read more


In early mountain communities, one farmer might own a valuable tool or piece of equipment that was made available to family and neighbors as needed. Read more


Comfort food

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Chefs from throughout the region will team up with distillers to demonstrate how whiskey can be used as a culinary ingredient, providing tastings for attendees. Read more


Wall Street Journal introduces readers to Ronni Lundy recipes. Read more


The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree

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There’s something deeply resonant about the continuity of family farms, working the same land backward and forward in time. The heritage is particularly rich when the crops grow on trees. Read more



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Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this vibrant city is a scenic spot to explore alone. Read more



Traditional Tastes of the Mountains

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You can find Himalayan eggplant in Asheville, North Carolina. You can find Indian street food. You can find Korean seafood pancakes. In my home county in East Tennessee, there are three Vietnamese restaurants. Pho is now commonplace. Read more


Smoky Mountain Living is proud to bring you the recipes of Ronni Lundy, an Appalachian author and editor whose work has been honored with two James Beard Foundation awards. Read more


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. Read more


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. Read more


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

Banner Elk, N.C.

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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. Read more