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“Back during the Depression we saw an orange about once a year,” recalled Chet Atkins. That once a year was likely to be Christmas time, and that orange was such a rarity it most often ended up as a gift tucked in the toe of a stocking. Read more

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Dwight Yoakam’s grandmother kept her bacon grease in a small brown ceramic pitcher. She kept her flour, already sifted, in a big green porcelain pan that, when she wasn’t using it, sat in the bottom of an old, wooden Hoosier cabinet in her kitchen. Read more

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Food has a way of taking the sting out of tragic events and helping the community bond in love and strength. That’s what happened after deadly fires spread through Gatlinburg in November, 2016. Read more

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Stack ‘Em Up and Eat ‘Em

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Stack cake is the ultimate mountaineers’ dessert—a not too sweet, but satisfying and completely flavored dessert made of 4-6 thin layers of molasses-tinged, biscuit-like cake covered with a dark, rich dried apple puree. Read more

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Polly's Meat Loaf

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The meat loaf Polly Judd Rideout makes is so good that when her daughter, singer Naomi Judd, was growing up, she and her siblings could take Polly’s meat loaf sandwiches to school and trade for anything that the other kids had in their lunch sacks. Read more

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The power of salt to season is nowhere clearer than when it graces hot, crisped potatoes. The best I’ve ever had were served to chef Edward Lee and me when we landed at The Hütte Swiss Restaurant. Read more

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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

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Acclaimed pastry chef Lisa Donovan, formerly of Sean Brock’s Husk in Nashville, grew up traveling with her family, as her dad was in the Army. “I think there’s a biological imperative that has us seeking a sense of place,” she said. Read more

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Rooted in History

John Wear photo

In the remote community of Boogertown, a narrow gravel road threads its way to the end of Wilson Hollow and a farm cradled in seclusion a few miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Read more

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

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The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree

Jamie Hargis photo

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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Bacon Extraordinaire

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Americans are deeply in love with the meat of all meats, the cured (often smoked) fatty belly of the pig. While its saturated fat content may make bacon a “sometimes” food for health, it is an “always” food for those who swoon for swine. Read more

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Pies were the Mother of Invention because necessity required that they be made from whatever was on hand. In the summer there was no dearth of fruit that could be gathered—often by small children who would eagerly do the work for just reward later. Read more

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Leftover mashed potatoes were often the base for potato cakes at our next meal. My mother seasoned hers with onion chipped small and plenty of pepper, but I like to add other ingredients for a hearty main dish. Read more

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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

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Not every mountain farm had a cow or a pig, but virtually every household had a flock of chickens and they most often graced the Sunday table. Read more

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“What’s the deal with all the pancakes?” With apologies to Jerry Seinfeld, we really don’t know, but let’s find out! Read more

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Wanderliciousness

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A network of winding backroads interlaces the foreboding geography of Southern Appalachia from Virginia to Alabama. Read more

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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. Read more

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Certain locations and situations lend themselves to oftentimes predictable behaviors. Read more

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