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Appalachian Food

The Joy of Watermelons in the Summer

The Deer Hunter enjoying a slice of watermelon I love watermelon. I always have, I mean what’s not to love? My watermelon consumption is relegated to the months of summer and seeing a ripe waiting watermelon always conjures up the feeling of hot sun, family, creeks, and drippy elbows. Granny and Pap loved watermelon too. There was always much excitement when Pap came home with a big watermelon. He’d take it to the creek and nestle it in the flowing…

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Chicken Eggs

Eggs: The Almost Perfect Food “In the mountains, eggs were almost as important to our diet as milk and bread.…

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Good Water

A spring Pap used to feed our gravity water system when I was a child “Mountain people…highly valued a cold,…

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Squash Casserole

This time of the year folks are trying to find as many ways as possible to cook up the squash…

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Holy Smoke Cake

Granny is famous for her Holy Smoke Cake…well at least in our family she is. Granny’s been making the cake…

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Sassafras Tea

Nothing Like Sass Tea, Yellow Mountain – John Parris “Mountain Cooking” For many an old-timer still clinging to customs of…

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Putting up Grapes in Choestoe

Today’s guest post was written by Ethelene Dyer Jones. Both grape juice and grape jelly were two of the items…

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Old Time Snacks

Snacks to Pass the Time – Sidney Saylor Farr In early June, Mother and Aunt Mossie used to take all…

Butter and Cheese

Churned Butter and Cottage Cheese “We used dairy products in a variety of ways. Whole milk, skim milk, buttermilk, and…