3 Start Ups: Only in Appalachia

Joe James, who is using sorghum to clean coal toxins from West Virginia soil, speaks during the Rural Entrepreneurship Summit.

The thing that struck me about the Rural Entrepreneurship Summit was the granola. I mean, it wasn’t the only thing—there were also amazing small business people in the room along with…

Appalachian Appetite Winners

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The 2016 Appalachian Appetite food photo contest focused on family recipes. These are the kinds of dishes that connect us to forbearers, people who passed long before we were born; dishes that…

Burgoo, A Lumber Camp Tradition

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Appalachian food traditions have hit the airwaves in West Virginia. Chef Dale Hawkins is touring the state and uncovering surprising dishes and ingredients in the heart of Appalachia. In the premiere…

Rediscovering Wild Rabbit Hash

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Animals were Grandpa Ferguson’s passion, both killing and keeping them. A fur trader by profession, he sold the pelts of creatures he hunted and fed his family their meat. Deer, raccoon, squirrel, rabbit, opossum—it was…

Share Food Photos, Enter to Win!

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Haute cuisine doesn’t stand a chance. Sure, wheatgrass fanciness shows up in all those lifestyle magazines. Trying it might even be fun, but we all know that trendy eats will never have the…

How To Eat Salt Rising Bread

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Pearl Haines was making soap with her daughter, a kettle of hog’s fat boiling in the yard and autumn leaves swirling behind them, when Jenny Bardwell stopped to say hello. She remembers…

Fast Spirits

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“We’re creating a revolution in how you can make mature whiskey,” says Joel Patrino of Blue Ridge Distilling Company, one of the newest distilleries in the nation and perhaps the…

The Appalachian Martini

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Thursday took a turn when my neighbor Kat showed, hauling a basket full of liqueurs and cocktail-making devices, a bar kit so heavy she’d reinforced the handle with gaffer tape. Sure, I knew…

A Pawpaw Confession

Photo courtesy of WFIU Public Radio.

I’ve written about my childhood diet, a steady stream of Little Debbie snack cakes and 7-Eleven frozen burritos. Sure, my family ate pinto beans with corn bread some nights, but we didn’t…

Appalachian Appetite Winners

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When I launched Appalachian Appetite, I didn’t know what to expect. I just had a rattling question I couldn’t answer—what is Appalachian food today? Ten weeks and one hundred thirteen photos later, I’m…

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