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…

Homesick: A Poem

Collapsed copper mine and struggling landscape in Tennessee's Copper Basin. Photo by Brian Stansberry.

Coal isn’t Appalachia’s only extraction problem. Copper mining decimated Tennessee’s Copper Basin more than a hundred years ago. Trees were burnt for smelting, and sulfur released from the ore poured back…

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…

One Song: It’s Just the Night

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Del McCoury Band and The Fairfield Four deliver a perfect tune to get you and your goblins in the Halloween mood. Recorded for the All Star Bluegrass Celebration II, this one’s become a…

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…

On “Hillbilly Elegy”

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The bestseller “Hillbilly Elegy” left out a lot of hillbillies. Big thanks to the Chicago Tribune for giving me a chance to sing their praises with the below essay. * I…

8 Ideas for a WV Revival

Brew Sky Festival 2015 in West Virginia's Canaan Valley. Photo courtesy of Highland Outdoors.

Sometimes I get snarky. Like the other day, when I spotted Jim Justice’s gubernatorial campaign ideas for turning West Virginia into a tourism mecca. I tweeted, “Tourism, yes! Horse races, golf, &…

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