Brewing is burning it up in Appalachia. And West Virginia, in the heart of the Appalachians, has a microbrewery and beer distributor of its very own too. Mountain State Brewery opened its doors in 2005 and now boasts three locations in Morgantown and Thomas, as well as a brewery and pub in Deep Creek, Maryland.
Take Holiday Guests to Brunch When guests come to visit and sleep late, it’s nice to have a favorite spot to bring them for breakfast, no matter how late it’s become.
Although Illinois now claims Mary Todd Lincoln as a daughter with a flair for cooking delicious desserts, Mary’s cooking skills hail back to her origins in Appalachia — Lexington, Kentucky to be precise. Mary actually brought her knowledge of Southern home-cooking and gracious hospitality with her to the Illinois governor’s mansion and finally to Washington, where she served as first lady.

If you would like to try a lighter verision of traditional pumpkin pie, this is pie is for you! Yumpkin Pie gives you all the pumpkin flavor only with a fluffier texture. Perfect when you are already full from Thanksgiving dinner but can not do without dessert.

You have options with the crust. Traditional flour crust is always good but it seems that the pecan crust option really makes the pumpkin flavor pop. Continue reading for the ingredients and directions for making Yumpkin Pie.

Asheville, North Carolina, has developed a reputation not only as a foodie haven, but also as a place where the entire food community — from farmer to chef, miller to baker and rancher to butcher — supports one another. This tightly knit community so impressed cookbook author Debby Maughans when she moved to Asheville that she felt compelled to assemble another cookbook.

Apple Strudel, apples, country food, country cooking

Fall always changes my appetite. I leave the taste for fruit salads behind and long for more comfort foods. One of my favorites is Apple Strudel. This year I wanted to add a healthy touch to the pastry and substituted 1/2 cup regular flour with a 1/2 cup of flax seed flour to add in some Omega 3 to the mix. As you can see below in the picture, the flax seed changed the color of the pastry a tad. But don't worry, it only enhanced the flavor.

Garlic, Bacon, cabbage, recipes, country food

Try this mouth watering Garlic, Bacon and Cabbage recipe. Great for these cool Fall nights!


Asheville NC, chocolate, chocolate chops in asheville

The Appalachians are sprinkled with wonderful chocolatiers and candy shops. Of the many worthy businesses, two companies stand out as “beyond compare.”

Ruth Hunt Candy Company

Apple Stack Cake — to most people who grew up in Appalachia, those words conjure up appetizing sights, smells and tastes from their childhoods. The delicious dessert is a traditional cake baked in the Appalachians often in iron skillets before bakeries and Betty Crocker arrived. Many Sunday dinners after church and during special occasions featured an Apple Stack Cake on the table.