Blue Ridge Country

Flavors

Ramps and mushrooms, cornbread and apple stack cake... the Appalachian mountains are known for delicious, down-home cuisine. In our Mountain Flavors blog, we explore restaurants and recipes, family traditions and new twists on old dishes - reviews of cookbooks, stories on regional eateries and more food news from the Blue Ridge. Do you have a recipe you'd like to share? Contact Editor Cara Modisett and tell us the story behind it - we'll post it here.

Blue Ridge Parkway Foodie Tour, Part 3

Blue Ridge Parkway Foodie Tour, Part 3

The northern miles of the North Carolina section of the Blue Ridge Parkway pass through 11 counties, where the food offerings are steeped in traditions as rich and varied as the mountains themselves. Flavors, cooking methods and delicious meals often reach back to decades long past. What they have in common – from Eggplant Napoleon to 14 percent butterfat ice cream – is a dedication to excellence.

 

Blue Ridge Parkway Foodie Tour, Part 2

Blue Ridge Parkway Foodie Tour, Part 2

The southern-most miles of the Virginia section of the Blue Ridge Parkway provide a wide array of must-tastes. These six stops also offer architecture ranging from a regal 1882 Tudor to an equally classic O’Mahony Diner Company pre-fab diner. The mea...

Crooked Road Cuisine: Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

Crooked Road Cuisine: Cottage Cheese Ice Cream What better way to showcase regional culture than through its food? Here at the office, we received a copy of the book “Grazing Along the Crooked Road: Recipes and Stories – Past and Present” by Betty Skeens and Libby Bondurant that does just tha...

Blue Ridge Parkway Foodie Tour, Part 1

Blue Ridge Parkway Foodie Tour, Part 1

It’s a food lover’s dream come true: Don’t just start south on the  469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway. Instead, begin at the scenic roadway’s milepost 0 in Afton, Va. equipped with a list of great places to stop for things like a unique bratwurst pizza, so...

Cheesy Comfort: Macaroni and Cheese

Cheesy Comfort: Macaroni and Cheese

I finally have it! The perfect macaroni and cheese recipe. It’s perfectly cheesy. Perfectly creamy. And, well, perfectly delicious.

Baked, I say, is always the way to go when it comes to mac and cheese (although I’ve tasted some yummy slow cooker ve...

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