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Snow Day Recipes from the Our State Staff

When the big storm hits, throw a soul-warming dish on the stove and another log on the fire. Our State staff members provide their favorite snow day recipes made with ingredients already in the pantry.
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Penny Cunningham: Gingerbread House Champion

A Charlotte woman has developed a knack and a passion for making gingerbread houses, whether they’re designed after traditional cottages or historic hotels.
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Sippin Sweets: Sweet Potato Cocktails

When it comes to sweet potatoes, North Carolina’s got top crop, and now the vegetable is making its way into cocktails across the state.
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Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Planning Thanksgiving dinner can prove to be quite the ambitious undertaking. Make it easier on yourself with a round-up of our tried-and-true Thanksgiving recipes.
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Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwiches

There are few things greater in life than Thanksgiving dinner — well, except maybe the leftovers.
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Cranberry Bourbon Martini

The balanced sweet and smoky flavors of this cranberry bourbon martini are sure to bring some added cheer to your next holiday gathering.
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Local Loaf: Restaurant. Patisserie. Bakery.

Local Loaf owner and chef Adam Spears channels culinary mentors at his combined restaurant, patisserie, and bakery at Charlotte’s 7th Street Public Market.
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Chicken Cheese Ball Recipe

Combine chicken, cheese, and North Carolina pecans for this quick, flavorful appetizer.
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Apple Butter Recipe

Pick up fall fresh apples at your nearest roadside stand or farmers market and celebrate the season with Steve Gordon’s prizewinning apple butter recipe.
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North Carolina Apple Orchards: A Fall Tradition

First comes fall, then comes apple pie. For food blogger Hope Yancey, visiting North Carolina apple orchards is tradition. Below she shares some of her favorite apple picking spots and a favorite family recipe.
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