At more than a billion years old, this ancient outcrop captured human imagination, inspired a legend, and became one of the state’s earliest travel attraction. Our fascination with The Blowing Rock endures — and keeps drawing us west.
Sautéed Greens with Applewood-Smoked Bacon
Enjoy these sautéed greens with bacon — and don’t toss the broth. Potlikker is a prize to be sipped, sopped, and savored.
This rich, creamy dish is the perfect side for steak.
Wilted Kale Salad with Apples & Pecans
This fresh salad can be served hot or cold.
Our State Knows Best: Vegetable Gardening
Ready to hone your green thumb? Find out what three experts have to say about growing your own veggies in North Carolina, the common gardening mistakes you should avoid, and the best places to plant.
A Guide to Downtown Durham
Residents of this resilient city have embraced the nickname “Dirty Durham” as a symbol of the grit and determination of its shop owners, restaurateurs, and community advocates.
Grits & Greens
For a double dose of Southern flavor, add cooked greens to a bowl of local stone-ground grits.
4 Mixed Greens Recipes
Mustard and turnip greens, spinach and kale: Bridge the gap between winter and spring with four recipes that turn hardy leaves into a hearty meal.
An Our State Playlist: Voices of North Carolina Women
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve curated a Spotify playlist featuring a selection of tunes by homegrown female musicians.