Our editor in chief reflects on the last eight years judging the North Carolina State Fair Special Cooking contests.
Into the Wild
Back in the Day: Bear Hugs
Mildred the Bear loved Fig Newtons, orange soda, and long walks with her best friend Hugh Morton.
Downtown: Mount Airy
In this music-loving community in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, visitors find much more than Mayberry.
An 80-year-old experiment in communal living is still going strong in the Black Mountains. Really, the idea is simple — neighbors helping neighbors — but in practice, nothing could be more complex.
Roasted Pear and Apple Tart
Think of this sweet, spiced tart as a prelude to Thanksgiving pie.
Roasted Fall Vegetable Soup
This hearty soup will warm you up on chilly autumn nights.
Lemon and Garlic Roasted Chicken
Celebrate the crisp days of the season with this bright and flavorful roasted chicken.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, and Apples
This perfect side dish will add a little color to your table.