Chocolate Cream Cheese Pound Cake

RECIPE BY LYNN WELLS   |  PHOTOGRAPH BY MATT HULSMAN

If you can’t get enough chocolate, a drizzle of royal icing is a simple, easy complement to this dense, rich cake.

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Crook’s Corner’s Atlantic Beach Pie

RECIPE BY CROOK’S CORNER   |  PHOTOGRAPH BY MATT HULSMAN

A recipe created “almost by accident” turns into a sensation.

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Appalachian Apple Stack Cake

RECIPE BY SHERI CASTLE   |  PHOTOGRAPH BY MATT HULSMAN

For generations, families and communities have come together around this traditional Mountain dessert.

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Shrimp & Cheese Grits Casserole

RECIPE BY LYNN WELLS   |  PHOTOGRAPH BY MATT HULSMAN

A Southern favorite receives a new spin in this baked casserole recipe sure to please your family.

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School Days Peanut Butter Cake

RECIPE BY LYNN WELLS   |  PHOTOGRAPH BY MATT HULSMAN

In grade school, recipe developer Lynn Wells always looked forward to peanut butter cake day in the cafeteria. Now, she shares her recipe.

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Angus Barn’s Chocolate Chess Pie

RECIPE BY ANGUS BARN   |  PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLES HARRIS

Van Eure runs the Angus Barn, where the chocolate chess pie recipe was developed by her mother and a waitress in the 1960s.

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Blueberry Pound Cake

RECIPE BY LYNN WELLS   |  PHOTOGRAPH BY MATT HULSMAN

Load up this pound cake with blueberries and top it off with a lemony glaze.

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Easy Egg Salad

RECIPE BY LYNN WELLS   |  PHOTOGRAPH BY MATT HULSMAN

Spread on your favorite bread for lunch — or on crackers for a satisfying snack.

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Cheeseburger Pasta Casserole

RECIPE BY LYNN WELLS   |  PHOTOGRAPH BY MATT HULSMAN

For a potluck meal or a family supper, cheeseburger pasta casserole is a crowd-pleaser.

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Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Shoulder

RECIPE BY LYNN WELLS   |  PHOTOGRAPH BY MATT HULSMAN

If you’re craving barbecue but can’t have a full-on pig pickin’, pull out your slow cooker. We can help.

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Mom’s Prized Pig Pickin’ Cake

RECIPE BY MAVIS BRANNIN OF MOORESVILLE   |  PHOTOGRAPH BY TAYLOR MCBRIDE

In North Carolina, Pig Pickin’ Cake is an essential companion to any good barbecue (noun, not a verb).

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Chicken and Pastry

RECIPE BY LYNN WELLS   |  PHOTOGRAPH BY MATT HULSMAN

This simple, comforting eastern North Carolina favorite is too delicious not to share with the rest of the state.

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Smoky Shadows Lodge Tomato Pie

RECIPE BY SMOKY SHADOWS LODGE  |  PHOTOGRAPH BY TIM ROBISON

Tomato pie is one of about 150 recipes collected by Ginger Shinn and her family.

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