Appalachian Thursday–7 Spring Favorites

Spring is technically still a ways off, but we have daffodils, forsythia peeking out, warmer days (followed by COLD ones), and last night I heard the first peepers of the season. So I’m indulging my spring fever with seven things I love about this time of year. 1) Snow on daffodils. In spite of warmerContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–7 Spring Favorites”

Appalachian Thursday–When there’s a need

Our little, mountain church got word not long ago that some missionary friends on the far side of the world need a van. The old one gave up the ghost and transportation is important. There were probably folks who thought about sending a few dollars, doing what they could. But a van, even used, wellContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–When there’s a need”

New Years Food Traditions

As much as I enjoy researching (and sampling) Appalachian food traditions, I also like to explore traditions in other cultures. We often serve refreshments after church and yesterday was my turn. Since collard greens and black-eyed peas are a bit tricky as finger foods, I researched what else might work as fun, New Years food.Continue reading “New Years Food Traditions”

An Appalachian Fourth of July

Back home in West Virginia there was always a bean supper at Lucille’s for the Fourth of July. George and Lucille were first cousins to my dad and they had a little, white house up on the ridge above the church. Each year, Lucille would organize the event with a big kettle of beans bubblingContinue reading “An Appalachian Fourth of July”

Appalachian Thursday–Ramp Season

Flowers are blooming, afternoons are warm, the sun moves more slowly across the sky . . . It’s the time of year when the old folks start shunning preserved foods for something fresh. Something green. Poke sallat. Fiddleheads. And ramps, which are somehow getting to be downright mainstream. My great-grandmother would be thrilled with theContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Ramp Season”

Appalachian Thursday–Lean Months

At the grocery store these days, I can buy strawberries and asparagus. This (along with a few days in the 60s) adds to my delusion that it’s spring. I could even try to trick myself into thinking it’s summer with corn-on-the-cob, tomatoes, and okra. My great-grandmother had no such luxury. Mid-February was the lean timeContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Lean Months”

Appalachian Thursday–WV’s Most Important Holiday

It’s almost holiday time in West Virginia. Oh, sure, there’s Thanksgiving and Christmas, but the REAL festivities begin on the Monday before Thanksgiving. The first day of deer season. Many schools are out all week because, well, no one would come if they were open. Teachers, students, staff–they’re all out “celebrating” deer season. So howContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–WV’s Most Important Holiday”

Appalachian Thursday–The Best, Last Thanksgiving

I like Thanksgiving almost as much as Easter. It combines gratitude with amazing food and those are two of my favorite things. And Thanksgiving at our family farm has long held a special place in my heart. When I was a kid, Thanksgiving most years centered on my Mom’s family. My grandparents, my aunt andContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–The Best, Last Thanksgiving”

Celebrate Autumn with Apple Crumb Pie

A friend from church used to bring the most amazing apple crumb pies to potluck dinners. I took pride in my homemade pie crust and had to confess, her’s was better. Not to mention those melting apple slices and sweet sugar topping! So I broke down and asked Marilyn what her secret was. She lookedContinue reading “Celebrate Autumn with Apple Crumb Pie”

Happy WV Day (two days late)

Saturday was West Virginia Day. Don’t worry, gifts aren’t expected. (Although one of those little black bears carved out of coal is always nice.) We had friends over for dinner and served food seasoned with WV sea salt (no, it’s not a joke–check out JG Dickinson Salt Works.). There was a bouquet of rhododendron (theContinue reading “Happy WV Day (two days late)”