August 29, 2014

About Frances O’Roark Dowell

Frances is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author children’s literature including Dovey Coe, which won the Edgar Award. She lives with her husband and two sons in Durham, North Carolina.

Apple Stack Cake

The Appalachian stack cake tradition continues with this 2004 wedding cake made for Joy Salyers by her mother.

by Frances Dowell I  recently finished writing a novel set in the fictional mountain town of Stone Gap, North Carolina.  In one chapter, twelve-year-old Arie Mae Sparks is invited to a picnic by her so-called betters, and her mother insists she bring an apple stack cake as an offering. Arie Mae is torn. On the one hand, she really doesn’t want to go to this picnic. On the other hand, who can resist apple stack cake? … [Read more...]

June is North Carolina Blueberry Month

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By Frances Dowell The civilized blueberry moved to North Carolina in the early half of the 20th century. Wild blueberries have been growing in the piney woods of the eastern shores since the beginning of time (or thereabouts), but it wasn’t until one Harold Huntington of Montclair, NJ, cleared a thousand acres in Pender County in 1936 that blueberries were actually cultivated in the Old North State. Huntington, a … [Read more...]

Pomegranate Kitchen, Durham, NC

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by Frances O'Roark Dowell Imagine a kitchen that’s not unlike your own, only bigger and better equipped, with a cash box on the counter and a menu on the wall. Imagine the air thick with ginger, cumin and cinnamon. Now imagine a friend—your most hospitable, generous friend—standing before a flotilla of simmering pots, calling out hello as you walk through the door. This, in a nutshell, is the Pomegranate … [Read more...]

February is NC Sweet Potato Month!

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Sweet Potatoes ‘R’ Us Just how important is the sweet potato in the NC swing of things? Well, not only does it have a 501(c)3 charitable foundation and a newsletter, it has its own blog. I’m hard pressed to think of another vegetable that can make such a claim. The sweet potato is the official state vegetable of North Carolina, thanks to a group of enterprising youth from Wilson County who pushed through this … [Read more...]

Christ the King Moravian Sugar Cake

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From Murphy to Manteo, our state is a ribbon-wrapped highway where almost all roads lead to a tasteful discovery. Sharing the stories behind both well-known and hidden treasures, our NCFood blog invites you along with us on a tasting journey. With the holiday season well upon us, we thought our sweetest gift to you would be to head west on I-40 and check in with just one of many destinations rich in mouthwatering … [Read more...]