by Deborah Miller
You may have heard of stack cake from the mountains … you may know that mullet roe is from eastern NC … but stack pie and sonker? Here are two recent media recognitions by The New York Times on dishes specific to certain areas of our state.
North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC
July 1, 2014
Sonker. It’s like cobbler ‘cept it’s not.
The New York Times Kim Severson visits Mount Airy, NC to get to the bottom of a regional North Carolina dessert – the sonker, a soupy baked fruit dessert native to Surry County.
The New York Times
Dining & Wine
July 2, 2013
Stack Pie, Rediscovered
Karen Thornton says stack pie is “the best thing I learned about my heritage,” while researching her western North Carolina roots. Sheri Castle, Chapel Hill cookbook author, also weighs in and talks about stack cakes vs stack pie traditions from growing up in the mountains.
It’s stories like this that always makes us wonder what’s going on in YOUR town or county. What’s that one thing that y’all do or that has a name you never hear anywhere else? We’d love to hear about it. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about your regional food traditions.
Deborah Miller, Program Administrator at the North Carolina Folklife Institute, is a native Tar Heel and lifelong foodie with a deep passion for music. Read more at www.simmer2sizzle.com.