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Of all the bean dishes, the most popular is soup beans. To a native of Appalachia, soup beans is just a name for a soup everyone makes; to outsiders it is an exotic specialty.

Of all the bean dishes, the most popular is soup beans. To a native of Appalachia, soup beans is just a name for a soup everyone makes; to outsiders it is an exotic specialty.

Appalachian Cider Baked Beans.....fresh apple cider, salt pork, sorghum...long cooking, but sounds delish!

Appalachian Cider Baked Beans

Appalachian Cider Baked Beans.....fresh apple cider, salt pork, sorghum...long cooking, but sounds delish!

Chow Chow - is a relish served with soup beans, ham, pork chops or anything!  It has a tangy taste and comes from fresh/pickeled vegetables. A mountain way not waste any ingrediants!

Chow Chow - is a relish served with soup beans, ham, pork chops or anything! It has a tangy taste and comes from fresh/pickeled vegetables. A mountain way not waste any ingrediants!

Traditional Appalachian meal: pintos, soupy potatoes, corn bread and killed lettuce..... mmmmmm!

Traditional Appalachian meal: pintos, soupy potatoes, corn bread and killed lettuce..... mmmmmm!

Caroline's Skillet Corn Bread 1 large egg 2 c buttermilk 1.75 c cornmeal  1.5-2 t strained bacon grease or coconut oil 1 t baking powder 1 t salt 1 t baking soda (red pepper flakes?) Mix the egg into the buttermilk, add cornmeal (should be thick). Put bacon grease/coconut oil in the skillet to coat the bottom and sides, put it into a cold oven until 450 degrees. Add the baking powder, salt, and soda to the batter, and pour the batter at once into the hot pan.Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Caroline's Skillet Corn Bread 1 large egg 2 c buttermilk 1.75 c cornmeal 1.5-2 t strained bacon grease or coconut oil 1 t baking powder 1 t salt 1 t baking soda (red pepper flakes?) Mix the egg into the buttermilk, add cornmeal (should be thick). Put bacon grease/coconut oil in the skillet to coat the bottom and sides, put it into a cold oven until 450 degrees. Add the baking powder, salt, and soda to the batter, and pour the batter at once into the hot pan.Bake for 15-20 minutes.

This is a story about pinto beans. But first it’s a story about my mountain people and one of our curious traditions. http://cnn.it/1ni3i9E

This is a story about pinto beans. But first it’s a story about my mountain people and one of our curious traditions. http://cnn.it/1ni3i9E

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