Since 1974 the North Carolina Folklife Institute has supported programs and projects that recognize, document, and present traditional culture in North Carolina. In addition to our main website, www.ncfolk.org, we are pleased to inaugurate this blog, an exploration of the state's traditional cooking and foodways. We are especially pleased to present a regular feature by David Cecelski, one of the state's most accomplished historians.
David's passion for the state's history takes him all over North Carolina. But David is also a closet chowhound--a connoisseur of little country cafes, old recipes, and backyard barbecues. His every trip is a chance to learn more history, but also a chance to find a new local delicacy or a great new restaurant.
So last fall, while he was making a pot of Core Sound-style clam chowder with corn dumplings, we asked David if he would share some of his culinary discoveries with us.
Photo of David Cecelski by Stephen Jesse Taylor. Title photo of Altapass Orchard by Cedric N. Chatterley
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