Green beans, sweet corn, Irish potatoes, cabbage, squash, tomatoes, sweet onions, and peppers were just some of the vegetables she grew from seed and put up in Mason jars to get her family through the long, cold winters of Appalachia. Continue Reading
We wrote about the Murder At The Root Beer Stand in a previous report but on this visit our only concern was scoring a chili bun. A chili bun is a chili dog minus the dog. It’s a culinary peculiarity that you can only find in parts of Central Appalachia.
It is also delicious.
Winchester, a small town in central Kentucky ran with the decree and has turned their annual beer cheese party into one of the state’s best food festivals. Continue Reading
We have yet to find a Louisiana source that can even come close.
We ranged across two continents and half of the US eating tacos this year but during our end of year analysis we surmised that the finest of them all was served out of a tiny, taqueria in a forlorn strip-mall in Lexington Kentucky.
If you like big things made of steel then this party is for you as the event owns, and uses, the world’s largest steel frying pan. How big? It holds 300 gallons of cooking oil.
Once a year I drive up to Appalachia where I’ve been researching an Eastern Kentucky Chili Bun Trail for the past decade.
Corbin, Kentucky is the buckle of the chili bun belt but as you radiate outwards from that dusty little town you will encounter the regional specialty in a host of small villages like Barbourville, Manchester, Williamsburg and London.
For the uninitiated a chili bun is a chili dog minus the dog.
In my cross-hairs for my next pilgrimage: D&D Market in Stinking Creek, Kentucky. Coordinates 36.905605, -83.699637 if you’re looking for a roadtrip. Maybe I’ll run into you there and buy you a chili bun.