Category: Recipes

Summer Soup Recipe: Gazpacho

Enjoy a recipe from The Folk School Cookbook. Cool soups are an invigorating meal and a great drink of juice. Tomatoes around here are so bountiful that the whole place turns red for weeks. Gazpacho is a cold soup is ideal for warm summer days and nights when the bounty of ripe tomatoes is at its peak.

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Spring Green Soup

In the springtime, the 300 acres that comprise John C. Campbell Folk School turn at least 300 colors and that’s just the greens. There is not enough paint to capture it although we try. The winter passed, the woods and garden erupt and we are reminded to eat greens. Spring gardens are filled with tender lettuces and early spring vegetables including broccoli, green onions and carrots.

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How to Make Sourdough English Muffins with Emily Buehler

Sourdough English muffins are a great recipe to make when you feed your sourdough starter. The preferment includes a dash of sugar, while the main dough recipe includes baking soda. Both of these ingredients help the dough rise, meaning that the recipe should work even if your starter is a bit past its prime or you don’t do the greatest job at kneading.

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The Perfect Cake for Easter

Featured in The Folk School Cookbook this lovely cake is perfect for Easter, May Day, or Mother’s Day, a wedding or baby shower or a spring birthday. It’s both beautiful and scrumptious and tastes like the very epitome of spring. If, for no other reason, you want to simply make it to mark the season, share it proudly and lovingly with friends and family.

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Lemon Bars

A  tangy, decadent bar that makes use of a traditional wintertime fruit. You cannot make too many of these. They will keep for several days packed in a single layer in an airtight container.

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Oven Oats

We’re sharing a recipe from the Winter Breakfast section of The Folk School Cookbook with you today. When it’s winter in the Blue Ridge Mountains, you want your breakfast to be hot, hearty and healthy.

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Jam Thumbprint Cookies

These cookies were made for many years by various children of the Folk School staff for the Kids’ Christmas Party, an annual event going back to the beginning of the Folk School time. Held for local kids in the Community Room, it features music, dance, storytelling, crafts, and the arrival of Santa in the Brasstown Volunteer Fire Truck.

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Fruit Focaccia

Featured in The Folk School Cookbook this lovely Fruit Focaccia is a bright and delightful surpise during the cold days of winter. 

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White Coconut Cake with Lemon Curd Filling

This lovely cake is perfect for Easter, May Day, or Mother’s Day, a wedding or baby shower or a spring birthday. It’s both beautiful and scrumptious and tastes like the very epitome of spring. If, for no other reason, you want to simply make it to mark the season, share it proudly and lovingly with friends and family.

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Antipasto Salad

Today we’re sharing the perfect recipe for holiday potlucks. Antipasto Salad is easy to assemble and makes an impressive addition to any table.

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Marmalade Pork Chops

This recipe turns humble pork chops into supper for guests, especially when you serve it with Nanette’s Apple Chutney, braised beet greens, or broccoli.

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Pumpkin Cake with Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin season means farmers’ markets and local growers have pumpkins galore in the mountains. They’re technically a squash and extremely healthful. But combine pumpkin with chocolate chips in this delicious cake and you’ve got a match made in heaven.

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The Folk School Cookbook

Author Nanette Davidson meticulously collected, curated, and adapted over 200 delicious recipes for The Folk School Cookbook. These include some of the most memorable recipes served family-style in the school’s Dining Hall and at seasonal celebrations over the decades. Bring the Folk School’s culinary traditions into your own kitchen and order your copy today!

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