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October 13, 2012

Here’s what’s cooking at Prater’s Mill

Prater’s Mill Country Fair offers an abundance of something for everyone — young, old and everyone in between.

This year’s fair is today and Sunday. You will find artists, authors, crafters, jewelers, metal works, musical instruments, photography, medicinal plants, pottery, glass works, weaving and crochet, wood crafts, yard art, grist mill, animals plus more, with music, entertainment and lots of family fun.

 There will be some new offerings this year. For instance, Valeria Silva will present her locally grown chestnuts and chestnut meal. Leo Whaley will showcase his jam and jellies plus salsa and pepper relish. Rita Waters will show her culinary skills with baked sweet potatoes and fried green tomatoes, and the old mill will grind organic corn for grits, meal and corn flour.

Besides checking out the many areas of things to see and do, there is a section that quickly catches one’s attention — and that is food. Who doesn’t like great food? So attendees, get your taste buds all set for some home grown, home made southern classics — downright authentic, heirloom, organic and delicious food. Food you can eat while you are there, food you can learn to make from recipes using items available, plus food you can take home with you for another and later taste sensation.

Take pleasure in the enticing southern cuisine. Visit the cooks who show and share their cookery skills — down to earth, stick to your ribs, homesick curing, soul nurturing and bone strengthening good food. Go nuts with boiled and roasted peanuts. There will be barbecue for every taste — chicken, pork and ribs; fried foods — fish, green tomatoes, pickles, blooming onions, pork rinds and pies; baked sweet potatoes, kettle korn and roasted corn. Try the apple dumplings, caramel apples, cookies and cotton candy. Shake it up with smoothies and try the delicious ice cream made with a recipe from the good ole days and so much more. So much food … such little time!

Take these taste-tempting sensations home with you. Salsa, to eat with chips or with other food such as steak, pinto beans, tacos, tostadas, etc. Pepper relish, a welcome accompaniment to any type of greens (turnip greens, mustard greens, etc.) and with other food. Jams and jelly — blackberry, muscadine, scuppernong, grape and fig — not only delicious on hot buttered biscuits but also great to use with pies, cakes, jellyrolls and other home made goodies.

No matter your taste preferences, Prater’s Mill Country Fair has something for everyone.  Following are recipes to enjoy with friends and family.

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