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The southernmost of the original Thirteen Colonies, Georgia became the fourth state to be admitted into the Union in 1788. The state sits directly above Florida and is pinched between Alabama in the west and South Carolina to the east, leaving about a 100 mile strip of access to the Atlantic Ocean from Savannah in the north down to the border with Florida. Along the coast lies a stretch of coastal plains, marshlands, swamps, and Sea Islands that stretch into South Carolina and are known as the Lowcountry. Here, French and West African culinary traditions came together, resulting in a cuisine based on rice and the area's abundant seafood. Frogmore stew, for example, is a culinary creation credited to African-Americans of West African heritage known as the Gullah. If you use words like "goober" (for peanut) and "gumbo," you're speaking a bit of Gullah. Georgia produces more than 40 varieties of peach. Besides being the Peach State, Georgia is also renowned for its sweet Vidalia onions and peanuts. The rich-flavored pecan is another Georgian treat, particularly when converted into pies and pralines.

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Home Town: Coventry, Rhode Island, USA
Living In: Conyers, Georgia, USA
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I was raised in Coventry, RI on a farm. This resulted in an early love of gardening and fresh vegetables. I lived near the ocean while attending college and grew to love all types of seafood and shellfish. Later, I married and started to raise my family in Providence, RI. I started to develop a number of recipes and was very influenced by my multi-cultural friends. My friends were Italian, Asian, Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean...what a wealth of exciting ideas and new tastes! I eventually re-located to Georgia and found very few interesting restaurants (at that time). So, home cooking was the way to go. Thankfully, there was, and is, a great farmer's market to buy ingredients from around the world. I even began to incorporate recipes from my southern friends (like fried green tomatoes) and treated them to some unfamiliar 'Yankee' cooking! Cooking has been a great way to please my family, stay on a budget, meet new friends and enjoy international tastes right here at home.

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Home Town: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Living In: Roswell, Georgia, USA
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2014 by ROLLERSGIRLY   view full review
Perfect just the way it's written. Why would anyone use oil in place of delicious butter? lol!...

Sweet Dinner Rolls

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2014 by ROLLERSGIRLY   view full review
I turned this dough into cloverleaf rolls. Came out PERFECT! Just the right amount of sweetness.

German Spaetzle Dumplings

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2014 by ROLLERSGIRLY   view full review
Tasty but it was a little labor intensive.

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