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The Central South runs from Gulf Coastal Mississippi and Alabama northward through Tennessee into Kentucky and West Virginia, where it is hemmed in by the Ohio River. The ancient corn-based Mississippian culture once prospered along the Mississippi River Valley. The first Europeans to explore the Central South were Spanish and French. They settled the coastal portion. The interior, Kentucky and West Virginia, were secluded by rugged mountain terrain. The cuisine that emerged in the Central South reflects the history of this sub-region, ranging from the French and Creole-inspired and the down-home Southern “soul food” classics of Alabama and Mississippi, to the “hog and hominy” tradition of Tennessee, to the wild game stews of Kentucky and West Virginia.

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Living In: Kevil, Kentucky, USA
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I have been married to my highschool sweetie for 32 years. We both came from very large families so cooking and family gatherings are our thing. It is not unusual to have 25-30 people at a time for holiday meals. The house is never big enough but there is always plenty to eat and much to talk about.

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Spaghetti with Broccoli Florets and Traditional Sauce

Reviewed on Jul. 10, 2014 by Nashville Nosher   view full review
So I admit to making some changes but we had to watch my niece and nephew unexpectedly so I...

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Reviewed on Jul. 9, 2014 by Addie T.   view full review
This worked great! I added chocolate chips at the end and it definitely takes them up a notch....

Cantaloupe Crunch

Reviewed on Jul. 9, 2014 by MEGBAUM   view full review
The reviews are correct...it's definitely hard to tell this was cantaloupe as there was no...

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