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Mountain Mist, Pie & Grits

By Karyn Spencer

With its spectacular mountain views and rushing waterfalls, the Blue Ridge Parkway is justifiably one of America's favorite drives. Capped at 45-mph speeds and managed by the National Park Service, it winds through the Appalachian Mountains with no billboards to interrupt the view. In early summer, frilly pink and purple rhododendron blossoms cover mountainsides, followed by red-orange flame azaleas. Spend a week camping or RVing along the parkway, or explore a shorter section on a long weekend. The route here begins north of the parkway, at Shenandoah National Park near Luray, Virginia, and ends in Cherokee, North Carolina, near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

To learn more about the road trip highlights on the map, please pick up the June-July 2019 issue of Allrecipes magazine.

Best of the South Top Summer Recipes

"Famous in the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. This boil is done best on an outdoor cooker. It has sausage, shrimp, crab, potatoes and corn for an all-in-one pot all-you-can-eat buffet!" — Lisa

Dave's Low Country Boil
Photo by Julie Crigler Long

"Tender squash, gooey cheese and crunchy crackers make this a memorable side dish or a hearty main course. This is a great dish that can be made with low-fat ingredients and is still just as good!" — ROSECART

yellow squash casserole with cracker crust
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"You can also fry up red tomatoes with this recipe but make sure they are not over ripe or they will be mushy. Serve these tomatoes outside with a glass of iced tea one summer night and enjoy the sunset with someone you love." — Diana Swenson-Siegel

fried green tomatoes
Photo by: Kim Cornelison

"This is the best when made with fresh picked blueberries! It is a beautiful sight with a lattice top." — ASHESP

Blueberry Pie
Photo by justamom

"This is a simple, quick, old fashioned, baked, two crust peach pie made with fresh peaches and simple ingredients. It's great during summer peach season." —BERNIERONE

VIDEO: Peach Pie the Old-Fashioned Two-Crust Way

"As a good Southern gardener, I find myself bringing in okra by the armload nearly every other day. Stewed okra is great, but for a little variety, we like to roast ours from time to time. This is so simple and easy and the okra tends to not be nearly as gummy or slimy when roasted. Chopped tomato makes a great addition when we have some handy." — ncope

roasted okra
Photo by Cdngirl2you
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Egg and evaporated milk lend moisture, and Worcestershire and cayenne add kick to these tasty burgers.

Photo by: Kim Cornelison

"Easy dressing for gyros or Greek salad. Also makes a nice dipping sauce for Veggies. HINT: Tastes best when chilled for at least 1 hour after preparation." — DEBNJAMES

tzatziki sauce
Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

"This is the best peach ice cream you'll ever eat!!!" —Nancy Drummond Ransom

georgia peach homemade ice cream
Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

"Easy blackberry cobbler. My father-in-law grows huge blackberries and always has tons. I tried a number of recipes and none really hit the spot. So created this one and it worked so well that my fiance said it was the best she had ever had. Serve warm with heavy or whipped cream." — Baron

VIDEO: Baron's Blackberry Cobbler

Check out our collection of recipes from Virginia and North Carolina.