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Bakery produces cakes enjoyed across the Southeast

Bakery produces cakes enjoyed across the Southeast

By Stephen Dawkins You might expect, upon entering Cakes n’ Candy in Clanton, to be greeted by the inviting and irrestible smell of freshly baked cakes. And there, at the front counter, are a number of delicious-looking treats: caramel, chocolate, pound, red velvet and coconut cakes, to name a few, along with an assortment of […]

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Local businesses offer Valentine’s options

Local businesses offer Valentine’s options

By Emily Beckett Have you made plans for Valentine’s Day? If not, there is still time to put something special together for the one you love, or for all of your loved ones, right here in Chilton County. Below is a sampling of local eateries and businesses to consider when making Valentine’s Day plans and […]

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Apple cider recipe a cold-weather favorite

Apple cider recipe a cold-weather favorite

By Emily Etheredge When the winter months arrive, Chilton County Master Gardener Margaret Goolsby enjoys keeping warm with her recipe for hot mulled apple cider. “Sometimes you just like to have something that makes you warm,” Goolsby said. “This is a wonderful recipe for the holidays or whenever it is cold outside.” Typically, Goolsby makes […]

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Couple builds their own brick pizza oven

Couple builds their own brick pizza oven

By Emily Beckett Mark and Debbie Dye of Clanton are redefining the phrase “fresh from the oven,” one homemade pizza at a time. For the past two years, the Dyes have cooked and served pizzas perhaps unlike any others in Chilton County. The key to their exceptional pizzas cannot be found in their kitchen, though. […]

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Put a twist on Thanksgiving with easy recipes

Put a twist on Thanksgiving with easy recipes

By Scott Mims Tradition is a good thing—it’s what brings families together every year to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. And the focal point of family gatherings seems to be around the dinner table. But sometimes it helps to think outside the box when planning for holiday meals, especially for the health-conscious or the money-savvy. Gay […]

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‘Hot hamburger’ a dish unique to Chilton County

‘Hot hamburger’ a dish unique to Chilton County

By Stephen Dawkins Chilton Countians enjoy their food. Whether it be barbecue, country style vegetables, fresh fruit or even Mexican cuisine, there’s no shortage of eateries available. But is there a dish that Chilton County can call its own, that would set it apart from any other Southern community? Turns out there just might be. […]

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Citrus Expo, Fall Fruit Harvest Workshop coming to Chilton County

Citrus Expo, Fall Fruit Harvest Workshop coming to Chilton County

By Gary Gray Fall is in the air, accompanied by the anticipation of cooler temperatures, and the glorious displays of autumn foliage as all the various hues of summer’s chlorophyll greens give way to the underlying spectrum of yellows, oranges, reds and purples. And we give thanks for God’s abundant provision, and the abounding harvests […]

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Super Fruit: Kiwi gaining traction in Chilton County

Super Fruit: Kiwi gaining traction in Chilton County

By Emily Beckett As summer fades into fall, foods like corn and squash might be in higher demand as people prepare for seasonal get-togethers and the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. In Chilton County, the peaches that debuted in May or June before the Peach Festival make their exit, and different types of produce covet more […]

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Fresh take on Chilton’s favorite fruit

Fresh take on Chilton’s favorite fruit

By Emily Beckett The first time Beau Kendrick of Jemison made his award-winning Smoky Peach Turnover was the morning of the 2012 Chilton County Peach Festival Cook-Off, about three hours before the event started. On a whim, Kendrick decided to enter the cook-off after his children, Tate and Coryn, convinced him he should. “I do […]

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Farmers take local produce to urban markets

Farmers take local produce to urban markets

By Stephen Dawkins Chilton County is renowned for its peaches, and many other crops are produced in the county’s fertile soil. Travelers stop off Interstate 65 each summer to visit one of a number of farmer’s stands for fruits like plums, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries, and vegetables like cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, okra and squash. […]

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