And a recipe comes with each and everyone of this dozen.
5. PORK CHOPS WITH APPLES
Most would agree that North Carolinians love their pork, even if not barbecue. But apples have played a role in past and present. North Carolina consistently ranks in the top ten of this country's apple producers.
At one time as many as 1500 different varieties of apples were grown in the state, but today more than half of those are lost to history. But there are still plenty of heirloom and antique varieties. century Farm orchards in Richardson County grows more than 400 varieties.
6. CROOK'SCORNER SHRIMP AND GRITS
No one is sure who invented shrimp and grits. Over the years this food became popular in Southern restaurants. Perhaps no version is better renowned than the one that he late Bill Neal created for the landmark place called Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill. They've been serving it now for more than 25 years.
How About Shrimp and Apples? --RoadDog
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