December 2020 Table of Contents - Carolina Country

December 2020

This Month’s Issue: Carolina’s Finest

This spring we started gathering votes for our 2nd annual Carolina’s Finest awards, and more than 2,300 of our readers answered the call! Take a look at their top picks. Thanks to all who voted, and don’t miss your chance to vote next year; we’ll do it again starting in April 2021.

—Scott Gates, editor

Feature Stories

Carolina’s Finest Awards – 2020

See who our readers voted to be the best in ice cream, breakfast spot and 8 other categories.


Carolina Bookshelf

Much Abides: A Survival Guide for Aging Lives

All the Songs We Sing

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

Mothers and Strangers

Carolina Kitchen

Savory Oxtail Stew

Creamy Rosemary Parmesan Grits

Persimmon Pudding

Salted Butterscotch Crème Brûlée

Digital Extras

Reindeer Poop

Bonus recipe: A candied party treat with a name you won't soon forget!

4-H Youth Leaders Share Thanks with NC Electric Co-ops

Watch the 4-H leadership team share their thanks for the 2020 event.

‘Uniquely Southern’ Cheerwine Recipes

Bonus recipes: 3 dishes for holiday inspiration from our friends at Cheerwine

9 Reasons Hiking Is Amazing for Kids

Online only: Explore why hiking is so awesome for children

The Spoon Lady

Learn to play spoons like Abby

A Show for All Sportsmen

Watch the latest episode of "Carolina ALL OUT"

Finding & Prepping Persimmons for Baking

Exclusively Online: Make the most of this wintry fruit

Fraser Firs: North Carolina’s Christmas Gift to the Nation

Online exclusive