Swell Cooking

As a 10-year-old girl, Barbara Swell already had a sense for the meaning of family recipes and the meals they make. A lifetime of collecting and cooking has rendered her a sort of one-woman preservation society for old-fashioned cooking.

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Recent Stories

Supper conversation at the Osterfeld house in Lake Jocassee, S.C., includes the sounds of fish plopping into the water and geese flying overhead.

Photography by firewater photography

Lapping Waters, Quiet Evenings: Life by the Lake

The peacefulness of water just outside the door seems to engender not just a quiet restfulness for the owners, but also a delightful lure to family and friends. more »

Jun 12, 2014 Home Profiles

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The Buffet Classic: Peaks of Otter

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