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I’m not talkin’ bout wakin’ up and makin’ some breakfast after a rough nights sleep.  I’m talkin’ bout gettin’ some fresh CROOKNECK squash and makin’ the best squash casserole you’ll ever eat!


I usually cook up some fresh 1/2 runner beans to go with the Cornbread, (made with Logan Turnpike Buttermilk Cornbread mix), but this time I just went with the Sunrise Squash Casserole and only the Cornbread as a side.  Whenever I start making my frequent trips to the market and bringing back fresh squash I can’t wait to get home to throw this in the oven! – this is always my go to recipe.  Now if you are on a diet, go to the top right section of your computer screen and hit the red X cause this one is not for you…  Sorry, you’re missin’ out here.


First, start off by going to Sunrise Grocery to get the goods you need!  The list would include 2lbs of Crookneck yellow squash, 1 lg onion, our local farm raised eggs, mayonnaise, sour cream,  milk, our fresh Mountain Butter, ritz crackers, 1 oz package of the Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix, 1 1/2 cups of our Black Wax Hoop Cheese, and some fresh bread crumbs.  Now its time to throw a towel over your left shoulder ( my signature move) and get to cookin’!

I start off by cuttin’ my squash about nickel thick and then saute them with a cup of chopped onions in a tablespoon of Mountain Butter.  While you have that going on, slightly beat 2 fresh eggs in a large bowl.  Add 1/2 cup mayo,  1/2 cup of sour cream, 3/4 cup of milk, 20 crushed Ritz crackers, Hidden Vally Ranch Dressing Mix, and then the 1 1/2 cups of Hoop Cheese to the eggs.  Mix all these ingredients well.  Once the squash and onions are tender, fold them into your other ingredients.


Pour ingredients into a 2 qt casserole dish then cover with bread crumbs.  Once you have done this cut butter and place on top of the bread crumbs

Put the casserole into oven that has been pre-heated to 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

Now you are ready for some good eating.  I always cook the Buttermilk

Cornbread after the casserole is out of the oven.  The Sunrise Squash Casserole is

still molten lava hot when the cornbread is ready!

I hope you enjoy this recipe!  I will do a series called “Sunrise in the Skillet”

every so often.  I love to cook and I love to share, so this should work out well for me.


Hmm… Figured it out yet?

They are both going to be in downtown Blairsville for the Spring Arts Festival May 21 and 22nd!

You heard right—Sunrise Grocery is going “uptown” by going downtown to boil some peanuts for Blairsville’s finest festival of the arts!

Best In Show 2010

With over 50 art vendors, this year’s festival will be one you won’t want to miss.  In addition to the great arts and crafts available, there will be live performances by some of country music’s rising stars- Blake Cloud and David Leon!
And you won’t want to miss the two performances by the Blairsville School of Dance. Their precision clogging team, BSoD Force, has won top honors at both regional and national competitions.  We know we’ll be watching when these ladies take the stage!
He'll keep 'em hot for ya!

Larry's Keeping the P-Nuts Hot for Ya!

So, if you’re local, come on down and say hi and get a bag of peanuts and watch the show.  If not, you may want to make plans to visit the mountains to take in the scenery and find yourself a treasure at the Spring Arts and Crafts Festival.

We’ve got our mountain cabins all ready for you- just bring your toothbrush!

A few satisfied customers!

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Some of you may remember a while back, we held a contest on Facebook for a slogan to advertise our boiled peanut fundraiser for Relay for Life.  The response was tremendous!  We took the top three finalists and held a vote on our page and the runaway fan favorite was “Buying our boiled peanuts is a SHELL of a way to fight cancer.”  Combined with artistic abilities of local designer Michael Dickins, who created the cheerful peanut man strutting across the front– We have a winning design for our fundraiser t-shirt!  These babies have sold like hotcakes and we have just a very limited number left.  If you would like one of our “special edition” Ts that will give back a portion to the local Relay for Life, give Jason a call at the store to see if he can put one back for you.  See the shirt here- Peanut Shirt
Sunrise Grocery and River Cabins is proud to be a supporting team of this year’s Relay for Life.  Our “boiled peanuts for cancer” fundraiser and t-shirt sales have been very successful.  We’ll also be providing United Community Bank with only the *very best* tomatoes to make some delightfully Southern tomato sandwiches at their tent the night of Relay on May 13th.  Be sure to stop by and taste what a REAL ‘mater sandwich is supposed to taste like!

Come on out to Relay for Life Union County  on May 13 and 14th at Meeks Park for some great food, fun, and festivities.  In preparation for the fun-filled weekend, our entire town has been adorned with purple ribbons, purple birthday cupcakes, and purple feet- all to raise money for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.  We’ve been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support and feel so blessed to be a part of a community that rallies together to support such a worthy cause.