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Soul Food: The Heart of Southern Cuisine

What we know as Southern cuisine is really a vast composite of many cuisines and varied influences. Creole and cajun cuisine, for one, while …

Florida

The Best Red Beans & Rice

My first memory of red beans and rice is not a pleasant one. While we were living in Jackson, Mississippi, a family friend from New Orleans had us …

How Do Ya Like These Apples?

Autumn is apple-picking time in the more “Northern” areas of the Southeast, and while a crisp sunny day spent on a u-pick farm filling baskets heavy …

Apple Pie

Five Reasons to Fall in Love with St. Genevieve, Missouri

<b>The Story</b> <br>Although it’s hard to pinpoint the exact year the French settled in modern-day Missouri, St. Genevieve is believed to have been settled in …

Great Grapes: Scuppernongs and Other Muscadines

When I was a kid, my mama’s daddy had a cattle farm with a huge garden that we visited often. He probably had some muscadine vines, but I don’t …

Recipes

Not So Sweet (Potatoes)

A few years ago, kinda on a whim, I joined a CSA program. The acronym stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and CSA members sign up and pay a …

Sweet Potatoes

A Reboot for Brady: Tulsa’s Brady Arts District

Cities across the South share a similar story. Phoenix-like tales of failure, bankruptcy, or abandonment, followed by revitalization, rebirth, and …

War

Asheville Craft—Breweries, That Is

<b>The Amazing Pubcycle</b>This tour cycle and bar on wheels takes passengers throughout the Brewery District as they pedal their way through the streets of …

Asheville

Summer Grillicacy: Beer Can Chicken

In my opinion, cooking is as much about good taste as it is simplicity. I love inviting folks over to dinner—to dig into good food, a few beers, and …

Creve Coeur: Lake of Broken Hearts

It all goes back to a love story. But it isn’t one that ends with happily ever after. Creve Coeur Lake in Missouri has been a destination stop for …

Love Stories

Savannah’s Unconquerable Urban Core

Savannah is a city containing an immense amount of history spanning the entire spectrum of the South’s Anglo-American existence. Founded in 1733, it …

Rental Housing

Southern Grounds: The Coffee Scene in the South

<b>Crema – Nashville, Tennessee</b> <br>Rachel and Ben Lehman began roasting their own beans in 2010. A relationship with their sources guarantees they’re …

Show Me Branson

<b>The Titanic Museum</b> The Titanic Museum offers visitors to learn more about the passengers of the ill-fated ship (photo courtesy of Branson Convention …

An Ode to the Ozarks: The Ralph Foster Museum

We tend to take museums for granted. Since we as visitors have the luxury of striding in once they are artfully-displayed buttoned-up collections, we …

Braxton Bragg: The Confederacy’s Worst General

Why did the South lose the Civil War? That question has produced many books, lectures, and heated discussions from both historians and Civil War …

Monroe County: West Virginia’s Agricultural Heart

Greenbrier County, of which Lewisburg is the county seat, was once a mammoth of a county, stretching over mountains and vales after being formed in …

United Methodist

Our Southern Extremities: Rodanthe, North Carolina

As Southerners, we are intrinsically tied to the water. Through the centuries, water has fueled so many of our journeys, from the tug boats of the …

North Carolina

A Lifetime of Peaches

We anxiously await their arrival in summer and seek out the best ones at Farmer’s Markets, grocery stores, produce stands, and the bed of farmer’s …

The Mandolin: Southern Music’s Adopted Son

Nobody would have thought this big-city Yankee would have found a home in the South. He was an Italian immigrant, a fixture of high culture. He was …