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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 …

Maker’s Mark

It all started with Washington and whiskey. When our country was still in its infancy, George Washington urged Congress to enact a tax on …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

The Search for Scarlett

Southern women have epitomized Scarlett O’Hara for decades. Since we were children, we’ve flounced around in mother’s draperies and sat in front of …

Time Changes Everything: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

Country western music gets a bad rap. Opponents of the genre site whining laments of hound dogs, pickup trucks, and luckless love. But defenders of …

Chickamauga: The South’s Greatest Victory—and Missed Opportunity (Part One)

The Battle of Gettysburg is often marked as the turning point of the Civil War. The high losses in Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia both in terms of …

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 …

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 …

5 Southern Superstitions to Heed

<b>Haint Blue</b>Still prominent throughout the South, and especially the Low Country, porch ceilings, doors, and even shutters are painted “haint” blue to …

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 …

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 …

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Charlottesville, Virginia

<b>Only the best and brightest seniors at the University of Virginia get rooms without bathrooms</b> Fifty-four students are selected each year to live in …

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 …

5 of the Best to Do and See in Apalachicola

<b>Orman House Historic State Park</b>The Orman House was built in 1838 by Thomas Orman, an Apalachicola businessman who helped launch the city as one of …

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 …

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 …

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Branson’s Boxcar Willie

<i>Now let me tell you, brother</i> <i><br>It just ain’t so</i> <i><br>There ain’t no easy life</i> <i><br>For a bored hobo</i> <i><br>I got the boxcar blues</i><p>Though the tunes of iconic country music …

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 …

Fayetteville’s New Life in New River Gorge Ecotourism

For most towns in West Virginia, their formation can be traced to local farms and the need for a regional center for businesses, while their growth …

Our Southern Extremities: Chester, West Virginia

There are those who would describe us Southerners as being a bit “rough around the edges.” We might laugh a little loud and talk a little much, but …

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 …

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 …

Five Feet High and Rising: Johnny Cash’s Life Experience with Floods

How high’s the water, mama?<br>Two feet high and risin’<br>How high’s the water, papa?<br>She said it’s two feet high and risin’<br>We can make it to the road in a …

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 …