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Super Bowl Snacks from Texas

Texans don’t mess with chili. Not even Chris Shepherd, the creative chef behind <b>Underbelly</b> and the brand-new <b>One Fifth</b> in Houston, the host city for this Sunday’s Super Bowl. And when it comes to game-day eats, you can’t do better than a batch of the good stuff. “Some things you just can’t touch,” …

Cooking

Album Premiere: CeCe Winans’s ‘Let Them Fall In Love’

With millions of records sold and 10 Grammy awards, CeCe Winans is one of the most popular gospel artists of all time, but even she is at the mercy of the airlines. She and her husband, Alvin Love, were supposed to fly from their home in Nashville to Bogota, Colombia, but their initial flight was …

Music

Valerie June: In Bloom

In the apartment buildings of New York City, there is no shortage of crazy cat ladies. <b>Valerie June</b> isn’t one of them, but she does have her own obsession. “I am the crazy plant lady,” she says. The Tennessee native’s Brooklyn brownstone is a veritable greenhouse, with pots competing for space …

Music

A Perfect Pot of Greens

Next month, a forgotten Southern cookbook will finally get its due. Matt Lee and Ted Lee, authors of <i>The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen</i>, are releasing an updated version of <b>Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook</b>, a collection of almost one hundred and fifty recipes originally published by Pamela Strobel …

Cookbooks

Ask G&G: Shear Madness

<b>Q: The neighbor’s bougainvillea is out of control. Our daughter is getting married in the backyard in six weeks. I’ve half a mind to go over some night and chop it back.</b><p>We don’t know which of the fifteen-odd species it is whose unruly beard you face, but if you’re serious about a special-ops …

Bermuda

Discover the Dust Bowl Girls

“You might want to tell their story someday,” Lydia Reeder’s grandmother said as she handed her an old folder full of newspaper clippings, letters, and photographs. Tucked inside were fragments of the true story of a women’s basketball team in Depression-era Oklahoma that gave hope to Dust Bowl …

Women's News

The High & the Low: I'm with the Band

The other day I ran into a relatively new friend of mine at one of my favorite New Orleans restaurants, Lilette, and when he introduced me to his tablemates, he told the story of our first meeting. He was clearer than I on the details, which went something like this: We were at the same museum …

Soviet Union

Fork in the Road: Po'Boy Riches

“Yes, baby, the potato salad is for the gumbo.” And, “We’re Cajun, doll, we only serve Gulf shrimp.” And, “No, love, that’s ketchup and mayonnaise.” When I ask if the chunky stuff in the foam cup can replace the rice, where the fried shrimp come from, and whether the red sauce on the oyster po’boy …

Restaurants

The New Age of Zelda

Dust off your feathered headbands and drop-waist dresses—2017 will herald the return of the flapper. Or rather, one Jazz Age icon in particular: Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. Three new Hollywood projects will vie to tell the tale of the Alabama-born wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the literary toast of the …

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Our Kind of Place: Golden Oldie

Since moving to Montgomery, Alabama, eighteen years ago, I’ve made the three-hour drive to tiny Quitman, Mississippi, countless times. Perpetually ten minutes late, I’m usually in a hurry, knowing my granddad will wait on me for lunch. Most of my trip is via Highway 80, a pasture-edged stretch that …

Travel

Berry Your Biscuit: Strawberries and Dumplings

“Don’t be scared of pastry,” Kelly Fields advises. Easy for her to say. Fields has been in the game for nearly twenty years, and has gone from preparing elaborate gingerbread houses at the Biltmore in Asheville to, most famously, pastry chef at John Besh’s Restaurant August in New Orleans.<p>Fields …

Cooking

Fine Tuned: An Interview with Chris Thile

Chris Thile has been described as a phenom, a genius, and, most commonly, a virtuoso. Last fall, the cofounder of the bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers added a new and curious title to his résumé: Garrison Keillor’s successor. In October, Thile (who will soon turn thirty-six) took over for …

Entertainment

A Treasury of Tunes

Southern music traditions stretch from the Blue Ridge Mountains to French-speaking Louisiana to the Delta’s cotton fields. And for more than five decades, Arhoolie Records was committed to bringing those homegrown sounds to a wider audience. Now, <b>Smithsonian Folkways</b> is helping to ensure that work …

Music

An Old-Fashioned Changeup

The old-fashioned is the Doric column of the cocktail world. A sturdy and simple pillar of whiskey, sugar, and bitters, it doesn’t cry out for experimentation. But here’s a bit of heresy: It does work surprisingly well with the South’s first spirit—rum, which was imported from the Caribbean long …

Drinking

New Gear for the New Year

Southerners don’t need a resolution to get outside and enjoy nature, but it always helps to have the right attire, whether you’re on the links or on the marsh. Cheers to getting out there and looking good doing it—even if that just means walking your Boykin.<p><b>Outdoor Pursuit:</b> Yoga, Walking, Running</b> …

Landscaping

A Year of Southern Travel

Photo by David Prince<p>You may have already skipped yesterday’s trip to the gym, but traveling more in the year ahead is one resolution you might actually want to keep. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of must-visit Southern destinations for each month of the year. Open your calendar, and start …

Outdoors

Where We're Eating in 2017

The South is amassing restaurants with national acclaim like a collection of prized cast-iron skillets. And 2017 is sure to bring even more. From a famed pit master’s new outpost to a modern twist on a lakeside fish camp, these are some of the soon-to-open restaurants our editors are most excited …

Food & Dining

Winged Victory

Timmy Vincent stands in front of a reproduction of a John James Audubon painting of a Louisiana heron that hangs in the rustic camp he calls home. “The water reached here,” he says, pointing to the tea-colored stain that neatly bisects the print at chest height. For two decades, Vincent has lived …

Nature

Make the Cover Cocktail From Our New Issue

<b>Old Pal</b><br>From Little Jack’s Tavern in Charleston, South Carolina<p><b>Ingredients</b><br>1½ ounce rye whiskey<br>¾ ounce dry vermouth<br>¾ Campari<br>Lemon twist and cherry, garnish<p><b>Preparation</b><br>Combine ingredients in a mixing glass or shaker filled with ice. Stir. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Introducing Our New Food Newsletter

Whether you’re an avowed foodie or, like most of us, just enjoy a great meal, there’s no shortage of inspiration to be found in the Southern culinary world. So much so, in fact, that beginning this month we’re launching a brand new biweekly newsletter dedicated to all things Southern food: <i>The</i> …

Video Premiere: John Prine’s “Just Waitin’”

Throughout his storied career, John Prine has played plenty of Hank Williams songs. So much so that family members and friends point out to him that they sound like John Prine songs. That’s true of “Just Waitin’,” the final track on Prine’s latest, <i>For Better, Or Worse,</i> a collection of duets with …

The Mystery of Southern Swans

Every year for the past twenty-five or so, an extended family of America’s largest native waterfowl has made its home on a tiny oxbow lake in northern Arkansas. Native to the northwestern United States, Alaska, and Canada, snow-white trumpeter swans—birds the size of a cocker spaniel with wingspans …

Eat Like a Local in Tampa

In the birthplace of Hooter’s and Outback Steakhouse, Greg Baker staked a claim for a different kind of local flavor when he opened the Refinery in 2010. Then, in 2014, the the Clearwater, Florida–raised chef resurrected regional classics like <b>sour orange pie</b> and <b>sofkee porridge</b> at the nearby Fodder …

Food & Dining

A Tribute to Frida Kahlo, Gardener

Credits below.<p>Most people know Frida Kahlo for her paintings—and iconic unibrow. You might not know that the acclaimed Mexican artist was also a passionate gardener. In her backyard paradise, she tended oleander and scented geraniums and plucked roses and marigolds to weave in her hair (she was way …

Island Escapes

With winter weather bearing down on most of the South, now’s a great time to check out any of these new sun-soaked West Indian hideouts—whether you’re just dreaming or ready to book a beach getaway.<p><b>The Bahamas House</b> <i><br>Bahamas</i><br>Harbour Island’s miles of sea-grass beds and coral reefs have earned it a …

A Country Ham Birthday

Nancy Newsom Mahaffey of <b>Col. Bill Newsom’s Aged Kentucky Country Hams</b> is the only woman at the head of a major country ham operation. She’s also one of the last remaining cure masters who insists on the old ways in an era when climate control and industrial preservatives are perfectly acceptable …

A Sparkling Send-Off for 2016

Mention the name Steva Casey to just about any craft-cocktail bartender in the U.S., and you’ll invariably get a big smile. A frequent traveler to cocktail festivals and other industry events, Casey is an enthusiastic ambassador for both the art of hospitality and her hometown of Birmingham, …

The Year in Southern Restaurants

<i>In 2016, restaurants below the Mason-Dixon line continued to expand and play with regional flavors and ingredients. These five stood out.</i><p><b>Local Provisions</b> <i><br>Asheville, North Carolina</i><p>From left: Tables at Local Provisions; chef Justin Burdett. (Photos by Johnny Autry; Meghan Rolfe)<p>Justin Burdett became a …

Our Favorite Rooms of 2016

This year, we’ve featured an array of homes across the South in the pages of <i>Garden & Gun</i>, from a family beach house in South Carolina to a colorful Victorian in New Orleans. And while it’s hard to play favorites, these are five of the rooms that inspired us the most.<p>Photo by Brie Williams<p><b>Room:</b> The …

“Christmas Gift!” The Roots of a Southern Holiday Saying

As dependable as gifts from Santa and the Nativity story on Christmas mornings growing up was the phone ringing before we were barely out of bed. “Christmas gift!” my grandmother would exclaim when we answered. She lived across the street and would see us later at brunch, where she would serve ham …