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Cracker Salad: A Georgia Original

Never heard of cracker salad? You’re probably not from southeast Georgia. Even if you are, that’s no guarantee. “I got introduced to it at a family reunion in Nahunta, which is a little tiny town between here and Waycross,” says Lance Williams, who runs the <b>Mallery Street Café</b> in St. Simons. Cracker …

American South

The Strong Southern Woman Behind a Plastics Empire

Tupperware has most likely touched your life—or at least your leftovers.<p>The ubiquitous pastel plastic bowls with their snapping, translucent lids are about as American as apple pie—and as Southern as peach cobbler. Now, the nearly forgotten Florida woman behind their early success, Brownie Wise, is …

Plastic

The Unstoppable Soul of Sharon Jones

Just before the release of a new album and with a grueling tour schedule planned for 2013, soul singer <b>Sharon Jones</b> received a devastating diagnosis—stage two pancreatic cancer. Known for her powerhouse voice and magnetic stage presence, the North Augusta, South Carolina, native and one-time …

American South

First Listen: New Music From The Devil Makes Three

Originally released in 1981, Muddy Waters’ song, “Champagne and Reefer,” is now a classic blues—and late-night party—song. Any self-respecting blues band must have it as part of their repertoire. (For a sloppy, but still transcendent version by Waters backed by the Rolling Stones, <b>click here</b> and …

New Music

Salt of the Earth

Rich Valley Road, the asphalt two-lane into Saltville, Virginia, runs through a wide valley along the base of Clinch Mountain. I slow down as much to savor the glide as for safety, and in slowing, I note what is happening roadside. The closer I get to town, the closer it seems that the small frame …

Spices

Appalachian-Style Rösti

The power of salt to season is nowhere clearer than when it graces hot, crisped potatoes. The best I’ve ever had were served to the chef Edward Lee and me when we landed at the Hütte Swiss Restaurant after a roller-coaster ride down the two-lane-with-coal-trucks-roaring-by that leads into the tiny …

Recipes

Pony Up! It’s Time for Wild Horses

Apparently, quite a few <i>G&G</i> readers have a soft spot for <i>Misty of Chincoteague</i>. Last year, <b>our report on the 90th annual Chincoteague, Virginia, pony roundup and swim</b>, which inspired the beloved children’s classic, seemed to resonate with readers. So we went back for an update.<p>Photos courtesy of …

Wild Horses

Adventures: Pedaling to the Past

Not long after making landfall at Jamestown in 1607, a small band of English explorers sailed their way up the James River until they reached the rapids and shallows at the site that would become Richmond. Four hundred years later, the much-anticipated fifty-two-mile <b>Virginia Capital Trail</b> offers an …

American South

Wild South: Marfa Lights

Situated in the high plains of the Chihuahuan Desert, Marfa, Texas, is not a place you stumble upon. It’s at least six hours from any major Lone Star State metros, which makes the ranch town’s transformation into an internationally known contemporary arts outpost even more unlikely. But the folks …

American South

Fork in the Road: Austin's Olamaie

“Austin isn’t the South,” said the nice lady who squatted beside me near turn four at the Blood Shed, a flat-track Roller Derby venue on the industrial fringe of Austin, Texas. As the jammer for the Hotrod Honeys leaped over a prone Honky Tonk Heartbreaker, and a young girl in a tutu held high a …

Texas

Salty Dogs: Chili Buns and Slaw Dogs

Childhood summertime in the mountains meant tying an emerald june bug to a string and letting it fly around your head, catching lightning bugs at dark and putting them in a jar to light your dreams, or piling in the Studebaker and going to the closest custard stand for a chili bun or slaw dog. …

Recipes

The Original Pioneer Woman

Everybody knows the stories of pioneers Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, but aside from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s fictionalized <i>Little House on the Prairie</i> children’s books, we don’t often hear tales from the female side of the American frontier. Enter Mary Mann Hamilton (1866c.<b>–</b>1936) whose newly …

Little House on the Prairie

The Southern Agenda: August/September 2016

<b>Highway to Sell</b> <i><br>Gadsden, Alabama</i><p>Four days may sound like plenty of time for a shopping trip, but it’s not nearly enough to see all 690 miles of the World’s Longest Yard Sale. Beginning at Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden, the market snakes along the U.S. Route 127 corridor past front yards, parking …

Travel

Swimsuits with a Southern Twist

Sometimes the best break from oppressive Southern heat is a refreshing dip—in the pool, lake, river, or beach. So it’s fitting that some of the most stylish, flattering, and feminine swimwear in the world is dreamed up in the Vienna, Virginia, studio of veteran designer <b>Karla Colletto</b>.<p>Colletto …

American South

Classic Cocktail: The Grasshopper

The grasshopper, born at <b>Tujague’s</b>, holds a place alongside the Sazerac, the French 75, and the Hurricane in the annals of Crescent City cocktail history. Mix one in honor of the restaurant’s 160th anniversary with this recipe, from <b>Tujague’s Cookbook: Creole Recipes and Lore in the New Orleans Grand</b> …

Recipes

Southern Masters: James Lee Burke

Before the day James Lee Burke handed me the almost comically long-barreled Buntline revolver and showed me what I would be shooting at with it, I’d never, not in the fifty-seven years I’d been alive, held a gun before. Armed with this knowledge, he had made sure I was pointing the gun in the …

James Lee Burke

What's in Season: Pimento Peppers

Andrea Reusing first spotted Ashe County pimento peppers a few summers ago when she was visiting Asheville, North Carolina. “We bought a big bag and used them at almost every meal,” says the executive chef at the <b>Restaurant at the Durham Hotel</b>. “It is the sweetest pepper I’ve ever had, and also the …

Recipes

Gull’s-Eye View

Known for his arresting, almost impressionistic aerial images, the South Carolina–born photographer and conservationist <b>J Henry Fair</b> spent years traveling the world to document industrial waste and pollution. But for his latest project, he turned his lens toward his home state. Hanging out of the …

Cessna 172

Brilliant Blooms: See the Dahlias in North Carolina

With its low-tech charm (no TVs), gloriously rural setting, and stellar fly fishing, <b>High Hampton Inn</b> in Cashiers has attracted generations of Southern families looking for a relaxing mountain escape. Garden-loving gastronomes come to the 1,400-acre estate for a different reason, though: <b>Dinner in</b> …

American South

The Heart of an Angler

Andy Mill stands on the poling platform in the stern of his Hell’s Bay flats boat, scanning the water before him, searching for signs of tarpon. A stiff wind luffs his camouflage fishing pants like a sail and threatens to whitecap the water even in this relatively protected inner basin in the …

George H. W. Bush

RIP Po’ Monkey

<i>A tribute to a Delta legend</i><p>The news came to me on Friday via text of all things: <i>RIP Po Monkey. Damn.</i> Po’ Monkey would be Willie Seaberry, a legend of the Mississippi Delta, one of the last of the true juke joint operators in the South, and an icon for blues pilgrims the world over. And that’s about …

American South

The High & The Low: Slugging it Out

As a child, I really loved escargot. The dish (which takes the French—and much sexier—name for “edible land snail”) was part of the education in sophisticated dining I received by tagging along with my father on numerous trips to our nation’s capital. There was smoked salmon carved tableside and a …

American South

Good Dog: Dog Days of Youth

When I walked out to the garage in the morning, nothing happened. No birds swooped by, no mist rose from the yard. The live oak to my right didn’t cast any shadows, and the air was neither warm nor cold. Our King Charles spaniel, Charlie, seemed to notice the same. He lifted his nose in the air and …

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My Town: Davis Love's St. Simons Island, Georgia

Professional golfer Davis Love III was fifteen years old when his father, a golf pro, moved the family from Atlanta to St. Simons Island, Georgia. “It was great for us,” Love says. “We got to move to the beach.” He also met his wife, Robin, there. “I will say we were high school sweethearts. She …

Golf

When Two Southern Icons Collide…

No, this isn’t an April Fools’ Day joke. It’s the middle of July, and the makers of the beloved Salisbury, North Carolina, soft drink <b>Cheerwine</b> really have teamed up with their fellow Piedmont North Carolinians at <b>Krispy Kreme</b>, based in Winston-Salem, to create a sugary hybrid of a soda that combines …

American South

A Southern Beach Retreat

Rita Hayes’s home on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, can lower a person’s blood pressure with each gentle slam of a screened porch door. Set back from the street on a deep lot, elevated among rustling palms and verdant live oaks, sheltered by tall pittosporum hedges, the raised cottage serves as …

Beaches

A Backyard Education

I come from a family of gardeners.Generations who, by day, worked long shifts in the pottery factories of Appalachia and saw gardening as their connection to something more. A tether to the wax and glory of nature, evidence of a modicum of power in a life where they felt little, their gardens …

Gardening

Vincent Hancock: Eyes on the Prize

All his life, there was only one dream. Vincent Hancock was the big kid with a fast arm and a competitive drive that set him apart on the diamond. Baseball was all that mattered, and he had parents who told him to always aim high.<p>Then the Eatonton, Georgia, native got a little older, and suddenly …

Shooting sports

Anatomy of a Classic: Sweet Corn Frozen Custard

Drew McDonald likes to take dishes that seem familiar and flip them into something completely new. At <b>the Plaid Apron</b>, the casual café he owns in Knoxville, Tennessee, he builds a club sandwich with chicken thighs and braised greens instead of roasted turkey and lettuce. (The bacon, naturally, comes …

Ice Cream

Before and After: Returning the Charm to a Southern Landmark

We never get tired of discovering interesting comeback stories about Southern houses with history, like this remarkable tale of a restoration in Beaufort, South Carolina, by the architects at <b>Frederick & Frederick</b>.<p><b>The Place:</b> A classic two-over-two house on the corner of New Street and Duke Street in …

Housing