Best of the Sporting South: Master of the Hunt

For the painter Eldridge Hardie, his art isn't just a vocation. It's a way of life

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A Southern Stationery Wardrobe

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorDecember 16, 2014

Southerners know that sending a thoughtful letter, an appreciative thank you note, or quick message of support or encouragement is often one of the best gifts you can give—any time of year. 

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Holiday in the Sun

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineDecember 15, 2014

It’s okay to admit that sometimes you need a holiday from the holidays. So this year, after the gifts are unwrapped, the stockings emptied, the bar cleaned out, and your extended family is back on the road, why not treat yourself to a little warm weather R&R? Stock up on extra vitamin D—after all, a repeat of last year’s snowpocalypse isn’t out of the question—at one of these three new or newly renovated island retreats.   

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Bonus Photos from our Dec/Jan 2015 Issue

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusDecember 12, 2014

Often when we send an issue of Garden & Gun off to print there are several photos we wish we could have included. The same is true of our December/January 2015 issue, so we picked ten of our favorites that couldn't make it to print to share with you online.

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A Forgotten Southern Sandwich

By Jed PortmanGood EatsDecember 9, 2014

On a cool night in early 1931, J.D. Holland parked his car near the Farmers’ Café in Statesville, North Carolina, and went inside to eat dinner. He walked back to the vehicle no more than twenty minutes later to discover that a thief had broken in. As Holland took stock of his belongings, however, he realized that the burglar had overlooked some treasures in favor of two rib-sticking staples: peanut butter and mayonnaise. “Inferring that the food was taken by some one who was really hungry, Mr. Holland stated today that he would like to get in touch with the fellow and he would take pleasure in giving him a full meal, free of charge,” the Statesville Record and Landmark reported.

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Artful Ornaments

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorDecember 8, 2014

The art of glass blowing may be ancient, but in the hands of talented Southern makers, the results are decidedly modern. Swirls embedded in the globes from Rose Tree Glass Studio in Louisiana resemble ribbon candy. Other motifs, like those seen in work by Loretta Eby in Georgia, are more abstract. And the pieces by Orbix Hot Glass in Alabama feature a beautiful quilted texture.

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Weekend Agenda: A Beloved Artist's Life Work

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusDecember 5, 2014

Carroll Cloar’s artwork tells the stories you forgot you knew and shows the places you’ve visited a thousand times in your memory. The late Arkansas-born-and-bred artist’s treasured paintings include dream-like depictions of riverside musicians, fields of puffy cotton, and country cottages surrounded by lily-pad dotted swamps.

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Gravy Podcast: Separation of Church and Coffee

By Jed PortmanSouthern SoundsDecember 4, 2014

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for a new podcast from the Southern Foodways Alliance. The Oxford, Mississippi–based organization launched Gravy, their biweekly tour of regional cooking and eating places, with a visit to the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina. This week, the podcast takes listeners to a couple of coffee shops in Knoxville, Tennessee where the baristas believe in more than just the merits of freshly ground beans. Listen below.

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Send Us Your Southern Holiday Photos

By CJ LotzBelow the LineDecember 4, 2014

The holiday season has arrived, and Southerners know how to celebrate. Our knack for bringing good food together with good folks spans generations.

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The Secret to Amazing Buttermilk Biscuits

By Jed PortmanGood EatsDecember 2, 2014

Most every biscuit maker has a secret ingredient. For some, it’s the family biscuit bowl, worn through by years of use. For others, it’s a spoonful of mayonnaise in the dough, or salt sprinkled over the rounds. My secret ingredient came from an unlikely place: the Swedish province of Scania, home to food writer and butter evangelist Margit Richert.

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Southern Magnolia Garland: 3 Easy Ways

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorDecember 1, 2014

Magnolia garland is beautiful all by itself, whether you hang it around a front door or drape it across a mantle. But adding a little embellishment sets off all that shiny, lush greenery even more. Here are three easy additions (we ordered our garland from North Carolina’s Weston Farms) that are a cinch to create.

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