Call for Entries: The 2015 Made in the South Awards

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The Southern Agenda: June/July 2015

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Hitting the Sweet Spot: Vintage Southern Summer Treats

By Elizabeth HutchisonGood EatsJuly 2, 2015

Even when you’re well past the days of three-month-long school breaks, there’s something about summer that makes you want to indulge like a kid. And while endless hours by the swimming pool may have given way to nine-to-five careers, you can still relish the simple joy of a red-white-and-blue firecracker pop on a hot July afternoon. Across the South, there are those timeless family-run institutions that make you forget you ever learned what a calorie was. If you’re traveling this summer, check out five of our favorite nostalgic sweet spots:

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Five Southern Sites to Save in 2015

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorJuly 1, 2015

Last week, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced their annual list of sites threatened by both decay and development across the United States. The list was first published in 1987 and in the twenty-eight years since, the nonprofit has highlighted over 250 at-risk sites. Five of the eleven earmarked properties that appear on the 2015 list are Southern, from the Little Havana neighborhood in Miami to the A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham, Alabama, that hosted Martin Luther King Jr. “This year’s list is our most diverse ever, and reflects our commitment to recognizing and preserving all the facets of our diverse history,” says Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “These sites tell American stories that have been overlooked for too long. We hope this list inspires more Americans to join us in the ongoing effort to save the places that tell the full story of our nation.” A full roundup of the Southern properties and the challenges they face follow below. For more information on how to help, visit www.preservationnation.org

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Rising Stars’ Lesser-Known Hits: A Playlist

By Jessica MischnerSouthern SoundsJune 30, 2015

There’s no shortage of big time musicians who have gotten their start at Eddie’s Attic, an old-school listening room in Decatur, Georgia. The Indigo Girls, the Civil Wars, Jennifer Nettles, and John Mayer have all proven their singing and songwriting mettle on the venue’s small stage.

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Southern Milkshakes—With A Grown-Up Kick

By Jed PortmanGood EatsJune 29, 2015

Andrew Ullom handles dessert for half a dozen of the best restaurants in Raleigh, North Carolina, but he doesn’t overthink a milkshake. “When you have three or four ingredients that taste good by themselves, nine out of ten times they’re going to taste good together,” says the executive pastry chef for Poole’s Diner, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, and several other spots owned and operated by chef Ashley Christensen, who has been one of the driving force behind the city's dining scene for the past decade.

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G&G Editors' Summer Reading List

By Jessica MischnerBelow the LineJune 23, 2015

School’s out, the sun is shining, and the days are long and lazy. In other words, there’s no better time to park yourself in a comfortable hammock and get lost in a book. Here are seven editors’ picks—both new releases and old favorites—to put all that free time to good use.

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A Vintage Father’s Day Cocktail

By Jessica MischnerGood EatsJune 21, 2015

Beyond the Father’s Day gifts and cards, there’s a simpler way to pay tribute to dad: Raise a glass in his honor. And what better way to toast a true original than with the most classic of classic cocktails—the Sazerac. Though the drink itself dates back to 1830s New Orleans (when it was made with cognac and absinthe), this 1940s version reflects the recipe’s evolution over the years, blending rye whiskey, bitters, cane syrup, and Herbsaint, an anise-flavored liqueur made in the Crescent City following the nationwide ban on absinthe in 1912. “The Sazerac is a perfect metaphor for a Southern gentleman,” says chef Paul Fehribach, who grew up just across the river from Louisville, Kentucky, in Indiana, and now serves heirloom Southern fare at Big Jones restaurant in Chicago. He turned to that recipe to inspire the one in his recently released The Big Jones Cookbook. “It’s a very masculine cocktail, with a perfect balance between the summery sweetness of Herbsaint and cane, and the temperamental heat of whiskey. When I think of my dad on Father’s Day, he’s on the golf course. What better way to tee off a round or two?”

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Southern Classic: Tomato Pudding

By Jed PortmanGood EatsJune 17, 2015

It is an incredibly simple dish, even for the down-to-earth likes of Robert Stehling.

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Father's Day, Texas-Style

By Jed PortmanBelow the LineJune 12, 2015

As a hard-working chef with a four-year-old daughter, Jesse Griffiths has yet to truly live it up on Father’s Day, but he has ideas for the holidays to come. “They’ll probably involve pancakes, and fishing,” he says. “It’ll be fun.” In the meantime, the chef at Dai Due, in Austin, Texas, has volunteered to help the rest of us make our plans. Griffiths is a serious outdoorsman who serves venison ceviche and slow-cooked wild boar at his restaurant, and teaches classes in hunting and fishing on the side. He drew upon his experiences both in hunt camp and the kitchen to brainstorm gifts for your own outdoorsy, cast-iron-loving dad. He has field-tested everything on the list below, from a potentially lifesaving pair of boots to a couple of cookbooks that might inspire your old man to fire up the grill.

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