Special Package: G&G Holiday Recipes

Gear up for the best time of the year with a few of our favorite dishes

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The G&G Family Grows by Four (Furry) Friends

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineNovember 26, 2014

At the same time as the December/January 2015 issues started arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes last week, our 2014 cover dog Rimi, who also happens to be my parents’ dog, had her first pack of puppies.

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Cheerwine for the Holidays

By Jed PortmanGood EatsNovember 25, 2014

In Salisbury, North Carolina, Cheerwine has the sort of following that jam bands and football teams might envy. The cherry soda has called Salisbury home since 1917, and it is the essential ingredient in a favorite local libation: Cheerwine punch, a generally non-alcoholic blend of soda, pineapple juice, and ginger ale that graces tables all over town during the holiday season, over ice or with sherbet. This year, for the first time, the rest of the Carolinas can get in on the good times with Cheerwine Holiday Punch, a bottled version of the party drink.

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The Stories of Southern Food

By Jed PortmanSouthern SoundsNovember 24, 2014

The podcast is having a moment. Not only is true-crime broadcast Serial a national topic of discussion, with millions of listeners, but the Southern Foodways Alliance has now also taken to the digital airwaves. While the Oxford, Mississippi–based organization has shared stories about food and drink below the Mason-Dixon line for more than a decade, Gravy is a leap into new territory with help from a seasoned producer, public radio veteran Tina Antolini.

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The Lost Songs of Bob Dylan

By Jessica MischnerSouthern SoundsNovember 21, 2014

In his early days as a 1960s songwriter, Bob Dylan took inspiration from a wide range of musicians, including Southern legends such as Little Richard, Woody Guthrie, and Hank Williams. So when famed producer T. Bone Burnett—a Texan who toured with Dylan as a guitarist in the mid-70s and went on to coach a singing Reese Witherspoon for her Academy Award–winning portrayal of June Carter in Walk the Line—received a call from Dylan’s publisher about a box of unrecorded 1967 lyrics, he rose to the challenge.

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Heirloom Harvests: Up Close and Personal

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusNovember 21, 2014

Plants are usually prized for what’s on the outside: colorful blooms, leaves, or fruits. But Dornith Doherty is far more interested in what’s inside. Since 2008, the Dallas-based artist has created striking botanical photographs using X-ray machines. Her subjects? Seeds, seedlings, and plants in safe storage centers called “seed banks” around the world.

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Boudin: A Taste of Cajun Country

By David ThierGood EatsNovember 18, 2014

Whether eaten sitting on the hood or sucked out of its casing while searching for some easy-to-miss dirt road, the best accessory for boudin is a car. Often purchased from a convenience store, an over-air conditioned family-run butcher shop, or gas station, the French-named seasoned pork and rice sausage occasionally makes its way to upscale restaurants all over the country, but it’s still rare to see it outside of Louisiana, and preeminent American food writer Calvin Trillin has a notion why:

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First Listen: Robert Earl Keen’s Bluegrass Debut

By Jed PortmanSouthern SoundsNovember 18, 2014

If you know anything about Robert Earl Keen, you probably know that the man is a seasoned storyteller. His biggest hits have been meandering, sing-along narratives such as “The Road Goes On Forever” and “Merry Christmas from the Family.” On his next album, though, he doesn’t have a single songwriting credit to his name. Happy Prisoner is a collection of classic bluegrass tunes first performed by the likes of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. It won’t be out until February 10, but you can listen to the first song, “Hot Corn, Cold Corn,” right here. It’s a Flatt & Scruggs tune, and—well, without further ado, here are Robert Earl Keen’s thoughts on the song, and on the project as a whole.

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The Global South: Courtney Barton of Mela & Roam

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorNovember 17, 2014

Designer Courtney Barton didn’t expect to find herself chatting about her home state of Louisiana during a visit to the castle of the Maharaja in Udaipur, India, in the middle of the Holi Festival. “I struck up a conversation with the Maharaja’s daughter, the Princess, who was my age, and she was peppering me with questions about whether or not I was in shock from all the colors, people, food, and smells in India,” Barton remembers. “And I laughed and told her I was right at home because I grew up in Louisiana and India is like the Louisiana of the East—it’s also a culture based on food, family, and celebration. She laughed and told me she couldn’t agree with me more because she went to school at Tulane! It’s a small, small world when you make connections like that.”

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Threads of a Story

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusNovember 14, 2014

Few objects embody a story quite like a soft, worn, handed-down quilt. Take the tale of one traveling minister’s wife who collected appliqued fabric blocks from friends at every one of her husband’s churches in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. in the 1840s. To ease the strain of frequently moving, Frances Muse Eggleston sewed thirty-six signed fabric blocks into a memory album quilt top, the way a mother today might paste photographs to scrapbook pages.

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My Town: Holly Williams' Nashville, Tennessee

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineNovember 13, 2014

Singer-songwriter Holly Williams—the daughter of Hank Williams, Jr. and the granddaughter of Hank Sr.—has called Music City home nearly all her life. “When I was growing up here there was really just downtown—not all these other amazing areas,” Williams says. “The change that has taken place in the city in the last five, ten years has been incredible to watch.” No mere bystander but an active participant in that growth, Williams opened high-end boutique H.Audrey and White’s Mercantile, a modern general store with everything from beautiful soaps to linens, cookbooks, and a grab-and-go grocery. And in just two weeks, she’ll launch White’s first e-marketplace. Somehow, she still manages to find time for her music. And when she does get the occasional day off, she walked us through exactly how she would spend it.

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