There are two kinds of Thanksgiving revelers in the South—the eaters and the feeders. The eaters are happy to bring a dish or bottle of wine to dinner, but the feeders are already knee-deep in planning the meal that’s still three weeks away. You know which one you are, and so do we, so we’ve created the perfect cocktail to help you all kick off the Thanksgiving season. It’s called The Shot:
Fine & Deviled
You won’t be able to eat at Chef Jesse Houston’s Fine & Dandy restaurant until it opens later this month in Jackson, Mississippi. But the James Beard-nominated chef has sent over something to tie you over until then—a prized recipe straight off the Fine & Dandy menu, just for G&G readers.
Houston’s “Fine Deviled Eggs” are like all of Fine & Dandy’s food—delicious and a little nostalgic, with an elevated twist, like when grandma started dating again. Once the restaurant opens, you can choose from burgers like the “Standard,” the “Fine & Dainty,” or the “Steak Tartare, Darling,” with a side of “Tots We Didn’t Make.” Until then, count Houston’s deviled eggs as an ideal Thanksgiving starter for your guests—and one more thing for us all to be thankful for:
12 eggs, boiled
½ cup Duke’s mayonnaise
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 ½ tsp. Louisiana Hot Sauce
¼ tsp. turmeric
1 pinch ground clove
½ tsp. Kosher salt
2 tsp. pickle brine
1 tsp. sugar
In a large pot, boil eggs for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and allow to sit until cool.
Peel eggs and slice in half lengthwise. Remove the yolk and save the halved egg whites. Pass the yolks through a mesh strainer until fine.
In a large mixing bowl, add strained egg yolks, mayonnaise, Dijon, lemon juice, hot sauce, turmeric, clove, salt, pickle brine, and sugar. Stir until evenly mixed.
Using a pastry bag with a star tip, pipe the yolk mixture into the hard-boiled egg whites.
Chef recommends topping with smoked salmon caviar, crispy fried shallots, and dill fronds.
Fox & Friends
Booked in Texas
Everything’s bigger in Texas, and last weekend’s Texas Book Festival in Austin was no exception. The fest was founded in 1995 by former librarian and then-Texas First Lady Laura Bush, who envisioned a celebration of books and literacy that would benefit the state’s library system all year long.
This year, the festival included more than 250 titles, a gala, and events featuring Michael Hurd, author of Thursday Night Lights: Black High School Football in Texas; Houston-born Attica Locke and her novel Bluebird Bluebird; and Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush, the former first daughters and authors of Sisters First. If you didn’t make it to Austin, not to worry. Several of the readings, including Thursday Night Lights, are archived over at C-SPAN 2.
This week, the team at The Shot is: Counting down until the 5th annual Garden & Gun Jubilee in Charleston, South Carolina, December 1-3. Think of it as living in the pages of Garden & Gun for three days. Saturday is sold out, but Sunday day passes are still available. … DVR’ing the CMA awards November 7, when G&G faves Rhiannon Giddens and Willie Nelson face off in the same category. Can’t they just both win? … Crossing our fingers that Nashville’s famous Pancake Pantry won’t really leave its original Vanderbilt location because of a parking shortage. Don’t think of it as walking to your car, Nashvillians, think of it as getting your steps. … And finally, we are no longer asking why Ruby Tuesday would name last week’s burger of the week, “The Southern Bell.” Who knew the multinational chain started right next to the University of Tennessee campus all those years ago? Not us. So go for it, RuTu, and bless your burger.
Until next week, friends.