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The South in a Jar

By CJ LotzGood EatsSeptember 17, 2014

You’ve likely heard of Tupelo honey, the South’s most prized single-flower honey, produced in and around the Florida panhandle when tupelo trees burst into bloom each spring. And you might know a little something about Sourwood honey, that deep and spicy nectar of Appalachia. But what about the dark, molasses-like honey gathered from Florida’s black mangrove, avocado, and loquat blossoms? Or the bright and grassy honey gathered from Eastern Shore butterbean plants? Honey is deeply nuanced. Like fine wine or whiskey, it’s layered in flavor, aroma, and history. The editors at G&G sampled varieties bursting with the essence of the South. The result of our sticky taste-test? Five honeys that will leave a taste of sweet Southern sunshine even when summer is long gone.

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Corn Meets Corn Liquor

By Jed PortmanGood EatsSeptember 16, 2014

Bourbon wouldn’t be bourbon without corn. Literally. American law requires that any whiskey perched alongside the bottles of Maker’s Mark and Buffalo Trace at the liquor store come from a mash that is at least fifty-one percent corn, with a remainder of barley, wheat, or rye. So infusing the flavor of fresh corn into brown liquor made a sort of intuitive sense for Chris Spear, the Frederick, Maryland–based chef and culinary instructor who writes the blog Perfect Little Bites. “At first, I thought I’d just throw some corn into some bourbon and see if I could get the flavor I wanted,” he says. After some trial and error, he added a second step to the process: dosing the whiskey with a little melted butter, which leaves behind a tinge of flavor and a rich, silky texture

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Field Guide: Pawpaw

By Jed PortmanGood EatsSeptember 11, 2014

In foraging literature, the pawpaw, a soft, pale-green fruit indigenous to the temperate forests of the eastern United States, is allotted a produce aisle’s worth of flavors, among them mango, banana, pineapple, and melon. “I think it tastes like if you were to make mango and banana cupcakes, and then eat the batter,” says Richard Neal, the chef de cuisine at the Capitol Grille in Nashville. “It’s sweet, and tropical, and super soft.”

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Southern Food Group: Cornbread

By Sara Camp ArnoldGood EatsSeptember 2, 2014

The Southern Foodways Alliance and Garden & Gun decided to rewrite the food pyramid in 2014 by introducing the twelve Southern food groups. Thus far, we’ve covered oysters, gumbo, boudin, fried chicken, barbecue, hot tamales, and greens. This month, sop it all up with a big square of cornbread.

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Better Burger Toppers

By Jed PortmanGood EatsAugust 28, 2014

In his professional life, chef Tim Byres spends an awful lot of time standing over hot embers. Smoke, his five-year-old restaurant in Dallas, takes its name from the smoldering arsenal of cookers out back: a smokehouse, a smoker, and a wood-fueled grill. Even when he’s not on the clock he mans the tongs at home and on family camping trips. This is a man who knows how to grill a burger. And the secret to a great one, he says, isn’t the cuts of beef involved, or how they’re ground. It’s a solid roster of quality homemade condiments. Upgrading to a garden-fresh ketchup or a smoky chile mustard is that extra bit of effort that can take a Labor Day spread from run-of-the-mill to something you’ll still be remembering when the long holiday weekend is long gone.

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