Elizabeth Hutchison

An Easy Easter Almond Cake

By Elizabeth HutchisonGood EatsApril 17, 2014

Mississippi baker and James Beard Award–winning cookbook author Martha Foose has a knack for letting simple flavors shine. Her recipe for a traditional almond cake is a showstopper of a dessert—the kind that leaves friends and family clamoring to know the secret. But you don’t need to be a Paris-trained pastry chef like Foose to pull it off. An almond cake is the rare dessert that’s almost impossible to mess up.

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Masters Week: 10 Things to Do in Augusta

By Elizabeth HutchisonThe Sporting SouthApril 8, 2014

Every year, come early April, the golf world’s elite descend on Augusta, Georgia. The population nearly doubles. The airstrip at Daniel Field is choked with private jets. More pimento cheese sandwiches are consumed at Augusta National during the Masters than on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July combined—or so it seems. And thousands of instagramable moments go undocumented (lest you make the unforgivable mistake of bringing your cell phone onto the venerable course). But whether you’ve managed to score Masters tickets or not, there’s plenty of entertainment to be found in the tournament’s host city. In a town this size, you don’t need a perch at Amen Corner to see your favorite pro up close; you’re just as likely to run into him at dinner or the local dive.

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Lordy, Lordy, the Opry's 40!

By Elizabeth HutchisonSouthern SoundsMarch 14, 2014

The radio show that made country music famous first hit airwaves in 1925. Back then it was just a weekly one-hour “barn dance” put out by station WSM in Nashville on Saturday nights. Today, the Grand Ole Opry is among the longest running broadcasts in history, occupying reverential space in the canon of American music. Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, even Elvis Presley (though he famously only played the Opry once) have all performed. This weekend, the Opry celebrates the 40th anniversary of its move to its current space east of downtown. It left the historic Ryman Auditorium in 1974 after the show’s popularity demanded a larger venue—but not before taking a six-foot circle of oak from center stage and installing it in its new home.

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Mardi Gras Playlist

By Elizabeth HutchisonSouthern SoundsMarch 4, 2014

Happy Fat Tuesday. It's officially the last day of Carnival, which means if you haven’t had your fill of moon pies, king cake, and Hurricanes, today is last call. But for everyone working behind a desk instead of dancing through the French Quarter, we’re bringing the party to you with our essential Mardi Gras playlist on Spotify. Laissez les bon temps rouler! (Just keep the boozin’ to a minimum—we can’t be held responsible for any HR violations the playlist might induce.) 

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Great Southern Romances

By Elizabeth HutchisonA Southern FocusFebruary 3, 2014

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we started thinking about great Southern romances—both real and fictional: Rhett and Scarlett, Forrest and Jenny, Johnny and June. But while these couples are undeniably iconic, it’s the everyday romances of our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents that inspire us the most. This Valentine's Day, we want to honor those relationships—the time-tested love stories of our nearest and dearest.

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Southern Sweets for the Holidays

By Elizabeth HutchisonGood EatsDecember 13, 2013

Whether you are playing host this holiday season and stocking up on snacks or need an extra-special hostess gift, these five mail-order Southern sweets can easily oblige.

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Meet our Cover Dog: Rimi

By Elizabeth HutchisonThe Sporting SouthDecember 11, 2013

If we didn’t already know that our readers are dog people, the sheer volume of inquiries that pour in anytime we put one on the cover would certainly clue us in. And the most recent December/January cover featuring Rimi, a golden retriever, in the back of a 1972 Land Rover Series III near Ridgeland, South Carolina, is no exception.

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Raising the Candy Bar

By Elizabeth HutchisonGood EatsOctober 31, 2013

If you’ve had your fill of mini-Mars bars, but haven’t quite satisfied your sweet tooth, look no further than the Chocolate Lab in Savannah, Georgia. From her kitchen in the city’s historic Starland District, SCAD-educated confectioner Kelly Spivey crafts grown-up takes on old-fashioned caramel-and-nougat candy bars. Each of her four regular flavors—goat milk caramel, chocolate nougat caramel, vanilla nougat, and PERC, a coffee-infused chocolate ganache with vanilla nougat—is handmade with local, organic, and fair-trade ingredients whenever possible. “For me, it’s important to support the community you are a part of,” says Spivey who makes a point of working with local outfits such as Savannah Bee Company, Southern Swiss Dairy, and PERC Coffee. 

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A Word from Past Made in the South Winners

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelle DecorJuly 18, 2013

There are only 2 WEEKS left to enter the 2013 Made in the South Awards, and we want you! Remember, the rules are simple: The awards are open to any Southern craftsman or business with a Southern-made product that will be available through January 2014 and falls into one of five categories—Food, Drink, Style and Design, Outdoors, and Home.

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Charleston's Fresh Catch

By Elizabeth HutchisonGood EatsJune 28, 2013

In a food-focused city surrounded by water, the list of restaurants with a view in Charleston, South Carolina, is surprisingly small—the list of waterside fine-dining establishments is even smaller. So when space opened up on front-beach Isle of Palms—a ten-minute drive from downtown—chef Ken Vedrinski of Charleston’s Trattoria Lucca jumped at the chance to help fill that void with his new Italian-inspired seafood restaurant Coda del Pesce (Italian for: “Tail of the Fish”), which officially began accepting reservations earlier this month.

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