Five Things You Might Not Know About Southern Tomatoes

By Jed PortmanGood EatsAugust 11, 2015

1. For all we know, the famous Cherokee Purple tomato is only a few decades old.

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Welcoming Front Doors

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorAugust 2, 2015

A few weeks ago, we asked readers to tag their favorite Southern front doors on Instagram using #southernfrontdoors. We’ve enjoyed every post and have compiled a gallery of thirty images that reflect the wide variety of architectural styles, exterior paint colors, and regions submitted. From the melancholy beauty of a time-worn antebellum front door in Georgia to the cheerful riot of color on a door in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans, inspiration (and eye candy) abound.

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The Wild Southern Belle You’ve Never Heard Of… Til Now

By CJ LotzBelow the LineJuly 16, 2015

Every family has its secrets—a recipe or fishing spot, perhaps. But for the storied Bingham family, of Louisville, Kentucky, the secrets could fill volumes. And, for more than a century, they have. In the 1980s, the power struggle that resulted in the dismantling of the family’s media empire, which included the Louisville Courier-Journal, was the topic of countless newspaper and magazine stories, even books. In 1917, the subject was even more sensational: the death of Mary Lily Kenan Flagler, the second wife of family patriarch Robert Worth Bingham, who launched the family to fame and fortune with her Standard Oil inheritance. Kenan’s body was exhumed by members of her family to test for evidence of poison. “MRS. BINGHAM WAS DRUGGED,” a tabloid headline screamed.

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Why Traveling Musicians Love Asheville

By CJ LotzSouthern SoundsJuly 15, 2015

For the past twenty years, a musical movement has been growing in Asheville, North Carolina. While famous cities like Nashville, Tennessee, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama, are known for their legendary recording studios, Asheville has emphasized something more pedestrian—quite literally. Traveling street performers—called “buskers,” who play everything from guitars to banjos, washboards, and spoons for a living—are pulled toward this Southern city and can be found everywhere from the corners of Pack Square to the sidewalk in front of Woolworth Walk.

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A Busy Day in Monroeville

By Jennifer Crossley HowardBelow the LineJuly 14, 2015

Monroeville, Alabama, population 6,300 and the hometown of Nelle Harper Lee, is today basking in one of literature’s biggest bombshells—the release of Go Set a Watchman, Lee’s first novel in 55 years.

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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 forces behind the city's dining scene for the past decade.

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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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A Bucket-List Barbecue Joint Goes Up in Flames

By Jed PortmanGood EatsJune 11, 2015

Last week, pit master Bryan Furman of B’s Cracklin’ Barbeque in Savannah, Georgia, served crowds larger and hungrier than any he had ever seen before. Not only was he profiled as one of five pit masters serving real-deal barbecue in the June/July issue of Garden & Gun, and included on our Barbecue Bucket List, but Southern Living had also named his joint one of the best in the region, and local media had followed suit. The sudden attention amazed the former welder, who traded his torch for tongs less than a year ago.

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Where to Get Crawfish Online Before They’re Gone

By Jessica MischnerGood EatsJune 5, 2015

The bad news is, crawfish season is drawing to a close. The good news is, there’s still time for one last boil and the cost of mudbugs is low enough to make the occasion more sweet than bitter. After topping out at nearly $7 per pound in early February, mail-order prices have plummeted to as low as $2.15 per pound. So save some newspaper, chill a few cases of beer (the hoppier, the better), and order up a next-day delivery. Oh, and invite some friends—at these prices, you can afford to share. 

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