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Southern Classic: Daube Glacé

By Jed PortmanGood EatsDecember 18, 2014

While country ham and salami are hardly foreign to New Orleans these days, they were rarities in the along the Gulf Coast two centuries ago. “We can’t hang meats outside here. They rot,” says Isaac Toups, who runs the kitchen at Toups’ Meatery. In the years before the advent of refrigeration, locals had to find other ways to keep the pantry stocked.

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Gravy Podcast: The Fight for Water and Oysters

By Jed PortmanSouthern SoundsDecember 18, 2014

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for a new episode of Gravy , a podcast from the Southern Foodways Alliance's. This week, producer Tina Antolini navigates the troubled waters of the Florida panhandle where a storied local industry is in big trouble. 

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A Southern Stationery Wardrobe

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorDecember 16, 2014

Southerners know that sending a thoughtful letter, an appreciative thank you note, or quick message of support or encouragement is often one of the best gifts you can give—any time of year. 

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Holiday in the Sun

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineDecember 15, 2014

It’s okay to admit that sometimes you need a holiday from the holidays. So this year, after the gifts are unwrapped, the stockings emptied, the bar cleaned out, and your extended family is back on the road, why not treat yourself to a little warm weather R&R? Stock up on extra vitamin D—after all, a repeat of last year’s snowpocalypse isn’t out of the question—at one of these three new or newly renovated island retreats.   

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Gravy Podcast: Separation of Church and Coffee

By Jed PortmanSouthern SoundsDecember 4, 2014

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for a new podcast from the Southern Foodways Alliance. The Oxford, Mississippi–based organization launched Gravy, their biweekly tour of regional cooking and eating places, with a visit to the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina. This week, the podcast takes listeners to a couple of coffee shops in Knoxville, Tennessee where the baristas believe in more than just the merits of freshly ground beans. Listen below.

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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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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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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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