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G&G’s Most Popular Online Stories of 2019

Twenty of the most-read items published this year on gardenandgun.com

Readers’ favorite stories published on gardenandgun.com this year included pieces about horses that fly first class, a strong-willed sea turtle named Voldemort, iconic Southern rockers, beloved Southern authors, and a taste test only a Southerner could pass. Here are twenty of the most-viewed stories of the year:

Food and Drink

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G&G’s Great Mayonnaise Taste Test

Twenty top Southern chefs participate in a blind tasting to determine the best brand—and the winner may surprise you.

photo: Margaret Houston

Karl Worley’s Family Reserve Biscuits

Nashville’s Biscuit Love chef shares his go-to recipe.

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Three Blind Refs: A Super Bowl Cocktail for Saints Fans

This drink goes down a lot easier than the egregious non-call at the Superdome did.

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The Only Tomato Pie Recipe You’ll Ever Need

Birmingham chef Julie Grimes’s deep-dish version of the summertime classic.

Music

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An Oral History of “Free Bird”

Including the time Johnny Van Zant yelled out a request for it at a Cher show.

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Song Premiere: Gregg Allman Performing “Melissa” Live in 1974

The iconic song, recorded on his first solo tour, was reissued this year.

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Ken Burns on His Eight-Year Dive into Country Music

The documentarian talked to G&G about his latest project.

Travel

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The South’s Best New Bars

Two dozen recent arrivals that feel like they’ve been around forever—in a good way.

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John Grisham’s Ode to Amelia Island

The formerly landlocked author is now at home in his little piece of paradise.

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14 Classic Southern Weekend Escapes

Load up the car for trips to Southern getaways that have beckoned guests for generations.

Animals

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Inside Air Horse One: Getting to the Kentucky Derby

A look at how some Thoroughbreds travel first class to the Kentucky Derby.

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How to Save a Loggerhead

Behind the scenes of a nearly yearlong journey to nurse an injured sea turtle back home.

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Four-Star Canine

A marine’s account of the best gift a dog could have given him.

Books and Authors

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Remembering Two Icons of the Literary South

Dorothea Benton Frank and Anne Rivers Siddons told stirring stories of the South, and proclaimed the power of a triple name—an ode to the two authors by their friends and peers Mary Alice Monroe and Patti Callahan Henry.

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Pat Conroy and Cassandra King Conroy’s Whirlwind Romance

It all started at a party in Birmingham in 1995.

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Now Enrolling: The Wendell Berry Farm School

A hands-on farming and forestry program in the author’s Kentucky county—and the tuition is free.

Video

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How Carla Hall Makes Biscuits

Don’t do 16-minute videos, they say. Don’t cut a thing when Carla Hall is in front of the camera, we say.

Photo Collections

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The Best Kentucky Derby Hats of 2019

The fascinating fascinators of Churchill Downs.

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Meet the 2019 Good Dog Winners

The top dogs in our annual contest.

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100 Puppies—Need We Say More?

Some of the cutest puppers you’ll ever see.

Also see:
>> Top recipes of 2019
>> Top photos of 2019