VOTE: G&G's Ultimate Barbecue Bracket

32 Southern barbecue joints go head-to-head in our version of NCAA March Madness

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Matthew McConaughey Toasts New Orleans

By Jessica MischnerBelow the LineMarch 30, 2015

Matthew McConaughey knows a thing or two about New Orleans. Though Texas-bred, the Oscar-winning actor has filmed five of his last ten projects, including HBO’s True Detective and the upcoming Civil War drama The Free State of Jones, in and around the Crescent City. So when he accepted the New Orleans Film Society’s Celluloid Hero Award this past Saturday night and paid tribute to his adopted hometown, McConaughey employed his trademark turn of phrase to deliver a toast to the city in a way only he could.

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The Southern Cupboard: Vintage Deviled Egg Plates

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorMarch 30, 2015

Deviled egg plates, like hardworking biscuit cutters or tall, skinny sweet tea spoons, are on the short list of purposeful epicurean items every Southerner should own. And that’s likely because they come in handy often, especially this time of year, a season in the South that calls for alfresco entertaining of every sort, from Easter picnics to porch parties. Sure, there are plenty of new versions out there, but some of the most compelling are vintage. Bonus: These older options are affordable on sites such as Etsy and are as fun to collect as they are to give as thoughtful wedding and housewarming gifts.

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Wonderfully Weird Southern Town Names

By Heather RichieBelow the LineMarch 28, 2015

What do you call a man from Bucksnort, TN? A bucksnorter of course. Some Southern town names are so outrageous they almost seem like jokes, but it turns out there is a story behind each one. Before the Civil War, a man local to present-day Bucksnort sold “snorts” of moonshine for a dollar. Perhaps his name was Buck.

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Spring Agenda: Garden Events for Green-Thumbs

By CJ LotzBelow the LineMarch 25, 2015

For those folks who don’t mind a little dirt under their fingernails, spring means plant sales, seed swaps, garden parties, and—best of all—seeing what’s sprouting. Here are our picks for the season’s best garden goings-on across the South and beyond.

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First Listen: Jessie Baylin’s “Black Blood”

By Jessica MischnerSouthern SoundsMarch 23, 2015

Since her debut album dropped in 2012, Jessie Baylin has been in constant motion. She gave birth to a baby girl, overhauled her family’s Nashville home (which she recently shared with G&G), and generally went about the business of adjusting to a new phase in her life. At times, she questioned whether she’d even make another record at all. Ultimately, though, the songwriter’s need for expression led her back to the recording studio, where she mined a deep well of emotional, real-life inspiration—motherhood, life on the road, the pang of relationships—to create her sophomore album, Dark Place, out April 7. “The first album was about establishing myself as an artist,” Baylin says. “This one is about establishing who I am as a person.”

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Weekend Menu: Steven Satterfield's Spring Onion Pizza

By Jed PortmanGood EatsMarch 20, 2015

Blame Paula Deen. Or heck, let's leave her out of this for once. Blame generations of well-meaning chefs and cooks who have defined Southern cooking with adjectives like battered, fried, buttered, and smothered, rather than the most important one of all: fresh. Steven Satterfield, of Miller Union in Atlanta, isn't the first chef to make the case that our diet is rooted in garden soil. But in his new cookbook, he presents a vegetable-centric cuisine that is as appealing in its restraint as a salt-and-peppered slice of tomato, particularly as we lift our heads from the larded stew pots of cold months past to nibble on new harvests of asparagus, peas, and strawberries. Root to Leaf is divided by season, and the spring chapter contains such uncomplicated creations as this spring onion pizza, made with a wholesome whole wheat dough.

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New Orleans Revives a Historic Marketplace

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineMarch 19, 2015

There are plenty of outlets for great food in New Orleans—raw bars, seafood shacks, produce stands, patisseries, cocktail temples, and coffee shops with strong sustainably sourced brews. On April 10 when the historic St. Roch Market finally reopens for business you’ll find all that—and a whole lot more—in one place.

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Vintage Music Posters from Austin, Texas

By CJ LotzSouthern SoundsMarch 18, 2015

Austin’s music scene is by turns psychedelic, bluesy, hard rocking, and rootsy—and it’s been that way for decades. From the 1960s to the 80s, hand-drawn poster art captured the city's many musical moods. Before the internet, the posters were the main way locals learned what small-town and national touring bands would be performing nearby. A recently released collection, Homegrown: Austin Music Posters 1967 to 1982, gathers more than one hundred examples of this vintage advertising art.

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Go Green: Dodie Thayer Lettuce Ware for Tory Burch

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorMarch 17, 2015

Spring 2015 is off to a fresh—and very green—start with the highly anticipated release of the collaboration between designer Tory Burch and legendary Palm Beach ceramicist Dodie Thayer. Thayer, a self-taught artist who began selling her lettuce ware pieces in the 1960s, is one of the most highly collected artisans in America, thanks to patronage from the stylish likes of Brook Astor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and C.Z. Guest.

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