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Throw a Knockout Kentucky Derby Party

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorApril 27, 2015

Thanks to a little inspiration from Austin blogger, author, and entertaining expert Camille Styles, you don’t have to attend the Kentucky Derby to celebrate the event with style.

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The Most Southern Ice Cream Ever

By Heather RichieGood EatsApril 24, 2015

It isn’t honey, it isn’t molasses, and it sure isn’t sugar. Sorghum syrup is a homegrown Southern sweetener in a class of its own, with a distinctive and lingering flavor. In Sorghum’s Savor, North Carolina­­­–based food writer Ronni Lundy takes an equally deep look at the lengthy history of this versatile Appalachian staple, which can lend bittersweet base notes to everything from biscuits and cocktails to curries and salads. You’ll find recipes for all of those in Lundy’s new cookbook, alongside passages explaining how modern makers distill syrup from pressed sorghum cane juice, and why they still bother.

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A Southern Icon Turns 100

By Jessica MischnerGood EatsApril 23, 2015

Artist Andy Warhol once observed about Coca-Cola’s universal appeal: “You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke. Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too.” That easy recognizability and refreshment-for-all ethos didn’t just happen by accident.

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Case Closed on Pappygate? Not So Fast...

By Jed PortmanGood EatsApril 22, 2015

The sheriff always thought it was an inside job. In 2013, when the Buffalo Trace distillery reported that sixty-five cases of Pappy Van Winkle whiskey had disappeared from a secure area, it seemed likely that the perpetrators had access to the supply. Until recently, authorities couldn’t prove it. Then yesterday, a grand jury indicted a group of nine people in conjunction with the thefts. The likely ringleader, Gilbert “Toby” Curtsinger, is indeed a twenty-six-year veteran of Buffalo Trace, where he worked on the loading dock. (Another one of the accused worked at the Wild Turkey distillery, which suffered similar losses.) Here are five more things you should know about the latest developments in the biggest bourbon theft in recent history.

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If You Like Green Tomatoes...

By Jed PortmanGood EatsApril 22, 2015

At the Market Place restaurant, in Asheville, North Carolina, strawberries are more than just rosy slivers in springtime salads and the stuff of sweet preserves and cocktails. Chef William Dissen also buys firm, not-quite-ripe green strawberries from local farmers. He pickles them, and then deploys them as an acid-spiked condiment for grilled venison, rabbit paté, and more.

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Angling for Art

By Heather RichieThe Sporting SouthApril 21, 2015

You’ve likely seen nineteenth-century sporting artist Samuel Kilbourne’s work, even if you’ve never heard of him. Leaping Brook Trout graced the cover of the Orvis catalog for nearly twenty years, and still conjures the iconic brand.

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Three Life Lessons From Southern Grandmothers

By CJ LotzBelow the LineApril 21, 2015

Since 2012, Alysia Burton Steele has logged more than 18,000 miles on her odometer, driving through the fields and swamps of the Mississippi Delta to find the Jewels. That’s the name she has given to the fifty grandmothers whose oral histories she recorded and portraits she captured for her new book, Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom.

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Your Spring/Summer Music Festival Calendar

By Elizabeth HutchisonSouthern SoundsApril 17, 2015

Down South we don’t need much of an excuse to put on a festival. Just about anything will do. There’s the annual hollerin’ contest in North Carolina; the Road Kill Cook-off and Harvest Festival in West Virginia; and events dedicated to every fruit and veggie ever grown in Southern soil. When it comes to music, though, Southerners drop the silly and pull in some serious talent, rolling out an impressive lineup of world-class festivals as soon as the weather warms up. Bonnaroo, in Manchester, Tennessee, and Hangout Fest, the three-day beachside blowout, in Gulf Shores, Alabama, are the schedule titans, but if neon tank tops and glow sticks aren’t your thing either, there are plenty of other great outdoor music-fest options for the rest of us.

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The Dressing the South Forgot

By Jed PortmanGood EatsApril 16, 2015

Pimento cheese. Coleslaw. Potato salad. Those staple side dishes help keep the mayonnaise companies in business during the spring and summer. But in the days when cooking oil was a luxury, cooks below the Mason-Dixon line bound them with a different sort of dressing.

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Bonus Photos from the April/May 2015 Issue

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusApril 16, 2015

The April/May issue of Garden & Gun was loaded with images of lush gardens, hot eats, and fun travel destinations. We didn't have room for all of our favorite images; here are ten special shots that didn't make it into print.

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