Life and Style

Before and After: Return of a Classic Western Ranch

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Combine a storied Medina, Texas, ranch in need of serious TLC with A-list Southern architect Michael Imber, and the result is perfect home on the range, right down to the last river rock on the newly constructed facades. Before.   The Place: J. H. Autry Ranch, Medina, Texas The History: Once the residence of Texas Ranger Big Foot Wallace, J. ...

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An Elevated Twist on the Mint Julep

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Between long lines and frustrated fellow travelers, air travel is often a less-than-desirable experience these days. But passengers flying through Atlanta can always count on at least one bright spot: One Flew South. Since 2008, the restaurant and bar has been bringing an inspired mix of Southern standards (pimento cheese, Benton’s bacon BLTs), sushi, and craft cocktails to Hartsfield-Jackson International’s ...

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Fannie Flagg and 25 Years of ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’

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Twenty-five years ago this December, moviegoers met the Threadgoode family of fictional Whistle Stop, Alabama, in the film Fried Green Tomatoes. Writer Fannie Flagg recalled memories of visiting family in Irondale, Alabama, when she wrote the screenplay and its basis, the best-selling novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café. Fans have made the intergenerational tale—with its endearing characters ...

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What to Expect from Top Chef: Charleston

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For years, Tom Colicchio has lobbied to get Top Chef to Charleston, South Carolina. The New York–based chef and TV star has been visiting the Holy City since he took a consulting gig on nearby Kiawah Island in 2000.  This year, he got his wish. Top Chef: Charleston premieres on Bravo tonight—with eight new contestants, including five Southerners: Emily Hahn (SC), ...

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Low-Key Southern Lake Escapes

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Scorching summer temps call for one thing: Liquid refreshment, preferably both the immersible and imbibable kinds. A good cocktail is easy to come by, but not everyone can drive to the beach over a weekend and be back in time for work Monday morning. (Not to mention, it’s Shark Week, which provides plenty of toothy reasons to skip the ocean.) ...

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Blount About Food

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In his Garden & Gun back-page column, End of the Line, writer Roy Blount, Jr. has waxed poetic on everything from pimento cheese to the under-appreciated mullet (the fish, not the hairstyle). For those hankering for more of Blount’s characteristic dry wit, his forthcoming book, Save Room for Pie: Food Songs and Chewy Ruminations, shares a collection of essays, songs, ...

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Girl Scouts Celebrate a Sweet Southern Heritage

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“Cookie Money is Camping Money.” That’s just one of the catchphrases Girl Scouts have used over the years to market their cookies, which have become almost as much a cultural phenomenon as the organization itself. The phrase dates to the 1960s, but the Girl Scout legacy dates back much further. On this day more than a century ago, one pioneering ...

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Great Southern Kitchens

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(Photographs by Emily Followill; Caroline Allison; Brie Williams) Southerners are known for having many skills—among them, our politeness, our ability to throw a good party, and our truly excellent food. So it’s no wonder that Southern homes have all kinds of spectacular kitchens, where all those talents come together. If you’re pondering a spring spruce-up of your own, borrow a ...

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First Listen: Star & Micey

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Local boys Star & Micey make Memphis blues sound positively ebullient on their debut album, Get ‘Em Next Time (out this Friday). While the city’s traditional sound might be the foundation, the four-piece band—including, singer/guitarist Nick Redmond, singer/guitarist Josh Cosby, bassist Geoff Smith, and drummer Jeremy Stanfill—whip in heart-breaking soul and smooth pop vocals, honed by more than five years ...

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New Classic: Spicy Pimento Goat Cheese

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Growing up in Pulaski, Virginia, Jason Alley learned to make biscuits, fried chicken, and more. But when it came to pimento cheese, he preferred the processed, store-bought kind. “We’d get it from Wade’s in Dublin, where it’s pretty weird stuff. American cheese, Miracle Whip, and canned pimentos,” says the chef. “That’s what I grew up with, and I still love ...

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Flower Power: The South’s Spectacular Floral Views

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Some plants enter softly into spring, like a quiet crocus emerging from warmed soil. But others positively explode on the scene in all their bright glory, especially when they’re planted en masse. From acres of bluebonnets to cherry blossoms by the hundreds of thousands, these jaw-dropping floral views will yank you right out of winter hibernation. (Photograph courtesy Gibbs Gardens) ...

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A Bahamian Dream Dinner

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Bahamians, like Southerners, are a hospitable bunch. Wherever there’s food, fellowship naturally follows—and there’s always room for friendly new faces at the supper table. That’s exactly the ethos the folks at Kamalame Cay, a private island resort that runs parallel to Andros Island (the largest but least populated island in the Bahamas), are channeling with their new Progressive Dinner Series. ...

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