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Erika Council’s favorite comfort food recipes: Smothered pork chops and Granny’s stewed cabbage

Two of Council’s favorite comfort food recipes, smothered pork chops with rice and buttery stewed cabbage, are about succor, not glamour. They make a warming winter meal for a Sunday supper—or dinner any night of the week.
Erika Council

With Sunday supper, Erika Council carries on her family’s soul food traditions

For Erika Council, author of the hunger-stirring blog Southern Soufflé, one weekly meal embodies her lifelong love of comforting foods: Sunday supper. Picture a long, sturdy table where loved ones and visitors pass mismatched platters heavy with fried chicken, mashed potatoes, collards in their potlikker, cornbread with cane syrup butter, and Council’s personal obsession: biscuits.

Spotlight on Fearrington House Inn

Visiting Fearrington House Inn was like stepping into a Monet painting. Natural beauty abounds, with creeping jenny, lavender, lantana, and knockout roses flourishing in the shade of mature oak trees.

Eat This: Busy Bee Cafe’s fried chicken

Busy Bee Cafe may boast the city’s best fried chicken, but it wasn’t always their top seller. When owner Tracy Gates first started working at the restaurant in 1987, the menu was dominated by ham hocks and chitlins.
SlowExposures

SlowExposures spotlights photography made in and about the rural South

What does the rural South look like? The region’s popular image is colored by Deliverance-style stereotypes and misconceptions. But 15 years ago, Christine Curry—a clinical social worker and bookstore owner in Zebulon, Georgia—realized that the area was in danger of having its true character erased.
Home Grown GA Fried Green Tomatoes

Technique: How to make Fried Green Tomatoes, from Home Grown GA’s Kevin Clark

It wasn’t until Kevin Clark opened Home Grown GA that he came to like this Southern classic, which can easily turn thin and soggy. What’s his secret?
Sweet tea

Stop thinking of sweet tea as a Southern monolith

Inside the Frigidaire of the American consciousness, we have a full pitcher of sweet tea forever at the ready. It’s the ultimate symbol of Southern hospitality and authenticity, the official beverage of How We Do Things Down Here. But I believe this way of thinking does sweet tea, and the South, a disservice.
Barry Dixon

Why design superstar Barry Dixon loves houses that tell stories

Barry Dixon lived all over the world as a child, but this native Southerner shares his region's passion for a good story. He chats with us about why it's more interesting to mix things up.
NYT on Atlanta

6 reasons the New York Times story on Atlanta restaurants gave me cultural indigestion

The headline of the piece was “Atlanta Pulls a Chair to the Table for Culinary Greats,” but after reading it, perhaps a more accurate one would have been “Bless Their Hearts.”
Revival Chicken

Review: Revival worships at the altar of butter

Revival is Kevin Gillespie’s re-creation of the food he grew up eating at the table of his grandmother, whom he calls the best cook he’ll ever know, and who specialized in flavor-packed abundance.

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