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Southern Cast Iron September/October 2019

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From skillet suppers to classic sides, Dutch oven dinners to mouthwatering pies, Southern Cast Iron delivers the beloved flavors of classic home cooking. Southern Cast Iron highlights unique collectibles, shares tips for caring for your favorite pans, and gives in-depth stories of collectors, chefs, and foundries. Take a look inside the world of cast-iron cooking and history. Beautifully photographed and printed on high-quality paper, it’s a magazine to share with friends and family, and return to each time you pull your favorite skillet out of the cupboard.

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United States
Hoffman Media
6 Issues

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2 min.
hello, fall!

As the early days of fall bring us a welcome break from summer’s heat, we’re bringing you this incredible new issue of Southern Cast Iron. Although I personally embrace the motto of “endless summer,” all the scrumptious autumn eats are just too tempting for me to resist. We have a little bit of everything going on in this issue. Pay homage to a seasonal delicacy with our stunning fig feature starting on page 71, and find ways to enjoy apples, the most popular of the harvest fruits, beginning on page 31. Put your Dutch ovens and braisers to work with hearty one-pan dinners starting on page 51, and break out your cast-iron chicken fryer because we’ve taken fried chicken to the next level with crispy, crunchy recipes starting on page 87. This is…

1 min.
classic chicken fryer

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT There are few things Southerners love more than crispy fried chicken. Every bite sparks memories of our family members standing over the stove, cooking each piece to golden perfection. But sometimes a standard skillet is just too shallow for frying, so we often turn to the ever-versatile cast-iron chicken fryer. Combining a deep skillet with a tight-fitting lid, its ample space and superb heat maintenance make the process more manageable. It’s our go-to for deep frying—especially the fried chicken recipes starting on page 87—but that’s not its only use. Let it stand in for your Dutch oven the next time you bake a beautiful loaf of bread, or take it out to your grill to get a sizzling supper over the flame. Whether indoors or out, the castiron chicken…

1 min.
served in cast iron

TUPELO HONEY CAFÉ LOCATIONS ACROSS THE SOUTH Coated in gooey cheese and topped with warm, buttery biscuit crumbles, this gratin takes simple potatoes to a new level. It's the ultimate Southern side, though we wouldn’t turn down a dinner-sized portion. @tupelohoneycafe FARM BLUFFTON BLUFFTON, SOUTH CAROLINA The Cajun and Creole holy trinity of onions, bell peppers, and celery adds delicious flavor to the bed of locally grown rice beneath this juicy roast chicken that’s topped with a fried egg for good measure. @farmbluffton PARKWOODS ATLANTA ATLANTA, GEORGIA This cast iron spread is classic comfort food to the max. From extra crispy fried chicken and rich gravy to the hearty greens and fluffy biscuit, this meal is as Southern as it gets. @parkwoodsatl SHOW US WHAT YOU’RE COOKING IN CAST IRON BY POSTING ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH #SOUTHERNCASTIRON AND TAGGING…

1 min.
check it out

YADKIN VALLEY PUMPKIN FESTIVAL ELKIN, NORTH CAROLINA SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 Starting with the Annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off where growers come from far and wide to see whose pumpkin or melon will reign supreme (last year’s largest pumpkin came in at just over 1,500 pounds), this festival is one of Historic Downtown Elkin’s biggest events of the year. Featuring everything from barbecue and baked goods to antiques and hand-crafted gifts, there’s something for everyone at this extravaganza. yadkinvalley.org…

1 min.
tastes & tools

1. FLORIDA PURE SEA SALT Seasoning makes all the difference in crafting a truly delicious dish. And with numerous flavors of finishing sea salt to choose from, this Southern company is making perfect seasoning attainable. Made in small batches with only the cleanest water, these quality salts ensure your next meal is one to remember. $10–$22 per jar | floridapureseasalt.com 2. HORNSBY FARMS PEPPER JELLY Handcrafted with fruits and peppers grown primarily from their own farm, the Hornsby family’s pepper jellies are a dream spread onto cream cheese and served with crackers or paired with any of your favorite fall feasts. No matter how you use them, these sweet and savory jellies are guaranteed to bring the heat. $8 per 9-ounce jar | hornsbyfarms.com 3. THE TINY HOUSE FINE SOUTHERN FOODS APPLE CIDER SYRUPS Of all the…

8 min.
chris coleman

Chris Coleman grew up in a small town outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, where children played outdoors until the streetlights turned on each night. His mother was a pianist at their church, and his father worked for a nearby energy company. But each year when school let out, this son of the suburbs traveled to southern Mississippi for a summer on his grandparents’ farm. “We called them Mawmaw and Pawpaw,” Chris recalls. “They had horses, raised cattle, had a little pecan orchard and big fig tree. And Mawmaw had these massive blueberry bushes that had gotten as tall as trees.” It was on this farm in Purvis, Mississippi—a town of just over 2,000 inhabitants—that young Chris learned to love food. Days began at the breakfast table where the family gathered over a…