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Southern Living

Southern Living January 2018

SOUTHERN LIVING celebrates the legendary food, gracious homes, lush gardens, and distinct places that make the South unique. In every edition you’ll find dozens of recipes prepared in our famous test kitchens, guides to the best travel experiences, decorating ideas and inspiration, and gardening tips tailored specifically to your climate.

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2 min.
cooking from memory

ONE OF THE FIRST RECIPES I ever learned to make was called Brown Soup. It was a favorite of my grandfather J.D., who would make it on Saturday mornings at our duck camp in Arkansas, usually after the hunt and before his first Bloody Mary. The recipe was dead simple, which is why I still remember it. You just open six cans of soup—cream of onion, vegetable, tomato, minestrone, consommé, and chili with no beans—mix them together in a big pot, heat, and eat. I recommend adding a few oyster crackers on top, but that may be getting too fancy. It also goes well with college football, and it has a narcotic effect that tends to bring on naps. After a big bowl, J.D. would fall asleep in a wicker…

1 min.
a new book! sunday suppers

• SUNDAY SUPPERS are a special tradition in the South. These meals are also the inspiration for an exciting new cookbook from Southern Living and James Beard Award-winning author Cynthia Graubart. We filled Sunday Suppers with effortless menus, beautiful photos, and delicious recipes to make your meals with loved ones even more memorable. We know that you treasure time spent together around the table, so kick off 2018 with a copy of this heirloom-worthy cookbook—we wrote it with you and your family in mind. PORTRAIT: ROBBIE CAPONETTO; STYLING: CELINE RUSSELL/ZENOBIA…

6 min.
the best kind of hand-me-down

The Living Room DIVIDE THE AREA IN TWO One of Allison’s favorite rooms in the house, this sunken space has a 13-foot ceiling and grand scale, which made filling it tricky. “Many antiques looked like doll furniture in here,” she says. “Originally, the room had been oriented around a piano, and a couch blocked the windows.” After a lot of trial and error, Allison devised two seating areas that fit the room’s scale. SOME PEOPLE INHERIT a piece of furniture, maybe an antique watch or engagement ring, from their grandparents. Beau Allen inherited a house—one that was in such a state of disrepair that several family members thought it was a teardown. In fact, when Beau and his wife, Allison, held their wedding in the meadow behind the home in 2015, they threw…

1 min.
warm and welcoming

Pare Down Color “I let the variations in the four different wood finishes be the main interest in this room,” says designer Lauren Liess, who chose a neutral palette that allows the distinct woods to pop. Upgrade Basics Liess disguised the newness of these stock cabinets. A custom paint color (which was mixed on-site) topped with a sepia-tinted glaze helps them blend with other earthy finishes. Stretch One Material Rather than complicate decorating matters with a separate backsplash tile, Liess decided to extend the granite countertops 16 inches up the walls for a seamless effect. Create a Kids’ Counter “This is a big family with a lot of children,” Liess says. She devised a plan that included a large island and easy-to-clean metal stools, so the kids can eat while the adults cook. Decorate for Function “Leaving a few…

3 min.
the grumpy gardener

POINSETTIA NO-NO › Is it possible to plant my poinsettia in the garden, or should I leave it in a pot? I live in Florence, Alabama, so I am not sure it would survive outdoors here in the winter. —LIZ » Poinsettia is a semitropical plant that can overwinter outdoors only in very mild locations like Brownsville, Texas, and Miami, Florida. In North Alabama, where you live, the only poinsettia that survives winter outside is a fake one. Purple plastic poinsettias covered with glitter are my favorites! FALLING FICUS LEAVES › In our office, we have a ficus tree that is about 9 feet tall sitting in front of a south-facing window. During a recent cold snap, the temperature inside fell below 60 degrees. The tree is now dropping several leaves daily. What should…

1 min.

GOSH, WE HATE TO make our Northern friends feel bad, but while they’re having to dig out their cars from under 8-foot snowdrifts, camellias are blooming down here (chortle)! You can choose from scores of different selections that come in a wide range of flower colors, shapes, and sizes. Depending on the selection and where you live, a camellia (Camellia japonica) can start blooming as early as November or wait until March. The show lasts for weeks. Bring the color inside by floating picked flowers in a bowl of water. Camellias prefer acid, well-drained soil and dappled sun to light shade. Feed them in the spring with an acid-forming fertilizer such as Espoma Holly-tone (4-3-4).…