Food & Wine
Southern Living

Southern Living May 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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in this issue

3 min.
thanks to the moms

NO ONE IS BORN WITH good manners. I know this because it took my mother about 40 years to get me to write timely thank-you notes—and I’m still working on that one. I’m also the father of two middle school-aged children who need to be reminded of the basics at almost every meal—put your napkin in your lap, sit up straight, get your elbows off the table, don’t play with your food, don’t interrupt when your sister is talking, wait to eat until everyone is seated, and so on. It can be a lot to remember when every particle of your being is telling you to do the exact opposite. I sometimes get a kick out of watching my 12-year-old son stare down a plate of enchiladas (his favorite) while…

2 min.
peonies take patience

IF YOU’VE EVER BOUGHT PEONIES, there’s a chance that Carl Van Staalduinen grew those stems in North Carolina. He comes from a long line of Dutch cut-flower farmers. In 1943, his grandfather Leendert Van Staalduinen settled in Pantego, North Carolina, and founded The Terra Ceia Farms. What made this destination special? Carl Van Staalduinen says, “He had to find an area where the climate and product coincided with flower-driven holidays.” Tulips bloom here right around Easter. When Van Staalduinen took charge of what is now a 1,500-acre family farm, he realized this region was suited for more than just Easter tulips. In May, right before Mother’s Day, 150 acres of big, bright peonies bloom. Over the past few decades, he’s mastered the specific and slow art of cultivating these buds, which…

1 min.
pick of the peonies

‘EDULIS SUPERBA’ Medium-size bloom popular for nearly two centuries; very fragrant ‘KRINKLED WHITE’ Strong stems; considered fairly drought tolerant; no fragrance ‘SINGLE PINK’ Generous bloomer in early May with 20 or more flowers per plant ‘FELIX SUPREME’ Produces 20 or more flowers per plant; very sturdy stems with lush foliage ‘MONSIEUR JULES ELIE’ Extremely reliant upon cold weather; a beloved cut flower with giant blooms ‘FESTIVA MAXIMA’ Reliable, unfussy go-to favorite; best bet for Southern gardens ‘SHIRLEY TEMPLE’ Blush petals that fade to white; early blooming and very fragrant ‘NIPPON BEAUTY Sturdy and late blooming; a classic that has been around almost 100 years ‘SARAH BERNHARDT’ Late blooming; another good option for planting in the South SECRET SHORTCUT Buy older plants from The Terra Ceia Farms. They’ll take awhile to get established, but by year two, they’ll look like they’ve been there for a decade.…

1 min.
spring party playbook

The Garden Party THE THEME: Set up outside, and gather the ladies for a lunch or Mother’s Day brunch. THE PALETTE: Warm pinks mixed with cool blues and mint green THE SOUTHERN TOUCH: Tie a monogrammed napkin with a ribbon, and attach a place card. THE STYLING TRICK: Layers add character. Try a fig-leaf patterned runner and a cabbage-shaped tureen filled with peonies. The Derby Party THE THEME: Throw a Bluegrass bash with subtle nods to the Kentucky tradition. THE PALETTE: Emerald green, blush pink, and pops of rich brown and silver THE SOUTHERN TOUCH: Sip mint juleps, snack on cheese straws, and encourage guests to wear hats, of course. THE STYLING TRICK: Play up the party theme by attaching place cards to lightweight horseshoes. The Pool Party THE THEME: Make a big splash by packing fun and thoughtful ideas into…

1 min.
pick a party, and plan like a pro


1 min.
the hydrangea tree

BRING BILLOWY blooms up to eye level—or higher—with a tree-form hydrangea. The simple but ingenious concept takes the popular shrub and trains it to grow into a tall and proud “tree.” If your local garden shop doesn’t carry them, check out online sources such as White Flower Farm (whiteflowerfarm.com); prices for the trees start at $99. For this container, we chose a ‘Limelight’ panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’),with bright green flowers. White Flower Farm also sells ‘Vanilla Strawberry,’ featuring blooms that will turn deep red. Selections of panicle hydrangea are the toughest, most adaptable plants that can be grown in tree form. These include Pee Gee hydrangeas, which you can train to grow into 25-foot trees. ‘Limelight’ and ‘Little Lime’ are smaller selections that reach 6 to 10 feet tall and…