Food & Wine
Southern Living

Southern Living July 2017

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.

United States
Meredith Corporation
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
i’ll see you at the market

IF YOU WANT TO GO to The Market at Pepper Place in downtown Birmingham on a summer Saturday, you’d better get there early. By 10 a.m., it’s hard to find a place to park, and the prettiest tomatoes are usually long gone. By some estimates, The Market brings in over 10,000 people every weekend, some coming for the produce and others just there for the party. Strollers and dogs are everywhere, artisans are selling everything from homemade soaps to pottery, and a few energetic people are often dancing in the parking lot to a New Orleans-style jazz band. It’s not just a place to buy groceries; it’s the biggest social event in town. This wasn’t always the case. About 18 years ago, Frank Stitt (the visionary chef and proprietor of Highlands…

4 min.
aging gracefully

The Porch GO INSIDE OUT “A porch was a necessity for me,” says Coles of her house search. The 98-square-foot space functions as an entire extra room designed to shape-shift for gatherings. Antique gliders provide an everyday anchor, but when company comes, Coles fluffs up the area. A small table transforms into a bar cart, and pillows borrowed from the interior serve as chair cushions when needed. SOMETIMES, IT JUST TAKESbeing in the right place at the right time. For Charleston designer Buff Coles, that time and place was when she went with her real estate agent to view a house right up the street from this one. Disappointed with the renovations she kept seeing that stripped any trace of history from so many century-old homes here in the city’s Westside neighborhood, she…

3 min.
the tomato man

A FEW YEARS AFTER HEstarted growing heirloom tomatoes, Rodger Winn had a problem—way too much fruit. This is because he grows tomatoes very well, and from unique selections, some of which time almost forgot. He’s a seed saver. And in the Midlands of South Carolina, he’s known as the Tomato Man. But that’s mostly because of SPLAT (South Carolina Piedmont Lycopersicum Annual Tasting), aka the big tomatotasting party that Winn and his wife, Karen, host every July in his 3-acre garden in Little Mountain, South Carolina. Problem solved. In 2004, he put tables under his 100-year-old pecan tree and stacked them with tea and a wide array of tomato selections, such as ‘Cherokee Purple,’ ‘Big Rainbow,’ ‘Super Choice,’ and ‘Sun Gold.’ (The latter is his best seller and the only hybrid…

3 min.
the grumpy gardener

CREPES UNDER SIEGE › Wormlike things made of sawdust are coming out from the branches of my crepe myrtle, and those branches are dropping their leaves. I don’t want to lose the tree. Help, please. —CHARLES Your crepe myrtle is infested with Asian ambrosia beetles. Female beetles bore into the trunk and branches to deposit eggs. The beetles won’t harm the plant, but the ambrosia fungus the beetles carry will. It prevents water and nutrients from moving up and down the tree, which eventually causes it to die. Seriously infested plants can’t be saved. My advice right now is to cut off the affected branches and burn them or throw them out with the trash. Then treat your tree according to label directions with a systemic insecticide called Bayer Advanced Tree &…

1 min.
canine campers

BEFORE YOU GO ▸ Familiarize yourself with the campground’s pet policy. ▸ Microchip your dog and register the chip in case he gets lost on a hike. ▸ Make sure your pet is current on all vaccinations and flea and heartworm medicines, because mosquito bites can transmit heartworms. ▸ Carry your pet’s shot records with you if traveling across state lines. ▸ Secure a legible ID tag to his collar. ▸ Remember to pack your dog’s food, treats, bowls, toys, leash, bed, and crate. ▸ Ensure he has mastered simple commands such as “stay,” “sit,” and “leave.” AT THE CAMPGROUND ▸ Keep your dog on a leash so he won’t disturb other campers. ▸ Follow the “leave no trace” rule, and always pick up after your pet—even on the trails. ▸ Be aware of barking, and quickly quiet him by redirecting…

1 min.
summer phlox

BELOVED BY BUTTERFLIESand hummingbirds, summer phlox (Phlox paniculata) gets props from gardeners too. A sun-loving, hardy perennial generally growing 3 to 4 feet tall and wide, it has showy flower clusters on multiple stems in red, white, blue, purple, lavender, pink, magenta, or combinations of colors. Trim off faded flowers so you’ll keep getting more. New, improved selections resist powdery mildew, the bane of older types. Try ‘Blue Paradise’ (deep violet-blue), ‘David’ (white), ‘Eva Cullum’ (pink with red eye, shown above), ‘John Fanick’ (light pink with darker throat), ‘Laura’ (purple with white eye), ‘Nicky’ (deep magenta), and ‘Robert Poore’ (violet-pink).…