Food & Wine
Southern Living

Southern Living November 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.

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Meredith Corporation
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
thanksgiving road trips

LIKE A LOT OF FAMILIES in this country, mine is scattered all over. On my side, I have relatives living in Memphis; Nashville; Richmond; Baltimore; Charlotte; Florence, Alabama; Washington, D.C.; and Santa Barbara, California (my stray brother, who loves to surf). My wife has family in Knoxville; Nashville; Atlanta; Raleigh and Brevard, North Carolina; and Key West (where they thankfully escaped from Hurricane Irma). It’s hard to keep up with everyone, even on Facebook, but we gather each year, usually in Memphis or Knoxville, and celebrate Thanksgiving. Plane tickets are booked, cars are packed, and miles are traveled, all so we can be together for a few indulgent hours. For us, Turkey Day is all about travel. Given all the players, locations, and logistics, you never know who’s going to show…

5 min.
get creative with turkey plates

Dressed Down “I loved the idea of taking a piece like the popular turkey plate and mixing it with things you probably already have but wouldn’t think of putting together,” says Keenan. She created a laid-back look that centers around the classic Southern china closet staple Woodland Turkey by Spode (from $32.50; spode.com), sets of simple linens, pottery, and a few pieces of silver and crystal. “This setting isn’t too dressy. You can seat both the kids and the adults here,” she adds. “I really wanted to give people the freedom to use the pottery that so many of us collect to create a festive holiday look.” The Place Setting KEEP IT CASUAL The designer emphasized the turkey plates’ natural elements by combining them with organic accents like wooden-handled flatware and versatile rattan chargers…

9 min.
mind your manners

YOU’VE PUT OUT YOUR BEST china, crystal, and polished silver, created a no-fail seating chart, and gotten the timeline for serving your feast down to an impressive two minutes flat—so what could possibly go wrong? Well, plenty. Google “Thanksgiving disaster,” and you will find more than 2 million results. Our favorite fiasco was the family cat found dozing atop the sweet potato casserole on the serving buffet. A quick-thinking hostess did exactly what we would have recommended: She calmly shooed away the offending feline, did a little scraping, and pretended nothing happened. She probably had plenty of leftover sweet potato casserole, but she did not create any unnecessary drama. We have three simple rules for taking control of holiday faux pas that can save any gathering from becoming a dreaded “Thanksgiving…

4 min.
classic country

“I HAVE WANTED A HOUSE outside town for years,” explains New Orleans designer Shaun Smith. “Then this home came on the market. It’s tucked away on a really great street, and it almost feels like you’re in the country, which I know sounds crazy in New Orleans.” This 1950s ranch-style home struck most prospective buyers as a tear-down, but Smith gave the 1,900-square-foot property some TLC instead. “If a house has charm, I like to honor what was originally thought out for it,” he says. “I set a mental goal to make as few structural changes as possible.” For Smith, that TLC materialized in the form of creative paint jobs, choice light fixtures, and a menagerie of antiques and prints designed to play off each other as opposites. His aesthetic mixes modern…

1 min.
gracious guests

PAWS OFF THE FURNITURE It may be okay for pets to sit on your sofa, but this isn’t your house. Unless the host gives you the nod of approval, your pup should stay on the floor. If necessary, pack a small spray bottle of water to keep him off the furniture. FEED STRATEGICALLY Your host’s dog may beg for food at the table, but do not assume that yours is a welcome beggar too—especially during holiday meals. Take precautions by placing your pet in the kennel or outside in the yard during dinner. Maintain your dog’s normal meal schedule, and feed her only in designated areas away from the homeowner’s dog bowls. STAY ATTENTIVE Be mindful of other guests who are trying to relax during the holidays. It’s your responsibility to keep your pet calm…

3 min.
the grumpy gardener

FIRE AT WILL We have a problem with artillery fungus spraying the siding of our house. My wife says it has to do with the type of mulch we use. Should we change? I’d hate to put down stones. —EUGENE There have been many battles waged over the use of mulch, Eugene. Artillery fungus is primarily found in shredded-wood mulch. It gets its name from the fact that, when wet, it fires out little black fruiting bodies that stick to almost anything and are hard to remove even with a brush. If you can, try replacing your current mulch with pine straw, which this fungus doesn’t seem to like. “Lock and load! Let’s hit ’em with every fruiting body we’ve got!” PRYING EYES I have a small backyard with a neighbor’s windows peering over my…