Food & Wine
Southern Living

Southern Living October 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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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
a few good deeds

MY GRANDFATHER, whom we called Little Mac, was the only minister in Memphis who drove a Pontiac Firebird. A former fighter pilot in World War II, he liked to go fast, sometimes frighteningly so, a habit that was made worse when he attempted to change out of his tennis clothes in traffic. He sometimes joked that he spread the Gospel faster than anyone in the state, but that line didn’t seem to work with the cops who were always pulling him over. Or maybe it did. He could charm his way though almost anything, which is probably how he got through seminary. My grandmother, who’s known in our family as Mamau, was a much safer driver and much quieter about her community service. She used to volunteer for Meals on Wheels,…

1 min.
new southern living books!

THIS MONTH, we’re thrilled to publish two new Southern Living books: The Grumpy Gardener, a collection of salty wisdom (he would say it’s brilliant) from our longtime Garden Editor Steve Bender; and What Can I Bring?, a beautiful, idea-packed cookbook from our Contributing Editor (as well as Today show food contributor) Elizabeth Heiskell, with a selection of delicious, crowd-pleasing recipes that will make sure you never show up at a party empty-handed. Both books are great additions to any Southern library and are available at amazon.com or wherever books are sold. PORTRAIT: ROBBIE CAPONETTO; STYLING: CELINE RUSSELL/ZENOBIA…

3 min.
fall color, four ways

BEAUTIFUL SPACES-INSIDE AND OUT THE BOUNTIFUL CONTAINER This look combines height, texture, color, and cabbage in one amazing arrangement TRY THIS AT HOME [1] Begin with a tall, 16-inch-diameter ceramic planter that has good drainage. [2] Fill the container with potting soil. [3] Add ornamental kale and cabbage for hardy, colorful focal points. [4] To contrast with the purple veggies, include red and gold marigolds. A plastic six-pack of each color should be plenty to fill your planter. [5] Add fountain grass for height, and trail ivy near the front of the pot to “soften the sides of the container,” says Miller. THE WELCOME WREATH Foliage in shades of moss, burnt orange, crimson, and rust come together to create this seasonal door decor TRY THIS AT HOME [1] Start with a 15-inch-diameter green moss wreath. [2]…

3 min.
play the blues

The Window A striped Roman shade (Linton in Blue; pindler.com) mounted above the window softens the casing but “lets in as much light as possible,” says designer Lindsey Herod. She left other backyard-facing windows bare to brighten the blue kitchen. IF THERE WAS EVER an advocate for a vibrant kitchen, it’s interior designer Lindsey Herod. “I’m a colorful decorator,” she says. “It just makes me happy.” So when Houston homeowner Autumn Davidson needed to refresh her family’s kitchen, which was functional but short on character, Herod knew just the fix—a bright palette of vivid, deep blues inspired by a collection of blue-and-white tableware. Davidson admits she was “very nervous” about the dramatic change, so the decision didn’t come without some gentle persuasion on Herod’s part. “Some people are a little reluctant to…

1 min.
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3 min.
waterfalls of mums

A SIREN CALL from Alabama’s Gulf Coast can come from many sources: white-sand beaches, the catch of the day, and (of course) the infamous Flora-Bama bar at the Florida state line. In a few weeks, though, all will be silenced by the lure of an experience you can’t get at any other time or place— waterfalls of chrysanthemums flowing down and around Bellingrath Gardens and Home in little Theodore, Alabama. It’s the largest such display in the entire country. These aren’t the run-of-the-mill potted mums you buy every October that resemble tidy meatballs with flowers attached. Instead, they belong to an old class of lanky, later-blooming plants called cascade mums that can grow stems more than 4 feet long. Over a period of 10 months, Bellingrath’s growers meticulously pinch and prune…