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Taste of the South March/April 2019

Taste of the South helps you savor the unique dishes, cooking personalities and culinary destinations of the South - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! For readers who love Southern cooking or simply experimenting with new flavors, this magazine is a guidebook. Taste of the South is for those who have a passion for good food, at home and on the road. Every issue is a guide to Southern lifestyle.

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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

In south Louisiana, where my family lives, weather doesn’t signal the change of seasons as much as the selection at the Crescent City Farmers Market does. As local citrus winds up and big cardboard flats of bright, sweet Ponchatoula strawberries start filling vendors’ stalls, we know we’re in for some of the best eating months of the year. Season after season, strawberries are one of my most favorite treats. Whether piled on top of shortbread (with lots of fresh whipped cream), baked into pies, or even juiced, their tart sweetness makes just about any dish better. This year, I am obsessed with the Roasted Strawberry Biscuits, Strawberry-Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie, and the Strawberry Milk Pie in our Taste of the Season column (page 31). The warming weather also heralds the beginning of…

1 min.
editor’s picks

Shrimp Étouffée This faithful rendition of the Cajun classic is pure comfort food. You could give me fluffy rice smothered in rich gravy and topped with fresh Gulf shrimp any day of the week (page 40). Straight-Up Rhubarb Pie I am a longtime fan of Sara Foster (of Foster’s Market in Durham, North Carolina). This pie represents her style of simple, seasonal cooking, and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough (page 91). Blueberry-Coconut Coffee Cake Toasted oat flour from Anson Mills in Columbia, South Carolina, gives this coffee cake unmistakably deep, decadent flavors. Other jams will substitute nicely, so I’ll be making this all season long (page 70). Oven-Fried Chicken with Deviled Egg Sauce This might sound kooky, but hear me out: the egg yolks’ creaminess and the tartness of the rest of the sauce is wonderful…

2 min.
dishing with

Last year, Highlands Bar & Grill, one of Chef Frank Stitt’s four notable restaurants in Birmingham, Alabama, was crowned the most Outstanding Restaurant in the country at the annual James Beard Foundation Awards. Though his culinary journey started in the sun-kissed South of France, Frank has developed a presence and popularity here in the American South that many chefs admire and aspire to. When asked how he got to where he is today, this is what he had to say. What inspires your passion for cooking? I love eating. I love the sensation of eating something that’s really luscious and delicious. I get swept away by the beauty and joy of eating a ripe strawberry, so things like that inspire my cooking. How do you keep your restaurants fresh and forward-thinking? We…

1 min.
prep + provisions

1 RVPOTTERY TUMBLERS These colorful tumblers are just one of the many stunning ceramic pieces that grace the shelves at RVPottery in Dickson, Tennessee. Founder Rachel Vandivort hand-throws each piece individually, so from the tumblers and bowls to the salt and pepper holders, you know you’re purchasing a one-of-a-kind product. $30; rvpottery.com 2 INSTANTLY SOUTHERN BY SHERI CASTLE All those classic Southern recipes you know and love are now just the push of a button away. The 85 delicious recipes in this new cookbook from author Sheri Castle are perfect for any multicooker and take the stress out of weeknight suppers, while adding the cooked-all-day flavor of your favorite meals. $16.99; penguinrandomhouse.com 3 RIFLE PAPER CO. CANVAS TOTE Finding the perfect tote is essential for those early spring trips to your local farmers’ market, and…

2 min.
new + noteworthy

GRIS GRIS New Orleans, Louisiana In less than a year, this intimate New Orleans restaurant has quickly become a neighborhood favorite in the idyllic Garden District. Specializing in elevated New Orleans cuisine, Chef Eric Cook makes it difficult to pick favorites. If you can only go for one thing on the menu, make it their savory shrimp and grits. You can thank us later. grisgrisnola.com BALDWIN COUNTY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL April 13–14, 2019 | Loxley, Alabama Now in its 32nd year, this once quaint fundraiser is now Alabama’s one-stop shop for fresh strawberries—and strawberry treats—each and every spring. Over a dozen local food vendors are on hand throughout the fun-filled weekend, but the main attraction at the heart of this annual celebration is the strawberry shortcake, hands down. baldwincountystrawberryfestival.org WORLD’S BIGGEST FISH FRY April 20-28 2019 | Paris,…

3 min.
travel. escape. explore. louisiana: the festival season starts now.

Louisianans love to celebrate the changing of the seasons. And with springtime comes festivals and outdoor activities for everyone. Louisiana’s most well-known festival, Mardi Gras, takes many forms around the state during Carnival season, which always begins on January 6 and ends on Fat Tuesday, which falls on March 5 this year. The traditional parades in New Orleans make up the largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States. The weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) are filled with street parties, grand balls, and a festive atmosphere. Traditional Cajun Carnival celebrations, called Courir de Mardi Gras, take place in Acadiana, where costumed revelers on horseback go door to door asking for ingredients for a communal gumbo. The highlight of the event is the chicken run, when participants chase down a…