Food & Wine
Taste of the South

Taste of the South December 2015

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.

United States
Hoffman Media
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1 min.
from the editor

I START PLANNING MY CHRISTMAS DINNER MENU IN THE SUMMER, when we begin testing and photographing the holiday recipes found in this issue. I keep a growing list of my favorites—the dishes I can’t wait to share with my family when we gather around the table Christmas afternoon (like the Satsuma and Pepper Jelly Glazed Ham on page 37). While I adore the days spent prepping in the kitchen, stand mixer whirring alongside Christmas music, the actual menu itself is most dear to me. Each year, my mother paints or doodles on a hand-written menu that’s displayed in the kitchen while we cook Christmas dinner together and set the table for our decadent Southern feast. We always linger over the meal from afternoon into early evening, and I know that…

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the southern holiday table

Many Southern Christmas traditions center around the foods we eat, but how did they become fixtures on our holiday tables? Here are a few of the South’s treasured Christmas ingredients, and how they became our favorite holiday staples. Winter Citrus You’d be hard-pressed to find children with oranges at the top of their Christmas wish lists these days, but that hasn’t always been the case across the South. Prior to the dawn of the railroad, citrus was hard to transport to many parts of the rural South, making them a very expensive and exclusive treat. Add in the fact that citrus grows between October and February, and it’s easy to see how the tradition of placing an orange in Christmas stockings was born. Coconut Today, makers of coconut cake and ambrosia have the luxury…

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side trips

Pineville-Alexandria, Louisiana Known as the Heart of Louisiana, this area is dotted with communities steeped in small-town charm with Louisiana flair. Filled with a variety of charming restaurants and holiday fun for the whole family, the Pineville-Alexandria area is worth the detour. INGLEWOOD FARM A working farm since 1836, Inglewood Farm is still operating today, with the goal of bringing locally grown produce to the Alexandria area. Visit Inglewood on Saturdays for their farmers’ market and get your hands on some of the seasonal vegetables grown at the farm. Stop by on December 12 for their annual Christmas at Inglewood celebration, complete with hayrides and pictures with Santa. inglewoodfarm.com LEA’S LUNCHROOM Since its establishment in the small town of Lecompte in 1928, Lea’s Lunchroom (named after founder Lea Johnson) has become a Central Louisiana mainstay,…

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prep & provisions

CITY GRIT FRIED CHICKEN KIT Although City Grit has a NYC address, you don’t have to schedule a trip to the Big Apple to try their Southern-inspired fare. Their Fried Chicken Kit includes all of the essentials for your perfect batch of fried chicken, including Southern-born City Grit Chef Sarah Simmons’ signature blend of spices and specially seasoned flour. $10.95; williams-sonoma.com SHOTWELL CANDY CO. CARAMELS It hasn’t been long since Shotwell Candy Co. came bursting onto the scene in 2012, but the company’s sweet treats are already among our favorites. Handmade in small batches and infused with Kentucky bourbon and vanilla for a rich, buttery flavor, you can bet we’ll be packing these tasty Tennessee-made treats in as many Christmas stockings as we can this year. $5.95; shotwellcandy.com OLIVER PLUFF & COMPANY WASSAIL CIDER…

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After an amazing year spent exploring the food capitals of the South, I love coming home for the holidays to savor my beloved Birmingham. There’s a buzz surrounding my hometown these days—we’ve always had a reputation for good food, thanks to icons like Frank Stitt and Chris Hastings. But their talent has spawned a new generation of chefs and entrepreneurs who are driven, inspired, and cooking up amazing dishes all over the city. Join me on a delicious dash as we explore a handful of my favorite Birmingham hotspots. From Jim ‘N Nick’s to Full Moon to Dreamland, there’s no shortage of pit-smoked barbecue goodness in The Magic City. But my standing ‘cue crush is Saw’s Soul Kitchen, nestled in Birmingham’s Avondale neighborhood. Like most good barbecue dives, Saw’s isn’t much…

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birmingham itinerary

Jim ‘N Nick’s Multiple locations jimnnicks.com Full Moon Multiple Locations fullmoonbbq.com Dreamland BBQ Multiple Locations dreamlandbbq.com Saw’s Soul Kitchen 215 41st St. S. sawsbbq.com Melt 4105 4th Ave. S.meltbham.com Saturn+Satellite 200 41st St. S. saturnbirmingham.com Parkside Café 4036 5th Ave. S. HotBox 4036 5th Ave. S. hotboxbhm.com O’Carrs Deli 2909 18th St. S. ocarrs.com Johnny’s Restaurant 2902 18th St. S. johnnyshomewood.com O’Henry’s Coffees 2831 18th St. S. ohenryscoffees.com Continental Bakery 1909 Cahaba Rd. chezlulu.us Brick & Tin 2901 Cahaba Rd. brickandtin.com Urban Standard 2320 2nd Ave. N. urbanstandard.net Bamboo on 2nd 2212 2nd Ave. N. El Barrio 2211 2nd Ave. N. elbarriobirmingham.com The Collins Bar 2125 2nd Ave. N. thecollinsbar.com We Have Doughnuts! 112 20th St. N. wehavedoughnuts.com Highlands Bar and Grill 2011 11th Ave. S. highlandsbarandgrill.com Chez Fonfon 2007 11th Ave. S. fonfonbham.com Edgar’s Bakery 3407 Colonnade Pkwy. edgarsbakery.com…