Food & Wine
Taste of the South

Taste of the South December 2016

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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6 Issues

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2 min.
from the editor

As soon as I walked in her door on Christmas Eve, May would dash away from the stove, leaving her soup-a-simmering, her cheese straws-a-baking, and her chocolate candy-a-cooling. Her eyes sparkling with cheer, she’d hug me tight, her soul lighting up brighter than a Christmas tree. But it wasn’t just me—aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends—every person who arrived brought her just a little more joy. Festivities continued the next day with presents, a bountiful breakfast, a little more snacking, and then the finale—a grand dinner that we all dressed up for, followed by more presents, more dessert, and a Christmas carol sing-a-long. By the third day we were ready for New Year’s resolutions, and always full of love. Truth be told, I don’t know if my grandmother even slept at all during…

4 min.
gift swap

BARKLEY’S MILL STONE GROUND HEIRLOOM GRITS Barkley’s Mill grinds their grits using a time-honored process in their hand-built mill house in Weaverville, North Carolina. By using carefully selected corn and a slow-grinding method, Barkley’s Mill has returned this Southern classic to its delicious roots. $21 for 2 lb. bag; barkleysmill.com FIVE POINTS BAKING COMPANY ALMOND SHORTBREAD Handcrafted in small batches, this shortbread has the divinely buttery, melt-in-your-mouth flavor you expect from shortbread, but with a nutty twist. These cookies are delicious with morning coffee or tea, but are also the perfect treat to leave out for Santa. $9 for 3½-ounce box; fivepointsbakingco.com FORT REMINGTON SPOONS CLASSIC SPOON Owner DJ Remington is a fifth generation woodworker and the first woman from her family to continue the craft. DJ makes each spoon by hand in her Oxford,…

4 min.

Just a hop, skip, and a jump off the coast of the Carolinas lies the island of Bermuda, a tropical paradise with a Southern soul. This British territory’s historical ties with Southern ports results in a unique culture where the joie de vivre of island life blends with the classic manners of the British and the genteel hospitality of the South. Bermuda’s scenery takes your breath away—crystal blue waves crash against blushing pink sand beaches; white limestone roofs climb into the sky, perched atop churches and houses painted in a rainbow of saturated pastels. But the true beauty of this island is the people, and the wonderful way they make you feel right at home. In addition to being the Chief Creative Officer and Co-President of Hoffman Media, I’m also the…

4 min.
worth the drive

Proudly featuring: OUTDOOR ADVENTURE AWAITS IN LOUISIANA No matter how you enjoy the outdoors-hiking, birding, paddling; biking or maybe photography-Louisiana can fit the bill. What's more, Louisiana's climate allows visitors to take advantage of outdoor adventures year-round, and the mild temperatures during the winter months make it an ideal time to get outdoors. Paddle through the bayous, hike the pine forests, spot the abundant and unique wildlife, fish in freshwater or saltwater and bike through our hills and gorgeous scenery. All these varied experiences and outdoor environments are just a short drive from each other. And for those not as athletic, Louisiana is wonderful for photography and sightseeing nature adventures. GET THERE: LouisianaTravel.com LOUSIANA ADVENTURES STATE PARKS At Louisiana's 22 state parks, you can connect with nature on biking and hiking trails, where birding is some…

4 min.
christmas eve

SNACKS CRANBERRY-CHEDDAR CHEESE BALL Makes about 8 servings Pecans add a nice crunch to this cranberry-Cheddar cheese ball. 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 2 cups shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries 1 cup chopped pecans 1. In the work bowl of a food processor, combine cream cheese, Cheddar, and cranberries; pulse to combine. 2. Shape cheese mixture into a ball. Roll in pecans to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve. BACON-HERB CHEESE BALL Makes about 8 servings This festive appetizer comes together in less than 10 minutes. 1/2 cups shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup chopped cooked bacon 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives, divided 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1. In the work bowl of a food processor, combine Cheddar, cream cheese, bacon, 1 tablespoon chives,…

14 min.
christmas day

BREAKFAST ORANGE-PECAN MONKEY BREAD Makes 8 to 10 servings Orange adds a zesty twist to this classic breakfast bread. 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice 1/2 teaspoons orange zest 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt 2 (16.3-ounce) cans refrigerated biscuits,* each cut into 6 pieces 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup fresh orange juice 3 tablespoons dark corn syrup 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract Garnish: chopped toasted pecans 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 12- to 15-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray. 2. In a large bowl, stir together sugars, apple pie spice, zest, and salt. Add dough pieces, tossing to coat. Place dough pieces and any remaining sugar mixture in prepared pan. 3. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Remove from heat; stir in orange juice and corn syrup until combined.…