Food & Wine
Taste of the South

Taste of the South July - August 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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in this issue

1 min.
from the editor

I LOVE COOKING IN MY HEIRLOOM CAST-IRON SKILLETS YEAR-ROUND, but summer begs for them to be used often. This is perhaps the most anticipated season in the South, with curb markets and roadside stands loaded with vegetables and fruits like peaches, blueberries, and blackberries. That’s why we decided to share our favorite seasonal black-skillet recipes with you in our first summer cast-iron issue. Cast iron is ideal for frying okra, baking tomato pies, creaming Silver Queen corn, and making fruit cobblers. And for nights when you want to cook supper on the grill and keep your kitchen cool, cast iron allows you to prepare your entire meal in a skillet—outdoors. Our “Grill It in the Skillet” story on page 43 features recipes you’ll cook all summer long, like Bourbon Pork Chops…

1 min.
savoring summer

PEAS & BUTTERBEANS We all rely on frozen peas and butterbeans in the winter, but they taste so much better when you buy them fresh and freeze them yourself. To freeze: Cook peas or butterbeans in boiling water for 2 to 4 minutes. Skim foam from top; drain, and let cool. Freeze in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet for 2 hours. Transfer to a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; freeze up to 10 months. TOMATOES To most Southerners, there’s nothing sadder than an out-of-season tomato, so plan now and avoid them. Here are two options for you. Easy: Try Christy Jordan’s simple freezer method for putting up tomatoes on page 25. Advanced: Try your hand at canning with our stepby- step tutorial at tasteofthesouthmagazine.com— it’s easier than you think! CORN Sweet summer corn freezes beautifully—and beats…

1 min.
prep and provisions

SWEET MAGNOLIA ICE CREAM Ice cream aficionado Hugh Balthrop travels the Mississippi Delta, collecting the best local pecans, summer-ripe berries, and fresh milk to churn up batches of his sought-after gelato, sorbets, and ice creams. Try a scoop of seasonal flavors like Watermelon Sorbet or Lemon-Blueberry Gelato to help you cool off this summer. $7.99 per pint; retailers at sweetmagnoliaicecream.com PIPER &LEAF TEA Based in Huntsville, Alabama, this family-owned and operated artisan tea company infuses homespun charm into everything they do, from their customprinted cloth bags to their old-fashioned drinking jars. Brew up refreshing Orchard Peach for a burst of summer flavor or try the Front Porch Special for a more traditional glass of iced tea. $3 for tea, $ 10 for jar; piperandleaf.com VALINE’ FAMOUS COCKTAIL SAUCE When summer’s heat has you craving seafood,…

2 min.
sidetrips»» quick escapes off the beaten path

Florence, Alabama Perched in the northwest corner of Alabama, the capital of “The Shoals” is bustling with creative energy and local flavor. Central to larger cities like Memphis, Nashville, Atlanta, and Birmingham, this hidden gem is worth a detour. Th e Factory Store + Café Stop by the home base of artisan clothing designer Natalie Chanin to shop her handcrafted goods, and stay for lunch! Sharing the same space as her shop and factory, the café features homegrown Alabama fare that changes daily and with the seasons. Favorites include deviled eggs, pimiento cheese sandwiches, and chocolate chip cookies baked fresh to order. alabamachanin.com Odette Just a few years old, this Florence hotspot has quickly made a name for itself with locals and visitors. Odette opens at 11 a.m. for lunch, powers through the afternoon with…

4 min.

ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, is many things—authentic, aspirational, but above all, it’s entirely unassuming. That’s why Taste of the South editor Brooke Bell and I decided to take an entirely different approach for this story. No photographer. No fancy lighting. No set-in-stone agenda. Just the two of us, our iPhones, and an appetite for Asheville. Walk down the streets of this capital of the Mountain South, and you’ll notice right away—Asheville has a maker’s soul. It’s a colony of passionate creatives—painters, farmers, potters, brewers, beekeepers, bakers, sculptors—who came here to make a living doing what they love to do. The result is a vibrant community of homegrown entrepreneurs with an unprecedented commitment to anything and everything local. We had our first taste of that Asheville spirit at Biscuit Head, where husband-andwife team Jason…

1 min.
asheville itinerary

Biscuit Head 733 Haywood Rd. biscuitheads.com Early Girl Eatery 8 Wall St. earlygirleatery.com Hole 168 Haywood Rd. The Bee Charmer 707 Haywood Rd. ashevillebeecharmer.com Short Street Cakes 225 Haywood Rd. shortstreetcakes.com The Hop 721 Haywood Rd. thehopicecreamcafe.com HomeGrown 371 Merrimon Ave. slowfoodrightquick.com Table 48 College St. tableasheville.com Seven Sows 77 Biltmore Ave. sevensows.com Rhubarb 7 SW Pack Square rhubarbasheville.com Sovereign Remedies Sip craft cocktails, where the barkeeps shake up exquisite concoctions from locally foraged herbs, roots, and fruits, or visit one of more than 20 local craft breweries and cideries. 29 N. Market St. #105 sovereignremedies.com French Broad Chocolate Lounge Like a coffee shop for chocolate lovers 10 S. Pack Square frenchbroadchocolates.com Cúrate Spanish-style small plates 11 Biltmore Ave. curatetapasbar.com Tupelo Honey Café 12 College St. tupelohoneycafe.com 12 Bones Smokehouse Classic Asheville barbecue joint 5 Riverside Dr. 12bones.com Buxton Hall Whole-hog barbecue, coming late summer 32 Banks Ave. buxtonhall.com The Grand Bohemian Hotel An opulent boutique hotel in Biltmore Village that focuses on art and excellent service, inspired by a…