Food & Wine
Taste of the South

Taste of the South May - June 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

THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH, BARBECUE brings folks together around the table and tells the story of a place. The type (and cut) of meat smoked reveals as much about a geographic area as do the sauces that are served alongside. This issue celebrates all things barbecue, and whether you smoke pork shoulders for hours or frequent your favorite cinder block joints, we’ve got plenty of recipes that utilize those tender, smoke-infused morsels. And no plate of barbecue would be complete without delicious sides. Find recipes for our favorites, prepared two ways, on page 41. Visit most any barbecue establishment in the South, and their case of milehigh pies is likely to capture your attention as soon as you walk in the door. Pie rounds out any platter of ‘cue, so don’t miss our…

1 min.
know your ‘cue

1. EAR Believe it or not, pig ear sandwiches have a cult following. Just ask the regulars at the Big Apple Inn in Jackson, Mississippi. 2. SHOULDER Surprise—Boston butt, the source of our beloved pulled pork, actually comes from the pig’s shoulder. This humble cut was made popular in colonial Boston, where it was packed into barrels (then referred to as butts). 3. LOIN This portion yields delectable cuts (like the tenderloin and chops) but also includes baby back ribs. Cut from near the backbone, these ribs are short and meaty. 4. SPARE RIBS Longer and near the belly, these ribs traditionally have more fat and flavor than baby back ribs. 5. BELLY Braised or fried, pork belly is all the rage at restaurants these days. Thinly sliced, it’s better known as your favorite breakfast meat, bacon. 6. LEG Sliced, smoked,…

1 min.
prep and provisions father’s day edition

CENTRAL BBQ PORK RINDS If you can’t make it to Memphis, Tennessee, to sample Central Barbecue’s pork rinds, don’t worry—they’ll ship them to you! Dusted with spice and infused with smoky flavor, these treats are irresistibly crisp. One taste, and you’ll be hooked like we are. Three bags for $17.97; cbqmemphis.com BISON AIRLIGHTER Serious grillers take note— there’s a new must-have toy on the market. This high-tech fire starter ignites coals fast with a concentrated jet of flame, then stokes the fire with its built-in fan. Packed with features like an LED light and a bottle opener, the Airlighter is a griller’s Swiss Army knife. Makes a great Father’s Day gift! $79.95; airlighter.com BACK FORTY BEER VINEGAR Gadsden, Alabama’s Back Forty Beer Company may be best known for their microbrews, but their small-batch beer vinegar…

1 min.
around the south

BALISE NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA Named after the first French settlement at the mouth of the Mississippi River, chef Justin Devillier’s new restaurant is reminding diners and critics why he’s a James Beard favorite. French technique inspires the menu, in particular the garde manger offerings—elegant chilled dishes like venison terrine, pickled quail eggs, oysters, and composed salads starring vegetables like chilled roasted beets and long-stemmed broccoli. Dinner features like Rabbit Roulade and Roasted Grouper are equally elegant, yet heartily comforting. balisenola.com THE GATHERING LIVINGSTON, MISSISSIPPI When the railroad bypassed the town of Livingston in the 1850s, the community vanished, leaving behind a lonely crossroads. But the area is coming back to life, thanks to developers who have built an 1800s-style town square in its place, housing a full-service gas station, a general store, and a restaurant.…

1 min.
sidetrips quick escapes off the beaten path

Travelers Rest, South Carolina Perched at the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Travelers Rest (known as T.R. by locals) is a charming small town just 20 minutes north of bustling Greenville. Stop for a spell and explore these local favorites. The Swamp Rabbit Trail This 18.7-mile mixed-use greenway winds its way from Greenville through the campus of Furman University and on up to Travelers Rest. The trail is relaxingly flat and takes about an hour to travel by bicycle, which you can rent for $5. greenville.bcycle.com The Café at Williams Hardware When the Swamp Rabbit Trail put T.R. on the map, sisters Joyce and Nancy McCarrell knew all those cyclists and runners needed to be fed. Their nostalgic general store and café meets that need well with classic sandwiches and lunch specials during the…

4 min.
louisville derby city

610 MAGNOLIA New York trained with Korean roots, Chef Edward Lee fell in love with Louisville on a visit 13 years ago and never looked back. At 610 Magnolia, he blurs the line between art and food, creating impeccable dishes that are a riot of local flavor, color, and texture. I devoured every dish set before me, but none turned my head like his Pecan Pie. His deconstructed interpretation was a surrealist twist on tradition: a pecan financier (a springy French cake) served with a smear of sticky pecan pie filling, cocoa nib ice cream, and topped with coconut whipped cream . Find it: 610 MAGNOLIA AVE. 610MAGNOLIA.COM BLUE DOG BAKERY I could list a hundred, but here are just a few reasons why I fell in love with this quaint café and bakery in…