1. Pick a Pickle. We can’t wait to try our hand at pickling this spring and summer, and thanks to Georgia chef Hugh Acheson’s latest project, Pick a Pickle: 50 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, and Fermented Snacks, it should be a breeze. The pickling swatch book is filled with step-by-step recipes covering basic brines, pickling recipes, condiments, and fermented snacks, such as Spicy Pickled Peaches and Green Tomato Relish. Another great bit? The photography was done by Rinne Allen, who also did the photography on Acheson’s first cookbook A New Turn in the South. The booklet (Potter Style, $14.95) will be available tomorrow, March 25, at Sur La Table, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.
2. Out Among the Stars. Soon you’ll be able to listen to an entire Johnny Cash record that you couldn’t have before. Out Among the Stars, recorded by Cash and Billy Sherrill in 1981 and 1984, was never released but was recently discovered by Cash’s son John. Now, anyone can listen to the 12 songs—including a duet with June Carter and one with Waylon Jennings—when it’s released March 25 by Legacy Recordings.
3. More beer and bacon, please. Calling all North Carolinians—this Saturday, March 29, at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre, the Beer and Bacon Festival will be rolling into town. From noon to 6 p.m., more than 75 craft beers and 10 varieties of bacon can be tasted and devoured. The Main Stage will also be hosting live music and a Butchering 101 class. Tickets go for $35 in advance and $45 on the day of the event.
4. Into the gloss. Spring is finally here, and we love a little something to help welcome brighter days. MISIU, makeup artist and beauty blogger Andrew C. Petersen’s beauty endeavor out of Charleston, S.C., includes the Charleston-inspired Peninsula Collection lip gloss line. With fresh pinks, cool corals, and names like South of Broad and On the Battery, we’re about ready to plan our next Charleston road trip.
5. See Southern art. A new exhibit at the Odgen Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans is putting Southern history on display. “Into the Light II,” a series that opened March 20, features unseen shots from acclaimed Southern photographers such as William Eggleston and E. J. Bellocq. The 45-piece exhibition covers vast swaths of the South and draws from all eras.