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Hannah Hayes

Recent Posts By Hannah Hayes

Meet the Southern Living Food Awards Winners: Fullsteam Brewery’s Sean Lilly Wilson

Artisan: Sean Lilly Wilson Company: Fullsteam Brewery Winning product: Summer Basil Farmhouse Ale Made in: Durham, NC Chief Executive Optimist — that’s the title you’ll find on Sean Lilly Wilson’s business card. His undaunted enthusiasm for craft beer first lead him to the floors of North Carolina’s legislature to legalize high-alcohol craft beer in the early 2000s, and then to […]

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Memorial Day Recipes: Our BBQ Game Plan

Memorial Day: It’s a grill-lover’s Christmas, and the countdown is already underway. Whether you want to switch up your usual menu or haven’t even planned beyond what beer you’ll be cracking open first, the Southern Living Test Kitchen’s got you. Here’s what we’ll be making May 25th. (Hint: they’re all recipes from our particularly awesome June issue.) Appetizer: Louisiana-inspired Crispy Andouille Hush […]

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Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Southern Living Food Awards

The Southern Living Test Kitchen taste-tested more than 300 of the newest artisan products to find the best Southern-made foods. Now, we’re finally announcing our 24 winners. We kicked off our three-day taste test by sampling nearly 60 jars of jams and jellies and ended with a side-by-side comparison of 46 different kinds of coffee. In between the sugar headaches […]

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What to Eat at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2015

  Festival food: it’s a term that conjures images of cardboard chips in a puddle of neon orange cheese, foil-wrapped turkey legs, and corn dogs. But at New Orleans Jazz Fest, it’s just as much of a reason to go as the music with over 70 food vendors serving items like crawfish pie, pheasant and quail gumbo, and oysters on the half […]

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Who We Can’t Wait to See at Jazz Fest 2015

We love to have an excuse to visit one of our favorite Southern cities, New Orleans, but the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival happening April 24 through May 3rd is a great reason. From big acts such as Wilco and Elton John to NOLA staples like Irma Thomas, along with the likes of Ryan Adams, Kacey Musgraves, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, […]

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The Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard Tours a Vinyl Pressing Plant + New Album Release

Even though demand for vinyl records hasn’t been higher since your dad was really into Electric Light Orchestra, there are only 20 plants in the United States that still physically make records. United Record Pressing in Nashville, Tennessee is the busiest plant, not just in the South, but in the world. It’s also who pressed the Alabama Shakes newest record Sound […]

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The 5 Best Record Stores in the South

Jack White’s Third Man Records may be the South’s most recognizable record store, but smaller vinyl Valhallas can be found all across the region. To name our five favorites, we asked the help of Reed Watson, a co-manager of Florence, Alabama-based record label Single Lock and drummer for Belle Adair, who spent a decade working in record stores including Pegasus Records in The […]

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50 Years After the March from Selma to Montgomery: Our Interview with Mavis Staples

  Mavis Staples is living, singing history. Her family’s group, The Staple Singers, which also included her father, Pops, and two sisters, is often credited with providing the soundtrack to the Civil Rights Movement. After her family attended a service by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963, the group began to write what became an enduring catalog of protest songs […]

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The South’s Best Winter Beers

Syrupy Chocolate Stout is hard to appreciate in 90% humidity, but in front of a stoked fireplace on a chilly night? That’s a perfect pairing. “Spiced, malty beer is a welcome change of pace from thirst-quenching summertime fare,” says Lee Heidel, founder of the beer blog Brew/Drink/Run. The Southern craft beer scene is renowned for its lighter, hoppier styles, but […]

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Learn How to Make the Bow on Our Christmas Cover Cake

By now you’ve seen our Christmas issue cover cake, and probably thought to yourself, “how in the heck did they do that?” Trust us, you can do it too. All you need is our resident cake whisperer and Test Kitchen Professional Pam Lolley to impart a little edible bow wisdom. Watch our video below, and bask in the praise and […]

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