What to Take to the Holiday Party? The Recipe Everyone Will Want to Have

There’s no telling how many times the question has been asked throughout the South, Could I get a copy of that recipe? Think of your favorite recipes. You know, the ones that you always take to gatherings and the ones that your family asks you to make again and again. Chances are good that they either were passed along from […]

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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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Charm School: What To Bring To Holiday Dinner Parties

In the South, good manners are passed down like a treasured family recipe for pecan pie. However, unlike the formula for a favorite after-dinner treat, guidelines to being well-mannered are changing with the times. With the abundance of social gatherings the holidays bring, many of our etiquette conundrums surface, and we are left feeling confused about how to be a gracious host or guest. Each week during the holiday […]

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How to Spot a Wood-Burner

In his book Southern Belly: A Food Lover’s Companion, John T. Edge offers this advice for figuring out whether a barbecue restaurant is cooking over wood or using gas- or electric-fired ovens: “When in doubt, don’t just look for a pile of hickory stacked by the pit. Instead, bend down and take a look at the woodpile. Are there cobwebs collecting […]

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Taylor Swift Takes on the World, and the Holidays

On Saturday (December 13), when Taylor Swift turns 25, she’ll have more than a few things she can regale a dinner party with: winning seven Grammy awards, a duo of Guinness World Records mentions, and a Dick Clark Award for Excellence honor at the American Music Awards. She’s also the only artist to headline the coveted Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show twice (tune in tomorrow, […]

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All She Wants For Christmas Is Blue Orchids and Poo!

Christmas brings joy, but it can also bring pain–especially if someone in your family is so insensitive and self-absorbed they never give you what you want. Show those people the error of their ways with these excellent garden gifts chosen by Grumpy.

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3 Holiday Looks We Love

Whether you’re headed to a fancy soiree or a low-key dinner, take a cue from these New Orleans tastemakers to inform your holiday dress code.     Cocktail Party Worn By: Jazz singer Robin Barnes (robinbarnesmusic.com), known locally as The Songbird of New Orleans. The musician, who also moonlights as a designer of the activewear line Fit By You (fitbyyou.co), […]

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Alabama Chanin’s DIY Series: Lace Stripe Stenciled Tea Towels

We’ve teamed up with the DIY experts of Alabama Chanin to bring you a series of homegrown projects. Over the next six weeks you’ll learn how to make some our favorite Alabama Chanin pieces—from bath mats to totes.  If you are familiar with Southerner Natalie Chanin, designer of Alabama Chanin, you know that her intricate garments are not only beautiful but hand-sewn by […]

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Tips for Holiday Dressing from a Style Blogger

As we hustle through end-of-year deadlines and gear up for holiday merrymaking, we chatted with Nashville-based lifestyle blogger Lauren Zwanziger from The Transatlantic about how she gets dolled up this time of year. Today, Lauren will be at Soca Clothing in Birmingham dispensing fashion advice to Magic City shoppers, but for those of you who can’t make it, here are […]

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More Christmas Gifts From Grumpy

Black Friday may be over, but thanks to Grumpy, Christmas shopping is naught but blue skies ahead! Here are three more gifts every gardener will want, because I’ve talked to them all and they said so.

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