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Kitchen or the porch: Deciding where to host your next get-together
One of the best parts of living in the South is that you can delight in the comforts of your porch for most of the year. The outdoor days of any good Southern home is an alluring option for outdoor entertaining nine or even ten months out of the year, whether it’s a dry summer scorcher or a crisp early winter evening.
Make these ham and peach biscuits
Nothing is as sweet as peaches in the summer. The Southern-bred fruit shows up in different dishes throughout the hot season, from peach-infused bourbon or grilled with vanilla ice cream to simply filling baked pies cooled by the window. The best way to keep their complex flavor past the season is through preserves. You can enjoy their tasty ripeness year-round — even in the cold of winter.
A ditchbug by any other name: Digging into the diverse culinary lexicon of crawfish
There are hundreds of species of crawfish in America’s creeks, rivers and ponds. Sometimes it seems like the names we have for them are just as numerous. From the clinical and scientifically accurate “crayfish” to the more colorful “mudbug” to the more obscure but no less entertaining “ditchbug” or “crawpappy,” the nomenclature of crawfish is a linguistic melting pot. But where did these terms come from — and what do they say about the person who uses them?
How to make Southern Pecan Deviled Eggs
The enduring appeal of the deviled egg is easy to understand. This classic Southern finger food takes little time to whip up for your big Easter gathering or 4th of July picnic. Deviled eggs are easily transportable as one of the only food items that has its own travel plate designed specifically with it in mind.
How to make the perfect New Orleans charm cake
The charm cake, a must-have component of any New Orleans-style bridesmaids tea, is a tradition that dates back to Victorian England. It was brought to the Big Easy by French and British colonizers, although they referred to the charm cake game that we know today as the “ribbon pull.” It is is one of the many European influences you can still see in the city and remains a party favorite among brides preparing for their wedding.
Introducing Southern Kitchen
“Everyone always gathers in the kitchen,” said the host of a housewarming party I recently attended. I nodded as I smiled politely and replied, “Of course, that’s where the food is. That’s where people are comfortable.”
I learned a long time ago that trying to get folks out of the kitchen at a gathering is a futile effort; your not-so-subtle suggestion to head into the family room tends to fall on deaf ears as guests continue snacking and chatting around the kitchen counter.
Southern Kitchen's guide to throwing the perfect oyster roast
We all know the thought and sight of an oyster can be a little intimidating, but not to worry. Here's a step-by-step guide to hosting a successful oyster roast complete with drinks, toppings and, of course, the oysters.