Tubing, hiking, waterfalls, wine and ultimately cooler temperatures await in Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains. by Deanna Kuder We are close to shattering the record for the hottest summer in recorded history as I look at the Georgia map. It’s hard to ignore the big spot of green at the top, beckoning me to cool off in the mountain air. As I answered the call and headed for the north Georgia mountains, the main goal was escaping the heat, but what I found was a mecca of entertainment for the entire family and a playground to please every budget, age and activity level. Helen, Georgia, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains along the shores of the Chattahoochee River, launched its transformation into an Alpine village in 1969. Local business owners began to revitalize their mountain paradise by turning it into a Bavarian village. Faces of the buildings are now adorned with delicate gingerbread trim, intricate plaster relief and detailed scenes of Bavaria. And in keeping with the theme, visitors will find shopkeepers decked out in lederhosen and dirndls. Upon entering the Welcome Center, a helpful attendant was on the phone being quizzed about the weather. It was 90 degrees in town, but at home
A comforting weeknight recipe that incorporates everybody's favorite soda pop.
We've been wanting to add more recipes to Deep South for a while now and would like to thank the folks at The Hungry Southerner blog for their hospitality in sharing one with us today. Their site is a wonderful place to find homegrown stories about Southern products and businesses and, of course, Southern food. And their tagline, "Stay Hungry, Y'all!" pretty much embodies what we love to do most here in the Deep South: eat - and talk about - food. Hungry Southerner's recipe for Coca-Cola Glazed Meatloaf is perfect for a Sunday supper. In addition to its use of one our favorite Southern products, Coca-Cola, or Co-Cola as it's often called down here, this recipe and quick and fairly easy. A Coca-Cola glaze results in a sweet, sticky crust on top, taking this meatloaf to the next level. Serve with some mashed potatoes and a veggie, and you've got a delicious meal to enjoy while you talk about the next one. Southern Meatloaf with Coca-Cola Glaze Meat Loaf 1 lb ground turkey
1 lb ground beef 80/20
2 cups whole wheat bread crumbs
1/2 large white onion, finely chopped
1 yellow bell pepper finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 T balsamic vinegar
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 T
Starting this weekend, the State Fair of Texas delivers big on food and fun in the “Fried Food Capital of Texas.” by Amanda Burleigh
Bigger is better at the annual State Fair of Texas. This year is sure to bring bigger crowds, bigger attractions, bigger calories and bigger fun to Fair Park in Dallas. “This year’s theme is super-sized fun,” says Sue Gooding, vice president of public relations for the State Fair of Texas, “and we’ll have lots of food and fun ready for opening day.” With crowds 4 million strong to feed, food has always been a major player in the popularity of the State Fair of Texas, especially since the “corny dog” was introduced there in 1942 by the Fletcher brothers. Although there is some dispute over who invented this American favorite, the brothers are traditionally credited with popularizing it, and their descendants now sell roughly 500,000 of these portable products every year. A more recent trend for vendors has been to come up with new and exotic foods to fry. This year’s menu of creations includes fried chocolate, fried lemonade and the winner of the “Best Taste Award” — Fried Texas Frito Pie (pictured). Looking for something a bit lighter? Try Fernie’s
by Gina C. Simon Stir, stir, stir.
Wipe away tears
as smoke fills my eyes, my face, the whole room.
Do not stop stirring. Stir, stir, stir.
Jump back swiftly
from popping grease threatening severe burns.
Do not stop stirring. Stir, stir, stir.
Breathe a short sigh
as the mixture finally changes colors.
Do not stop stirring. Stir, stir, stir.
Turn the fire off.
Darkening still. Slowly, slowly it cools.
At last, stop stirring. So why do we bother
with this primitive skill,
that began in ancient times,
maybe further back still? When it comes to a Cajun’s
perfect gumbo or stew,
the only way to start
is with a homemade roux. Gina C. Simon is a writer/songwriter who grew up in the Acadiana region of Louisiana and recently relocated to Mississippi.
by Vanessa K. Eccles Okay, so I am a stock boy at the University in Baton Rouge. My job pretty much consists of putting up, sorting, and cataloguing books and files. Most days are monotonous, but sometimes it gets interesting. But none of which were ever as incredible as the day that I happened upon the file. I was tasked the file room. It is unbelievably boring. I have only done it once before, but I would not wish work up there for my worst enemy. First of all, I can never find anything in that room. I had to take a double look when my boss gave me a list of over forty files to pull. I simply rolled my eyes, put on my big boy face, and got to work. After successfully finding about 11 files, I noticed that one file was sticking out just a little further from the rest. It was more of a yellowish color too. For some reason it caught my attention, enough to pull it out and look. I wiped some dust off, and I saw that the file had some writing on it. It was in thick bold cursive letters that said The Kinisey File. I
Thanks to Turner Classic Movies for airing "Gone with the Wind" last night and to all of our readers who live Facebooked and tweeted with us during the four-hour movie! We had a good 'ole time chatting about birthin' babies, dresses made out of curtains and why Scarlett ever liked Ashley in the first place, when Rhett is so dashingly handsome. We even threw out a couple trivia questions for those die-hard Southern fans, making it not only an entertaining event, but an educational one. Below are some of the best comments and trivia from the night. Enjoy! "One of the all-time greats, been waiting for this since last month!" - Patrick Pillow in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Facebook "Get off those steps, you trashy wench
Tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 14, as part of Vivien Leigh Month Turner Classic Movies airs the classic "Gone with the Wind" at 8 p.m. We'll be watching, and live tweeting/Facebooking, and hope you'll join us! We realize it's an all-night commitment, as the four-hour movie won't be over until midnight, but you know you want to at least catch a glimpse of Scarlett and Rhett on the big screen. (And if you're really a night owl or just a die-hard Southerner, you may want to stay up or at least set the DVR for "Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind" followed by "Streetcar Named Desire.") Premiering in 1939, "Gone with the Wind" won an unprecedented 10 Academy Awards and celebrates the 70th anniversary of that win this year. The book was published three years before by Margaret Mitchell, who wrote it from her apartment on Peachtree Street in Atlanta. Today, the Margaret Mitchell House is operated by the Atlanta History Center and open for guided tours daily. It also includes a museum, where visitors can see the front door of Tara from the movie set and the famous painting of Scarlett in her blue dress. According to Wikipedia, Mitchell wanted
by Erin Z. Bass With the finale of Season 3 of "True Blood" airing on HBO tomorrow night, I thought I'd do a short post about why the show has become such a hit with Southerners and viewers around the country. I watched my first episode in October of last year after downloading it from iTunes to find out what all the fuss was about. At first, I was horrified by the backwoods characters and accents, and the fictional name of the Louisiana town Bon Temps didn't help much either, but by the end of the episode, I was hooked. It was the music, good looks of vampire Bill and something about the character of Sookie that did it. Plus, the show was just fun to watch once you got past the accents and geographical inaccuracies (Shreveport and Monroe are not close to New Orleans or Jackson, Mississippi). Since then, I still think the theme song "Bad Things" by Texas-raised Jace Everett is one of the best ever, as is the show's Emmy-nominated intro depicting race riots, roadkill and baptism in the bayou. I also especially enjoyed the episode featuring Lafayette, Louisiana's own CC Adcock playing at Arlene and Rene's engagement party outside