New Year's Day in the South means two things: food and football. But it's the former that takes center stage on this day. The South has a rich history filled with food and, to many, it's the tradition behind why we eat certain dishes on New Year's that keeps us eating them year after year.
2 cups dried elbow macaroni
1 pound collard, mustard or turnip greens
7 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided, additional for the baking dish
3/4 tsp. finely chopped garlic
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 cups heavy cream
2 tsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp. finely chopped thyme
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh sage
1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/2 pound grated New York sharp cheddar cheese
1/3 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 2 1/2-quart, deep casserole dish and set aside. Fill a large pot with water. Bring to a boil, add 1 teaspoon salt and the macaroni, reduce heat to a low boil and cook al dente (until if offers a slight resistance when bitten into), about 9 minutes. Empty the macaroni into a colander to drain. Rinse and remove tough stems from the greens. Pat dry and cut into strips. Heat the Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter and garlic and heat until butter is melted and garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Add greens and cook and gently stir until wilted, about 4 minutes. Add cooked greens to the macaroni in the colander and drain. In the same Dutch oven, heat 4
1.5 oz. Catdaddy Moonshine
.75 oz. Apple/Cranberry Shrub (recipe below)
2 oz. hot, sweetened white tea Combine all ingredients and stir. Apple/Cranberry Shrub:
3 cups cranberries
1 cup Granny Smith apples
2 cups of Sugar
1 cup apple cider vinegar Muddle all ingredients in a large mason jar. Let sit about a day. Add apple cider vinegar, stirring thoroughly to incorporate all ingredients. Let rest about a week, making sure to shake every so often. Strain, filter and bottle. Created by Steven Yamada of New Orleans' Victory Bar.
Mark the first day of winter with a hot toddy this evening, courtesy of Atlanta's Woodfire Grill and Spice Market and New Orleans' Tales of the Toddy, which shared a few recipes with us. Here's to getting through the chilly days ahead with a libation that would make Faulkner proud.
A comforting blend of apple cider and whiskey for a cold night.
Winning recipe from a Bourbon Spiked Eggnog Competition in New Orleans.
Rhum Agricole, brandy and mulled apple cider make up this comforting cocktail.
We still have a few gifts to buy and know most of you probably do too. Even though it's the week of Christmas, you can still shop local and give a gift from the South!
People might think Mardi Gras is the time to visit New Orleans, but the city is actually much more charming, and less crowded, during the holidays. Lights twinkle down Canal Street, wreaths decorate the streetcars and snow even falls outside Harrah's Casino. Of course music is always a highlight in New Orleans, but hearing some of the country's best musicians sing carols in St. Louis Cathedral is an unforgettable experience.
by Kelsey Savage Hays
Christine started the shoplifting. Until Saturday night they’d stuck with make-up: fancy lip gloss in flavors like blueberry cheesecake and mint chocolate chip embedded with fine pieces of glitter that left their lips sparkling like a disco ball. They swiped sample blushes from the Clinique counter, tossed perfume test bottles into their purses, snatched grape purple eye shadow from the bins at Claire’s.