Christmas Amid the Oaks

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     It’s Christmastime in New Orleans, and while that doesn’t bring forth images of snow covered driveways and chimneys thick with smoke, it does conjure images of mighty oak trees adorned with lights. The sound of a small train horn reminds locals that the holiday season is once again in full swing as City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks opens its gates to invite visitors to bask in the magic of the season. Complete with Santa Claus, hot chocolate, and the light display of a Cajun Night before Christmas, Celebration in the Oaks combines all of the elements of a perfect New Orleans Christmas.      Every season, thousands of park visitors gather to embrace the joy of the season in what has truly become a New Orleans tradition. The beautiful carousel that...

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Sex Brownies

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My mother first made these brownies, originally called “The Ultimate Chocolate Thing” after she found them in TV Guide back in the ‘80s. They use a box mix, which we usually frown upon, but the end result is so overwhelmingly delicious that no one will care. Be warned; once you bring these to a party, you will always be invited, and if you can’t come, people will ask if you’ll make the brownies and they’ll pick them up for you. For a long time, they were simply called “thee brownies.” Over the years, I’ve tweaked the recipe and changed the name to Sex Brownies, because they don’t happen very often, you have to put effort into them, and you’ll only want to share them with people you love. Also, the sound people make when...

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Our Holiday Card

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Season's Greetings from Drawl "Here's wishing you and yours a happy holiday season and a Drawl-filled new year!" - Amanda Odum, Publisher - Raleigh, NC  "Wishing all y'all a joyous and peaceful holiday and a safe, exciting new year! You've all been a gift to us this year. <3" - Summerlin Page, Editor-in-Chief - Raleigh, NC "Merry holidays to all and the best in the new year!" - Marilyn Jones Armstrong, Writer - Savannah, GA "Season's greetings!" - Eve Butler, Writer & Illustrator - Wilmington, NC "Happy holler-days!" - Alessandra Dreyer, Writer & Photographer - Washington D.C. "Happy holidays and here's to a wonderful new year!" - Lindsay Harris, Photographer - Athens, GA "Whether it's in a wine glas or a mason jar, drink something delicious this holiday season. Cheers, y'all!" - Katie Hunter,...

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Last Minute Gifts for the Southern Man...

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So there is one day left before Christmas, and if you’re anything like me, you haven’t started your Christmas shopping. I do all of mine on Christmas Eve, every year. I call it a tradition because that sounds much better than procrastination. Over the years I’ve developed a talent for knowing what to give and what to stay away from. However, some of you may not be seasoned professionals, and some of you may have to buy for men. We tend to be hard to shop for because let’s face it, if we want it, we probably bought it already. So here are some tips for buying last-minute presents for guys: Something Thoughtful The best way to impress a guy is to get him something that he would never think about that complements something...

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Chocolate Chess Pie

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  This pie is adapted from Raleigh’s Angus Barn’s famous recipe. It’s easy and people always love it.The middle has a fudgy, pudding consistency. With whipped cream or ice cream, this pie is darn hard to beat. Chocolate Chess Pie Serves 8 Ingredients 1 unbaked pie crust*1 stick of butter ½ c. (3 oz) semisweet chocolate chips or baking squares ¾ c. of sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla Dash of salt Procedure Preheat oven to 350° F. Make pie crust if doing so from scratch and fit into pan. Melt butter and chocolate together in saucepan over low heat and let cool.  Beat eggs and sugar together with fork or whisk. Combine sugar mixture with chocolate mixture. Add vanilla and salt.  Pour into prepared pie crust and bake 35 minutes. *The crust from...

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