Berry Blues

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     Blueberries are here!      As the strawberries fade away, blueberries make a long-hoped-for appearance in the markets. Naturally sweet and with flavor deep and bright, they’re marvelous in a variety of recipes. Go beyond pie and cobbler and try our Purple Velveteen Cake, either on its own, with frosting, or crumbled into a Very Berry Trifle. Another surprise is Dark Chocolate Blueberry Ice Cream, with no added sugar. Blueberries also make a great complement to citrus flavors and fresh peaches in our Blueberry-Orange Corn Muffins, Bluemade Cocktail, and Peach-Blueberry Ice Cream.      Give our blueberry recipes a try! You won’t be sorry. Purple Velveteen Cake Very Berry Trifle Blueberry-Orange Corn Muffins Dark Chocolate Blueberry Ice Cream Peach-Blueberry Ice Cream Bluemade...

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Sipping through the (South’s) Summer Games: Winning Wine Picks...

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     Our favorite (and sweatiest) season is here, and, before you know it, the 2012 London Summer Games will be too.      If you’re catching the competitive junebug while preparing to cheer on our home country guys and gals, I’ve got the perfect solution for you. Fire up the barbecue, put on your linens, and break out these tasty wines (widely available throughout the good ol’ US of A) for a “backyard summer games” to remember. Bags (or Cornhole): The shotput has nothin’ on this Southern backyard favorite, which relies only on two sets of beanbags and simple raised plywood boards for hours of competitive fun. Quench your thirst with cool unoaked Chardonnay, which often has refreshing, tropical fruit or crisp apple flavors without any of the oaky, toasty or buttery notes found in...

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Heavy Rebel Weekender

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     My introduction to Rockabilly culture was several years ago in Raleigh, and I thought it was kind of hokey, with throwback haircuts and clothes and back-to-basics rock and roll. And then I went to Heavy Rebel Weekender for the first time, and became a convert. This annual gathering of rockers and gearheads takes place every post-July 4th weekend in downtown Winston Salem, NC, and continues to grow every year, now in its 12th iteration.      This three day congregation of some of the most interesting folks you’ll meet is “church” to many of us. It’s a place where women’s 50s updos are appreciated, where low-brow art isn’t looked down upon, where rust on your car is a badge of honor (it means you actually DRIVE it), PBR flows freely, and independent music artists...

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Mustang Oil

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     If you follow AL-69 South out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, you’ll pass through small towns peppered with both weathered structures that have seen better days and more modern erected homes and businesses. On weekends you’ll see a lively flea market on the outskirts of Moundville and various family yard sales. South Central Alabama is a place with a colorful past, stained by the hardship of the depression and the unrest of the Civil Rights era, yet now thriving with life from a people who share a mutual love of the land and a quiet acceptance of the memories – both tragic and triumphant – that shaped the area into what it is today.      Less than 40 miles along this stretch of highway is a town with a population just under 5,000 called Greensboro,...

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Southern Tapas

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Who Are Your People?      We want to know. When we meet you, we want to know. Who are your people? Are you kin to the Greenwood McDowells or the ones from Ware Shoals? Didn’t your daddy used to work in the mills in Pendleton?      It’s not that we’re nosy. We just want to establish some bona fides. Historically, we have been messed with by folks who seemed to be well-meaning, but turned out to be after our land or our sisters and daughters. So we’re a bit cautious and we’d really like to know if we can trust you unsupervised on our property. If we are related, or we at least know or know of your family and its reputation in these parts, we at least can start out on firm footing....

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