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Saveur magazine March 2012

Southern Cuisine Gets a Big Nod from Gourmet Food Magazines

Saveur magazine March 2012 cover


We might be watching our waistlines, but Southern soul food is surprisingly on the up–even in gourmet magazines.

It seems the deep-fried, decadent and oh-so-delicious Southern staples like fried chicken and red velvet cake aren’t on their way out—even in today’s calorie-counting, carb-watching world. In fact, Southern cuisine is gaining even more respect these days, as several recent issues of magazines have placed it front and center on their covers. And it’s not just regional titles like Southern Living or Taste of the South.

Both Bon Appétit and Saveur—magazines well known for featuring exotic tastes and places—are jumping on the Southern bandwagon as well. Bon Appétit went so far as to dub the South “America’s New Food Capital,” and the entire February issue might as well have been a guide to what’s good below the Mason-Dixon Line.

Inside, the editors share five simple steps to making the best fried chicken (like the crispy drumstick featured on the magazine’s cover). And they’re talking real fried chicken—not the baked-because-it’s-healthier kind. Other Southern culinary phenomena include chicken and dumplings, deviled eggs, bourbon and, of course, barbecue. But why the obsession with Southern food, especially for those of us who haven’t grown up with it?

According to writer Kim Severson in one of the issue’s articles, the reason is because food is the great equalizer in the South. All you have to do to break the ice is ask a local the best place to eat. Not to mention it’s long been considered a source of comfort—and who couldn’t use a little more of that these days?

Saveur’s March issue got all sweet on Southern food as well with a picture-perfect slice of red velvet cake on its cover. Inside, it gets even better with recipes for lemon layer cake, walnut spice cake, caramel cake and coconut cake—along with the red velvet—each photographed up close in all their layered glory. (For a more grown-up take, turn to Bon Appétit’s coconut southern comfort layer cake.)

Both magazines tackle how to perfect these magnificent cakes. Saveur’s tips are of the general sort: Use cake flour, use refrigerated ingredients that are room temperature, mix the batter quickly and drop the pan before placing in the oven to remove any air bubbles. Bon Appétit shared a no-fail technique for slicing cake rounds into layers before frosting.

Though neither Bon Appétit nor Saveur tried to lighten up the Southern recipes they featured, that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. In fact, with magazines like Cooking Light seeking out healthier versions of Southern foods, it’s no wonder this regional cuisine remains popular–even in a more health-conscious world.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Spring Training Road Trip for Foodies

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Spring Training Road Trip for Foodies

Southern Living magazine March 2012From the best baseball games to the whitest beaches and most delicious fare, Southern Living offers up a three-day spring training Floridian tour.

Opening Day of the 2012 Major League Baseball season is still a few weeks away, but for die-hard fans, it’s not too early to be taken out to the ball game. Spring training is just underway, meaning hope still springs eternal for every team (and fan) since not one has yet been counted out of World Series contention.

The Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles or New York Yankees faithful—or just folks who really, really love baseball and good food—have even more to be thankful for: Southern Living magazine’s March issue maps out a three-day tour of the Sunshine State with spring training stops for each team, must-visit restaurants in each city and even a little sightseeing. Advises the magazine: Better go now before temperatures skyrocket into the summer.

While this three-day jaunt celebrates seeing some of the league’s players up close and personal, it’s just as much a culinary tour—that doesn’t focus on your typical ballpark fare. The trip starts in Lake Buena Vista, Florida with a Braves game, and the recommendation of the blackened tilapia sandwich at the Wide World of Sports Grill during the game. Definitely a step up from peanuts and Cracker Jacks at the old ball game!

Next up is a stop in Tampa to catch the Yankees. But before you see the boys in pinstripes, fuel up at Malio’s Prime Steakhouse, said to be the best place in town for steak and a glass of wine (it boasts a 500-bottle list). Malio’s is also a favorite of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, likely as much for the food as for the memories. Here, he toasted the team’s World Series victories and signed off on pitcher Roger Clemens’ contract.

According to the itinerary, you’ll take in the game on Day two of the trip, and it’s recommended that you get to the stadium early to watch batting practice. (Don’t worry, ladies, there’s some high-end shopping just a few miles from the baseball field.) For the final leg of the journey, you’ll drive a short distance to Sarasota to prep for the Orioles game. But first, get in a little relaxation at the beach, where the sugary white sand is 99 percent quartz.

By the time you get to the stadium, you’ll probably have worked up an appetite. For a taste of the Mid-Atlantic, grab a crab cake sandwich (what else?) during the last game of the trip.