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Rising Stars
Skip your weekend visit to the doughnut shop and whip up these oh-so-sweet breakfast bites instead. 4 teaspoons active dry yeast1½ cups warm whole milk (105° to 110°)¾ cup sugar, divided2 teaspoons kosher salt½ teaspoon ground cinnamon2 large eggs, l
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Pies & Pastries
A cross between pie dough and puff pastry, this flaky crust makes these hand pies truly spectacular. Makes 10 Puff Pastry-Style Pie Dough (recipe follows)1 cup diced peeled Granny Smith apple (about 1 medium apple)1 teaspoon all-purpose flour⅛ teaspo
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Cakes of All Kinds
Packed with a double dose of citrus and a hint of nuts, this rich cake stays moist for several days. Try a slice of it toasted for a breakfast treat! Makes 1 (10-inch) cake 1 cup salted butter, softened3 cups sugar2 teaspoons orange zest¼ teaspoon al
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Recipe Index
Cream Cheese Chocolate Cherry Brownies 26 Gingerbread-Raisin Bars 18 White Chocolate, Orange, and Pistachio Blondies 22 Bacon and Herb Cornbread 30 Buttermilk-Poppy Seed Rolls 51 Parker House Rolls 58 Pecan and Goat Cheese Biscuits 34 Sage and Sweet
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EDITOR Nancy Meeks MANAGING EDITOR Morgan Crawford ASSOCIATE EDITOR Georgia Clarke SENIOR COPY EDITOR Rhonda Lee Lother COPY EDITOR Adrienne Davis EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Daniel Dubuisson CREATIVE DIRECTOR/PHOTOGRAPHY Mac Jamieson SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER Joh
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Batches of Joy
These bars go from simple to spectacular with a dip in creamy chocolate and a sprinkling of crushed peppermint. 1 cup unsalted butter, softened⅔ cup granulated sugar½ cup confectioners’ sugar2 large eggs2 teaspoons vanilla extract½ teaspoon peppermin
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Easy Quick Breads
The addition of smoky bacon and a medley of fresh herbs transforms this classic cornbread into a hearty side. Makes 1 (10-inch) loaf 6 slices bacon, chopped¾ cup unsalted butter, divided1 tablespoon minced shallot1 tablespoon minced garlic1 tablespoo
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Tastes & Tools
Aebleskiver are traditional Danish pancake-like treats cooked or baked into a spherical shape in a special cast-iron pan. The food and the pan eventually became synonymous, and thus they share the name. Over the years, we’ve discovered the pan's hand
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Recipes & Resources
Caramelized Onion Dip with Fried Beet Chips 72 Grits and Bacon Dip 60 Parmesan Grits Cakes with Tomato Gravy 61 Benne-Almond Shortbread 43 Benne Banana Bread with Streusel 42 Buttermilk Biscuits 49 Cheddar and Sage Beer Bread 80 Pear-Ginger Biscuits
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Aaron Deal
Once you step onto the Roanoke, Virginia, street corner that The River and Rail calls home, your eye is drawn toward the folks seated in an idyllic outdoor patio space, happily enjoying delicious food as fresh fall breezes pass through. A similar exp
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Dreamy Dutch Oven Cheesecake
Robin Clute and her husband became cast iron enthusiasts just a few years ago by happy accident. A friend’s regional Dutch oven competition was short a team and needed replacements when they stepped up to the plate. They were immediately hooked and h
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Comfort Food Classic
Makes 6 to 8 servings Inspired by the flavors and ingredients of chicken cordon bleu, this hearty family dinner is tailor-made for serving on cool autumn nights. 12 ounces cavatappi pasta4 tablespoons unsalted butter2 cloves garlic, minced¼ cup all-p
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The Perfect Pair
Makes about 2 quarts Brimming with rich, earthy flavor, this cozy soup is exactly what we crave when the weather gets cool. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter3 large carrots, halved lengthwise and chopped crosswise2 stalks celery, halved lengthwise and ch
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Fall for Persimmons
Every year once the anticipated cool of autumn arrives, we can’t wait to get our hands on a bounty of persimmons. This orange, tomato-shaped fruit grows wild on trees in much of the region, but if you don’t have your own backyard tree, there’s a good
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Bringing Back Benne
Makes 1 (8x4-inch) loaf Benne seeds have a particular nuttiness that lends amazing flavor to this quick bread. ½ cup unsalted butter, softened1 cup granulated sugar2 large eggs, room temperature1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 3 medium)1 teaspoon vani
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5 Years of Southern Cast Iron
Southern Cast Iron began as a series of special issues devoted to cast iron cooking from our sister magazine, Taste of the South. It soon blossomed into an identity all its own as we explored the South’s deep ties to cast iron. Readers quickly fell i
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To Grits Be The Glory
Makes 6 to 8 servings Old-fashioned spoon bread gets a modern update from a blend of savory and sweet fall flavors. 2 cups water1 cup whole milk2 tablespoons unsalted butter1 cup finely ground white grits1 teaspoon kosher salt½ teaspoon garlic powder
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Rooted in Flavor
Makes 4 servings Dinner doesn’t get any easier than this minimal-prep, toss-and-bake cast-iron sheet pan supper. 1 pound smoked sausage*, cut into 2-inch-long pieces3 medium carrots, chopped2 medium red bell peppers, halved and sliced ¼ inch thick1 m
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Harvest-Fresh Baking
Makes 1 (8x4-inch) loaf Rich, malty amber ale adds depth of flavor and helps create a tender crumb in this savory loaf. 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons self-rising flour2 tablespoons sugar1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage1 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar ch
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Ask the Expert
Q: I LOVE TO COOK IN CAST IRON, BUT DEEP-FRYING CAN BE INTIMIDATING. HOW CAN I BE SURE I’M DOING IT CORRECTLY AND WILL GET GOOD RESULTS? A: Is there anything better than sinking your teeth into a juicy piece of crispy fried chicken or a batch of fluf
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Bowlful of Fall Flavor
Makes about 4½ quarts This rich and satisfying stew develops layers of flavor with each step, and the low-and-slow simmering of the beef produces fall-apart-tender results. 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more as needed5 large carrots, peeled
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The Every-Day Cookware
Looking back, I’m almost embarrassed to admit that up until five years ago, I owned only one cast-iron skillet, which was sadly underused. I would pull it out occasionally to sear a steak or cook burgers if it was too cold or rainy outside to use the
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Southern Cast Iron
EDITOR Nancy Meeks MANAGING EDITOR Morgan Crawford ASSOCIATE EDITOR Georgia Clarke SENIOR COPY EDITOR Rhonda Lee Lother COPY EDITOR Adrienne Davis EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Daniel Dubuisson CREATIVE DIRECTOR/PHOTOGRAPHY Mac Jamieson SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER Joh
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Cast Iron Care
Be sure to clean your pans as soon as they’re cool enough to handle. Scrub gently with a stiff-bristle brush or a non-scratch scouring pad. Water leads to rust, so avoid submerging your cast-iron cookware. As to whether to use soap—that’s up to you.
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Still Going Strong
Along with this issue marking the arrival of autumn, it also marks the 5th anniversary of Southern Cast Iron! Begun as a series of cast iron-themed special issues of our sister magazine, Taste of the South, the first stand-alone issue of Southern Cas
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Pass the Pancakes
Makes about 12 A little sweet, a little crunchy, and a little spicy, these filling flapjacks are perfect for a fall breakfast. 3 cups all-purpose flour1 tablespoon baking powder2 teaspoons ground cinnamon½ teaspoon kosher salt2¼ cups whole milk1 cup
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EDITOR Nancy Meeks MANAGING EDITOR Morgan Crawford PROJECT EDITOR Barbara McCarthy ASSOCIATE EDITOR Georgia Clarke SENIOR COPY EDITOR Rhonda Lee Lother COPY EDITOR Adrienne Davis EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Daniel Dubuisson CREATIVE DIRECTOR/PHOTOGRAPHY Mac
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Casseroles
MAKES 4 TO 6 SERVINGS You can also make this comfort food classic with turkey. ¼ cup unsalted butter½ cup chopped yellow onion1 cup chopped green bell pepper1 cup chopped red bell pepper1 clove garlic, minced3 tablespoons all-purpose flour2 cups chic
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Soups & Stews
MAKES 8 TO 10 SERVINGS You’ll be dreaming of a bowl of this Cajun classic all season long. 1 pound smoked sausage, sliced ¼ inch thick½ cup vegetable oil¾ cup all-purpose flour2 cups chopped yellow onion2 cups chopped celery1 cup chopped green bell p
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Roasts & Braises
MAKES 6 SERVINGS These crispy chicken thighs sing with the flavors of lemon, garlic, and olives. 8 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided1½ teaspoons ground black pepper, divided3 tablespoons olive oil1 head garlic2 (8-ounce)
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