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Christmas Morning Breakfast
MAKES ABOUT 18 These tender biscuits are layered with melty cheese and herbs. 6 cups all-purpose flour2 tablespoons baking powder2 teaspoons kosher salt1 teaspoon baking soda1 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed3½ cups heavy whipping cream, divided¼ cup
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Editor’s Letter
END-OF-YEAR HOLIDAYS BRING THE BEST FOODS WITH THEM. From cozy suppers by the fire and elegant meals around the dining table to flavorful party bites and festive treats to gift to friends and neighbors, there is always something delicious to be made
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Party Starters & Sips
MAKES 4 TO 6 SERVINGS Pickle juice adds a little kick to this dip. 1 cup mayonnaise1 (4-ounce) jar diced pimientos, drained2 tablespoons dill pickle juice1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce¼ teaspoon ground red pepper1 (8-ounce) block extra-sharp Cheddar
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Elegant Holiday Feast
MAKES ABOUT 6 SERVINGS Crunchy, tangy, and delicious, this salad puts fresh winter greens to good use. 1 (15-ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained, rinsed, and patted dry1 tablespoon canola oil2 teaspoons firmly packed light brown sugar¾ teaspoon smoke
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Casual Family Fare
MAKES 4 TO 6 SERVINGS We recommend choosing a broiler-safe platter for this side dish, so it can be served straight from the oven, keeping the delicious melted cheese intact. ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided¼ cup Italian-seasoned panko (Jap
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Festive Seasonal Sweets
MAKES ABOUT 24 Rolled in confectioners’ sugar or sweetened flaked coconut, these no-bake cookies are hard to resist. 1 cup granulated sugar½ cup whole pitted dates, chopped½ cup dried apricots, chopped½ cup unsalted butter¼ teaspoon kosher salt1 larg
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Recipe Index
Double Hot Chocolate 28 Mulled Wine 33 Spiced Eggnog 37 Browned Butter & Thyme Cornbread 57 Cheddar-Herb Biscuits 7 Coffee Biscuits 16 Cornbread Biscotti 26 Cornmeal Pancakes 11 Cranberry-Ginger Bran Muffins 19 Garlic-Herb Rolls 77 Gingerbread-Cranbe
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EDITOR Sarah Ward MANAGING EDITOR Whitney Durrwachter 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 
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Sweet Potatoes
Poke sweet potatoes all over with a fork several times. Place on a parchment- or foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and roast at 375º until very soft and skin is pulling away from flesh, about 1 hour for medium potatoes. —Sweet potatoes have been put to
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Low & Slow Supper
MAKES ABOUT 8 SERVINGS Making an impressive supper is simple with this easy recipe. 1 (4-pound) boneless beef chuck roast2 teaspoons kosher salt1½ teaspoons ground black pepper⅓ cup orange marmalade3 tablespoons unsulphured molasses2 tablespoons beef
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Pralines
NUTTY, CREAMY, AND SUGARY SWEET, pralines are a confection Southerners know and love. These decadent candies are popular all throughout the South, and they’re an absolute must-have in New Orleans. Although they’re staples in the Crescent City, pralin
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Asheville, North Carolina
Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains, Asheville is a colorful haven of a city where natural beauty, outstanding eats, a dynamic art scene, and plenty of craft beer collide and set the pace for an extraordinary holiday ge
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Christmas Party Favorites
MAKES 1 (6-INCH) WHEEL OF BRIE Every holiday host needs a simple yet stunning dish to impress their guests, and this recipe is as easy as can be. 1 (10.5-ounce) jar pepper jelly¼ cup fresh or thawed frozen cranberries, roughly chopped1 tablespoon cho
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Holiday Menu Made Easy
MAKES 12 This quick stir-together recipe uses unlined muffin tins to give that perfect homemade bread roll look without the hassle of making and shaping a yeasted dough. 2 cups whole buttermilk¼ cup sorghum syrup or unsulphured molasses1 large egg2¼
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Keep the Cookies Coming
MAKES ABOUT 30 Celebrate the season with a citrusy take on the beloved crinkle cookie. The bourbon adds a warm undertone in the flavor but can be substituted with orange juice, if preferred. 1¼ cups granulated sugar, divided2 tablespoons packed orang
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Taste of the South's 100th Issue
WHEN WE FIRST LAUNCHED IN THE FALL OF 2004, Taste of the South was the only magazine of its kind. “There were very few food magazines on the market, and certainly none that were focused exclusively on traditional Southern cuisine,” says Lorna Reeves,
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A Slice of Sweet Family History
IF YOU’RE FROM THE SOUTH or you've lived here for any length of time, you know that baking is synonymous with our family matriarchs. When I think of my Alabama born-and-bred grandmother, Vandalyn, I could speak ad nauseam about how much she taught me
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Cane Syrup
MAKES 9 (photo on page 79) Bring some serious indulgence to the table with these sticky-sweet treats. ¼ cup granulated sugar¼ cup plus 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and divided1 tablespoon orange zest¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar⅓ c
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8 Layer Cakes We Crave
LAYER CAKES have long been a tradition in Southern communities for their simple steps and impressive results. All kinds of flavors and techniques have evolved over the years, but one thing always seems to remain—the opportunity for creativity. Bakeri
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Taste Of The South
EDITOR Sarah Ward MANAGING EDITOR Whitney Durrwachter 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 
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Divinity
MAKES ABOUT 18 While you can scoop the candy yourself if working quickly, it’s easier and more fun to have someone help you. 2½ cups sugar½ cup light corn syrup½ cup water½ teaspoon kosher salt2 large egg whites, room temperature¼ teaspoon cream of t
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Editor's Letter
IF 2020 HAS TAUGHT ME ANYTHING, it's that working with a good team is incredibly important. I can honestly say that I work with a fantastic group of people who have adapted in so many ways this year while continuing to produce outstanding work. With
Taste of the South3 min lettiRegional & Ethnic
Breaking Borders
I GREW UP IN A LARGE FAMILY where we enjoyed lots of home-cooked meals. My family is from Gujarat, a state on the western coast of India, so our meals usually consisted of traditional Gujarat dishes such as fresh, flavorful curries, basmati rice, and
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Dishing with Daryl Shular
Nearly 20 years of endless hard work and dedication have gone into creating Daryl Shular’s Atlanta culinary empire. With a successful restaurant group and brand-new culinary institute under his belt, he’s set his sights on fostering the education of
Taste of the South2 min lettiRegional & Ethnic
Moravian Cookies
THERE’S A GINGERY CRISP called a Moravian cookie that North Carolinians have loved for a long time. It’s small, round, and almost paper-thin with scalloped edges. But beyond its petite physique, this cookie tells the story of the region’s first Europ
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Tastes & Tools
Every Southerner knows that there’s almost nothing as sacred as passing on treasured seasonal recipes. If you’re trying to surprise the fellow foodies in your life, then a few of these festive recipe cards ought to do the trick. The Alabama company p
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Recipe Index
Buttermilk Biscuits 70 Easy Sorghum Bread Rolls 53 Orange Sticky Buns 85 Caramel Apple Coffee Cake 86 Deep Dish Pecan Pie 69 Gingerbread Cake with Pecan-Cream Cheese Frosting and Praline Drizzle 25 Heirloom Lane Cake 75 Old-Fashioned Divinity Candy 7
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New + Noteworthy
New Orleans, Louisiana The newest addition to the Crescent City’s eclectic food scene offers a showcase inspired by the traditional taquerias of Oaxaca and Mexico City. The appreciation for those tried-and-true methods can be seen with every freshly
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Taste of the South Special Issues
EDITOR Sarah Ward MANAGING EDITOR Whitney Durrwachter 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 
Taste of the South1 min lettiRegional & Ethnic
Editor’s Letter
I LOVE THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. In publishing, due to printing schedules, we work on our holiday issues during the summer. Some people may tire of Christmas cookies and pies by the time December rolls around, but not me. It’s like a bonus of the job—two
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