At the Southern Accents website, there's a new blog called Miss Gracious Living, and it's wonderful (plus one of the writers is Dawn, the Managing Editor there - hi Dawn!). Last week, Karen, who is another contributor, even posted a short video about how to recreate at home the "Orange Thing" cocktail that's made at Highlands.
(this is a pic I took from our last lunch at Galatoire's)
YAY! I just found out this week that Tom Fitzmorris' radio show - The Food Show on 1350 AM - is streaming live on the web each weekday from 4-7pm. It's here.
The Alabama Folk School is opening at Camp McDowell (close to Jasper). This is some of the information that was sent to me about it:
The Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell invites you to attend their “grand opening” session February 3-6, 2009. As a way to welcome friends to the new school, a limited number of adult students will be allowed a rare opportunity to *Sample the Arts*. Choose as many as three of the following classes during this one-of-a-kind workshop: quilting, carpentry, photography, pottery, and old-time music (classes for each: fiddle, banjo, guitar, and bass).
Beginning with a late afternoon wine and cheese on Tuesday, the workshop will feature nationally and locally recognized folk artists sharing the traditions of their crafts. Class instructors include *NEA National Heritage Fellow*, quilter Bettye Kimbrell; renowned musicians Herb Trotman & Kathy Hinkle (of the Herb Trotman Band), and Joyce & Jim Cauthen (of Red Mountain and Flying Jenny); potter Sandra Heaven; professional photographer Kenneth Boone; and carpenters Mark Johnston (Camp Director) and Clyde Pearce.
Wow, how great would it be to learn quilting from Bettye Kimbrell!?!?! There's more information about it here.
These are just a few of the gorgeous-gorgeous homes in Eufaula:
After we left Union Springs, we went to Eufaula, and since we were there, we visited Fairview Cemetery.
The February issue of Gourmet has a recipe for fantail rolls (they are also known as butterflake rolls) - the image on the cover includes them, and they look just the same as what's served with supper at The Bright Star in Bessemer. I made them this past weekend - tweaked the original recipe only very slightly - oh, they turned out *fantastic*! Everyone loved them.
6 tbsp. butter, melted
2 tsp active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (105–115*F)
1 tbsp sugar
3 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
Joe Minter has a new assemblage in his yard - African Village in America - for President Obama:
Last week, I posted about the article in the B'ham News about authentic Mexican food, and so we went out and tried some of the places that were recommended. Well, we had so much fun we decided the next week to keep going and try some of the others. This is a carnitas from Cantina, which is one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in the city:
I got an email last week from Chris (hi Chris!) who enjoys the architecture of George Franklin Barber - he graduated college from Tennessee but lives up north now - and was wondering if I was going to be in Union Springs any time soon. I wrote him back that I was going to be in Union Springs later that day just by coincidence, and he called me with the addresses of two homes there that were built with GFB plans (I told him I was doing this in spite of the fact he was a Vol!)!
This is the other GFB house that Chris gave me directions to. When we pulled up outside, I noticed that there was someone on the side porch, so I got up and told them that I really loved the design of their house:
Everything about this home was just exquisite, and although there was some disrepair it was beautiful. It reminded me a little of the Robert Polidori: Havana book that we have, where the homes in Cuba that were just decadent years and years ago today still have this very worn elegance...