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This Week's Various

Friday, April 27, 2012

As always, unless otherwise noted, all pics here copyright Deep Fried Kudzu. Ask me before using in any fashion. Thank you.

On June 8-9, Creole Sweet: The Praline and Its World will be presented with a reception and forum, which will explore "their cultural and historical significance and will feature a keynote speech" by a culinary historian and chefs. Sponsored by the Historic New Orleans Collection and Dillard University's Ray Charles Program and Institute for the Study of Culinary Cultures, more information is here.

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Alabama Heritage ran an article of historic structures and districts damaged in last year's tornadoes.

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Sweater Therapy at Magic City Art Connection
I met the woman behind Sweater Therapy on Etsy at the Magic City Art Connection -- she takes 'orphaned' sweaters and turns them into jackets and other accessories.

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Atlanta has a brand-new food truck park.


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The app I use several times a week, with great success: Paper Karma (free).  You take a pic of your junk mail, they send a request to the sender to take you off their mailing list.  It works.  No more 12-lb Uline catalogs!


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*Esp Important*
Have you watched the documentary, Art of the Steal, about the Barnes Foundation and its legendary collection (est to be valued between $25-$30B by the Pew Charitable Trust)? It is a must-watch, also available on Netflix instant -- and the Barnes in Philadelphia, which just sounds wrong to even say, is opening on May 12.

This story between Fisk University's O'Keefe collection and Crystal Bridges sounds very, very, very familiar:

Fisk University in Nashville may soon be able to generate cash from its 101-piece art collection donated by the late painter Georgia O’Keeffe.

***The Tennessee Supreme Court announced last week that Fisk can complete the $30MM deal with Crystal Bridges to sell a 50% stake in its Georgia O'Keeffe collection -- even though the 97 pieces (Picasso, Renoir, Cezanne, Marsden Hartley, Charles Demuth, and others) were under stipulation that they never be sold or broken up.***


Fisk says they can't afford the $131k/year cost to display the art.  Hire thee a competent fundraiser who knows how to court the private sector, Fisk.  Come on.

O'Keeffe apparently gave the collection to Fisk because it is a historically black college in what was at her time the segregated South (see part 3 of pg 8 of this document).  See also pgs 11, 12, and 13 as to how she felt about it being cared for.

Barnes likewise listed Lincoln University, a HBCU, as a successor in his will.  Another similarity.

It has been the state of Tennessee's position that the Tennessee Arts Commission take temporary custody of the art, and "Under the attorney general's proposal, the state would contract with Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts to maintain and display the collection. Fisk University would be relieved of all costs associated with maintaining and exhibiting the collection and would not be charged for any work needed to preserve and display the art.


“This is only a temporary arrangement,” said Cooper. “The collection should return to the Fisk campus when the University is once again financially able to display and maintain the art.”

Oh, but no.  Now that the TN Supreme Court has weighed in...

There are so many similarities between this case and what happened with the Barnes, it's incredible.  Same song, second verse.  Wow.

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Harold's Barbecue in Atlanta, which has been in business for 65 years, is closing.

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The Hours Passed The Picture Stayed
Although the Birmingham Design Review Committee approved this week that this mural downtown be painted over, the mural will now remain, probably in very large part due to the public outpouring of support to keep it from being destroyed.

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The Busy Bee in Cullman, destroyed last April, opened today on the one-year anniversary of the tornadoes.

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This summer's Smithsonian Folklife Festival will feature accomplishments of land-grant schools, including Mississippi State, Florida, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.  MSU's website for the Folklife Festival is good.

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Richmond vs. Baltimore as home of Poe.

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Wendy's is serving poutine (which I kind-of love) at its locations across Canada, and they're trying to have it declared Canada's national dish.  The piece is pretty great, too:



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Alice Waters, Scott Peacock (who made smartly ham and biscuits), and six other chefs prepared a meal for 250 Monticello donors and supporters, using Mr. Jefferson's wood-fired stove and ingredients from his garden as well as other local ingredients. The WSJ reports that Alice called it "the most important dinner we've ever cooked" -- a slideshow here.

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Candied Pecans
To make candied pecans, just whisk an egg white until frothy (but nowhere close to coming together), add a couple handfuls of pecans, then remove from the egg whites to a bowl with half white sugar and half brown sugar, to coat.  Separate the pecans and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, in a 325* oven for about 25 minutes.  Then, separate the pecans again while the sugar is still not yet set.  Give the pecans a rest until the sugar has dried (candied) on them.  Now they're ready to use.

Pimento Cheese Insp by B&B
Inspired by the pimento cheese at Butcher and Bee in Charleston, I made pimento cheese this week with the additional ingredients they use -- candied pecans and pickled okra.  It was nice for a change, but not something I would do every time.

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This past week, the Washington Post reported on "new hybrid cuisine that pairs slow-smoked meat — the foundation of barbecue — with unlikely flavors."

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Jellyfish at Anthro
Jellyfish at Anthro. In the magazine, the recipe for watermelon margarita.

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