Recipes and essays exploring Southern identity through food and travel

Recipes and essays exploring Southern identity through food and travel

Month: April 2017

Just Add Chocolate, Amen.

Croissant Baking Tip Four: 

Be okay with the first few rounds turning out like trash. This might not happen. My first two croissant recipes were good, but they were a lot more like dressed-up biscuits if the dresses were from H&M and the biscuits had been wearing the dresses all night and the biscuits were already at their third bar. I enjoyed eating them, but they weren’t croissants is all I’m saying. 

Gravy, Y’all

Gravy, Y’all

Being Southern isn’t just about where you grew up anymore. It has become a brand and like any brand, it’s influenced by the perception of others. What does it mean to be Southern?

Where My Reputation Don’t Precede Me: Race and Country Music

Where My Reputation Don’t Precede Me: Race and Country Music

I was raised on country music and the stories that the songs told. I was twenty-four before I embraced my love for the songs and the genre. I’d internalized the white trash stigma that came with loving country music. In country music, people live in trailers. People are poor. Folks drink Bud Light. I didn’t think I was allowed to admit those things about myself or my life, and liking country music meant I had to.   

Tea and Tarot

Tea and Tarot

For about five years now, baking has helped me cope with severe anxiety, depression, and disordered eating. Baking has been a mechanism to regain control over my life and my body. Most importantly, baking has given me a way to express love to people who really deserve it.