Culinary Travels

Stories and recipes from our travels!

Recipes from the Heart: Georgia Brunswick Stew- A Deep South Original

There is a mystique about Brunswick Stew: Did it originate in Georgia or Virginia? Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in her classic book, Cross Creek Cookery concluded that it’s German in origin. We’ll settle everything by proclaiming it to be very American with a Southern accent. The most authentic recipe I have came from Atlanta’s Jim Sanders, …

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Recipes From The Heart

Our own Doc Lawrence shares his favorite recipes.  “Every recipe has a story. Many are priceless memories. They connect us like music and great literature.” Recipes From The Heart From the Doc Lawrence Collection Joshua Butler served as executive chef for three Florida governors, movie mogul Tyler Perry and the Zac Brown Band. A Florida …

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The Gourmet Highway: Spirits of the South-A Whiskey River Adventure

Distilled spirits came to early America much like the arrival of wine. Europeans were deeply steeped in alcoholic beverages from producing them to personal enjoyment. Wines arrived in Florida with the early Spanish Conquistadors and the monks who brought in wines to St. Augustine. The Scots, Irish, Welsh, English and Dutch had mastered the art …

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The Gourmet Highway: Too Much of A Good Thing: It’s Wonderful!

I read Mark Twain’s “The Innocents Abroad,” long before I had a driver’s license. I was hooked on travel. So much adventure seemed to be waiting and somehow, someway, I was going to find a  higher life. A promise made was a promise kept. Travel is a reward, a gift to the body and soul …

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The Gourmet Highway: Searching for Sources

Food origins can be just as fascinating as family genealogy. Barbecue is a subject that can rival  college football with heated discussions as to which is best, and why. North Carolina cooks from backyard grillers or restauranteurs swear theirs is superior, but that all changes when you cross state lines. Styles seem to be more …

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The Gourmet Highway: New Culinary Adventures

While the road is long and sometimes narrow, I never feel alone. The almost universal magic in communities, whether parts of a big city or small villages waiting for a visitor, provide unlimited opportunities for new friendships, cultural enrichment and, of course, flavors you never dreamed possible. I like to mix everything, moving from well-planned …

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THE GOURMET HIGHWAY: Revival Cuisine-American Originals

Visiting over 20 cities in ten states since the beginning of the year, a journey that included many a meal from the enticing country breakfast, to simple but filling lunches and, of course, some regal dinners, inspired a search for the cultural core of American food: Recipes. Like many, I have shelves filled with cookbooks, …

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THE GOURMET HIGHWAY: Dinner With Papa

Food preferences are greatly inspired by experiences. I was blessed to grow up in a home where my mother employed daily kitchen wizardry, never using a cookbook to prepare meals from early morning breakfast to the Sunday feast. While I never learned preparation techniques, she taught by example, constantly demonstrating the importance of fresh ingredients. …

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The Gourmet Highway: Dare to Pair-A Delicious Journey

The first dinner table in America that served a variety of wines chosen for compatibility with the menu was at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia home. Jefferson, who loved to entertain guests ranging from politicians to foreign dignitaries, likely used these affairs to cultivate new friendships and alliances, perhaps occasionally converting an adversary into an ally. …

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