New year, new you? Maybe, maybe not. We asked some of our favorite Southern friends (many of whom you might recognize from our stories this past year) what they're promising themselves in 2016; the responses made us laugh and tugged our heart strings ... but most of all, they inspired us to sit down and think about our own goals for the coming year. Maybe they'll do the same for you.
Hoppin' John: the only thing you ought to be cooking come January 1. Not only does superstition whisper promises of wealth and good vibes into the new year, the rice, beans and pork make for one hell of a great hangover cure. Serve with a side of collard greens ... and maybe a little hair of the dog.
Born from deep roots in bourbon, Pappy & Co. is a new branch on the established Van Winkle family tree–a branch that reaches every fan of the coveted Kentucky bottle, whether he or she can get their hands on one or not. You can thank a set of fourth-generation triplets for that. Here's their story.
Kimball House co-owner Bryan Rackley shucks literally thousands of oysters a month, but he couldn't seem to find a good-looking oyster knife that actually worked. Enter Heartwood Forge's Will Manning: master craftsman and fellow obsessive. After an exhaustive collaborative process, they've come up with the KH-850: perhaps (finally) the world's most perfect oyster shucker.