The 7th Annual Hangout Music Fest Is Here: What You Need To Know!

  The Hangout Music Festival has an amazing lineup for 2016, and all tickets are now sold out. The festival is being held this year on the beautiful white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, with gates now open and performances beginning at 8:30pm (Due to weather)! The box office is open, shuttles are running for those that have shuttle…

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Farmer Profile: Heureux, It’s A Way Of Life!

What do a cattle rancher and a plastic surgeon have in common? It’s not a joke, but truly the love of good beef. For the last 15 years, Doug Boatwright has raised cattle on his farm in Holmes County just north of Defuniak Springs, along with horses, pigs and chickens too. Boatwright, who holds a…

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Caroline’s Quick Chicken & Dumplings

My daughter called me from the grocery store in Tuscaloosa today in a panic about what to purchase in order to make Chicken & Dumplings. Her cell phone was about to die, and she needed the info… pronto. She had decided that Sunday was the perfect time to have a go of it, and I…

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A Perfect Weekend In The Florida Keys

Though the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast attracts many celebrities, an eclectic mix of locals and visitors, and those seeking the sugar white beaches like myself who call the Panhandle home, a completely different destination is at the opposite end of the state and offers an exciting array of activities, cuisine and the most beautiful sunsets…

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Easy Italian Sausage & Broccoli Casserole

I had a box of Bisquick in the pantry and decided I needed to try it out. I don’t normally have it in the house, but back in the 70’s my mom would make all kinds of “Impossible Pies” with the stuff, and they were often some of my favorite meals. I sometimes am called…

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Farmer Profile: Big Creek Farm in Laurel Hill, Florida

Living high on the hog is an understatement for the beasts that roam the over 1200 acres of Mark and Kasia Fortune’s family farm in Laurel Hill, Florida, dating back to the 1800’s. Mark says, “Though the property has been in my family for many generations, Big Creek Farm was just a seed planted fifty…

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The Wharf Uncorked| Sip, Savor & Stroll | September 24, 25 & 26

The Wharf Uncorked will take place Sept. 24-Sept. 26, 2015, bringing culinary talent, fresh coastal flavors, and the finest wines to Orange Beach, along with a generous helping of Southern hospitality with all proceeds raised being donated to the Make-a-Wish Alabama Foundation. I’m looking forward to enjoying the cooking demonstrations, live and silent auctions, in addition to wine dinners that kick…

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A Foodies Desert Escape in Phoenix, Arizona

Contributor, Susan Benton With an abundance of new resorts, refreshed hotels, and incredible spas that really deliver, it’s no wonder that so many call Phoenix an oasis in the desert. Upon airport arrival this summer, I was whisked right past the triple digit temperatures and into a cool cab that arrived at The Scottsdale Fairmont…

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A Taste of Lafayette, Louisiana

First appeared in Coastal Lifestyle Magazine A different world exists in the Cajun country of South Louisiana. Lafayette, a city of 120.000, and about a two-and-half-hour drive from New Orleans has caught up with the Big Easy on culinary allure, showcasing exotic foods with distinctive French flavors. Chefs and business entrepreneurs have returned home to their…

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Savoring Paris One Bite At A Time

Story & Photos by Susan Benton Originally written for Vie Magazine   (Photo: Susan Benton Savoring Paris) For the culinary connoisseur, foodie, or anyone who loves to try new things, tasting exotic foods from other parts of the world is an adventure. For those, like me, who also love to travel, Paris is the ultimate…

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