Category Archives: The Rural South

On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Frying Fish With The Masons In South Louisville

The Suburban Masonic Lodge in south Louisville was established in 1902 but didn’t start frying fish for cash in the neighborhood til October 1st 1927. 1920s-era Louisville was in the full grip of Prohibition but we imagine the Masons occasionally … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Abear’s Cafe In Houma, Louisiana

Abear’s Cafe is Cajun country cooking of the highest order. Seated in Houma, Louisiana, the old, wood-frame building that houses the eatery was constructed in 1922 to be the home of S.E Gaidry and his wife Louise. The Gaidry’s went … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Sanders Court And Cafe In Corbin, Kentucky

Colonel Harland Sanders could turn the air blue with his violent cursing. As a child my parent chastened me to never repeat any words that the Colonel would say when he was eating country ham dinners at my grandparents big … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: The Rootbeer Stand In Corbin, Kentucky

In business for over 50 years, The Rootbeer Stand in Corbin, Kentucky is a curiosity, a time travel restaurant where a $1.10 will get a you a grilled cheese sandwich and you can park in a spot where a man … Continue reading

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Appalachian Food Summit: A Celebration of Our Appalachian Food Heritage

I’d give anything to be in Hindman, Kentucky this Sunday May 18th 2014 for the big Appalachian food summit. Mountain folk’s food often gets short shrift in the national conversation but we’re predicting that will change as southern food enjoys … Continue reading

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Broadbent Wins 2014 National Country Ham Association Championship

At the big 2014 National Country Ham Championship held recently in the heart of the ham belt: Paducah, Kentucky; Broadbent Hams captured the title of Best Unsmoked Ham in USA. Ham aficionados across the globe have had Broadbent on their … Continue reading

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Fighting Words! Jeff Arnett Of Jack Daniels Squares Off With Diageo’s Point Man Bill Sanderson

Jack Daniels corporate master Brown Forman resides in Louisville, Kentucky but that hasn’t stopped them from defending the art of Tennessee whiskey. They’re squaring off against Diageo, the Great Britain-based conglomerate that owns George Dickel, and is currently attempting to … Continue reading

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Kentucky State Championship: Barbecue Competition Set For London Kentucky

There’s not a lot of high quality barbecue in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. The rugged cooks in those parts mainly concentrate on putting out big plates of what I like to call mountain soul. A typical feast would feature … Continue reading

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Definitive Kentucky Country Ham Buying Guide

  First, you’ve got to follow the law: For a ham to be called country, it has to have lost 18% of it’s green weight, and must be comprised of at least 4% salt. Anyone who’s eaten authentic country ham … Continue reading

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Kentucky’s Alltech Lexington Brewing Wins At Brussels Beer Challenge

I drank my first beer in the great state of Kentucky. Being raised in a dry county (the nearest place to purchase beer was in Jellico, Tennessee) meant that if the young country bucks I ran with were going to … Continue reading

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