I was tickled an unnatural shade of pink yesterday when I saw that Garden & Gun's Jessica Mischner named Potlikkery as one of her top ten Best Southern Food Blogs in the land. Landing on her list is the best news I've had in weeks, and it's been a real downer lately, except for having spent a week in New Orleans, and I'll be blogging about that soon.
If you don't know G&G, well shame on you. From the moment I spied the inaugural issue on the newsstand a few years ago, I subscribed, even bought gift subscriptions for my Daddy and a BFF. And for myself, of course. But I let mine lapse because I have this ongoing struggle with my mail carrier. I took it up with the postmaster, of course.
We have an oversized mailbox because I receive large parcels, and being a librarian I'm particular about the state my journals arrive in. I don't like dog-eared, tattered, or creased covers and my mail carrier persists in creasing magazines down the center and using them as a tool to carry my small bits of mail inside.
G&G is a lush celebration of the better aspects of southern living. Lots of jaw-dropping food, fashion, guns, and hunting dogs. The photos make my fillings pop loosen onto my tongue and dribble onto the linoleum. Plus the articles are informative, well-written, and feature the best mixture of regional writing available.
And when it first appeared at my local big box bookstore's newsstand, they were confused about where to place it. The word gun threw them off, so they place it in with all the men's magazines. Actually, they're still confused about where it belongs, and it remains with the men's magazines.
Naturally, I'm not shy about shouldering past the menfolk to pluck a copy off the shelves. Nor would I be shy about getting a girlie magazine should I be so inclined.
You'll be pleased to learn of G&G's Made in the South Awards. Entries are due by August 1, 2011. And categories range from food to sporting to fashion to home and each winner receives $500 plus being part of the Made in the South online boutique at taigan.com. For more information visit gardenandgun.com/madeinthesouth