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Reclaiming the Traditional Southern Diet

Our ancestors were the original hipsters – eating “free-range” meat, organic vegetables and fruits, drinking milk from pastured cows. Their food came from the land; it was there that it originated. It was consumed close to the land, and they loved the land and respected it.

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DIY BBQ Tips for More Grill Independence

RSM Jerrod Brown has been posting to his Twitter feed a collection of ideas and inspiration for BBQ’ing. Since some of you may not be on Twitter, we decided to compile his tips for you right here.

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Your Invitation to Thanksgiving in the RSM Clubhouse

You are cordially invited to the imaginary RSM clubhouse, where the leaves are always golden, the breezes cool, your college is always winning on the gridiron, and the air smells continuously of a veritable feast. We invite you to share with the RSM world what you will be bringing to the table.

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My Steps Were Washed with Butter

As I have explored the world of Southern food and specifically Southern sweets, I have identified a few words evoke a Pavlovian response from me. “Cake” is one of those words. “Sweet” is another. Put the words “salted” and “caramel” together and I will come running with mouth agape and watering! Perhaps the word that I hear the most that elicits just a response is “butter.”

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The Sweet is in the Milk

Throughout my life I have watched my parents enjoy cornbread and milk. It was never something I partook of regularly, and to this day have rarely had it. But it has always been a big part of the West Alabama culture in which I was raised.

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Southern Sweet: Pound Cake

Perhaps no other Southern cake dessert represents Southern cooking as well as the simple pound cake. It is fairly basic in its formulation, yet lends itself well to endless customization.

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Southern Sweet: Nothing’s Nuttier than a Fruitcake

We have all heard the jokes about fruitcake: “Better off using as a door stop.” “ Would survive a nuclear disaster.” “Makes a great speed bump for the neighborhood street.” “Use in the place of concrete blocks.”

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Southern Sweets: Raisin Pie

While going through family histories and family writings, I learned my Grandmother was known for making raisin pies — especially at Christmas time. I had never had raisin pie and the thought of it sounded quite strange.

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Southern Sweets: That Food of the Gods, Ambrosia

Go to any potluck or dinner on the grounds and you will likely see this sweet salad—this “food of the gods”. Other than the fact that it is incredibly sweet and we can actually call it a salad, I think Real Southern Men like Ambrosia because it is endlessly customizable.

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Bondye Bon

RSM Jerrod Brown looks back on the April 27 tornadoes – and a whole slew of other disasters – to embrace a new approach to life: Bondye Bon.

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