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A Victorian Literary Train Stop: DeFuniak Springs’ Chautauqua

The most picturesque and historic literary site in the Florida Panhandle is the quaint town of DeFuniak Springs. Sprawling across I-10 (the northern geographic boundary of my book A Literary Traveler’s Guide to the Gulf South), DeFuniak Springs began as … Continue reading

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Hurricane Irma: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park Closed “Until Further Notice”

In January when I visited the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic Site near Gainesville, Florida, I blogged about the visit and made some wild promises about cooking my way through Cross Creek Cookery to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the cookbook.  … Continue reading

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Scratch a Cook for a Gumbo Recipe – Sometimes

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Yearling, also wrote a cookbook — Cross Creek Cookery. She doesn’t include a gumbo recipe, but she does drop a few clues as to what gumbo she might enjoy. A native … Continue reading

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Dining with Zora: Writer, Food Sociologist, Anthropologist

“I’ve been in sorrow’s kitchen and licked out all the pots,” says author Zora Neale Hurston in a rare audio recording. As one of 200 Florida writers during the Great Depression, she wrote about American folklore and food as part … Continue reading

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