The Cooking Ladies

Belle Chevre “Behind Every Great Cheese There Is A Story”

Tasia Malakasis was living in New York City when she found Belle Chevre goat cheese, from her hometown in North Alabama, on display in a gourmet retail shop. Tasia returned to Elkmont, Alabama, in the northern portion of the state, to learn the art of cheesemaking. She apprenticed at Belle Chevre, a 20-year-old company well-known […]

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Jules J Berta Winery, Peace Among The Plants

As our group of travel writers waited to meet the owner of Jules J Berta Winery, a biker drove into the parking lot. His hair was long, his eyes hidden by sunglasses. A sleeveless vest and short sleeve tee shirt did nothing to hide heavily muscled, tanned arms. “I’m Jules Berta. Welcome to our winery,” […]

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Tangy, Twangy North Alabama Barbecue

Barbecue restaurants in North Alabama range from the traditional, with wood-fired barbecue pit onsite, to 21st century stainless steel kitchens, with product arriving vacuum packed from a central commissary. Traditional restaurants offer sit-and-linger service. Fast food operations expedite traditional southern recipes so that no one needs to go without good barbecue just because they are […]

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Rustic Salad In An Eat South Greenhouse

In a greenhouse, in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, we lunched on rustic salad served over warm flatbread. The experience was the epitome of freshness as the scent of fertile soil mingled with the aroma of just-picked herbs and greens. A warm, gentle rain tapped on the roof, trickled down the walls to form pools near our feet. Chef Leo of […]

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We drive into people's lives
Share the hour
And drive out again
If we will ever see them again
And, if we stayed longer
Would the withdrawal be as intense
Would the sweetness be diluted
We meet by chance
At a moment in time
At a particular place on earth
We leave
Glad to have been there
Because after all
For that moment in time
It was our favorite place on earth