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VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE Paris: A CULINARY TOUR
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From daytime to date night this Valentine’s Day
Seeing red: products to honor Heart Health Month
Are you a candidate for knee surgery? St. Francis Hospital experts weigh in
Diet and exercise tips to keep your heart in great shape
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Southern spas: Our top picks from North Carolina to Northern Mississippi
Top ArtPlaces 2013 in Memphis and Nashville
Catch up with country recording artist Gary Allan
Hottest kitchen renovation trends for 2013
Managing security at your second home
Andy Pulte talks best spring foliage for your yard
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Plant of the Month: Hellebore
A romantic dinner setting with outdoor charm at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Simple healthy crock pot meals for beating the winter blues
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Chef Charles Phillips shares a flatbread pizza recipe
Best Mardi Gras fare from across the state
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SECOND HOMES AND SPECIAL MEMORIES
ome say “home is where the heart is.” I do believe that to be true, but what about second homes? This month we feature a couple from Nashville who purchased a second home in Oxford, Mississippi — or as I like to call it — God’s country. I can’t tell you what makes Oxford so special to many people but I can tell you how it makes me feel to visit. Oxford was my home for four years in the mid 80’s and I have continued to return often for visits. Sometimes the visits are all in my mind... as I just close my eyes and envision the Grove on a spring day full of peace and tranquility, or even on a crisp fall day buzzing with co-eds dressed in their best or little boys sporting Manning jerseys. On those days, the aroma of fried chicken and Bloody Marys will linger for hours. I have enjoyed going back to visit our children, who quickly became addicted to the lifestyle that a quaint, small town provides. I remember talking to my daughter about a year ago while she was preparing for her final exams as a senior. She was a bit emotional and I thought it was the all-night study sessions that were causing her tears. I told her it would be over soon and to take a deep breath and get through it. I remember her then telling me it wasn’t the stress of school that was making her cry, but the realization that her final days in Oxford were coming to an end. Just a few weeks ago, she and I went down to Oxford to have lunch with my son. I remember as I pulled onto Highway 7 to come home she looked at me with tears in her eyes and told me she gets sad now every time she leaves. I glanced back at her with the same tears, and admitted I have been doing that for years, which made us both smile a bit. What exactly is it that makes us feel this way? Why is it that I can’t even go to the grocery store in Memphis without getting angry when there are no parking spots but I can circle the square in Oxford for what seems like an hour to find a parking spot and not mind at all. While I have a very comfortable home in Germantown, why do those little houses on Adams Avenue and on Beanland Drive in Oxford seem like dream homes to me when I drive by. I have come very close to knocking on the doors of each and asking the homeowner if I could just come in for a quick peek! I love my job today but waiting tables at The Gin in Oxford was a dream job back then, and although The Gin is no longer there, anyone who either worked there or visited the place often will agree. I still remember Willie Morris and “Dempsey” sitting at the bar every day giving us their expert advice on life. I picture them in heaven now, doing the same with “May Helen” right beside them — dishing up chili cheeseburgers and gravy cheese fries. Our son has three more years at Ole Miss in Oxford, not counting a possible “victory lap,” of course, and I hope he continues to take it all in. He doesn’t read my letters, so it is safe to say that although I do expect him to continue to do well in college, I hope he doesn’t lose focus on the other opportunities his college town offers. I hope he never passes up an opportunity to attend an athletic event, go fishing for crappie on a beautiful spring day in Sardis or just sit with some wise men and listen to their stories. I don’t even remember what my final GPA was when I graduated, yet I will never forget those moments. My home here in Memphis may be where we started our family and raised our children, but Oxford is where I raised myself.
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contributors LESLEY COLVETT
attends some of the most fabulous parties throughout the state as social editor for At Home Tennessee magazine. Colvett’s 10-year career in magazines began as editor of Memphis’ RSVP magazine. If you would like At Home Tennessee to attend your upcoming event contact Lesley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
is a freelance writer and regular contributor to At Home Tennessee magazine. This month, Shana reviews several books on home décor and design inspiration on page 98.
is a gardening expert and internationally certified arborist who teaches at the University of Tennessee. Pulte resides in Knoxville with his wife Beccy and son Theo. This month Andrew shows us some of the best foliage for spring on page 72.
April McKinney is an award-winning cook, food writer and recipe demonstrator. She has been featured on the Today show and Better TV, after her recipes won national cooking contests. In this issue April shows off some delicious and healthy crock pot meals on page 86.
has two decades of experience covering country music for both print and broadcast media. He is currently the online country editor for Billboard magazine and has worked for radio stations such as WDKN and the Interstate Radio Network. Chuck interviews longtime recording artist Gary Allan this month on page 48.
Angela Mazanti is the proprietor of Angela Mazanti Design. She specializes in interior, floral and event design, and her work has been locally and nationally recognized as outstanding in her field. This month, Angela sets the stage for a perfect romantic dinner on p. 82.
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From Day to Date Night
Two styles for the same dress — at the office and out on the town
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Partial Knee Replacement text courtesy of St. Francis Hospital, Memphis
We bend our knees every day without giving it a second thought — whether in sports, sitting down to our desk or even crossing our legs, it is an ability most don’t focus on — unless of course, that basic ability becomes hampered, either through an injury or just age.
bone in the rest of the knee are left in place. Prior to the procedure, the doctor examines the knee, tries to identify the location of the pain and tests the knee for range of motion and ligament quality. Imaging tests such as X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging may be done to see the pattern of arthritis or better assess The knee itself is divided into three main the cartilage. compartments—the “medial” or inside part of the knee, the “lateral” or outside part, and In a minimally invasive partial knee the “patellofemoral” (or front of the knee replacement procedure, an incision of about between the kneecap and thighbone). While three to three-and-a-half inches is made to all three components work together to move allow for insertion of the knee replacement. the largest joint in the body, sometimes This results in minimal damage to surrounding osteoarthritis can cause damage resulting in muscles and tendons around the knee. The pain and reduced range of motion. People with short length of the incision and less-invasive osteoarthritis that is confined to one section nature of the procedure cause less discomfort, of the knee may actually be candidates to swelling and blood loss for patients, as well undergo a procedure called minimally invasive as shorter hospitalization and rehabilitation partial knee replacement, also known as compared to conventional surgery that requires “unicompartmental” knee replacement. a larger incision and is more invasive to soft tissues or bone. Patients also are able to return This type of operation is typically to work earlier. recommended only when other non-surgical treatments such as activity modification, During the operation, the surgeon checks all strengthening exercises, medications, cortisone three compartments of the knee for cartilage injections or use of a cane while walking damage and to make sure the ligaments are have not been effective in providing relief for intact. The affected cartilage is then removed arthritis symptoms. Patients who are most and the ends of the femur and tibia are capped likely to experience positive outcomes from with metal coverings that are held in place to the surgery tend to be over the age of 55, not the bone with cement. A plastic insert is placed obese, relatively sedentary and have ligaments between the two metal parts to ensure a smooth that are intact. gliding surface. In partial knee replacement, only the damaged Patients can start to put weight on their compartment is replaced with a metal and knee immediately after surgery. They usually plastic implant, while the healthy cartilage and can walk without a cane several weeks after 26 | At Home Tennessee • February 2013
surgery, but may need physical therapy for a few months. Most types of exercise are allowed after surgery, including walking, swimming and biking, however, patients should avoid high-impact activities such as jogging. Patients typically recover quickly and experience less pain than they did before surgery. MAKOplasty is a new option for partial knee replacement. Through its innovative use of technology, including the RIO® system, MAKOplasty takes partial knee resurfacing to a new level of precision. The RIO® system enables the surgeon to complete a patientspecific presurgical plan that details the technique for bone preparation and customized implant positioning using a CT scan of the patient’s own knee. During the procedure, the system creates a three-dimensional, virtual view of the patient’s bone surface and correlates the image to the pre-programmed surgical plan. As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, its tactile, auditory and visual feedback limits the bone preparation to the diseased areas and provides for real-time adjustments and more optimal implant positioning and placement for each individual patient. For more information about minimally invasive partial knee replacement, talk with your doctor or check your area for a free referral line to an orthopedic surgeon near you.
hEART Healthy Text by Janna F. Herbison
buildup of plaque in the arteries that increases your chances for a heart attack or stroke. The AHA recommends less than seven percent of your diet contain saturated fat and less than one percent for trans fats. This means keeping things such as butter and red meat First, where food is concerned, experts at the to a reasonable level of consumption. Instead, Mayo Clinic and the AHA have specific tips on choose olive or canola oils for cooking and replace butter with salsa or low-fat yogurt. nutritional guidelines: February is National Heart Health Month, and the American Heart Association recommends incorporating sensible eating habits and aerobic exercise into your everyday lifestyle to help keep your heart in top shape.
• Watch portion sizes in addition to the types of food you eat. Don’t continue eating or get seconds if you are starting to feel full. Weigh and measure food when cooking if possible to know exactly how much you are consuming.
When it comes to exercising your heart, the AHA says it’s simple: get your heart rate up. Whether working out at the gym, at home or just incorporating more physical activity into your daily routine, it all adds up at the end of the day. Here are some primary tips for taking • Mom was right — eat more veggies and your routine to heart: fruit. They are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals which can help fight infections • Get 30 minutes a day of aerobic exercise. and provide the body with lots of antioxidants. This doesn’t necessarily mean hitting the elliptical or treadmill for half an hour straight • Replace refined grains with whole grains. at the gym. Not everyone’s schedule can Fiber is one of the most important heart- accommodate an organized workout each day, healthy features of a diet, and whole grains can but a brisk 15 minutes in the morning, and provide a great deal of it to help control blood then again after dinner will do the trick, too. pressure and lower cholesterol. Whole-wheat products can also be substituted for such grains • Yoga isn’t just for relaxation. The AHA adds as couscous, quinoa or barley. that any activity with moderate intensity, such as yoga, Pilates or swimming, is good for your • Cut out the bad fat. Saturated and trans heart, as well. These types of routines can also fats can wreak havoc on cholesterol levels and reduce stress, which can help to better regulate arteries. High blood cholesterol can lead to a blood pressure levels. 28 | At Home Tennessee • February 2013
• The twilight years: For adults aged 65 and over (or anyone with chronic conditions/limited ability), follow the same exercise guidelines in terms of time, but with less intensity. Just be sure and use good judgement, listen to your body and especially to your doctor. • Muscles matter: Exercising your arm and leg muscles can also help the most important muscle in your body – the heart. Strength training is a perfect complement to aerobic training and also helps maintain your bone health as you age. Lifting weights may not increase your heart rate per se, but it does increase overall stamina. The AHA adds to always consult your primary physician when starting a new exercise routine; and while watching calories and fats is a good thing, be careful to get plenty of healthy foods each day as part of a balanced diet. When it comes to matters of the heart, moderation and movement, at the end of the day—are key.
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RETREATS TEXT BY JANNA F. HERBISON AND JULIA FAWEL
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The end of winter – or beginning of spring, depending on your preference – is a perfect time to get away and relax at a favorite spa. We have a few of our own picks from around the South to share this month. Enjoy! RIVERSTONE RESORT AND SPA Pigeon Forge, TN Discover luxury, comfort and relaxation in the heart of the spellbinding scenery of the Smoky Mountains at RiverStone Resort and Spa in Pigeon Forge. The full-service spa boasts a menu of replenishing treatments, including various massages and facial and nail services. The spacious condominiums are perfect for couples, families and multifamily groups, and there is even the option of reserving a Smoky Mountain cabin for a more scenic vacation experience. From weddings to family reunions to personal getaways, The RiverStone Resort and Spa provides an elegant and calming retreat from the ordinary. WESTGLOW Blowing Rock, NC Westglow is an all-inclusive resort that combines the amenities of a luxury spa with a holistic approach to health and wellness. With only nine guest accommodations and a threeto-one staff to guest ratio, Westglow offers an exclusive, personal experience featuring an array of activities, classes and adventure spa packages. Walking trails abound nearby, while a fireside lounge and private Jacuzzi tubs and more afford heavenly relaxation options. Whether you seek activity, adventure or complete leisure, Westglow provides the perfect spa getaway in one of the most elegant and tranquil settings in the country. ALLUVIAN Greenwood, MS The Alluvian is a 7,000-square-foot luxury spa located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. It offers a complete menu of treatments including face and body care, massage therapy, therapeutic baths, hand and foot care and cosmetic and hair services. The spa pampers guests even further with indigenous treatments and its signature Sweet Tea services. The Alluvian Spa is dedicated to rejuvenating both body and soul, providing a premium spa visit and a relaxing Delta experience. GREENBRIER SPA Greenbrier, WV Relax, rejuvenate and restore at The Greenbrier Spa in West Virginia. This luxury February 2013 • athometn.com | 33
The Sanctuary Spa at Kiawah Island Golf Resort Photo courtesy of Kiawah Island Golf Resort
The solarium at the the Sanctuary Spa Photo courtesy of Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Riverstone Resort and Spa
The Westglow Spa
Riverstone Resort and Spa
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spa is the only Forbes Five-Star mineral spa in the world, and among only 29 facilities to achieve a Five-Star Travel Guide rating. At 40,000 square feet, it offers a variety of services designed for relaxation and comfort in an elegant, tranquil setting. Along with therapeutic spa treatments, The Greenbrier’s full collection of patented products and procedures are not found anywhere else. For centuries, people have traveled from around the world to “take” from The Greenbrier's legendary sulphur springs to enhance their quality of life, and many of the spa's treatments still use the soothing and mineralrich waters. The Greenbrier Spa offers an exquisite experience you won’t soon forget. THE CLOISTER Sea Island, GA Sea Island’s Forbes Five-Star Cloister Spa and Fitness Center is a 65,000-squarefoot haven for guests and members seeking a sanctuary of unparalleled elegance and serenity. The Spa’s expert staff of therapists, consultants and providers offers a wide array of massages, body and skin care treatments. A strength and cardio studio features over 5,000 square feet of training equipment and fitness classes in four studios dedicated to personal training, yoga and Pilates. The fitness center also features an indoor lap pool and three squash courts. Personalization is emphasized throughout, so whether you are seeking a weekend getaway, a couple’s retreat or a mini family vacation the Cloister is an ideal escape. THE SANCTUARY SPA Kiawah Island, SC The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, a Forbes Five-Star spa, combines the old-world charm of Charleston with unique treatments that incorporate Kiawah’s renowned coastal ecosystems. Eliciting the feel of a grand Southern porch and garden, it features a variety of spa options including the signature massage — a warm, grain- and herb-filled wrap designed for deep relaxation. Golfers enjoy the lush and tranquil scenery on the Ocean Course, and they can even warm up with a 30-minute session of High Performance stretching. The Sanctuary will make you feel right at home, and you will leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to plan your next trip back.
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PARIS! A Culinary Guide to
“The City of Light” TEXT BY JENNIFER STEWART KORNEGAY
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We all know Paris is for lovers, but another connotation is equally fitting, and the one I found to be most true on a recent trip: Paris is for eaters! It was in the spring, when the sun was coaxing forth blooms in a dazzling array of hues, and in such a romantic’s dream as this, it was the sight of pains au chocolat and golden croissants that made my heart glow. We’ll start our trip with breakfast, and in Paris that means pastries. Pastry shops (patisseries) are like Starbucks in the city; there’s one on almost every corner. Some are quite fancy, with lavishly
decorated window displays. Others offer their wares in more simple surroundings. There is not always a correlation between presentation and taste — sometimes the humble little shop hides the best bites. But at La Boulangerie Jean-Noel Julien, you get both beauty and taste. Tarts, macarons and other desserts are to die for, but begin your morning with Pain Au Chocolat, a delight that features a hint of dark chocolate tucked neatly into flaky, butter layers of croissant pastry (you can come back later for the other sweets). There are three locations of Jean-Noel Julien in Paris, but don’t
hesitate to venture into other patisseries you’ll undoubtedly pass during your trip. Fauchon in the 8th arrondissement is another great choice; variations on the madeleine stand out here. And when going back for those other sweets later, seek out a mille feuille (thousand leaves), a confection made by layering paperthin pastry sheets with cream or jam. For a thoroughly modern take on French pastry, visit Patisserie des Reves in the 7th arrondissement. Treats of all kinds are suspended in a sleek, contemporary setting. February 2013 • athometn.com |39
La Boulangerie Jean-Noel Julien
La Boulangerie Jean-Noel Julien L’Arpege
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Next up, lunch. Exploring all the art and culture Paris has to offer will quickly work up an appetite. You can always have a bite in a cafe, but if the weather’s nice, an equally appealing (and usually cheaper) option is visiting one of the city’s famous food markets, grabbing a fresh-baked baguette, some cheese and fruit and enjoying a picnic while people-watching and noshing in one of the Paris’ many green spaces or parks. Two popular food markets include Marche Rue Cler and Marche Saxe-Breteuil. Both are in the 7th arrondissement near the Eiffel Tower and in a locale perfect for alfresco meals. Cheese shops or booths in these markets (and elsewhere in the city) are called fromageries and present a dizzying array of cow-, sheep- and goat-milk cheeses including the usual suspects like brie and camembert, as well as some more unusual specialties. Feel free to ask for a small sample before buying. After lunch and a bit more sightseeing, it’s snack time, and that means, at least for moi, chocolate. Entering the environs of a Parisian chocolatier is a bit like experiencing a slice of heaven. Truffles, pralines and ganaches are tiny works of art, each made by hand, usually onsite and, like fine works of art, they can be pricey, but well worth the cost. Visit Michel Chaudun’s shop in the 7th arrondissement. You’ll enjoy the unpretentious, friendly service almost as much as the lovely, mouth-watering chocolates. Try his paves, delicious little squares of smooth, decadent ganache generously dusted with cocoa. C’est bon! If you find yourself in need of even more chocolate, indulge in a thick, creamy cup of hot chocolate at Angelina’s in the 1st arrondissement near the Louvre. It’s like drinking a melted Hershey bar. Finally, it’s time for the main event: dinner. As in any major metropolitan city, you can choose from a wide world of cuisines in Paris, but why eat anything other than the foods France has become famous for while you’re there? Three of the classics are very simple, almost rustic dishes, but three of my all-time favorites. Start with onion soup. Yes, it’s what you’re used to, only so much more so. And no, there will probably not be “French” preceding its name on the menu. At Le Beaujolais Cafe Brasserie, a cozy but refined little family-run café, crusty bread blanketed in melted Gruyere covers a rich broth that bathes onions cooked down to sweet perfection. February 2013 • athometn.com |41
Le Beaujolais Cafe Brasserie
Le Beaujolais Cafe Brasserie
Le Beaujolais Cafe Brasserie
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It is also at Le Beaujolais that you’ll find my next pick for traditional French fare — delicious duck confit. Duck (most often the leg) is poached slowly in duck fat, leaving it tender, oh-so moist and full of duck flavor. The pomme frites (French fries) that come with it, also cooked in duck fat, are crispy on the outside and fluffy soft on the inside. My next French favorite can be found at Maison de l’Aubrac. Just a few blocks off of the Champs Élysées, this intimate bistro is the French version of a steakhouse. The family that owns and runs the eatery raises its own cattle in the south of France. The steaks are wonderful, as is the charcuterie platter. But the shining star here is actually a side dish. The aligot puree (mashed potatoes) is the best I’ve ever had. Made though employing embarrassing amounts of butter, cream, garlic and tomme cheese, it is smooth, rich and yet somehow light and airy all at the same time. If you’re interested splurging on the ultimate Parisian dining event, make reservations (well in advance of your trip) at L’Arpege. The innovative culinary creativity of chef Alain Passard has garnered international praise. The decor is elegant, the service quiet but good and the food, remarkable. Try it for lunch to get the experience at less than half the price you’ll pay at dinner. Drinking Paris Wine is a staple in France, and Paris is no exception. The house wine at many cafes and bistros will be quite good, and the extensive wine lists at some of the restaurants will leave even a true oenophile swooning. One fun, informative way to experience wine in Paris is with a company called Ô Chateau. They offer several great wine-tasting options. Each tasting is presented in English by an energetic and passionate sommelier who guides participants through the finer points of each wine. Consider a champagne river cruise, especially if you are looking for some romance to spice up your culinary quest. (www.o-chateau.com)
Helpful Hint: Ask for la carte, not the menu, when they seat you at a restaurant. It’s confusing, but la carte is the actual menu as we think of it. What they call the “menu” is usually a fixed-price list and/or specials of the day. February 2013 • athometn.com |43
at home with
Molly (left) and sister Kathleen in Memphis
With Emily Giffin, author of Something Borrowed at the film premiere in Atlanta
Molly (left) and sister Rachel on the set of Beautiful Creatures in New Orleans
The Memphis native and Hollywood film producer talks about projects close to her heart, what will help get more films made in Tennessee, and what it means to call the Bluff City home. IntervIew by Janna FIte HerbIson | pHotos courtesy oF molly smItH
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At Home Tennessee: What initially MS: The Blind Side fell into my lap after inspired you to become involved in film? knowing the family it was based on for many years, and I had the privilege of producing Molly Smith: I have always been a huge fan the film along with Gil Netter and Alcon of film and television ever since I was a child. (Entertainment). John Lee Hancock is an I did a summer workshop at NYU at Tisch incredible filmmaker and it was an honor to School of the Arts, and truly fell in love. I went work with him and with immensely talented on to study at NYU and was later mentored by actors such as Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw the two men who started Alcon Entertainment and Quinton Aaron. I think that it represents and have worked with them since 2000. They the type of films I love very well. Something basically trained and taught me producing in Borrowed was a really special project, too. I also have just wrapped a passion project called You’re every way and I’m very grateful to them. Not You that I produced along with Hilary. It’s a AHT: Tell us a little about your transition into very powerful story about a woman struggling the role of producer, and the history behind the with ALS and a beautiful friendship movie. film P.S. I Love You. AHT: What are some of the current challenges you see with regard to major motion picture MS: I had grown up on sets prior to P.S. in various positions, both on Alcon films and a few production in Memphis and in the state of films with Disney and Summit Entertainment. Tennessee as a whole? It was on the set of a film called Step Up that I picked up the book P.S. I Love You and fell MS: I am sad that the Tennessee tax incentives in love. My youngest sister gave me the book, are not as competitive as states such as Georgia and we really bonded over the message of the and Louisiana. As a Memphis native, I would story about grief. We were going through a love to bring every film possible to Memphis, very painful loss of our oldest amazing sister, but these tax incentives are a big deal to film Wendy, and this book really meant a lot to me. producers when we are working on tight It was at that time I felt I really wanted to make budgets, so therefore we end up having to go where the best offer is. Maybe one day Tennessee the jump into producing. will step it up and compete. I would certainly do my part to champion more film production in Tennessee if we had the incentives.
sad the Tennessee “taxI’mincentives aren’t as
competitive as states like Louisiana and Georgia...I’d do my part as a Memphis native to champion more films in Tennessee if we had more incentives.
AHT: What can you tell us about your upcoming projects such as Beautiful Creatures, and making the hit musical Memphis into a feature film?
MS: Beautiful Creatures comes out on Valentine’s Day! It’s truly an incredible film unlike anything else I can think of. Richard LaGravenese (writer and director) is an incredible filmmaker in every way, and I can promise you that audiences of all ages will love what it has to offer. The film stars Alden AHT: How did that eventually lead to your Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma partnership with Hilary Swank? And your Thompson and Jeremy Irons. recently formed company Belle Pictures? Memphis is in development now. We are MS: Hilary and I had met on a film in 2000 working with writers and creators of the in Prague, and remained friends and worked Broadway show on the screenplay. I hope that together several times after that. After P.S. I Love it can become a 2013 production. You we decided to partner as producers. We still work together on various projects. I formed a AHT: Overall, what is most special to you new banner in 2010 called Belle Pictures, under about Memphis, and what makes Tennessee which I helped produce the latest film we have such a great place to call home? coming out called Beautiful Creatures. MS: Tennessee is an amazing state and I loved AHT: The Blind Side was such a major growing up in Memphis. I come home as often success on so many levels…what in particular as possible and will one day make my way back made you most proud of that project? What there indefinitely. The people are amazing and I’m really proud to call it home. other films have had the most meaning?
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TOP ARTPLACES 2013
Neighborhoods iN both MeMphis aNd Nashville Make the fiNal cut TexT by KrisTen Waddell
ArtPlace hired Impresa, Inc., a Portland, Oregon, consulting firm that specializes in the study of metropolitan economies, to research 33,000 zip codes and to score each using six indicators to measure the vibrancy and arts in the neighborhood. Indicators included the number of retail and service businesses, the percentage of independent businesses, the neighborhood’s walk score (available walking space), the percentage of workers in creative occupations living in the neighborhood, the number of arts-related non-profits and the ArtPlace is a collaboration of 13 national and number of arts-related businesses. regional foundations, eight federal agencies and six major banks to accelerate creative The list of Top ArtPlaces 2013 is an extension placemaking across the U.S. ArtPlace’s director, of ArtPlace’s overall study, which listed the Top Carol Coletta, says, “This list reveals the real 12 ArtPlaces 2013 nationwide, including: potential in cities everywhere to tap into that resource and create exciting, successful • The intersection of Downtown, Fort Greene places. These neighborhoods demonstrate that Gowanus, Park Slope and Prospect Heights in art and artists help create the kind of places Brooklyn, NY where people want to be.” Both Memphis and Nashville currently have incentives and • The Dallas Arts District, with parts of Deep programs in place in the cited areas to support Ellum and Exposition Park in Dallas, TX local efforts of entertainment and housing to • Central Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA build diverse communities. Downtown Memphis and Hillsboro Heights (including a part of Edgehill) in Nashville have been ranked among the country’s Top ArtPlaces 2013. According to a recent report, an ArtPlace is defined as a place that engages residents and draws visitors, that has a backbone of creative culture and is a neighborhood where arts are central to creating the kinds of places where people want to work, play and live. Memphis and Nashville were among 45 metropolitan areas listed in the report.
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• South Beach, Miami Beach, FL • The Third Ward in Milwaukee, WI • Manhattan Valley, New York, NY • Downtown, including Chinatown, and Jack London Square in Oakland, CA • Old City Philadelphia, PA • The Pearl District and a portion of Downtown in Portland, OR • The Mission District in San Francisco, CA • The Pike-Pine Corridor, Seattle, WA • The intersection of Adams Morgan, U Street, and Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. ArtPlace is will release America’s Top Small Town ArtPlaces later this year.
With Chuck Dauphin Catching up with recording artist Gary Allan
One of Music City’s first major releases of 2013 is from an artist who has been among Nashville’s most dependable since he broke into the scene almost two decades ago—Gary Allan. His latest MCA album is titled Set You Free, and as Allan tells At Home Tennessee, it is amazing to see where his career has taken him since he first released a song titled “Her Man.” “It’s pretty crazy,” he says. “I was actually signed back in 1995, and ‘Her Man’ came out in 1996. Most people don’t realize that was actually a cover of a song that was on the Waylon Jennings album The Eagle.” A huge Jennings fan, Allan says he wasn’t aware of the original 1990 recording. “Fortunately, I didn’t know that [version] existed when I cut it. Had I known, I would have sung it like Waylon. Once I heard his version, it took me a long time for me to sing it properly again.” Allan has been no stranger to the top of the charts since then, with his many hits including “Smoke Rings in the Dark,” “Tough Little Boys” and the powerful “Watching Airplanes.” One thing that sets this album apart: the fact that it doesn’t include a song titled “Set You Free,” but the phrase is all over the first single. “It’s lifted out of the song ‘Every Storm Runs Out of Rain,’ where there’s a falsetto part that says, ‘set you free,’” explains Allan. “To me, that symbolizes where we were. I felt like we had been shackled a little bit, and we were 48 | At Home Tennessee • February 2013
coming back out of our cages, and it is fun to be back on the charts.” Allan admits that many of the songs on the disc are about coming out of dark periods. “Honestly, the whole album reads like recovery,” he says. “It even alludes to that if you go by the song titles. The first song is called ‘Tough Recovery.’ Then you go through all the emotions of healing through a breakup, and the last song is ‘Good As New,’ which was written by Pat McLaughlin and Billy Burnette.” Allan uses various producers on Set You Free, a career first. Longtime collaborator Mark Wright produced three cuts on the disc, and Allan himself co-produced four with Greg Droman. Also sitting behind the glass for five cuts was rising Nashville force Jay Joyce. Famous for his work with Eric Church and Little Big Town, Allan says Joyce brought out a creative spark. “I think he forces stuff out of you. He shoves a guitar in my hand, and next thing you know, I’m recording solos. Most of the stuff he cut with me was the scratch vocals. He loves that live feel of the music, and he adds so much. He plays guitar on everything after you leave. I would love to work with him again.”
technology Managing Your
Vacation or Second Home
TEXT BY SCOTT FUELLING, PRESIDENT, PHOENIX UNEQUALED HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Many of you own a second or vacation home that you try to visit as much as possible each year. With today’s hectic lifestyles, this is a comfortable way to get away from it all and enjoy your family and friends.
could be held liable. Suppose a fire breaks out, the electricity fails or someone breaks into the home. With the advances in home security monitoring systems, it is relatively easy to monitor the status of the security (doors, windows, motion and glass break detectors) and Managing these homes, however, can life safety (heat, smoke and carbon monoxide sometimes become frustrating. Do you hire detection) devices remotely. someone to handle the home in your vacancy? Do you have concerns over what is actually Security cameras have continued to drop happening at the home when you are not in price, while providing vastly greater there? Do you wonder if you left lights on or capabilities including day/night operation, if the security lighting is working properly? recording and off-site viewing. By strategically What was supposed to be a relaxing retreat placing the devices, you can easily obtain a has now become a time vampire as you try to 360-degree view around your home as well as juggle everything you want to accomplish. other areas such as sheds, docks and garages. Today there are solid, affordable solutions available to help you not only have piece of mind knowing your “other” home is safe and secure, but also give you the ability to monitor the home from your smartphone or other device that can connect to the Internet.
Internet so you can make sure you “armed the alarm” as you left or that additional lighting and devices do not remain on after someone services the home. While we all would like to think we can get away from everything, today’s economy and fast-paced lifestyle most likely require you to remain in communication with the outside world at some level, even while on vacation. Internet connection and cellular signals may be difficult to obtain in the secondary homes with secluded locations, but there are plenty of new solutions to facilitate connectivity. Amplified cellular repeating solutions with outside antennas can dramatically improve reception and satellite providers not only make television viewing possible, but also Internet service. While the speed may not be as fast as you are used to, it will most likely get the job done and thereby allow you to focus on the most important thing—time with family and friends.
With the cost of utilities these days, it makes sense to properly manage the energy your second home uses while you are away. Through the use of controllable thermostats and lighting control devices, you can automatically set back the temperature and reduce the lighting by simply pressing a single button or even arming First and foremost are safety and security. your alarm system in an “away” mode. Let me hear from you. If you have an idea for Suppose a person who has access to your second a topic or a question, please feel free to reach home decides to throw a party or use the space in Remote monitoring offers convenience and out to me at email@example.com. an unauthorized manner. If someone gets hurt peace of mind and also provides the ability or an “incident” arises, you, as the homeowner, to monitor the status of devices through the Till next month! 50 | At Home Tennessee • February 2013
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Oxford, Mississippi, is synonymous with preppilydressed college coeds, highly spirited football tailgates, a historic town square and a legacy of great Southern literature. Now, add another designation to this gem of a town—vacation destination. Once considered a quaint, sleepy college hamlet, Oxford has established itself as a mecca for a broad mix of folks, both young and old. Top-notch dining establishments, upscale shops, numerous music venues, and the many cultural and sporting events offered by the University of Mississippi provide plenty of options for a weekend or a week.
Bill Simmons, a Nashville music industry executive and an alumnus of the university, says he and his wife, Carolyn, had visited Oxford many times over the years, usually during festive football weekends. “Oxford has changed so much from when I was there as a student,” says Bill. “The town still possesses its small-town charm, but the mix of people, places and things to do has made it a premier destination.” In 2010, Bill and Carolyn decided to make their many visits to Oxford a little more comfortable and a little more permanent by purchasing a condo on the square. Bill says, "I knew this investment would be a life-changer for my family and me.” The couple and their teenage daughter have fallen in love with the lifestyle that the small, yet sophisticated town offers, and find themselves retreating to Oxford for a little down time whenever their schedule permits. From riding bikes to playing tennis to entertaining family and friends and, of course, cheering on the Rebels, Oxford has become their home away from home. Sunny, spacious, and perfectly situated one block off the historic Oxford square, the Simmons' twobedroom condo reflects the family’s love of Southern heritage and their appreciation of work by contemporary artists, woodworkers and potters, many of whom are close friends. Both husband and wife agreed that the interior design should be a unique reflection of the talented people in their lives, but they knew they would need help pulling it all together. After meeting with Oxford designer Becki Huelse of Something Southern, Bill and Carolyn were convinced she understood their vision. Starting with a clean canvas of off-white walls, Becki added interest and warmth to the interior with unique fabrics, whimsical lamps and furniture with unusual wood finishes. Bill and Carolyn then added pieces that had personal meaning. The Simmonses have such a broad circle of talented friends, and those relationships are reflected throughout the house in a handcrafted wooden table and chairs; a one-of-a-kind, hand-loomed linen and wool wall hanging from a 19th-century pattern; and a custom, hand-hewn blanket chest, as well as in paintings and pottery pieces. “Designers can sometimes lose sight of the beauty of simplicity,” says Becki. “Because the rooms in this condo were not huge, I was careful in selecting things that had both form and function.” February 2013 • athometn.com | 55
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In the main living area, comfortable chairs in both leather and fabric provide the Simmonses and their guests prime seating for taking in the view of the town square or watching television. “Everyone wants a television in their main living area, but no one wants to see it! So I found an amazing company that created an entertainment center for the Simmonses,” says Becki. “It looks more like an antique hutch in a green, distressed finish that helps tie together the color palette of greens, coppers and creamy golds.” The kitchen flows seamlessly off the main living space, with a long pass-through bar that allows the cook to always be a part of the conversation when entertaining. "Enjoying the view and entertaining our guests on the 600-square-foot wrap-around balcony is one of the things we love most about our condo," says Carolyn. "It doubles our main living space and is accessible from every room in the house." The couple routinely enjoys the
north side balcony for early-morning coffee and reading the newspaper, and then later in the afternoon, they take in sunset on the west side. “No matter where we sit on the balcony, we always have a great view of the parade of people who are milling about the town square,” adds Bill. The bedrooms of the condo are modest in size but huge in style. Becki gave each bedroom a signature look with custom-made beds. “Several years ago my husband left his corporate job and joined my design company,” she explains. “He is incredibly talented and made the wrought-iron, four-poster bed for the Simmons’ master bedroom.” Becki also had the guest bedroom headboard custom made with fabrics that match the eggshell and blue walls. Window treatments in both bedrooms incorporate the owners’ love of red and gold. “Southerners often love classic red and gold in their interiors, but I always like to add a new
color to give it a fresh, updated look,” Becki says. In the guest bedroom, she incorporated an icy blue on the walls, the headboard and in the window treatments. “Coming to Oxford for the weekend has almost become routine for us,” says Carolyn. “It is so much more than just a second home—it’s a lifestyle that enables us to slow down, to reconnect with old friends and new, and to just enjoy all the great things about being together as a family.” Bill agrees. “Working in the entertainment business certainly provides an abundance of opportunities to work with celebrities and travel, but at the end of the day, it’s really family and friends that truly define your life,” he adds. For the Simmons, coming to Oxford really is like a homecoming every time.
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Home Feature Sources Paint Color: Muslin sw6133, Sherwin Williams Entry: Hand-loomed tapestry — Artist Cassie Dixson Living Room: Sofa — Rowe Entertainment hutch — Lorts Set of two tree paintings: Oxford artists — Tom Wilson Dining Area: Handmade pecan table — Walter Neill Handcrafted ladder-back chairs — Owen Rein Pottery — Ron Dale Master Bedroom: Wrought-iron bed (custom) — Something Southern Fabric — RM Coco Hand-hewn blanket chest — Tom McMillan Guest bedroom: Fabric — RM Coco Mixed wood chest — Classic Home Art — Liz Nichols 60 | At Home Tennessee • February 2013
TRENDS TEXT BY ANDREA CRANFORD AND JANNA F. HERBISON | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIKE BOATMAN
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• White is the top color for kitchens Warm gray, another neutral color, is also popular this year. Painting the kitchen a neutral color lends a touch of sophistication while allowing the homeowner to create different looks with colorful accessories. • Natural materials keep kitchens timeless There is a move toward neutral, natural ﬁnishes that remain stylish from year to year for expensive items like countertops, tables and ﬂooring. Reclaimed and repurposed woods have become a popular way to capture this organic look. • Kitchens embrace technology Technological advances are a top trend for 2013. Induction cooktops, convection ovens and convenient, hands-free faucets top the list. • Islands as eateries The inclusion of large kitchen islands in remodels is in step with the growing trend to move away from dining rooms and toward eating, drinking and interacting in the kitchen itself. A large kitchen island complete with bar stools is the perfect way to make this happen, while creating a nice open-air feeling. • Kitchens are functional and decorative Homeowners are looking for their kitchens to perform well under any circumstance— from entertaining a crowd to just making a sandwich. This means opting for a more open ﬂoor plans that allows ﬂexibility and better organization. • Glass backsplashes 2013 is a good year for glass. High gloss abounds everywhere, from cabinets to appliances, but nowhere is this more striking than in the rise of single-sheet, back-painted glass backsplashes. These are seamless, easy to clean, and slightly reﬂective and add a lovely polished ﬁnish to the kitchen. • Focus on sustainability From energy-efﬁcient refrigerators to glassware made from recycled materials, eco-friendly gadgets and appliances are a big trend for 2013. • Going retro Retro kitchen looks from the 50s and 60s created using vintage finds combined with modern remakes are an exciting trend for 2013. February 2013 • athometn.com | 63
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• Making a mix-and-match kitchen Designers are combining cozy rustic with cool modern to create unique kitchens that have the best of both styles. • Appliances in disguise A continuing trend for 2013 is hiding appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers behind built-in cabinetry. This produces an uncluttered, high-style look. Memphis-based designer Cindy McCord says a top current theme is a clean look. “My latest projects in kitchens include a little ‘shine.’ Cleaner, fresher and more neutral looks on the cabinets, counters and backsplashes are really strong these days. Using marble and glass tiles is refreshing, as well. If someone needs additional color and warmth, that can be achieved through fabrics and rugs while still leaving your ‘core’ and permanent materials neutral.” Other popular trends for the “heart of the home” this year include more modern, transitional styles, simplified lines and more large, open spaces, in addition to decorative range hoods, stylish sinks made from materials such as stone composite or copper, chef-quality faucets, and all-over, layered lighting throughout the kitchen.
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Valentine’s Day Keepsake Heart GODIVA, $75, www.godiva.com
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Foliage Power text by Andy Pulte
The newness of spring is right around the corner. Walking around your garden, you may begin to notice how the fresh foliage of the season is truly one of the most spectacular sights in gardening. The color and texture of a newly emerged leaf from a stem is a promise to the gardener that spring has arrived. A leAf with A purpose:
of processes takes place in each leaf. A leaf ’s job is to be a factory for the plant. It gathers light energy to power food production. The leaf and its methods are the very core of life: each leaf is accountable for upholding our atmosphere by restocking the oxygen animals and humans use up. Additionally, they support our food system as the foundation of everything we eat. Yes, leaves are pretty important.
Flower power is not the only bright side to spring-blooming plants. Leaves that unfurl in spring can be one of the most beautiful sights in the garden. However, it is easy to take these beauties for granted. Spend a second pondering not what is seen but what is unseen. A myriad
The aforementioned factory-like processes of each leaf are simply amazing. Water, carbon dioxide and energy from the sun combine brilliantly to produce food for the plant in the form of sugars (during photosynthesis). Dispersed within the cells of
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the leaf are tiny structures called chloroplasts, and inside of these are green pigments called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has the wonderful ability to capture light energy from the sun — energy used to split water molecules into hydrogen, oxygen and energy-rich electrons. The hydrogen combines with carbon dioxide in the air to produce sugars. Some of the oxygen is released back into the atmosphere, which makes us all literally breathe a little bit easier. The rest of the oxygen is eventually reunited with electrons and hydrogen to form new water molecules in the last step of plant respiration. The entire process is the most efficient reaction on the planet, and results in the growth of plants all around us.
Form and Function: The leaf is truly a functional structure— but enough of all this scientific stuff. Luckily for the gardener, foliage can be used to great ornamental effect. Successful gardeners employ the verdure of spring to enrich their garden with texture, color and pattern. From big, bold and bodacious leaves to fine-textured beauties, foliage is what makes your garden look its best. Think of everything in your landscape from your turf grass to spring annuals. The leaves that make up each individual plant stitch your garden together in a beautiful way. Plants that are valued for their foliage are easy to work with for the beginning gardener, and tend to be the go-to choices for the seasoned professional. Mixing plants with a variety of foliage sizes, textures and colors is a sure-fire way to make a garden pop. A shady garden spot is a great place to experiment with foliage combinations. Tried-and-true plants like hosta, hardy ferns and aucuba can be good options with which the beginner can start. Plants with yellow or gold variegation in their leaves artificially bring light into a dark garden understory. However, foliage plants are not just for lowlight gardening situations. Branch out and find plants that are valued for their foliage to use in the sunnier locations in your garden, as well. Let there Be LiFe: As the spring gardening season gets ready to kick off this year, pause to appreciate a little more than what leaves do to sustain life. Take a moment to consider what they can do to make your space even more beautiful. Plan some new combinations in your garden where foliage power, not flower power, is the focus. Transitioning from a single-minded approach where flowers are all that matter to creating effective foliage combinations is the mark of a gardener who is “ripening” into maturity.
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A Lenten Rose blooming in the UT Gardens, Knoxville. Photograph by Derrick Stowell
IN BLOOM: Plant of the Month: Hellebore EXT BY DERRICK STOWELL, UT GARDENS EDUCATOR
Don’t let this plant’s name intimidate you. Hellebore is often referred to by several other less aggressive common names like Lenten Rose (Helleborous orientalis) and Christmas Rose (Helleborous niger). Despite having “rose” in their name, they are actually not related to roses at all. Recent trends in hybridizing hellebores have brought gardeners more than 18 different varieties and a new Latin name, Helleborous hybridous.
their gift is their early blooming habit; as its However, many varieties are toxic and some name suggests, Christmas Rose often flowers as historians attribute Alexander the Great’s death to a hellebore overdose. early as December. Legend has it that a shepherd was going to visit the newborn Christ child but did not have a gift to bring. On his way to Bethlehem the shepherd began to cry and his tears fell on the ground. Christmas Roses sprung up where the tears fell and the shepherd was able to bring the flowers as a gift.
Hellebores shine in the colder months. They are evergreen flowering plants that bloom when Hellebores originated in Eastern Europe and most plants are dormant and are great additions Asia and were traditionally used for treating to any shade garden. The coarse-textured leaves ailments such as paralysis, gout and mental provide interest throughout the year; however, health issues in early European medicine. 74 | At Home Tennessee • February 2013
The Lenten Rose gets its common name from the Christian calendar because it blooms during the season of Lent. The flowers appear in February and March and are signs of the approaching spring. Hellebore flowers are long lasting, about three months from the start of blooming. The colors of the flowers range from white to light pink or deep purple. With the increase in hybridization, a variety of flowers is available including single blooms, double blooms and even bi-color blooms.
Hellebores are drought tolerant once they are established. A perennial that rarely needs dividing, hellebores are ideal for gardeners who like plants that require minimal fuss. They are also deer and rabbit resistant. One of the easiest ways to get more of these plants is to collect any seedlings that begin growing around mature plants. Dig up these seedlings and plant them in other locations that have partial or full shade. It will take several years for the seedlings to flower. If you are keen to a particular color of flowers, you may prefer to purchase hellebores at a nursery when they are in bloom. This will guarantee you get the color of blooms you desire. The blooms on hellebores often nod or face downward. Plant them on a hillside, in a raised bed or in a container for a better flower viewing angle. To add more interest, plant hellebores among other early springblooming plants like snowdrops and crocus. They also go well planted next to impatiens and ferns. Hellebores tend to grow in clumps about two feet wide and two feet tall. Cut them back when the foliage appears tattered and rough-looking in late winter. Doing so prior to blooming will provide a better display of blooms. This easy-to-grow plant prefers rich, well-drained soil. It should be planted in partial to full shade. Given all its positive attributes, it is no wonder hellebore was selected as the Perennial Plant Associationâ€™s 2005 perennial plant of the year. Derrick Stowell plans and conducts educational programs for the University of Tennessee Gardens in Knoxville. The UT Gardens include locations in Knoxville and Jackson and are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. Go to utgardens. tennessee.edu and westtennessee.tennessee.edu/ ornamentals for more information.
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TEXT BY JANNA F. HERBISON | PHOTOGRAPHY BY LINDSEY LISSAU
With Valentine’s Day this month, you may Ziparo’s of Memphis catered the dinner with want to dine out with that special someone enticing cuisine including a delicious twist on the on February 14, but if making reservations at classic spinach salad, spicy organic buffalo steak, a crowded restaurant with a fixed menu isn’t and a rich, decadent chocolate cake for dessert. quite your style, we have an ideal plan that is perfect for home-cooked romance this year. The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art courtyard in Midtown recently played host to our romantic Valentine’s setting, with a tablescape and décor specially created by Angela Mazanti Design. Some of the features included an assortment of candles, rose petals, a candelabra and a box of fine Godiva chocolates.
VALENTINE’S CANDLELIGHT DINNER MENU
• Spinach Salad lined with Red Leaf Lettuce, Fuji Apples, Chopped, Dried Cherries with Raspberry Vinaigrette • Beet Napoleon with Wasabi Sauce
• Heart of Radicchio Shrimp Cocktail with Amore Honey French Dipping Sauce • Organic Pepper-Crusted Buffalo, NY StripStyle • Chocolate and heart-shaped candies • Flourless Dark Chocolate Lava Cake with Strawberries • Chartogue-Taillet Champagne (compliments of Napa Café, Memphis) February 2013 • athometn.com | 83
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ORGANIC PEPPERCORN CRUSTED BUFFALO NY STRIP STEAK IN A WASABI CREAM SAUCE INGREDIENTS: Steak:
• 4 - 12 oz. Buffalo New York strip steaks (trim any fat or gristle) • 4 tsp. coarse crushed peppercorns (crush with bottom of heavy pan) • Kosher salt • Bowl of extra virgin olive oil • 1/2 cup cream
INSTRUCTIONS: Rub steak with pepper and kosher salt and pan fry each side. Place cream in bowl; put each steak in bowl of cream and then in bowl of coarse crushed peppercorns and salt; repeat on each side. Place olive oil in large frying pan, get pan up to medium high and place the steak in the pan. Cook on each side for 3 minutes (makes temp. of medium rare-4 min. for medium). Remove steaks and ﬁnish sauce. When sauce is complete place steak on plate and cover with Wasabi Cream Sauce. Sauce:
• 2 tbsp. butter • 8 tbsp. heavy cream • 2 tsp. lemon juice • 4 tbsp. wasabi paste • 1 tbsp. shallot, ﬁnely chopped • 1 tbsp. tamari or 1 tbsp. soy sauce
INSTRUCTIONS: In a sauce pan on medium heat add butter and melt; stir in cream, lemon juice, shallots and tamari sauce and boil for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit. Add wasabi paste and mix well. Pour over steak and serve.
Special thanks to Angela Mazanti Design, Ziparo’s Catering and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
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CONVENIENTLY HEALTHY with April McKinney
Light Slow-Cooker Comfort Foods During these cold winter months my slow cooker works overtime. I think we can all agree that throwing some ingredients in the cooker in the morning and coming back to a finished meal at dinner time is wonderful thing. Most of the time we associate slow cookers with comforting and filling stews and soups, another reason to use them in the winter. One of my favorite aspects of the slow cooker is that you can use lean meats such as skinless, boneless chicken breasts and by the end of the cook time they are fall-apart tender. It’s like magic! This allows us to use the slow cooker to make low-fat meals that still taste rich and satisfying. These Pulled Pork Tenderloin Tacos taste just as delicious as if they were made from pork shoulder, but without most of the fat. The meat gets wonderfully tender, and it stays moist in the warm cooking liquid. This would be great for a weeknight meal or for entertaining. Use the slow cooker to keep the meat warm and juicy, and then arrange the toppings and warm up some tortillas for a delicious taco bar! Chicken and dumplings and chicken pot pie have to be two of the most famous comfort foods of the South. I used to love going to Cracker Barrel during a road trip and ordering the chicken and dumplings. Now that I am grown up, I try to stay away from dumplings of any kind based on the obvious overload of calories and fat. However, every now and then I have to splurge, so I have come up with a mixture of these two beloved dishes made in the slow cooker. Thankfully this stew is still lighter than either of the traditional versions, and it’s certainly much easier to prepare! The key is pre-portioning the dumplings so there is enough for each person to have some, but there is definitely more chicken than dumplings. I use canned biscuits out of convenience; they cook up just right with no fuss. The peas and carrots also give us that familiar pot-pie flavor and pop of color. Go ahead and enjoy a bowl full of this creamy and comforting stew, guilt free!
PULLED PORK TENDERLOIN TACOS INGREDIENTS: • 1 ½ lbs. pork tenderloin • 1 can diced tomatoes and green chiles • ¾ cup onion, diced • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 2 Tbsp. lime juice • ½ cup water • 1 tsp. cumin • 1 tsp. chili powder • ½ tsp. chipotle chili powder • 1 tsp. salt • ½ tsp. pepper • 2 tsp. Liquid Smoke (optional) • whole wheat tortillas • optional toppings: avocado, cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, lime
DIRECTIONS: 1. Place pork in the slow cooker, then add tomatoes, onion, garlic,
lime juice, water and Liquid Smoke if using, 2. Mix together cumin, chili powders, salt and pepper. Sprinkle in
slow cooker. 3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours for best results. 4. Pull meat apart and leave in the slow cooker while serving to keep
CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS STEW INGREDIENTS: • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts • 1 ½ tsp. fresh thyme (could substitute ½ tsp. dried) • 1 ½ tsp. fresh minced rosemary (could substitute ½ tsp. dried) • ½ cup onion, chopped • 2 garlic cloves, minced • ¾ tsp. salt • ½ tsp. pepper • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth • 2 cups frozen peas and carrots • 4-5 refrigerated canned biscuits
DIRECTIONS: 1. Place chicken, thyme, rosemary, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and
chicken broth in the slow cooker. 2. Cook on low for 6-7 hours. 3. 30 minutes before mealtime, put frozen peas and carrots in the
cooker as well as biscuits torn into 4 or 5 pieces. 4. Cook for 30 more minutes on low and enjoy! 86 | At Home Tennessee • February 2013
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chef ’s corner FEBRUARY:
“HOMEY” AND HEALTHY
TEXT BY CHARLES PHILLIPS EXECUTIVE CHEF OF 1808 GRILLE AT HUTTON HOTEL, NASHVILLE
So, you made it through the big New Year’s Eve celebration. But now the depths of winter have set in… maybe you’re falling off the wagon here and there—had that second bowl of mac ‘n’ cheese on a cold, dark night, or you have a big Valentine’s dinner planned. I’ll be honest, at times like this, nothing beats pizza to me. I love pizza. If you happen to live in or pass through Nashville, stop in to see my friends at DeSano Pizza Bakery— certiﬁed Neapolitan-style pizza, the absolute best. Here at 1808 Grille, we have a particular afﬁnity for ﬂatbreads, pizza’s delicious cousin. Flatbreads have been on our menu since day one, and, I might add, we have a bit of a reputation around town. A little thinner and a touch more Mediterranean in nature than its Americanized Italian relative, a good ﬂatbread satisﬁes the same cravings. Flatbreads are the perfect get-youto-springtime food. This recipe was created by Danielle, an 1808 team member, and it is delicious. Slow-roasted leeks, garlic, cherry tomatoes, Moroccan spice, goat cheese, mozzarella and parmesan… divine. EAT WELL & BE WELL — CP
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DANIELLE’S FLATBREAD INGREDIENTS: • 8 oz. pizza dough (premade, at your local gourmet shop—email us for the recipe) • 8 cherry tomatoes • 5 small cloves of garlic • 1 cup leeks, julienned (clean well and use only the white part) • 2 Tbsp. Moroccan spice or curry powder • Oil blend—50% olive oil, 50% vegetable oil • 1 oz. Ricotta cheese • 2 oz. goat cheese, room temperature • 1 oz. mozzarella cheese • Half a handful of arugula • 1 oz. shaved parmesan cheese • Pinch of salt Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and puree until smooth METHOD: 1. Roll out the pizza dough until it is very thin, 1/8 inch. 2. Heat just a touch of oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Heat the dough in the pan until it is slightly golden. Flip and repeat on the other side. Set dough aside. 3. Preheat oven to 300˚. 4. Combine the tomatoes, garlic, leeks and Moroccan spice in a roasting pan. Pour in just enough of the 50/50 oil blend to cover them. 5. Roast vegetables until soft and sweet, 2530 minutes. 6. Drain the vegetables, keeping the oil for a future meal—it’s great for sautéing. 7. Increase oven temperature to 425˚. 8. Spread the ricotta on the dough, then spread the vegetables evenly across. Top with mozzarella, parmesan and goat cheese. 9. Bake for 5 minutes, or until caramelized and crispy.* 10. Lightly toss the arugula in a bit the reserved Moroccan-spiced oil, and top the ﬂatbread with it. *If you have a pizza stone, great. If not, spray the bottom of the dough with cooking spray and bake ﬂatbread directly on the oven rack. (You’ll want to place a pan under it to catch melting cheese.)
Chef Darrell M. Breaux with Guy Fieri
Mardi Gras Fare TENNESSEE STYLE TexT by Janna F. Herbison and Julia Fawal
Laissez les bons temps roulez! Mardi Gras season officially kicks off on February 12 this year, and just in case you can’t make it down to New Orleans (or the Mississippi Gulf Coast), we are spotlighting our favorite Cajun and Creole eateries statewide.
BRO’S CAJUN CUISINE NASHVILLE At Bro’s Cajun Cuisine, Chef Darrell M. Breaux serves home-cooked Cajun and Creole dishes from recipes handed down through his family for generations. Beginning in Lafayette, LA, and now settled in Nashville, Bro’s boasts a smoker that can hold 70 hams at once, a large catering kitchen and great hospitality. 90 | At Home Tennessee • February 2013
Food Network’s Guy Fieri is a fan, too. So if you are in Music City, be sure to stop by Bro’s Cajun Cuisine to, as Chef Breaux says, “pass a good time.”
Memphis Flyer in 2012. Whether for a family dinner or to indulge in their famous Bananas Foster, come to Owen Brennan’s and celebrate the spirit of Mardi Gras.
OWEN BRENNAN’S MEMPHIS
BAYOU BAY SEAFOOD HOUSE KNOXVILLE
For all the flavor and flair of New Orleans in Memphis, enjoy a meal at Owen Brennan’s. The mouth-watering menu features homemade Creole specialties such as Red Fish Perez, Pasta Jambalaya and their famous original Eggs Hussarde. The family-owned establishment has received numerous awards over the past 23 years, including Best Sunday Brunch and Best Cajun & Creole by the
Bayou Bay Seafood House has been making people happy since 1992. The large menu features foods that owner and chef Andy Cantillo grew up eating in Southern Louisiana, including seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffee, shrimp creole, alligator and red beans and rice. Check out their jambalaya recipe below, and be sure to visit when you pass through Knoxville, especially during football season.
BAYOU BAY JAMBALAYA Bayou Bay Seafood House, Knoxville
SPICY RED BEANS
Bro’s Cajun Cuisine, Nashville
• 1 pound dry red kidney beans* Seasoning: • 2 Tablespoons salt • 2 Tablespoons granulated garlic • 1 Tablespoon red cayenne pepper • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Place sorted and rinsed beans in a pot. Cover the rinsed beans with water, keeping at least four inches of water above beans. Bring to a boil. Continue boiling for 15 minutes. Lower the temperature to a slow simmer. Add the seasoning to the mixture. Stir and watch the beans. If they absorb the water, add more to the pot. Cook until beans are soft to taste. Add smoked meat for extra ﬂavor. * better if cooked the day before
CHAR GRILLED OYSTERS
Owen Brennan’s, Memphis (Recipe courtesy of Executive Chef Jody Moyt)
• dozen shucked Louisiana oysters on the half shell • 4 ounces meuniere butter • 2 ounces panko breadcrumbs • 1 lemon • 1 dozen crostinis • 2 ounces spring mix Meuniere Butter • 1 stick of butter, softened • Juice of 2 lemons • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning • Pinch of chopped parsley
Mix all ingredients for meuniere butter thoroughly with a food processor. Place a piece of the butter on top of each oyster. Place on grill. Cover for two minutes; do not burn. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Cook for several minutes. Arrange the oysters, crostinis, spring mix and lemons on a platter with rock salt.
• 4 pounds Boston pork butt, cut into bite-size pieces • 2 pounds sliced smoked sausage • 6 cups water • 2 cups each chopped onions, bell peppers and celery • 1 can cream of mushroom soup • 1/2 cup chopped green onions • 4 cups long-grain rice
Spices: • 1 Tablespoon Louisiana Hot Sauce • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce • 2 Tablespoons Kitchen Bouquet • 1 teaspoon garlic • 1 teaspoon black pepper • 1 teaspoon onion salt • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning • 2 teaspoons parsley •3 teaspoons salt Put pork in a large lidded pot with 6 cups water and spices. Cook approx. 1 hour or until tender. Cook sausage in separate pan with water. Drain sausage. Add to cooked pork and spices. Add remaining ingredients except rice. Cook for 15 more minutes. Add rice once water is boiling. Lower heat. Stir and cover with lid. Cook 20 more minutes, stirring every 5 minutes until rice is done. Serve with salad and garlic bread. February 2013 • athometn.com | 91
February 5-10 Mary Poppins The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis 901.525.3000
Painting and Books Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis 901.761.5250 www.dixon.org
Jesse Cook at the Cherry Theater Columbia State Community College www.columbiastate.edu
February 7-10 Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville Nashville Convention Center www.antiquesandgardenshow.com
National Field Trial Championships at Ames Plantation Grand Junction 731.425.4768
Mixed Doubles Champions Exhibition Tennis Match Racquet Club of Memphis 901.765.4401
Valentine Tea at Crescent Bend The Armstong Lockett House, Knoxville 865.637.3163 www.crescentbend.com
Entertainment at the Old Country Store Jackson 731.234.0360
Ladies Tennis Day and Fashion Show Racquet Club of Memphis 901.765.4401
International Polar Bear Day The Memphis Zoo 901.333.6500 www.memphiszoo.org
Hard Rock Rising 2013: Battle of the Bands Hard Rock Cafe, Gatlinburg 865.430.7625 www.hardrock.com
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February 1-3 Annual Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival Reelfoot Lake State Park www.reelfoottourism.com
February 1-24 Footloose, the Musical Cumberland County Playhouse, Crossville www.ccplayhouse.com
John Berry Valentine Concert The Ned, Jackson 731.425.8587 Home School Speical Guided Tour Oaklands Historic House Museum 615.893.0022
Fascinating Gershwin! presented by the Jackson Symphony Carl Perkins Civic Center 731.427.6440
Valentine Tea at Crescent Bend
John F. Studdard Memorial Gospel Concert Historic Gem Theater, Etowah 423.263.7608 www.etowaharts.org
February 15-16 Romance at Ruby Falls Chattanooga www.rubyfalls.com
February 15-16 Valentine Romance Weekend Deer Run Camps & Retreats
International Festival Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge 865.482.1074
February 22-24 Smoky Mtn. Gymnastic Vacation Classic Sevierville Convention Center 865.453.0001 www.visitsevierville.com
Rose Glen Literary Festival Walters State Community College, Sevierville 865.453.6411
Ladies Tennis Day and Fashion Show
International Polar Bear Day
Smokey Joe’s Cafe Bethel University Renaissance Theatre 731.425.8397
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I’d RatheR Be at the Beach TexT by leIGH FORbeS
Dreaming of a beach vacation? The sugar white sand beaches and emerald green waters of South Walton and Destin, FL, offer a relaxing and fun-filled escape. With so many wellappointed accommodations along the Emerald Coast, the hard part is deciding where to stay. We recently discovered Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, which has been providing families quality vacation rentals in Northwest Florida for more than 27 years. The helpful and knowledgeable team recommended a three-bedroom condo along Scenic Highway 30A within the Sanctuary at Redfish in Blue Mountain Beach. Nestled among the pines, the 64-unit luxury condominium resort is located on approximately 14 acres and overlooks one of South Walton’s rare coastal dune lakes, Big Redfish Lake. Each condo includes a fully-equipped kitchen and a balcony with breathtaking views of the lake and gulf. Also overlooking the lake, the expansive pool deck features three separate pools, two Jacuzzis, large fire pit, two outside grills and private pool cabanas. When it’s beach time, a pontoon boat takes guests on a scenic five-minute ride across the lake to the beach. During season, complimentary 94 | At Home Tennessee • February October 2012 2013
beach service is provided to guests, and two For those who love designer fashions at beach chairs and an umbrella are awaiting a discount, Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Miramar Beach is a “must-shop” stop. visitors when they arrive at the beach. With more than a 100 designer outlet stores including DKNY, Michael Kors, Coach, Nearby activities Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Conveniently located on Highway 30A, Klein, Cole Haan and many more, it’s a the resort is close to restaurants, shopping shopper’s paradise. and entertainment. Big Daddy’s Bike Shop WheN to Go in Blue Mountain is nearby and ready to get you outfitted with bikes. A paved path which traverses Scenic 30A is ideal for cycling to the We recommend you start making your spring neighboring communities of Santa Rosa Beach, or summer travel plans now as there are rewards for those who book early and premier rentals Grayton Beach, WaterColor and Seaside. book quickly. Visit in May for special savings For those who prefer fun on the water, YOLO before peak season kicks off Memorial Day boarding is a popular local sport. The stand- weekend. As an added bonus, Newman-Dailey up paddle boards are available for rental at Resort Properties gives guests a gift card good several locations around town, including the toward area activities and free movie rentals. WaterColor Marina, which features YOLO Newman-Dailey also provides special partner offers for recreational activities and dining, boarding adventures on Western Lake. including 20 percent off the SOLARIS dinner Shopping in South Walton is a popular cruise. pastime. Scenic 30A is home to boutiques and galleries which offer an abundance of one-of- For more information go to: a-kind treasures and fashions. Nearby are the www.SouthWaltonVacation.com or call Shops of Grayton, Merchants of Seaside, Artists 800.225.7652. at Gulf Place, and the unique Blue Giraffe in WaterColor, where visitors always find a special something to take home.
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FINANCIAL IQ? TEXT BY SPENCER CULTRA, NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL
Imagine you’re on a TV quiz show. The host turns to you and offers a list of topics, one of which is Your Personal Finances. Based on your knowledge, is this a category you would choose? If you answered no, you’re not alone. Four out of five Americans admit they know more about a variety of topics than their own finances. That’s about the same share that would choose to answer questions about subjects far less personal, such as current events, entertainment or science and technology. These results were gathered as part of a research study sponsored by Northwestern Mutual to help gauge the American public’s overall financial knowledge – as measured by a financial IQ index – and its understanding of insurance products. For me, the results were a powerful reminder of the reason I make it a point to help clients fully understand their personal finances, so they can make the informed choices that are right for them. The survey found that some basic financial concepts are well-understood, including the best way to minimize losses in investments (88 percent answered correctly), asset 96 | At Home Tennessee • February 2013
allocation (79 percent), and dollar-cost Are you curious what your financial IQ might averaging (57 percent). Likely because of be? Find out by completing the survey at their self-explanatory names, high numbers financialmattersquiz.com. of Americans also recognize what disability ABOUT THE RESEARCH income insurance and long-term care insurance are designed to do. On behalf of Northwestern Mutual, research firm Mathew More often than not, however, Americans independent fail to understand many key financial Greenwald & Associates, Inc. conducted an concepts – like the average inflation rate online survey of 1,664 Americans ages 25 to over the past decade (known by about 65, between June 1 and June 8, 2010. Study one in three), or the product that has participants were members of Synovate’s traditionally mitigated inflation risk the best leading Global Opinion Panel. Survey data (less than one-third answered correctly). were weighted by gender, age, education and The lack of financial knowledge appears household income to reflect the makeup of to be particularly acute when it comes to the U.S. population ages 25 to 65. Population permanent life insurance, as only a small statistics were based on data from the 2008 percentage of Americans seem to know even Current Population Survey. the basics of this type of risk protection. Article prepared by Northwestern Mutual with Knowledge is power, though – and Americans the cooperation of Spencer Cultra. Spencer Cultra recognize it. Nearly eight out of ten consumers is a Financial Representative with Northwestern feel the need to learn as much as possible about Mutual, the marketing name for The their personal financial situation. I’ve certainly Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company seen this to be true in my practice. (NM), Milwaukee, WI, and its subsidiaries. Spencer Cultra is based in Jackson. As for where they find that information and whom they trust, I was glad to learn that, when asked to rate the reliability of several sources of financial information, Americans rated financial advisors as the most reliable source.
sources 28 | Lifestyle: American Heart Association, www.heart.org Mayo Clinic, www.mayoclinic.com
44 | At Home With: Special thanks to: Molly Mickler Smith, Emma McGill and Belle Pictures
62 | Technology: www.phoenixcommcorp.com
62 | Design: Photographer — Mike Boatman, www.mikeboatman.com www.cindymccorddesigns.com www.davemoorecompanies.com www.yourmagnoliahome.com www.homethangs.com
82 | Entertaining: Photographer — Lindsey Lissau, www.lindseylissau.com Angela Mazanti Design, www.angelamazantievents.com Ziparo’s Catering, www.ziparos.com
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Fresh InterIor InspIratIon TexT By SHANA RALey-LUSK
Springtime is just around the corner. In the spirit of new beginnings, February is the perfect time of year to spruce up your surroundings by giving new life to the interior of your home. Whatever your plans or budget may be, there is most likely a design book that can help you to define your style and make it a reality. Here are our favorite picks for the volumes that are sure to lend just the right inspiration, and make any decorating project a success. Home by Novogratz by Robert and Cortney Novogratz: As stars on HGTV’s design show Home by Novogratz, Robert and Cortney Novogratz are experts when it comes to effortlessly blending vintage with modern pieces in their own unique way. This book details the couple’s process of creating their one-of-a-kind look and makes it accessible for all. With more than 500 beautiful color photographs displaying the ultimate in decorating projects, Home by Novogratz also provides readers with step-by-step detail on how to re-create the eclectic style that has come to be known as “the Novogratz look.” The book includes specific solutions 98 | At Home Tennessee • February 2013
for problematic spaces and helpful budget of experience in the industry. A reference guide breakdowns for readers to take into account for an array of specialty finishes, the book showcases the ways in which the right custom when planning their own design projects. backdrop can transform a room and add The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for warmth to any space. Loaded with color photos Small Spaces by Kyle Schuneman: When it of professionally designed interiors, Segreto comes to transforming a compact area into an provides plenty of inspiration and professional inviting space that lives large, Schuneman’s The perspective on the ways that custom finishing First Apartment Book is a wealth of helpful tips can enhance your home. and practical advice. Whether it is an actual apartment in need of a little personality or Timeless Interiors by Kathryn M. Ireland: another small space that you seek to improve, Showcasing an assortment of Kathryn Ireland this book can help you achieve tons of style per interiors, this book epitomizes the coexistence square foot. Packed with ideas for making the of beauty and comfort when it comes to interior most of what you already have, the instructional design. Known for her California style, Ireland’s volume presents readers with simple tutorials spaces are a true juxtaposition of old with new in including how to make a headboard slipcover terms of furnishings as elements from around the or create a doorway bookcase. Schuneman’s globe are incorporated into many of the designs. easy writing style and comfortable design Original and diverse, the featured spaces range from formal to casual and are sure to stimulate aesthetic only add to the book’s appeal. the creative energy in readers looking for a bit of Segreto: Secrets to Finishing Beautiful design inspiration. Interiors by Leslie Sinclair: This handsome hardback book allows readers to explore the design world through the eyes of decorative painter Leslie Sinclair, who has over 15 years