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SOUTHERN COMFORT FOOD MAKEOVER Te x t b y W i l l i a m E m e r s o n According to Robert Wayner, an animal rights advocate, writer, and artist based in Chicago, “most Christians in the Western Hemisphere eat meat” and “when asked about the morality of killing animals for food, the response from most self-described Christians is almost always the same: the Bible teaches that humans have dominion over animals, and that killing them for food or any other service to humans is allowable.” However, Wayner has found that “when all scriptural passages pertaining to animal welfare are viewed within the larger context of the Christian message of grace, atonement, and mercy developed throughout the Bible, there exists an even stronger argument that promotes the humane and compassionate treatment of animals.” He cites many celebrated theologians and leaders who believe abstinence from meat and all animal products is what God intended. With this idea in mind, we have re-imagined some southern comfort food classics to eliminate meat and dairy. Hence, remaking popular recipes of the dishes we all love with grace. We are showing grace to all God’s creatures by causing no harm to them. And, gracing ourselves with these healthier options, not only benefits our physical being, but our spiritual one as well.

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Biscuits & Gravy Ingredients For Biscuits 2 c Flour 4 tsp Baking Powder 1/4 tsp Baking Soda 3/4 tsp Salt

2 tbsp Vegan Margarine 2 tbsp Vegetable Shortening 1 cup Almond Milk 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

For Gravy 1/2 lb Vegan Sausage 1/4 c Flour 2 c Almond Milk Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine the almond milk and vinegar. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes to create “vegan buttermilk”. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a pastry cutter (or just your fingers), quickly cut into dry ingredients until mixture looks like crumbs. Add the vegan buttermilk. Stir just until the dough comes together. The dough will be very sticky. Turn dough onto floured surface and using as little flour as possible, gently fold dough over on itself a few times. Press into a 1-inch thick round, cutting out the biscuits with a 3 inch cutter. Place biscuits on a Silpat or baking sheet so that they just touch. Reform scrap dough, working it as little as possible and continue cutting until as much of the dough has been used as possible. Bake until biscuits are tall and light gold on top, 15 to 20 minutes. While the biscuits are baking, cook the vegan sausage in a skillet. Remove the sausage from pan when fully cooked. Whisk together the flour and almond milk and add to the hot pan, cooking over low heat for 5 minutes until it thickens. Add the cooked vegan sausage and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve over warm biscuits.

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Mashed Potatoes Ingredients 6-8 medium yukon gold potatoes 1 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

5-6 cloves roasted garlic 3-4 Tbsp vegan butter, melted/softened 1/4 cup fresh chives for topping

Directions Place potatoes in a large saucepan or pot and cover with water. Bring to a light boil over medium-high heat, add 1 tsp of sea salt, cover and cook for 25-30 minutes or until very tender. While the potatoes are cooking, chop up your chives and measure your butter. Once tender, drain your potatoes and place them back in the hot pot off the heat for 1 minute to evaporate any additional water, then transfer to a large mixing bowl. Mash your potatoes using either a potato masher or a hand mixer until fluffy. Be careful not to overmix the potatoes and they can become gluey. Add in butter, garlic, salt, and black pepper and stir. Top with chives and serve as is or with your favorite gravy.

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Collard Greens Ingredients 1 bunch of collard greens, shredded 1 garlic clove, minced 1 small onion, diced 1/2 red bell pepper, diced

1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 cup vegetable broth 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat, and add the onions and peppers to sauté until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the minced garlic and sauté for only another 30 seconds, as garlic tends to burn easily. Lower the heat to medium-low, and add the shredded collard greens to the pan. Let the greens cook for about a minute, or until you see the leaves start to wilt, and then add the vegetable broth. Bring the vegetable broth to a simmer, cover the pot, and leave this over medium-low heat for about 25 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, paprika, red pepper flakes, and apple cider vinegar. Stir well and serve warm.

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No-Chicken & Dumplings Ingredients For Stew 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup vegan chicken defrosted and diced 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 5 cups vegan vegetable broth 1 cup nutritional yeast 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 teaspoon dried thyme 11/2 teaspoons rubbed sage

2 teaspoons dried rosemary crushed 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 clove garlic minced 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 1/4 teaspoon celery seed 2 bay leaves 2 carrots chopped 3 stalks celery chopped

1/2 cup frozen peas For Dumplings 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 2 tablespoons vegan margarine 3/4 cup soy or almond milk 1 teaspoon dried rosemary crushed

Directions In a Dutch oven or stew pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Toss in the vegan chicken and cook until it is browned and has crispy edges. Transfer it to a plate lined with a paper towel to soak up any extra oil, leaving the oil in the pan. Using a wooden spoon, stir the flour into the hot oil left in the pan. Add the veggie broth and whisk in the nutritional yeast. Using a large wooden spoon, stir in the soy sauce, thyme, sage, rosemary, onion powder, garlic, pepper, parsley, celery seed, bay leaves, carrots, celery, and peas. Cont.>

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Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, make the dumplings: In a large bowl, combine all the dumplings ingredients and use an electric handheld mixer to mix the ingredients until they form a firm batter. Use a soup spoon to form dumplings. Raise the heat under the pot of stew to bring it to a boil. Drop the raw dumplings into the hot stew one at a time and stir them in with a wooden spoon. Make sure the dumplings get completely covered so they cook evenly. Let the dumplings simmer in the stew for 10 to 15 minutes. Mix in the cooked vegan chicken before serving with a few pinches of pepper over the top.

Baby Lima Beans Ingredients 6 cups frozen baby lima beans 1 tablespoon veggie bouillon 1/4 cup finely minced onion

½ tsp garlic powder Salt and pepper, to taste 1 tsp Liquid Smoke, optional

Directions Fill pot with water and add beans, veggie bouillon, onion, garlic, liquid smoke, bringing water to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and cook, partially covered for 30 to 45 minutes, or longer, until beans are tender and creamy. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Cornbread Ingredients 1 1/4 cup cornmeal 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup plant milk (soy, almond) 1/2 cup white sugar

5 tablespoons vegan butter, melted 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions Preheat your oven to 400F (200C), and lightly grease a 8" x 8" pan. In a large bowl, add everything together except for the corn kernels. Stir until just combined. Don't over mix it. Pour into the greased pan, and spread evenly with a spatula. Bake 20 - 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing.

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Gumbo Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, diced 1 green bell pepper, diced 3 stalks celery, sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced

3 cups vegetable broth 3 cups water 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes 1 1/2 cups okra, sliced 1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon filé powder 1/2 teaspoon salt Dash black pepper, to taste Dash tabasco sauce, to taste 3 cups rice, pre-cooked

Directions Saute the onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic in olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan or soup pot. Allow this mixture to cook for about 5 minutes. Add water and vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a low simmer, then add the tomatoes, sliced okra, thyme, filé powder, salt, pepper, and tabasco, stirring to combine. Cover the pot partially, and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over steamed white or brown rice.

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Banana Pudding Ingredients 2 and 1/2 cups unsweetened plant milk (soy, almond, coconut) 4 tablespoons cornstarch 1/4 cup organic sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 large bananas, sliced 12-15 vegan vanilla wafers 1 tub non-dairy coconut whip

Directions In a measuring cup, combine 1/2 cup plant milk with cornstarch and 1/4 cup sugar. Whisk until dissolved then pour the mixture in a saucepan with the remaining plant milk and warm over medium heat. Bring to a low boil and continually whisk until mixture starts to thicken, for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract then transfer to a bowl and allow to cool. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours or overnight. Once the pudding is thickened, use a hand mixer to beat it until smooth. In an 8×8 dish, cover the bottom with vanilla wafers. Top with a layer of bananas then cover with pudding. Top with coconut whip before serving.

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Nostalgia BENEFIT OR TRAP Te x t by K r y s t i n e B a t c h o

In his song “Time Was,” counterculture singer Phil Ochs reminisces about a past “when a man could build a home, have a family of his own. The peaceful years would flow; he could watch his children grow. But it was a long time ago.” To Ochs, simpler times were better: “troubles were few…a man could have his pride; there was justice on his side…there was truth in every day.” NOSTALGIA•EDITION 13 NO. 4•THEMILLMAGAZINE.COM

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Ochs recorded “Time Was” in 1962, when he was just 22 years old. He had yet to witness the most tumultuous parts of the 1960s – the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the polarization wrought by the Vietnam War, and the civil rights and feminist movements. Half a century later – with the rapid, dramatic consequences of social and political upheaval, with technological advances that have radically transformed our daily lives – some might similarly find themselves longing for a time when “troubles were few” and “there was truth in every day.” Constantly being plugged into the internet and social media is thought to be associated with higher rates of anxiety and depression. Online messaging and communication have created misunderstanding and divisions, and many feel as though they’ve lost control over their privacy. A recent poll even revealed that a majority of Americans think that America’s culture and way of life have mostly changed for the worse since the 1950s. But what effect does this longing have? Is it a useful psychological tool or a perilous trapping?

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A BITTERSWEET LONGING In life, change is the default, not the exception; transformation is baked into every aspect of our world, from physical growth to scientific progress. Novelty, meanwhile, is an antidote to boredom, stagnation and satiation. Nonetheless, people long for stability. Change can threaten well-being, especially when it requires a new set of skills to meet new demands. Stress can accompany unexpected or extreme change, since our ability to control situations depends upon a reasonable degree of predictability. Imagine not knowing if a stone would fall or rise when you let go of it. Nostalgia is a bittersweet yearning for the past. It’s sweet because it allows us to momentarily relive good times; it’s bitter because we recognize that those times can never return. Longing for our own past is referred to as personal nostalgia, and preferring a distant era is termed historical nostalgia. Although nostalgia is universal, research has shown that a nostalgic yearning for the past is especially likely to occur during periods of transition, like maturing into adulthood or aging into retirement. Dislocation or alienation resulting from military conflict, moving to a new country or technological progress can also elicit nostalgia.

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A STABILIZING FORCE In the face of instability, our mind will reach for our positive memories of the past, which tend to be more crystallized than negative or neutral ones. In the past, theorists tended to think of nostalgia as a bad thing – a retreat in the face of uncertainty, stress or unhappiness. In 1985, psychoanalytic theorist Roderick Peters described extreme nostalgia as debilitative, something “that persists and profoundly interferes with the individual’s attempts to cope with his present circumstances.” But contemporary research, including my own, has contradicted this maladaptive view. A 2015 study showed that nostalgic reminiscence can be a stabilizing force. It can strengthen our sense of personal continuity, reminding us that we possess a store of powerful memories that are deeply intertwined with our identity. The person who listened to his grandpa’s stories as a little boy, played youth baseball and partied with friends in high school is still that same person today. Research I’ve conducted since 1998 has shown that nostalgic memories tend to focus on our relationships, which can comfort us during stressful or difficult times. Although we’ve become independent and mature (perhaps even a bit jaded), we’re still our parents’ child, our brother’s sibling and our lover’s confidant. In developing a retrospective survey of childhood experiences, I found that remembering that we experienced unconditional love as children can reassure us in the present – especially during trying times. These memories can fuel the courage to confront our fears, take reasonable risks and tackle challenges. Rather than trapping us in the past, nostalgia can liberate us from adversity by promoting personal growth. My studies have also shown that people with a greater propensity for nostalgia are better able to cope with adversity and are more likely to seek emotional support, advice and practical help from others. They’re also more likely to avoid distractions that prevent them from confronting their troubles and solving problems.

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NOSTALGIA’S FINE LINE But for all its benefits, nostalgia can also seduce us into retreating into a romanticized past. The desire to escape into the imagined, idealized world of a prior era – even one you weren’t alive for – represents a different, independent type of nostalgia called historical nostalgia. Historical nostalgia is often concurrent with a deep dissatisfaction with the present and a preference for the way things were long ago. Unlike personal nostalgia, someone who experiences historical nostalgia might have a more cynical perspective of the world, one colored by pain, trauma, regret or adverse childhood experiences. Nonetheless, from a treatment perspective, reports suggest that personal nostalgia can be used therapeutically to help individuals move beyond trauma in the aftermath of violence, exile or loss. At the same time, someone who has endured trauma, without proper treatment, could become subsumed by a malignant form of nostalgia that leads to a perpetual yearning to return to the past. Ultimately, when we focus on our own life experiences – falling back on our store of happy memories – nostalgia is a useful tool. It’s a way to harness the past internally to endure change – and create hope for the future.

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Krystine Batcho is a Professor of Psychology at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY and is a licensed psychologist. Her current research on the psychology of nostalgia began with her introduction of the Nostalgia Inventory, a survey that assesses proneness to personal nostalgia. This article was originally published on The Conversation.

Photos by Irina Kharchenko.

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The mood for winter 2022 fashion is most definitely nostalgic. That feeling of simpler, happier times has made it to the runways of New York, London, Milan, and Paris. “Dopamine dressing” is an everpresent trend with mood-boosting vibrant hues. Nineties style makes a return to the fashion scene with classic moto and bomber jackets as well as slouchy oversized blazers and sweaters. You’ll notice an extra dose of sparkle is prevalent for winter 2022 looks. And, the trend for a slimmer-cut maxi which started earlier this year will continue into the colder months.

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The Southern Unwind HOT SPIKED DRINKS Text by Pau l Wr i ght

There is a rhythm and rhyme to unwinding from work. Meeting friends for post-work drinks, wrangling the little ones for a family meal, or swinging on the porch watching the sunset, our after-work traditions are a part of our foundation. You can sense the intimacy and excitement of a new season. Enjoyable nights of cool air where beer or a glass of wine are not enough to fight off the chill and allow us to relax. In our search for the best spiked hot beverage, I found the base for a few recipes to unwind after a day’s work. NOSTALGIA•EDITION 13 NO. 4•THEMILLMAGAZINE.COM

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CAROLINIAN WARM CROCK POT SPICED CIDER Before we can mix up a great drink, we’ll need to prepare the base. Swing by your local Farmer’s Market and pull out the trusty crock pot. Make enough for the week and store it in the fridge, so it is ready for you each evening. What You Need Crock pot, knife, cutting board, 12” x 12” cheesecloth, food-safe string, drink strainer, and sealable pitcher. Ingredients 5 Cups of Cold, Aerated Water 5 Local Apples 6 Cinnamon Sticks 1.5 Teaspoons of Whole Cloves 2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar 1 Orange Prep Cut lemons into halves. Juice lemons. Remove the apples’ cores and dice the remains. Place the cheesecloth flat on your counter. Place 2 cinnamon sticks and cloves on your cheesecloth and tie them into a spice bag with food-safe string. Instructions Cook Time: 5 hours with a Crock Pot. Pour cold, aerated water into your Crock Pot. Add whole orange to Crock Pot (do not slice). Add apples, brown sugar, and spice bag to the Crock Pot. Set the low heat setting for 5 hours. After 5 hours, let cool so the cider can set. Pour through strainer into a sealable pitcher. Keep in the refrigerator until you are ready to use. MAKE IT A TODDY Prepare your immune system for the upcoming cold and flu season and Make It a Toddy. The Hot Toddy has been used as a natural remedy to ease aches and pains associated with the common cold for decades. Unlike chicken soup, Hot Toddy’s whiskey helps fight infection. The alcohol works in combination with tea, honey, 62

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lemon, and warm steam to dilate your blood vessels and open your airways. This makes it easier for your body to expel the infection-causing microbes. The alcohol also helps your body unwind and sleep harder, which is what the doctor orders for the common cold. Instead of running for a bottle of Nyquil, mix up a batch of Make It a Toddy, a local twist to the traditional recipe. We’ve made this recipe with a local North Carolina whiskey and a South Carolina tea. Defiant Whisky (defiantwhisky.com) is an American Single Malt Whisky made in Bostic by Blue Ridge Distilling Company. 94 years after Prohibition, 13 companies were allowed to open to distill and sell gin, rum, vodka, apple brandy, honey liqueur, and whiskey. Tim Ferris, a former commercial diver, opened his distillery to make 4 ingredient whiskey: water from the Blue Ridge Mountains, yeast, two-row premium barley, and hand-selected American white oak aged and toasted in a proprietary process. American Classic Tea Pyramid Bags are made by Bigelow Tea (bigelowtea.com). Over 100 years ago, tea planters brought tea bushes to Charleston from China and India. The Charleston Tea Plantation restored the descendants of the tea bushes in the lush subtropical environment of the tea farm. Ingredients 2 oz Carolinian Warm Crock Pot Spiced Cider 2 oz Defiant: American Single Malt Whisky 2 American Classic Tea Pyramid Bags 1 Lemon 2 Cinnamon Sticks Small Pot of Cold, Aerated Water Instructions Boil water and remove as soon as water begins to boil. Steep the American Classic Tea Pyramid Bags for 3 minutes. In a mug add a cinnamon stick. Add Defiant: American Single Malt Whisky. Add Carolinian Warm Crock Pot Spiced Cider. Add lemon juice to taste. Pour in tea. Top with lemon rind on the rim.


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MAKE IT A BOURBON SIDECAR The Sidecar is a drink that is not mentioned often in pop culture, however, it is on the Top 5 list of any good bartender. It is also a cocktail with a muddled and unverifiable history. It was created during World War I in London or in Paris… or maybe New Orleans.

moonshine was known throughout the land. He made home deliveries until a day in May 1876, when Deputy U.S. Marshall Alfred Duckworth confronted him at gunpoint. A few years later, he was granted a pardon by President Chester A. Arthur in 1884.

One version of its creation sets its origin in 1920s Paris at Harry’s New York Bar. The tale is of an American Army captain who would arrive in a friend’s motorcycle sidecar. In some versions, he drove the motorcycle with a sidecar. The bartender believing the captain arrived too early for such a hard drink… or at the request of the captain… added lemon juice and Cointreau to cut the alcohol of the Cognac.

Ingredients 2.5 oz Carolinian Warm Crock Pot Spiced Cider 2.5 oz Cold, Aerated Water 1.5 oz Lewis Redmond Bourbon 2.5 oz Cointreau or Grand Marnier 1 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice 2 Thinly Sliced Apple Sugar Instructions Bring apple cider and water to boil, simmer for 20 minutes. Pour apple cider into sugar-rimmed mug. Add Lewis Redmond Bourbon. Add Cointreau. Add lemon juice. Stir. Garnish with an apple slice.

Perhaps it was invented prior to World War I, in 19th-century New Orleans. In Dale Degroff’s book “The Essential Cocktail” he says that the Sidecar was the term used for the leftover liquor poured into shot glasses. We’re putting a Southern spin on the Sidecar. Instead of cognac, we’ll use bourbon. Specifically, Lewis Redmond Bourbon (darkcornerdistillery.com) is made by Dark Corner Distillery in Greenville, South Carolina. Dark Corner Distillery is a craft micro-distillery that produces small batches of whiskey, gin, absinthe, and moonshine. Lewis Redmond was a 19th-century outlaw, the moonshine Robin Hood. A fugitive who hid out in the Appalachian mountains. His reputation for high-quality

MAKE IT A QUICK SPIKE If you want a quick drink, no problem. We’ve all been there. Pour some Carolinian Warm Crock Pot Spiced Cider into a mug. Warm it in the microwave for a few minutes and add a bit of rum. We recommend Queen Charlotte’s Reserve by Muddy River Distillery (muddyriverdistillery.com) in Belmont, North Carolina. The dark caramel color of the rum is directly derived from aging in virgin American white oak barrels. If Queen Charlotte’s Reserve is sold out, try Muddy River’s award-winning Silver Carolina Rum.

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