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Farm to Table: main dish

Spring Skillet Cornbread

Spring is finally here and with it comes a bounty of vegetables and produce, lovely weather and backyard BBQ's. One of the best things to eat with BBQ is cornbread, a staple of Deep South cuisine. Growing up, we had cornbread with almost every supper. There is great debate on how best to prepare it. In the South, it is strictly buttermilk, cornmeal, eggs and usually bacon fat; in the Old South wheat was very expensive so only cornmeal was used. In the North, recipes added sugar, and flour to cut the sugar; more contemporary recipes have baking powder for leavening. My grandmother, a farm girl from Glen St. Mary, Florida, married a New England navy man, so this recipe was tweaked over the years to cater to both palates. Growing up, I knew no different: just that my grandmother's cornbread was

the best. I am proud to serve it in my restaurant and proud to share the recipe with Townie readers.

around 40 mins in a 375 degree oven. This recipe serves about 6-8 large portions.

We use Bradley's Country Store grits or Bumpy Road Farm grits at Chop House. You can purchase Bradley's at numerous locations, including Lewis Produce; Bumpy Road Farm grits can be found at the Market Square Farmers Market in Tallahassee on Saturdays. Serve this cornbread with everything from morning eggs to pulled pork.

1 cup melted butter or bacon fat 1/3 cup sugar 4 eggs 2 cups buttermilk 1 tsp baking powder 2 1/2 cups cornmeal 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt

For this recipe, I recommend heating a cast iron skillet very hot, pouring in some bacon fat or butter, pouring in the batter and putting the whole skillet in a maximum heated oven for 15 mins until the bread is cracking on top. This creates that lovely crust on the perimeter. If you don't have access to a cast iron skillet, any sprayed baking pan will work; it will take

Cream butter and sugar in mixer, add the eggs one at a time, then add buttermilk and the dry ingredients; bake as above depending on the pan! - Chef Matt Hagel is co-owner of Chop House on the Bricks

Green Means Go... to TOSAC for Anne of Green Gables If you are orphaned, you might think you are due for a good turn from life’s breaks. If you are a farmer circa 1900, a good man, and getting older, you might expect some special dispensation when you apply for a son from an orphanage. In Anne of Green Gables at TOSAC, when Anne Shirley and Matthew Cuthbert meet at the Prince Edward Island train station, neither seems at first blush to be what the other desires, yet both turn out to be the best of gifts, even better than hoped for. This slice of life drama is good thing we all need to feel and certain times. And, TOSAC Storefront theater this weekend

weekend in May, you are invited to come and see things work out when we choose not to give up but carry on doing and giving our best, even when it seems too few things are going as we plan. The blessings of love and mercy are to be found on stage, displayed, and conveyed for those of us who choose to attend and receive them.

Fridays 4/17 and 5/1 at 8p; Saturdays 4/18, 4/25, 5/2 at 8p; Sundays 4/19, 4/26, 5/3 at 2p. TOSAC: Thomasville On Stage and Company at 117 South Broad providence, some- Street in downtown Thomasville. Tickets $12 Students enjoy during un- and $15 Adults. Call the Box Office 226-0863 or on the provides. At the Web www.tosac.com. through the first - Benjamin G.

"Magic mirror in my hand, who is the fairest in the land?" So asks the Evil Queen from the Brothers Grimm iconic story, Snow White, in the 1812 first edition of their collection simply called Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Much later, Mr. Disney would give us the now familiar “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all” version. Magic or not, mirrors, grand or plain can add charm, light and functionality to any room in the house. I was rummaging through one of my all-time favorite thrift stores in Durham, NC today and came across an absolutely divine 18th century wood and gesso mirror with flaking but intact gilding. Price tag, you ask? A cool $20. No, ma’am, that is not a typo. Twenty Dollars! I snatched that tag off like a Golden Ticket and fled to the counter. Is it a tad worse for wear? Yes, but charmingly so. I dislike for things to look too new anyway. Almost as if they had no back story to share with us. Take it from one who knows, I see enough back story in my own mirror every day. So…yes, a fabulous deal on a great piece needing only a little love and wood glue. But the question remains. What to do with it now I have knocked an old lady down to get it? I mean, the last thing I need is something else, right? Which client shall be the lucky recipient and what in the world will I use it for? The answer is simple. There is no right or wrong answer. When the right space presents itself, I will know it. Will it grace the shelf of a Georgian style mantle in a Neel Reid house in Atlanta or repurpose itself as an over-the-top bathroom piece in Savannah? Who can say? What about changing the hang and using it to open up that gloomy back hall? Perfect! At that price point, you can do just about anything to it and without feeling terribly guilty for having some fun with it. Paint it a wild color and use it in a teenager’s room. Embrace it. Antique and vintage are for us all to enjoy, regardless of age. There is one rule of thumb, however, which I adhere to. Always avoid using more than one mirror in any room. Over a mantle for reflection and as a prestige piece? Always. In a hallway for light and openness? Absolutely. But, unless you a mixing various mirrored pieces on a wall as a collage, which CAN be pulled off in the right space with the right stuff, it is a good idea to keep mirrors down to one per space. How many times does one need to peer in a looking glass in the same room anyway? So, regardless of what one thinks of evil queens and magic mirrors, or even Mr. Disney, mirrors were, are and always will be stylish. - Davey B.

townie profile: Hillery ALLEN Richards This 9th generation townie's got heart + beautiful art When I met Hillery Allen Richards at Grassroots for an early summer iced coffee, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I sat down to a table with a tall, smiling beauty with long brown hair and stylish, business professional attire, noticeably lacking in paint spatters or any tale-tale signs of her profession. Not your average artist, and no stranger to Thomasville {she tells me she's a 9th generation Townie}, Hillery Allen Richards is new to the 'Ville's art scene. She grew up in Thomasville, attended Valdosta State University and Georgia Southern, then headed out west to finish her degrees {business and art} at Colorado State University. Back in Thomasville with her husband and little girl, she recently hung out her proverbial shingle on the web at hartillery.com.

Inspired by her love for the animal kingdom, much of Hillery's work features her own pets, bunnies {she herself was born on Easter}, as well as regional favorites like the Red Hills’ beloved bobwhite quail. An animal lover from the start, Hillery began volunteering with a veterinarian at age twelve and planned to become a veterinarian herself. Art won out in the end, but her love for all creatures great and small shines through in her paintings. Hillery’s work is primarily in oil painting, and although she features 3”x3” mini paintings on her website, she prefers working on a much larger scale. “I love painting BIG,” Hillery shares, and 4'x5' or 4'x6' paintings are her favorite. “I paint really

fast,” she adds. She attributes her speed and technique to a college professor at Colorado State who had previously taught at Harvard. Hillery tells me that she blocks out the canvas with color within the first fifteen minutes and works from that. Since starting her online retail space last month, Hillery sells a plethora of affordable miniature, original pieces of art, along with a handful of larger pieces. In addition to her ready-tobuy artwork, Hillery also takes commissions. Visit her at hartillery. com to snag a piece of your very own. - Natalie K.

SUmmer camp slots still open: Thomasville Townie takeover On May 25 - 28 or July 20 - 23, rising 8 - 12 graders are invited to assist in all production of the Thomasville Townie, for distribution of 2,000 copies to the Townie’s 50+ outlets the week following camp’s end. They will conduct interviews and produce regular features {Chums, Dance Card, Whispers} under the guidance of the paper’s editor in chief. Participants will be given tutorials in photography, editorial writing, interviewing techniques and layout. Students will have the opportunity to pick up publication credits for college applications. Campers are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers/ cameras {not required}. The camp will meet at and utilize the technology at Brookwood School. Call {850} 339-1352 or e-mail yourtownie@gmail.com. Each section must reach minimum enrollment in order for the camp to take place. Maximum enrollment is 10 per camp. Enroll now at www.brookwoodschool.org.

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fuzzy goat: getting cozy with cadence + Carolina Cadence Kidwell made the good bet: that in a close knit, artistic community like Thomasville, she could, “bring the fun of fiber art and make those bonds even closer.” A year has proven her prescient. At Fuzzy Goat, over 80 people have attended classes and learned knitting. Crochet classes have started. The stress relief and meditative qualities of such communal activity, including lower heart rate and endorphin release, behoove in today’s world. Want a therapy to quit smoking? There are men’s classes signing up now. Due South will take place out back over at Studio 209. No doubt, there will be some happy knitting and rhythmic crocheting on Fuzzy Goat’s adjacent patio on April 25th. Cadence's daughter, Carolina, reminds me, “knitting doesn’t stop just because it’s getting hot outside.” As we talk, Cadence knits. She is comfortable and becoming in her success, and then, all over the store as I need matters and details explained. Carolina confirms her Mom has always been energetic. I learn about “indie” dyers {artistic visionaries}, natural and sustainable fibers {animal and plant}, how merino is softer than alpaca, and larger needles create more breathable stitches. Townie tidbit: if you are interested, Cadence owns the building uphill, next door. She is on the lookout for Thomasville’s next entrepreneur who will rent the space and fit the community. Fuzzy Goat is located at 223 West Jackson Street next to Bacchus Wine Bar in Thomasville. www. fuzzygoatyarns.com Find them on FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram or call 236-4628. - Benjamin G.

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