Borderland is a word that you hear a lot in El Paso, a sprawling West Texas city situated at the boundary between Mexico and the United States. The borderland region is symbolically defined by a hotly-contested crossing from El Paso into metropolitan Ciudad Juarez, but in reality, these two cities have been intertwined both culturally and historically throughout the ages. Ideas and people flow continuously back and forth here. In fact, before the pandemic, crossing the Texas border was a fairly simple process for Americans who enjoyed visiting Mexico for a meal.
Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Caroline Randall Williams is an award-winning poet, cookbook author, and activist to name a few of the Harvard graduate’s credentials. She’s taught in two of the poorest states in the Union—Mississippi and West Virginia—and recently garnered national attention for her New York Times op-ed, “You want a Confederate Monument? My body is a Confederate Monument.”
She also comes from a long line of Black women who weighed over 200 pounds and refuses to follow suit.
Foodie Finds at National Parks Story by Anne Quinn Corr It’s easy to enjoy the great outdoors at any of our country’s 419 national park sites. While only 62 destinations may include the words “National Park” in their names, a multitude of lakeshores, seashores, battlefields,
From TV Screens to History Books: Chef Nina Compton Nina Compton proves that African-American contributions to American cuisine are about more than fried chicken and cornbread or pit barbeque and pecan pie. Story by Ginger Warder Recipe by Chef Nina Compton When Chef Nina Compton
Fairytales are responsible for the word “pumpkin,” which first appeared in print in the 17th century. Pumpkins served as a magical coach in nursery rhyme long before becoming a symbol for the month of October. Today, foodies enjoy pumpkins’ ability to grow in the garden, add delicious flavor to a wide range of foods, plus stand as seasonal décor from Halloween through Thanksgiving.
Louisiana is known as a destination for hunting and fishing excursions—the state’s license plates even read “Sportsman’s Paradise.” With access to the Gulf of Mexico, bayous, rivers and estuaries, Louisiana supports a wide variety of fish for sportsmen to pursue. Yet while many folks love to go fishing and eat seafood, most aren’t interested in the cleaning and cooking chores that are part of a great fish dinner.
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