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Best of Alabama 2017

Alabama Living’s readers voted Peach Park as the place to buy the “best ice cream” in the magazine’s annual Best of Alabama contest. Each year, we ask you to choose your favorites in our state – the people, places and sights that make us uniquely Alabama. |Read More|

“Crockin’ It” 2016

Alabama Living celebrated a first with this year’s contest: The second and third place dishes were created by two people from the same family. Tallassee’s Mary Lyons and her son Levi, 25, entered separately and won. Cooking talent obviously runs in the family! |Read More|

Worth the drive: Albany Bistro

Albany Bistro sits on a tree-lined street in one of Decatur’s two historic enclaves of Victorian homes, a crossroads for the city’s characters with a reach that extends across town and soon across the Tennessee River. |Read More|

Recipes: Comfort food

Almost any dish designated “comfort food” shares at least one of a few common characteristics: filling, soothing, nostalgic, as much about solace as sustenance. But beyond that, the specific recipes that we each deem “comforting” are as varied and different as we are. And often, it’s as much the story behind them as their taste or texture that brings us such satisfaction. |Read More|

Alabama People: Dr. Ed Bridges

Ed Bridges, for 30 years the director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, recently published a new bicentennial history, Alabama: The Making of an American State. Released last fall by the University of Alabama Press… |Read More|

Outdoors: Big cats

Cougars, also called mountain lions or pumas, once ranged from northern Alaska to the tip of South America. The eastern subspecies roamed over most of North America east of the Mississippi River, but allegedly went extinct in the 1940s. About 100 Florida panthers, another cougar subspecies, still live in extreme southwestern Florida. |Read More|

Gardens: Growing a happy, helpful new year

The start of a new year is the perfect time to think about all the things you hope to accomplish in the coming months in the garden. It’s also a nice time to figure out ways to help others. And you can even combine the two!  |Read More|

Consumer Wise: Remodeling

Undertaking a remodeling project in any part of your home gives you the chance to make a space work better for your needs—including reducing your energy use. For many households, the kitchen is the heart of the home—meaning it is used the most—so incorporating energy efficiency measures here can have a real impact on your energy bills. |Read More|

Quilt contest

Linda Partin, longtime employee at the Alabama Rural Electric Association (publisher of Alabama Living), conceived of the idea for a statewide quilt contest in 2000. She’s organized the biennial event ever since, and this year’s competition holds a special meaning for her. |Read More|

Rural Alabama’s health:

Many people think that rural areas are not as important as more urban areas with larger numbers of people.  This is far from the truth.  Rural areas are the sources of the vast majority of materials, resources, and necessities, such as food, that everyone must have to survive.  Having healthy and vibrant rural areas is important to everyone. |Read More|