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Local ingredients for genuine Gulf-region comfort food

Article: Local ingredients for genuine Gulf-region comfort food

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“Why don’t you go back to your double-wide and fry something” isn’t just a great line from SWEET HOME ALABAMA, it also sums up the view of Gulf Coast cuisine & culture held by many not from the region. Okay, there’s a lot of deep frying that goes on inside Southern kitchens, but as anyone who’s spent time there (or lived there) knows, that doesn’t encapsulate the region’s food, even the “comfort food” with which Ludo will experiment when he and Krissy do their pop-up restaurant thing at Mobile, Alabama’s Queen G’s Cafe tonight.

Riding a bamboo bike across America

Article: Riding a bamboo bike across America

Bamboo’s been touted as the ultimate green material, both because of its quick ability to renew itself, and its durability. While the environmental aspects are complex, the tropical grass has become a favorite material for everything from building materials to fabric to bicycles. A team of riders set off on a cross-country journey yesterday to tout the material itself, as well as the economic potential of growing it in the United States… specifically, in Alabama.

Recycling tornado debris: finding opportunity in disaster

Article: Recycling tornado debris: finding opportunity in disaster

As tornadoes have left wreckage across numerous parts of the US in recent months, a number of people are looking at all the debris left behind… and seeing opportunity. In Birmingham, Alabama, for instance, Southeast Renewables has set up station at the North Georgia landfill to sort our recyclable materials… a process that will make the company money, and save some for the city on disposal fees: the company claims it can recycle up to 80% of the tornado wreckage. In North Carolina’s Triangle area, individuals are the ones taking the initiative: local television station NBC-17 reported on a couple collecting scrap metal debris and taking it to a recycler… and making about $300 a day.