Steel Magnolias Podcast

Steel Magnolias Podcast

Two sisters, Lainie and Laura Beth, who love family, traditions, and all things Southern! There's plenty of room at the table, so pull up a chair as we discuss Southern culture, food, hospitality, travel, history, regional events, college football, and more! Whether you are new to the South, never left the South, or just curious about the South, come on in!


November 28, 2023 39 mins

December is upon us, and it has become a tradition for us to give you a list of gift-giving ideas from Southern makers and companies. So, join us at the table to hear a few of our favorite southern finds from this year.

Previous Gift Episodes Referenced:

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For those of us who buy a live Christmas tree, it is almost time to make the trip to our local nursery to pick out this year‘s living room addition. But where did those trees come from? Join us at the table as we discuss The Christmas Tree Farms of western North Carolina.

Frasier fir trees from North Carolina are shipped to every state in the United States, the Caribbean islands, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, and Japan. 

20% of all Ch...

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November 14, 2023 66 mins

“One of the South’s Prettiest Towns"

“One of the 50 Best Places to Travel” 

“A Magical Christmas Town”

The past few years, Franklin, TN has been making more and more headlines from Travel + Leisure to the Wall Street Journal, but to us, it’s just home....a place we’ve always bragged on and now we’re ready to share our intimate thoughts with you, join us at the table as we discuss our hometown of Franklin.

Just 17 miles south of Nas...

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    November 7, 2023 24 mins

    Now the longest-running music series in American television history, Austin City Limit showcases popular music legends and innovators from every genre. In addition to being honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as a rock and roll landmark, ACL is the only television program to ever receive the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest award for artistic excellence.

    Austin City Limits details: https://austincity...

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    Kathryn Greeley is a collector, gardener, entertainer, and designer. Kathryn lives in western North Carolina in a lovely home called Chestnut Cottage. This cottage and its grounds are filled with many of her favorite things. 

    The gardens outside the cottage are equally impressive. Kathryn’s great affection for cottage style gardens was inspired by her many visits to England, Scotland, and Ireland. Her cozy and informal gardens fill ...

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    October 24, 2023 26 mins

    Steel Magnolias Podcast is always coming back to the theme of southern hospitality. We love any excuse to open our hearts and our doors to others, so today we wanted to discuss the origins of Friendsgiving and how that can look at your dinner table. 

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    October 17, 2023 36 mins

    In the middle of the rolling hills of Tennessee, is a new farmhouse full of inspiration and modern amenities...the 2023 Southern Living Idea House. Join us at the table to hear more about our favorite features in this house just up the road from us.

    From the September Issue - Full Story on the House:

    Tour info and tickets:

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    October 10, 2023 22 mins

    Scripture cake is also known as “Bible Cake”, “Scriptural Cake” and “Old Testament Cake” and was extremely popular in the latter part of the nineteenth century, especially in the southern Appalachians. 

    Ready to feed your stomach and your soul?

    Scripture Cake recipe:

    Gosh we love a good ole southern pound cake. Growing up, our mom always made pound cake with sour cream, s...

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    October 3, 2023 35 mins

    Great bookstores, vibrant local music scene and fun, casual pizza joints and coffee shops are just a few of the reasons we love college towns. Join us at the table as we discuss some of the great college towns we have across the American South.

    We did our best to represent a large spread: 10 towns from 10 states.

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    September 26, 2023 24 mins

    The chain of barrier islands that skirts the coast of North Carolina from the Virginia border to Cape Lookout was once remote. Today the Outer Banks is one of America’s most popular vacation destinations; welcoming millions of visitors each year! We had the opportunity to sit down with author and Outer Banks native Clark Twiddy. He chronicles the region's journey from isolation to popularity through the stories of innovators an...

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    We have found two Southern Jewish women that share our passion in preserving history around the dinner table!

    We are sitting down with Rachel Gordon Barnett and Lyssa Kligman Harvey, two lifelong South Carolinians, to discuss the intersection of traditional Jewish dishes with classic Southern ingredients and African American culinary traditions. 

    The American South boasts some of the oldest communities of people of Jewish faith. In t...

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    September 12, 2023 44 mins

    We are revisiting one of our all time favorite topics to discuss… College Football Traditions rule and reign on Saturdays in the South and we are going school by school to discuss!

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    September 5, 2023 33 mins

    In 1955, two Georgia neighbors opened up a restaurant that would change the world.  Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner were living in Avondale Estates, GA, when they decided to open a 24-hour, sit-down restaurant for their friends and neighbors, focused on people on both sides of the counter.  That first restaurant opened the door to create the Waffle House brand that you see today.

    We love this place and hope you have a Waffle House ne...

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    August 29, 2023 22 mins

    Fort Worth, Texas is often known as the sister city to Dallas, but it has an old west culture that is quite distinct. Join us at the table as we discuss the beauties of Cowtown!

    Let’s dive into the 12th largest city in the U.S….

    Stops mentioned:

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    August 22, 2023 24 mins

    Get your last minute wear on white yall! Pools are closing, school is starting and sales are happening on mattresses and appliances. 

    Join us at the table as we discuss the roots of Labor Day and how we like to celebrate.

    Let’s have a Labor Day cookout!

    We did say cookout — and we mean that. It’s not a BBQ although there could be BBQ there…but don’t count on it

    Ideas for what to make:

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    August 15, 2023 26 mins

    The Golden Isles


    Halfway between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida lies a nature-lover’s dream vacation spot: The Golden Isles.

    These Georgia islands have something for everybody, from luxurious accommodations and great golf courses to more modest spots with marsh lands and bike trails for outdoor exploration. 

    Lainie personally spent some time this summer at Jekyll Island, but we will also discuss St. Simon Islan...

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    August 8, 2023 27 mins

    Today we will be discussing the importance of recipes in the continuation of family heritage. Using food as a means to bridge generations one to another, we hope this discussion will inspire you to head back to the family dinner table to hear from one another, learn about your past, and figure out where you fit in the bigger story of your family's future. 


    One mentioned podcast episode we referred back to is "Southern Coo...

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    August 1, 2023 40 mins
    We are back after a much-needed summer break from podcasting!
    If you are new, welcome, if you’ve been with us for a while now, you know what to expect and we hope you still feel very welcome here!
    We're discussing summer birthdays, the best BLT Lainie has ever eaten, our speaking engagement at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Jekyll Island, Savannah, the best (and on...
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    There is one southerner who has given us all a soundtrack that celebrates the coastal life and just screams "summer is here." That person is Jimmy Buffett! Join us at the table as we discuss Buffett and his Parrot Head clubs that were also born in the South.

    Magnolia Margarita: (The kick of jalapeño with the sweet of a southern peach)
    • 2 oz tequila
    • 1 1/2 oz peach brandy 
    • 3/4 oz...
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    May 23, 2023 21 mins

    Some people really are just gifted in having an eye to see an alternative use for something old of the everyday items. We got the chance to sit down with our friend Laura Stockett Roberts to talk about some of the hidden gems she's found at flea markets, antique malls and estate sales. Join us for a fun conversation with a veteran collector, and true southerner!

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