Meals in the Magnolia State: What to Eat in Mississippi
Natchez is famous for its antebellum mansions and riverboats. It’s also the Biscuit Capital of the World. Regina Charboneau, a seventh-generation native daughter, helped her hometown earn the official designation in 2008 and launch a biscuit festival, with a cook-off, demos and a crowning of a biscuit queen. A Paris-trained chef, Charboneau prepares extra-buttery, flaky biscuits that have become legend. She refined the homespun recipe with puff-pastry skills and built a nightclub in San Francisco, Biscuits & Blues, around their reputation. Now she has one by the same name in Natchez. Guests at her bed and breakfast at the Twin Oaks plantation house get to sample her biscuits, as do passengers aboard the cruise steamboat The American Queen. Her thyme-flecked biscuit dough tops the pot pies on the menu at the historic King’s Tavern, which also serves a few cocktails made with the rum from her husband’s distillery next door. Her biscuit recipe is no secret. She’s shared the method in cookbooks and cooking classes, and with national press.
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