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We are Karen and Emily, a mother and daughter from Arkansas. We love the people, food, and places of the south and look forward to sharing them with you here! From the well-known to the obscure come with us as we explore the southern states.

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200 of the Best Beach Quotes

The beach is my happy place! We lived in south Florida for many years and I can’t seem to shake the sand out of my shoes. Here is a HUGE list of great beach quotes to help those of us who love the beach go straight to the ocean’s side…even if only in our minds….

Hey y’all! We are Karen and Emily!

We are a mother and daughter from Arkansas. We love to explore, eat at hole in the wall restaurants, meet interesting people, visit small towns, and get out in nature. We started Somewhere Down South in order to have a place to share the food, people, places, and stories of the southern US.

Our goal is for you to come along with us as we strive to experience and understand one of the most unusual, complicated, quirky, misinterpreted, difficult, underrated, and beautiful areas of the United States.

There are spices and herbs in a clear glass bowl on a white background. THe spices are all in the bowl but aren't mixed up yet. The colors are vibrant reds, browns, golds, and greens. These are spices for a salt free cajun seasoning blend.

Salt Free Cajun Seasoning Recipe

Our household loves cajun food! This salt free cajun seasoning recipe is one we use regularly to flavor all kinds of food. Of course, many of the savory, flavorful, and spicy cajun food recipes call for cajun or creole seasoning. Although there are some delicious brands available in your grocery store like Slap Ya Mama…

Photo of air fryer fried green tomatoes on a white plate on a white countertop. There is a remoulade sauce shown too. The background is blue and white tile.

Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes

These air fryer fried green tomatoes are yummy! They are crispy and tangy and taste just as good as those fried in oil. We have been trying all different ways of cooking fried green tomatoes in the air-fryer and have come up with a recipe that we really love! Delicious Air Fryer Fried Green Tomatoes…

This is a photo of a bowl of purple hill peas with an iron skillet with cornbread in it. Purple hull peas are a perfect southern summer recipe. This is a vegetarian purple hull pea recipe.

Vegetarian Purple Hull Pea Recipe

It is officially summer in the south when you have eaten a bowl of purple hull peas served with a hunk of cornbread. This is truly a southern summer time classic. We even have a purple hull pea festival here in my home state of Arkansas. Here is our family favorite purple hull pea recipe….