Nostalgic, Comfort Food Recipes at Every Meal, ‘Welcome to My Southern Table’

Nostalgic, Comfort Food Recipes at Every Meal, ‘Welcome to My Southern Table’

My Southern Table: Recipes from a Georgia Kitchen

Born and raised in south Georgia, Lana Stuart grew up in a family where the kitchen was the heart of the home. The smell of chicken frying, the taste of freshly churned ice cream, the laughter and conversation that filled the air as the family gathered around the dining table— these are the cherished memories that have shaped her and her new cookbook, My Southern Table: Recipes from a Georgia Kitchen

A full-color photo and clear, easy-to-follow directions accompany each of the 246 recipes. Notes and tips on nearly every page ensure success in the kitchen.

Readers will find dozens of “heritage recipes” throughout the book. “These are the recipes I learned from my mother, grandmothers, and aunts who were all accomplished home cooks,” says Lana. “And I’ve also created new recipes that reflect the continuing evolution of Southern cooking. This is Southern food as I know it today—vibrant, diverse, and ever-changing.”

Enjoy recipes like:

  • Baptist Church Party Punch
  • Copper Pennies
  • Shrimp and Grits
  • Watergate Salad
  • Chicken Jallop
  • Chocolate Little Layer Cake

“Each recipe in this book carries a piece of my heart and tells a story from my life. They are the recipes I turn to when I want to celebrate, to comfort, to share love, and to create new memories with my family and friends. Now, it’s your turn to bring these recipes to life in your kitchen and to weave them into your own stories.”

Lana Stuart has been a food blogger since 2009. Her popular blog, Lana’s Cooking, has more than 5 million pageviews per year and has been featured in Real SimpleParade MagazineBon Appetit, and The Kitchn. Fans and followers can sign up for her daily recipe newsletter, featuring her tried and true recipes. She is a watercolor artist, a bookbinder, and an avid reader. Lana and her husband, Bill, have a daughter and two grandchildren and live in Buford, Georgia. 

Presales are open on all major platforms, as seen here on her website, All available media assets can be found in this folder, Lana Stuart Cookbook Assets


Recipes from a Georgia Kitchen

By Lana Stuart

Imprint: Food and Fiction, LLC

Distributed by Ingram/Spark

Publication date: October 23, 2023

Paperback/$36.99  Ebook/$9.99

346 Pages

246 Recipes, Each with Full-Color Photo

Interior Trim Dimensions: 7.5″ x 9.25″

ISBN: 979-8-9880113-6-1 (paperback)

ISBN: 979-8-9880113-7-8 (digital)


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Renzo Del Castillo’s ‘Still’ Released in Time for Hispanic Heritage Month by Indie Earth Publishing

Renzo Del Castillo’s ‘Still’ Released in Time for Hispanic Heritage Month by Indie Earth Publishing

An Immigrant Experience Through Poetry

Renzo Del Castillo’s ‘Still’ Released in Time for Hispanic Heritage Month by Indie Earth Publishing
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Released a month before Hispanic Heritage Month, Renzo Del Castillo’s “Still” is a collection of poems that reflects an all-too relatable tale for all immigrants.

After migrating to Florida from Peru as a child, Del Castillo built a life in a new country with a foundation forged in his native land, caught in the space between cultures. This led him to write “Still” [Indie Earth Publishing, $24.99], an exploration of the immigrant experience through reflections of memory and transition, an adaptation to new cultures and geographies through the ethnographic lens of Miami. His story, told in verse, is that of many immigrants.

Still” is a collection of poems that focuses on the immigrant experience: a family’s journey from Lima, Peru to Miami, Florida as political refugees and asylum seekers and the impact that had on the life of a boy as he grew into a man.

“We left Peru when I was five because my family had received death threats from a terrorist organization. We went from being comfortable to starting from zero. I knew I would have to adapt to make a life worth living,” says Del Castillo.

As we enter National Hispanic Heritage Month, Still provides a read that is as timely as it is pertinent. With poems in three languages, the book looks to bridge the divide between cultures, highlighting Hispanics’ shared experience in his poetry. When the reader finds something to relate to in these pages, a dialogue starts and shows people aren’t that different underneath it all.

That heritage of terror and exile that sometimes underlies these poems gives them a sense of history within the lyric confusions of a single life. There is an intimate tone, used to remind the reader that imagination triumphs over, or sometimes through, adversity. “Still” was released July 30, 2023, and is available wherever books are sold (ISBN: 979-8988037996).


Renzo Del Castillo holds a B.A. in English from University of Florida, specializing in Victorian Literature, and an M.A. in Mass Communications, specializing in Intercultural Communications. Del Castillo has been published in Literary Yardthe Acentos Reviewthe Scarlet Leaf Review, and the Ekphrastic Review. He lives in Miami, where his family also resides.


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Givhero Motivates Employees to Join Programs Across Well-Being Domains

Givhero Motivates Employees to Join Programs Across Well-Being Domains

Proprietary Giving-as-a-Service (‘GaaS’) technology uses well-being goal achievement as the key to unlock corporate dollars for employee donation to causes aligned CSR, ESG and DEIB strategic objectives.

Givhero Motivates Employees to Join Programs Across Well-Being Domains
Givhero Mobile Well-being Solution

A global platform that lets HR Teams design, run and measure social impact well-being programs.

Today Givhero, the startup backed by TEDCO (Maryland Technology Development Corporation), the University of Maryland Momentum Fund, and Conscious Ventures, announced the release of its 2nd generation social impact well-being platform that motivates employees to engage in programs across physical, social, emotional, financial, and cyber dimensions while delivering immediate well-being ROI on corporate philanthropy. 

Powered by proprietary Giving-as-a-Service (GaaS) financial technology, Givhero’s fully automated solution lets employees’ self-direct corporate donations to causes aligned with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives when program goals are achieved. “Our employees love the ability to direct donations to causes when they meet their well-being goals,” said Susan Stephen, Director, Benefits & Wellbeing at IPG Health Group, adding that “Our HR team is really impressed with how easy implementation is; the platform automates program administration which saves us time and effort. We’ve really embraced the Givhero system.”

Givhero leverages its proprietary data lake of over 60M transactions to optimize programs for global employers including IPG Health, Appian, DraftKings and Rakuten Viber, increasing employee engagement by over 50%, reducing HR admin time by up to 80%, and compounding the impact of planned philanthropic budgets.

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Givhero’s mobile solution lets HR teams customize, run and measure social impact well-being programs globally, inspiring employees to improve their well-being and community by empowering them to direct corporate donation dollars to causes aligned with CSR, DEI and ESG initiatives when well-being goals are achieved. Powered by proprietary Giving-as-a-Service (GaaS) financial technology, Givhero increases employee participation by over 50%, reduces HR admin time by up to 80%, and generates immediate well-being ROI on corporate philanthropy.

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Consecration of the Rev. Carrie K. Schofield-Broadbent to Take Place at Washington National Cathedral

Consecration of the Rev. Carrie K. Schofield-Broadbent to Take Place at Washington National Cathedral

The Rev. Carrie K. Schofield-Broadbent to be ordained and consecrated as Bishop Coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland at Washington National Cathedral September 16; press conference at American University Sept…

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ZetrOZ Systems’ sam Technology Can Help College Athletes Recover From Injury

ZetrOZ Systems’ sam Technology Can Help College Athletes Recover From InjurySustained acoustic medicine provides proven soft tissue healing via ZetrOZ’s patented wearable ultrasound unit.

Saturday afternoons in autumn mean college sports and the return of amateur athletes to their fields, gyms and stadiums. Student-athletes can stay healthier, heal more easily from soft-tissue injuries, and return to their sport more quickly with ZetrOZ Systems‘ sustained acoustic medicine (sam®) technology, now covered by secondary insurance for many colleges.  

On average, more than 200,000 athletes in major National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sports are injured every year, according to a five-year study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2015.

Researchers found high injury rates across many of the sports kicking off this fall. Among all sports, college football had the highest raw number of injuries – an estimated 47,199 over the five years. It also had one of the highest injury rates of all sports, with 9.2 athletes injured for every 1,000 athlete-exposures to potential injury (one athlete’s participation in one competition or one practice). 

Women’s soccer had the next-highest injury rate among fall sports, with 8.4 injuries per 1,000 athlete-exposure. Among all sports, men’s wrestling had the highest injury rate, at 13.1 injuries per 1,000 athlete-exposures. Women’s gymnastics, at 10.4 injuries per 1,000 athlete exposures, had the greatest injury rate among women’s sports.

Almost one out of four athlete injuries required more than seven days of recuperation before the athlete could return to practice or competition. Nearly half (45%) of all injuries were sprains and strains, and of those injuries, about one in four required a week of recuperation.  

ZetrOZ Systems’ sustained acoustic medicine (sam®) technology is proven to reduce the recovery period for those kinds of soft-tissue injuries. More than 40 clinical studies have shown that the ZetrOZ sam® X1 and 2.0 devices reduce pain and improve function without using invasive surgery or potentially addictive painkillers. 

“We work with college athletic trainers nationwide, and we know that our sam® devices help heal athletes’ soft-tissue injuries more quickly and help players return to practices and games sooner,” said Dr. George K. Lewis, founder and CEO of ZetrOZ Systems.  

A 2022 study, by authors that included three respected college athletic trainers, examined sam® usage by 239 healthcare providers for treating injuries to tendons and ligaments, joints, large muscle groups, and bone. They reported that sam® provided clinical improvement in under two weeks in more than two-thirds of cases (68.9%) and resulted in a 50% reduction in pain medication. The study concluded sam® is an “effective, safe, easy-to-use, noninvasive, comfortable, and versatile therapeutic for healing musculoskeletal injuries.”

In addition, a 2022 article published in Open Orthopedics Journal surveyed athletic trainers working in professional, collegiate, and military sports medicine to evaluate ZetrOZ’s sam® technology. The study found that sam® is a “fast, simple topical application yielding rapid healing without causing additional trauma to suffering athletes.” The study also included follow-up interviews with the athletic trainers. The researchers reported that “Candid input from professional athletic and military ATs shows a consensus that sam® is a superior healing technology.”

A 2015 level 4 clinical study by sports medicine experts at Ohio State University and Duke University found sustained acoustic medicine delivered via ZetrOZ’s sam® reduced pain and improved strength in patients’ medial/lateral elbow tendons and Achilles tendons. 

Sustained acoustic medicine works by increasing blood vessel diameters to improve blood flow. That increases oxygenated hemoglobin at the therapy site and removes cytokine enzymes and cellular waste, resulting in more rapid healing and reduced pain.

ZetrOZ’s sam® devices are the only FDA-cleared wearable ultrasound units approved for daily use at home. ZetrOZ’s technology was developed, in part, with funding from the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and NASA. ZetrOZ Systems products are designed and manufactured in the United States and are protected by 46 U.S. patents.   

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America’s LGBTQIA+ Community Deeply Concerned About Losing Rights, But Optimistic About the Long-Term Future, New Harris Survey Shows

America’s LGBTQIA+ Community Deeply Concerned About Losing Rights, But Optimistic About the Long-Term Future, New Harris Survey Shows

Study from The Harris Poll Thought Leadership and Futures Practice finds LGBTQIA+ community, especially younger generations, is committed to pushing back against attacks on rights

With new laws, court verdicts, and political rhetoric on marriage equality, trans athletes, gender-neutral bathrooms, drag queen shows, and other issues, new research from The Harris Poll Thought Leadership and Futures Practice finds a near-unanimous belief in the LGBTQIA+ community that their rights are in jeopardy. But the research also reveals the extraordinary levels of that community’s political activism – and an unexpected optimism about the long-term future of LGBTQIA+ rights in America.

The study, “Inclusive Insights: LGBTQIA+ & Advocacy,” is based on a custom survey by The Harris Poll conducted online within the United States from May 26 to June 1 among 1,110 LGBTQIA+ adults aged 18 and over. (LGBTQIA+ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual, and other identities.)

“You might expect that some people within the LGBTQIA+ community are concerned about their rights, given societal trends and recent events,” said Tim Osiecki, Senior Research Manager at The Harris Poll Thought Leadership and Futures Practice. “And indeed, our research shows that the concern is almost universally shared. It also shows that the community – especially younger members from the Gen Z and Millennial generations – is responding with a broad and significant commitment to efforts to preserve those rights and that they ultimately believe the tide will turn.”  

A chief finding of the study is that the LGBTQIA+ community is deeply concerned about legislation passed or advancing at the state and federal levels. Respondents were almost unanimous (98%) in their concern that one or more existing rights could be taken away from LGBTQIA+ people. 

Four out of five (81%) agreed with the statement “With hundreds of anti-LGBTQIA+ bills pending legislation in the U.S., I feel very nervous about my rights as an LGBTQIA+ individual.” Even more (85%) agreed that “There are many groups within the LGBTQIA+ community that often get overlooked or picked on by politicians and lawmakers.”

Respondents’ top concerns: 

  • Protection against discrimination in schools (87%) 
  • Discrimination protection in the workplace (85%) 
  • Right to access housing (84%) 
  • Right to get married (83%)
  • LGBTQIA+ inclusive education (83%)

However, the community is far from despairing – LGBTQIA+ people are putting time, energy, creativity, money, and votes into defending their rights. More than nine out of 10 (93%) LGBTQIA+ people reported taking some sort of political action other than voting to defend their rights. 

The study found that the vast majority (84%) of LGBTQIA+ people vote regularly, with 71% voting in federal elections and 67% in local elections – well above typical nationwide marks of about 52% and 12 to 25%, respectively.  

Over half (58%) donate money, about a third march or protest (39%), attend political events (32%), or write letters (30%) advocating for their rights. More than one in three (37%) said they have considered running for political office – and that percentage jumps to 60% among transgender respondents.

The study also found that members of younger generations (Gen Z, Millennials) are more likely to engage in activism than older members of the LGBTQIA+ community – in some areas, twice as likely. For example, 34% of younger LGBTQIA+ people have volunteered or worked on a campaign, compared to 19% of their older counterparts; 29% of younger generations belong to organized groups that engage in political efforts, compared to 13% of older generations.

The study also closely examined specific issues such as the drag queen bans that have received prominent media coverage. Eight out of 10 respondents said they were concerned about those bans (81%) and feared they could “snowball into lawmakers taking away more and more rights” (80%).

In addition, the study focused on issues faced by subsets of the LGBTQIA+ community, people who identify as BIPOC or transgender.  

Almost three-quarters (72%) of queer BIPOC (Black, indigenous, people of color) members said they had trouble finding communities and resources that understand them, and about two-thirds (64%) have to “code switch” or change how they communicate to fit in with the two communities. Almost half (48%) said they have had to relocate to avoid hostile laws or political environments (compared to 40% of queer non-BIPOC members).  

Possibly reflecting the current political climate, nearly nine out of 10 (87%) trans people agreed with the statement “Our society values humanity in AI and robots more than in trans people.” More than six out of 10 (62%) said they have relocated due to hostile laws or political environments. 

And yet, even as they hold deep concerns about rhetoric and legislation and devote themselves to political activism to defend their rights, people in the LGBTQIA+ community still hold optimism about the future. A strong majority (84%) agreed with the statement “I am hopeful that things are going to improve on the LGBTQIA+ rights” and about two out of three said that the improvement might be soon, agreeing that “I think it’s likely that things will improve for LGBTQIA+ rights within the next five years.” 

“It’s clear from this study and our previous work that the country’s LGBTQIA+ community believes that though our society has made progress on these issues, we still need to work to preserve and expand the community’s rights, and that people believe that progress is not only possible but probable,” Osiecki said.

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