Friday, May 23, 2014

Southern Voice

Written by: Bob DiPero and Tommy Douglas
Performed by: Tim McGraw
 
Hank Williams sang it, Number 3 drove it
Chuck Berry twanged it, Will Faulkner wrote it
Aretha Franklin sold it, Dolly Parton graced it
Rosa Parks rode it, Scarlett O. chased it
 
Smooth as the hickory wind
That blows from Memphis down to Apalachicola
It's "Hi y'all, did ya eat?
Well, come on in. I'm sure glad to know ya"
Don't let this old gold cross
And this Allman Brothers t-shirt throw ya
It's cicadas making noise
With the Southern voice
 
Hank Aaron smacked it, Michael Jordan dunked it
Pocahontas tracked it, Jack Daniels drunk it
Tom Petty rocked it, Dr. King paved it
Bear Bryant won it, Billy Graham saved it
 
Smooth as the hickory wind
That blows from Memphis down to Apalachicola
It's "Hi y'all, did ya eat?
Well, come on in. I'm sure glad to know ya"
Don't let this old gold cross
And this Crimson Tide t-shirt throw ya
It's cicadas making noise
With the Southern voice
 
Jesus is my friend, America is my home
Sweet iced tea and Jerry Lee
Daytona Beach, that's what gets to me
I can feel it in my bones
 
Smooth as the hickory wind
That blows from Memphis down to Apalachicola
It's "Hi y'all, did ya eat?
 Well, come on in. I'm sure glad to know ya"
Don't let this old gold cross
And this Charlie Daniels t-shirt throw ya
We're just boys making noise
With the Southern voice, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Southern voice
I got a Southern voice
Southern voice

Friday, February 14, 2014

Ain't Love Grand



I've been doing some writing for one of my favorite websites, Bourbon and Boots! For my February blog about homemade candies, check out their website.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Georgia Aquarium

 

I had such a wonderful time taking my mother-in-law to the Georgia Aquarium during her holiday visit. I always forget how truly spectacular that place is! I wrote a quick blog about it for Bourbon and Boots. Hope you enjoy!



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Stripling's Country Store


Everyone knows that I love to eat, and a good meal starts with a great protein. Check out the awesome butcher/sausage shop I found here in North Georgia.

 


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ringin' in the New Year Right!

I'm sure every culture in the world has a way of celebrating the start of a new year, but here in the South, we like to ring it in with food, steeped in tradition and seasoned with a dash of superstition. As a child, I was told that midnight could not come and go without black-eyed peas, collard greens, and hog jowl. It sounds like a pretty weird combination, and it's one my mom desperately tried to avoid. That's why we, like many modern Southerns, usually ended up  with a combination more akin to cooked spinach, black-eyed peas, and ham. That's close enough and absolutely essential for starting the year right.

It’s interesting how these traditions started. Some stories say that Union soldiers looting their way across the South left only “animal fodder,” such as peas and greens, to sustain man and beast alike. Somewhere along the way, greens became symbolic of dollars and peas of coins, edible talismans for financial prosperity in the year to come.


Hog jowl is a fatty cut of pork from the cheek of a pig. Smoked or cured, it can be used to flavor both peas and greens or fried like bacon. The only honest to goodness hog jowl I've ever eaten was at Lambert's Cafe in Sikeston, Missouri (http://www.throwedrolls.com/), and it was pretty tasty. Eating rich pork products, like jowl, on New Year’s Eve is supposed to bring good luck for the future.


Another superstition is that cornbread should be eaten with the above meal to represent gold and further prosperity. I didn't hear this part of the New Year's tradition until I was grown, but as it happens, cornbread is the perfect complement to peas and greens. Lucky or not, it's welcome on my table any time.
New York can have their lighted ball and Pasadena their roses. Give me a bowl of hot greens and a kiss at midnight, and I’m set for another great year!

Happy New Year!