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Five Types of Southern BBQ
Jan 26/17

Five Types of Southern BBQ Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 0 Comments

    Summer is upon us! In the South that means one thing: time to invite over some friends, ice down some beer, and fire up that grill! We Southerners pride ourselves on our BBQ. All of our BBQ. From Memphis to Texas, BBQ is a serious sport around these parts, and here is your need to know guide to...

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History of the Old Fashioned: Cognac vs. Bourbon
Jan 26/17

History of the Old Fashioned: Cognac vs. Bourbon Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 0 Comments

The first time I made an old fashioned was in the fall of 2002. I had just moved to Nashville, Tenn., and had my first bartending job downtown on the strip. I was instructed by an older, more well-seasoned bartender to: drop a couple of brightly colored cherries, an orange slice, a pack of sugar, and some Angostura bitters into...

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What did you say? Southern Sayings and their Loose Translations
Jan 26/17

What did you say? Southern Sayings and their Loose Translations Posted by: Hedi Hemenway | 0 Comments

Ever wonder where some of the South’s most memorable expressions mean? Well, you’re in luck, because today we offer you four Southern sayings and their loose translations.    Saying: Over Yonder Translation: Over there, usually within sight.  Example: Look at those rolling hills over yonder.    Saying: Hold Your Horses  Translation: Hang on or wait. Example: Hold your horses, the...

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Thelma & Louise Stories: The Wind In Our Hair
Jan 26/17

Thelma & Louise Stories: The Wind In Our Hair Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 1 Comment

Each week we're sharing a Thelma & Louise-inspired story of bad-ass best friends. All stories are inspired by real events and memories.   "Come on, girl, wake up. We've got to hit the road if we're gonna be drinking margaritas on the beach at sunset." I opened one eye and looked at the clock: 10am. One more hour before I had to...

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13 Words That Give Away Your Southern Roots
Jan 24/17

13 Words That Give Away Your Southern Roots Posted by: Hedi Hemenway | 18 Comments

We asked the Bourbon & Boots brand followers to send us a list of unique “Southernisms” we could share with our audience.  We culled out the typical Y’all’s, Sweet Tea’s, and Bless Your Hearts and selected some off-the-beaten path expressions used exclusively by Southern patriots.   1. Lagniappe: a little bit of something extra (especially for those from N’Awlins and...

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What Comes Around: The Origin of the Lazy Susan
Aug 26/16

What Comes Around: The Origin of the Lazy Susan Posted by: Rod Ford | 0 Comments

I’ve always been fascinated with names, both for people and pets, and also for things. Who came up with that name, and why? Does it have a history, or was it just something arbitrarily assigned? Is there a deeper meaning than what is on the surface? And so, when my grandmother used a Lazy Susan at Sunday dinner from the...

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Modern Southern Writers
Aug 17/16

Modern Southern Writers Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago, we shared our favorite classic southern writers.  Today, we're jumping into present times to explore some of the best writers to come from the South in our generation. Ron Rash Ron Rash’s novels, short stories, and poetry are mostly set in the rural Appalachian South, where his family has been since the 1700’s. A master of lyrical writing...

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Lessons from my Southern Mom: Sending a Daughter Off To College
Aug 08/16

Lessons from my Southern Mom: Sending a Daughter Off To College Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 1 Comment

So the time that you have both longed for and feared has finally come: it’s time to make the long drive and drop your daughter, still a mere teenager, off at college. But what do you say to her after you’ve carefully unpacked and neatly folded all of her clothes and put them in her drawers, and she is glowing...

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