What is Pot Likker ? Talk Southern to Me Episode 3

Welcome back for this week’s episode of Talk Southern to ME, where we take a new word, phrase, or Southernism and do our best to define it in non-Southern terms. Episode 3: What is Pot Likker? We love food, and because Southerners cook some seriously delicious meals, we don’t want even a drop of the amazingness to go to waste. That includes every last drop of the liquid that remains in the pot on the stove after we remove the food that’s been cooking in it. That liquid, many would call it a broth, has been flavored by the vegetables it contained while they were cooked, as well as the spices and butter that we probably used to flavor it. If there’s enough of it left, we might save it in a container in the refrigerator to be used for flavoring other things we will be cooking, and the amount on our plates that remains after the food on it has been eaten is just perfect when soaked up (or ‘sopped’ as I say) with a roll, biscuit, biscuit or bread. I hope you’re more comfortable with using the word y’all after last week’s lesson! Come back next week for…

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Monmouth Historic Inn: A Sweet Southern Getaway

If you’re looking for a romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day, or a location for an Anniversary trip, I’ve found a destination that you’ll adore! Monmouth Historic Inn, located in fabulously Nachez, Mississippi, meets the needs of those escaping the demands of everyday living with beautiful surroundings, fascinating history, and luxury beyond compare for its guests. Weary from our six-hour drive from Montgomery, arriving at Monmouth was like reaching an oasis for sleep. Signs directed me to the clearly-marked check-in station, situated in a building next to the main house (I later learned it was originally the kitchen building when Monmouth was a plantation). A sweet and personable staff member welcomed me to the Monmouth Historic Inn and quickly acquainted me with the lay out of the estate and also filled me in on the included breakfast arrangements for the next morning, all while handling my check in proceedings. She handed me my key and told me how to reach her if I needed her, then we drove to our assigned suite at the Carriage House. My reservations were for a fantastic Queen Suite in the Carriage House. I climbed a few steps to the front porch of the Carriage…

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What Does Y’all Mean? Talk Southern to Me Episode 2

Welcome back for your second lesson on understanding Southern figures of speech, terms, and more! Did you use “Buggy” in a sentence this week? If so, I hope that went well for you, and if not get to it! This time we’ll be looking at the ever popular Southernism, “Y’all”. What does y’all mean? Now you might not have needed me to tell you what it MEANS, but I’m thinking you could probably use a pointer or two on the correct USAGE of y’all. It’s my self-appointed duty as a Southern woman and aficionado of words to foster your competence in using the words I highlight, and context is key. Think of me as your Southern adviser or coach. Y’all does NOT refer to just ONE person, despite what you might hear in movies or the like. You might hear a Southerner say “How have y’all been?” to a lone individual, but it’s understood among other Southerners that the person asking is referring to the individual and his family, or other people he/she is associated with in the context of the relationship between the two people in the conversation. It’s just like saying “How’re your mama an’nem (and them) doing?”.…

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