50-by-50 Episode 2 “Tennessee”

Welcome back, everyone, to the second episode of my YouTube series, “50-by-50.” This episode takes us on an exciting journey through the heart of Tennessee, featuring the vibrant city of Nashville, some mouthwatering hot chicken, and a special family recipe with my niece. I’m thrilled to share this adventure with you all, so let’s dive right in!

Walking Through Nashville’s Music Row

We kicked off our journey in the bustling streets of Nashville, where the energy is always high and the music is always playing. I couldn’t help but feel the city’s rhythm as we walked past historic recording studios and famous music landmarks. Standing by the iconic Ryman Auditorium, known as the birthplace of Bluegrass, I was reminded of the deep connection between music and food that makes Nashville so unique.

The Heat of Nashville Hot Chicken

Next, I headed to the Assembly Food Hall to meet my good buddy, Rob. Our mission: to try Nashville’s signature hot chicken. Almost 100 years ago, Thornton Prince created this fiery dish, and we knew we had to taste it at the legendary Prince’s Hot Chicken.

As we ordered, Rob and I shared a few laughs and some nerves about the heat level. Rob wisely chose mild, while I, feeling adventurous, went for the really hot one. My first bite was an explosion of flavor followed by intense heat that had me exclaiming, “WOOOO!” The heat sneaks up on you, but it’s oh so good. We joked about renaming it “hot gravy chicken” because of its rich, spicy sauce-like quality.

Rob was the perfect dinner companion, and I was grateful for his hospitality. Our conversation flowed from our Nashville adventures to reminiscing about a beautiful wedding in Key Largo where we had last seen each other. It was a delightful reunion, filled with laughter and unforgettable flavors.

Family Traditions: Granny’s Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

After our spicy adventure, I made my way to Murfreesboro to visit my niece, Evie Jo. We were set to recreate a cherished family recipe: Granny’s biscuits and sausage gravy. The visit started with a sweet surprise—my nieces wanted me to adopt two adorable rescued puppies, Bandit and Bluey.

In the kitchen, Evie Jo and I got to work. She guided me through the steps of making the biscuits, starting with sifting the flour and making a “volcano” for the wet ingredients. Her enthusiasm and giggles made the experience even more special. We mixed, kneaded, and shaped the dough into perfect little balls, ready for the oven.

While the biscuits baked, we turned our attention to the sausage gravy. Cooking alongside Evie Jo, I was reminded of the importance of passing down family traditions. The gravy came together beautifully, rich and savory, just like Granny used to make.

Wrapping Up

As our time in Tennessee came to a close, I reflected on the incredible journey. From the soulful streets of Nashville to the spicy heat of hot chicken and the comforting warmth of Granny’s biscuits and sausage gravy, this episode was a celebration of culture, friendship, and family.

Evie Jo did an amazing job, and those biscuits were perfect. And yes, the puppies, Bandit and Bluey, are coming home with me—how could I resist?

Next time on “50-by-50,” I’m leaving the city and heading to the pastures of Wisconsin to meet some cows and some incredible people in America’s Dairy Land. Make sure to like and subscribe so you don’t miss a thing on this culinary adventure. Until next time, keep cooking and sharing the love!

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