For those not familiar, the story is centered around US Marshall Raylan Givens (played by the handsome Timothy Olyphant) with an affinity for ice cream whom returns to his place of birth in Kentucky where he fights hillbilly crime in his own eccentric manner. Hilarity ensues.
There are many reasons to like, if not love, the show. I’ll share just a small handful of the reasons I adore it so.
But lastly, and most importantly, I keep coming back to this gem for the Southern ambiance. The two lane roads, boots, cowboy hats, one-horse towns, the non-hipster yet non-grunge flannel, the dustiness, the heavy drawls full of fixin’ tos, y’alls, reckons, used to coulds, and sit a spells. I especially love when the “g” is forgotten and “o” turns into an “a”.
“Quit bein’ so ornery. I’m fixin’ to make some jalapena poppers and potata salad.”
Being on the other side of the world from my Texas roots does generate a bit of homesickness for Southern hospitality from time to time.
One of the ways I scratch that itch is by chatting up a fellow Southerner, when one crosses my path. Gives my drawl an opportunity to stretch its legs after a long hibernation. Once it’s released, the muscles relax and I feel that sense of home again.
Roasted Chicken Stock Recipe
3 whole chicken carcasses (if not making fried chicken [which you should], ask your butcher)
4 large carrots, cut into large chunks
2 large onions, yellow or red, cleaned and quartered with the root attached
1/3 c red wine or apple cider vinegar
2 heads garlic, cut in half along the round middle
1 bunch parsley
6 stalks celery or 1 c celery root, cut into chunks or 1 big bunch celery root leaves
12 or so whole black peppercorns
2 bay leaves