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Tennessee touches on eight other states. Only Missouri (itself a border state with Tennessee) makes contact with as many states. The name Tennessee comes from the name of a Cherokee settlement, Tanase. The origin of Tennessee’s nickname, the Volunteer State, goes back to the War of 1812, when Tennessean volunteers fought to defend the lower Mississippi against British invasion. Around the time of the American Civil War, Tennessee was known as the Hog and Hominy State. The nickname faded away, but pork and corn remain important in Tennessee today. Corn feeds Tennessee’s famous whiskey production. Country-cured ham and red-eye gravy (made with coffee and served with biscuits or grits) remains a classic. Memphis is one of America’s great barbecue capitals (where pork has primacy). The Memphis in May festival features the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. Historically, the cuisine of Tennessee divided up like the terrain. In the eastern hill country, game meats were popular. In the center and west, between Nashville and Memphis, the cuisine often reflected the plantation style of cooking and the influence of African-Americans and Europeans.
 

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Home Town: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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I LOVE MEETING AND MAKING FRIENDS WITH PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. AT THE PRESENT I HAVE SEVERAL HUNDRED. THERE IS SUCH A DIVERSE AND BLEND OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. SOME ARE REALLY COLORFUL CHARACTERS AND TEACH ME ALOT ABOUT CREATIVETY. THERE PERSONALITIES ARE MUCH LIKE ANY ONE ELSE. IF YOU CAN BRING A SMILE INTO ANOTHER LIFE YOU HAVE MADE A FRIEND NO MATTER WHAT IS GOING IN IN THEIR COUNTRY.BEING CREATIVE AND MAKING NEW AND COLOR THINGS DESIGNING IS SUCH FUN AND CHALLENGEING. WHETHER IT BE COOKING OR MAKING HANDMADE WEDDING HAIRBANDS FOR CHILDREN IN WEDDINGS. I NEVER CAN CREATE THE SAME THING TWICE EVERYTHING TURNS OUT DIFFERENT THAN THE ONE BEFORE AND THE SAME GOES FOR COOKING. I FIND PEOPLE AND THIS THINGS TRUELY AMAGING

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Awesome taste for such a simple to prepare recipe. Next time, I am going to add zucchini.

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Yum! Did not add the mustard.

 
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