You’re Lookin’ At Country

An excess of old-school country music and an obsession with The Coal Miner’s Daughter can do wonders for a girl’s vocabulary. Yes Sir Yes Ma’am, wonders ya’ll. A mysterious drawl has crept up on me and words that most college educated people shun….well…they are flowing from my mouth. Raised in Northern Virginia, most people I know nowadays would argue to the death that I actually meant to say “West Virginia.”

I tried with all my might to resist being possessed by “country.” But no matter how hard I fought, it just reeled in my soul and grabbed hold of me. But yesterday was a scary scary day.

Scene: Espresso Bar. A line is building to the door. My co-worker tries to a hand a full chai to a grabby customer. It happens in slow motion….scalding liquid splattering everywhere.

Customer: “Oh My!”

Me: ” Ahhh Shucks! Did ya get gottin’?”

What in the devil was that?! That’s it. I’ve got to start listening to punk rock or something that will wake my brain up. I look around to see if anyone has realized that I have violated many rules to our holy language. The customer winks at me…and I think to myself, “you’re lookin’ at country.”

But Loretta Lynn seems like a sassy classy gal. I bet she loves fine pastries and chocolate covered strawberries. So just because I’m slipping into a prairie coma doesn’t mean I’ve lost my wits. So, cheers to country and cheers to perfect rustic fruit tarts. For if you can pull off a fruit tart, then you are a worldly, educated, cultured soul…and you have permission to speak however you chose. Amen.

If I haven’t mentioned it before, Smitten Kitchen is one of the greatest food blogs to have ever been created. Not only are the stories and photos crisp and refreshing…but the recipes are all reliable and scrumptious. So, without further blabber head on over there to find the recipe for the Unshrinkable Tart Shell and Pastry Cream!

All Photos were taken by my wandering cowboy, Evan Lentz.


Michelle Gotta tell ya, I’m not a Southern gal, but I’d walk a country mile for some of this tart.
I remember seeing Coal Miner’s Daughter when I was a kid and I have great memories of listening to the 8 track in the backseat of our car. Wow – an 8 track – that was a LONG time ago. LOL
Thanks for a great stroll down memory lane. : )

Kirsten Michelle, what lovely memories! The movie Wayne’s World made me want an 8-track back in high school, so I’m actually super jealous of you. Cooking is really all about nastalgia for me, so I’m glad the story summoned memories!

Lasuch w kuchni Oh so beautiful. 😀

joseph zawislan You have always impressed me as being a country girl at heart, and not one of these “sissified” city folk! Hilarious stuff as usual and I am convinced Loretta Lynn and Sissy Spacek would love your cooking. Thanks for your awesome blog!!

Kirsten Joe! Thanks for everything and the rockin’ tomatoes and peaches recently! You and your pop are my most favorite people.

SarahWalk We’re totally country in Nathin Vaginya. And it wasn’t the Civil War, it was the Waaaa of Nathen Aggression.
Love ya.

Stephen Dweck Jewelry Amazing! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a entirely different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Great choice of colors!

Kirsten Stephen- Thank you so much! I am a big fan of your jewelery and I am so happy you dropped by!

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