What do you think about spending your vacation in Virgin Islands Beach resort or a Ski resort in Vermont or in the warm shores of Florida? We wanted to visit one of these places during the last Thanksgiving holidays. We did a mega planning but due to the selective loss of memory, we almost forgot to book the hotel and air tickets. LOL. TH tried all his best to get things done at the last moment as he didn’t want to disappoint his one and only pretty wife (hey that’s me). So he booked a 4 day bus tour to Tennessee and places around. Though I did not set a high expectations for this trip, it ended up being a truly memorable one that we will cherish forever.
Being an ardent nature lover, I love traveling to places where you can feel the nature. I also like to meet people, learn their culture and know what they eat and how they live. So a trip to Tennessee was an opportunity for me to get acquainted to the Dixie style living and their food and also visit places that were very close to the nature.
On the first day we visited Shenandoah Caverns and stayed in a hotel for that night. Next day, we did some Thanks giving shopping at Tanger outlet mall and steered towards Pigeon Forge for a show called Dixie Stampede. Initially I was not interested in paying $50 per person for a Country style food and seeing horses. But TH asked me not to be judgemental so we decided to watch the show.
After a group picture with our bus tour people, we went into the carriage room which happened to be the turning point. The entire atmosphere changed and it was nice to see people dressed up in Dixie style, singing and playing country music. After the gig, we were taken inside a huge arena. I liked how everything was put together there. We were served a four course meal in a Indian style. I mean it, we ate the entire meal by hand and even drank the soup without a spoon just like how we would drink the kheer or the last bit of rasam in the plate. I hope you get the picture of it. I was completely bowled in when they served the soup. It is one of the best soup I have ever had in my life. Then came the corn on the cob, homemade biscuit, Herbed potatoes, Barbequed Pork loin, Rottissiere chicken(cornish hen) and atlast the dessert. I ate everything except the piece of pork just because I don’t eat pork. We had a choice to choose between tea, water and soda. Being loyal to water I chose water to accompany this scrumptous meal. This is one of the best American food I have ever had during my stint here.
We want to go back to this place just to have their food and ofcourse to watch their spectacular show. If you get an opportunity do visit this place and enjoy their food and their show. I am sure you will not be disappointed. And vegetarians do not worry, they have a separate menu for you
(Trust me they didn’t pay me a penny to promote them, they don’t have to)
Since we came back from this trip we both have been talking about this soup. I even thought of purchasing the soup mix from Dolly’s online store. But then I bumped into this recipe. I immediately went to the local supermarket and bought all those ingredients mentioned in the recipe. I didn’t want to miss anything because I wanted to experience the same taste.
How it tasted?
The very first time I tried, it came out well. But I had to make some adjustments to the recipe to get the original taste. I made it again after a week with the modified recipe and it turned out PERFECT just like how it tasted @ Dixie Stampede. You can serve this conventionally as a Starter or serve it with a bread and make it a wholesome meal.
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OK now are you ready for a STAMPEDE?
This soup found its way to Jagruti’s Joyful eating whilst traveling event. Isn’t this soup perfect for this event.