Welcome back to the 2014 Southern Weddings Mason-Dixon Madness! The votes have been cast and we are sadly saying goodbye to 32 bites and beverages, including my beloved pralines and butter beans. If the first week of voting was any indication, decisions are going to get harder and harder as the weeks go by.
For those of y’all who were rooting for an upset, you got your wish! We had a 5 v. 12 upset in the main dishes category, with crawfish boil beating out oysters–seems that we have some serious Louisiana fans in the bunch!
My husband would have died if pecan pie lost in the first round; I know its opponent, divinity, is a staple at many a Southern wedding and party, but I was still surprised that 16 percent of y’all voted for it! (Which necessitated a phone call to my mama to ask her what on earth divinity is.)
The 7/10 match ups were quite contentious, with the 10-seed in each bracket emerging victorious! It seems that everyone is ready for warmer weather and that seasonal foods go right along with that feeling — watermelon beat out sweet potato casserole and key lime pie trumped coconut cake (sorry, Em!). Bring on summer!!
Here’s how our bracket’s looking now:
While it was a long shot for a Kentucky Hot Brown or benne wafers to make it out of the first round, I have a feeling that these Southern delicacies (and more) might have been added to a few “must try” lists after first round research.
Did you try out any new-to-you recipes for research? Did you learn anything about your beau or best friends as you completed your brackets? Share what you learned, and what you’re pulling for, in the comments below! Second-round voting will be open until March 19th.
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