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And then there were four. Welcome back to the 2014 Southern Weddings Mason-Dixon Madness Tourney! We have whittled away from 64 and now have our top main, side, sweet and drink!

I have been lucky enough to visit the original Krispy Kreme location on a number of occasions, because my sweet daddy grew up in the Winston-Salem area. I admit that I am a sucker for that Hot’n Now sign, but never, ever did I think that peach cobbler would miss out on the title of best sweet in the South.

This cobbler/donut vote was the closest, and with only a handful–ahem, seven–votes separating these two delicacies, I am still in a bit of denial. We are also parting ways with Lisa’s beloved mac and cheese AND Nicole’s champion pick, sweet tea. Yes, the bubbly cherry beverage from Salisbury, NC is moving on to the Final Four!

Here’s how our bracket is looking now:

I guess your weekend meal is set: a big plate of BBQ with a biscuit, washed down with a cold glass of Cheerwine and finished with a Krispy Kreme donut. Then, place your bets and pick your favorites for the championship match-up.

Good luck! (RSS readers, click through to access the poll.)

P.S. I am counting down the days until peach season so I can make a big ol’ batch of homemade peach cobbler. Y’all are invited, just bring the sweet tea ;)

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Now that all of our office brackets are pretty much shot, I can’t wait to see who’s named the surprise champ!

  2. avatar Brittany reply

    Well, I just won a bet against my sweetheart, BBQ for the win. He was sure the champ would be Fried Chicken, looks like I get to pick the movie next time :)

  3. avatar Erin reply

    I can’t believe my beloved sweet tea didn’t make it into the final four! I’ll be rooting for biscuits or Krispy Kreme donuts from here on out, although I can’t possibly choose between them!!

  4. avatar Robin Schmidt reply

    CHEERWINE and Bisquits

  5. avatar Robert Quinn reply

    Good Stuff

  6. avatar Robert Bierman reply

    Nothing like Cheerwine while playing softball and then BBQ all night and more Cheerwine. It does not get any better.

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Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit, nearly 1000 of y’all voted to send your favorite Southern bites and beverages to the Elite Eight! Welcome back to the 2014 Southern Weddings Mason-Dixon Madness Tourney!

Today, we are saying goodbye to pecan pie (Lisa’s championship pick) and Emily’s beloved deviled eggs. Krispy Kreme and Cheerwine, both native North Carolina delicacies, survived and advanced. Sweet tea is sweetly sailing along through the competition–I can’t say I am too surprised!

I am betting that the Elite Eight match-up this week between fried chicken and BBQ is going to be a doozy. I was born in the BBQ capital of North Carolina, but good gracious, I do love a good piece of cold fried chicken. My advice? Take your time before making your picks and daydream about your favorite memory of eating each delicacy before making your final selection. :)

Here’s how our bracket is looking now:

All four #1 seeds are alive and kickin’, with spots in the Final Four AND bragging rights as category winners up for grabs! Your vote counts!!

RSS readers, be sure to click through to access the poll!

This week has been so busy, I haven’t gotten around to having my ham biscuit quite yet. To honor it after being voted out this week, I think I will have one for breakfast tomorrow. Feel free to join me, perhaps with a big slice of red velvet cake on the side?

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Brittany reply

    This IS getting too hard ya’ll! BBQ vs Fried Chicken? I just can’t..

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    It pains me to choose any food over biscuits, but macaroni and cheese has my vote forever!

  3. avatar Emily Alice reply

    This is literally the hardest decision I will make today! I can feel it.

  4. avatar Taryn | Formal Fringe reply

    I think it’s fixin’ to be Sweet Tea vs. Mac and Cheese in the finals!

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For the love of BBQ and sweet tea, welcome back to the 2014 Southern Weddings Mason-Dixon Madness Tourney! From the number of votes cast during the Round of 32, it seems like y’all called your best friends, mamas, grandmamas, and neighbors in an effort to make sure your favorite Southern delicacies made it into the Sweet Sixteen. For my own part, I am sad to report that all my efforts didn’t earn my beloved pimento cheese a victory, as cornbread advanced to the next round.

As you may have seen from our social media chatter, a couple of match-ups were neck-and-neck going into the final day of voting. Krispy Kreme pulled off the upset victory against the #2 seed, banana pudding, thanks to some Twitter pleas from Team Krispy Kreme and a strong response from the “Hot-n-Now” lovers among us. Cheerwine smoothly rolled along, much to the delight of Emily and our NC cohort, and Coca-Cola (a questionable “Cinderella” as a 10-seed) is proudly marching on as the lowest-ranked bite or beverage in the final 16!

If your head exploded over having to choose between hushpuppies and biscuits in the last round, be prepared to consider holding a head-to-head taste test when making decisions this time around. Trust your tastebuds! BBQ vs. shrimp and grits? Ham biscuits vs. fried chicken? May the best bite win!

Here’s how our bracket is looking now:

After analyzing the final tallies, rest assured that your vote counts! The match-up between ham biscuits and chicken and waffles came down to a dozen votes out of hundreds and hundreds cast. To ensure your favorites make it another round, keep voting!

Has anyone been inspired to try a new-to-you Southern delicacy or mix up an old favorite? Sound off below–I, for one, have been craving a ham biscuit for the last two weeks!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Laura reply

    Nooooo! I had Pound Cake going to the Final Four! My Champion is still in it to win it though :)

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    This is getting so intense!!

  3. avatar Kristin reply

    RIP Pimento Cheese :(

  4. avatar Graham reply

    Go Sweet Tea, Go Sweet Tea, GO!!!!!!

  5. avatar Emily reply

    My poor deviled eggs – I don’t know if they stand a chance against biscuits :(

  6. avatar Tony Kubik reply

    I like voting for food we like.

  7. avatar Mark Ridenhour reply

    How do you vote? I want to vote for Cheerwine!

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