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Foodie Alert: Interview with Country Artist and Food/Drink Lover Lindsay Lawler

Foodie Alert: Interview with Country Artist and Food/Drink Lover Lindsay Lawler

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Good Afternoon Lindsay! Thank you so much for talking with Battered and Brewed! So what is your favorite food to cook for your family?
My husband and I both travel separately for work a lot, so when we do happen to be home at the same time, we love to cook and catch up on our “stories” on Netflix. There are several things I like to cook including chicken parmesan, crock pot mashed potatoes with parmesan encrusted chicken, chili, and banana chocolate chip muffins as a special breakfast treat!  But, one of our favorites to cook and have on hand all week is Taco Soup.  It is an awesome comfort food, so easy to make, and is even better as leftovers!  You can modify the recipe to make with ground beef, chicken, or turkey and add as many or few extras as you want (like avocado, sour cream, cheese, scallions, etc.)  And when we are really feeling gluttonous we dip Fritos in it…..mmmmmmmh.

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What is your favorite music to listen to while you cook?

I have a “Cooking” playlist I use when I am in the kitchen.  It has artists like Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Van Morrison, Billy Holiday, and Tom Waits.  Or, the Frank Sinatra Pandora station is my other go to.  A glass of wine, cooking in the kitchen, and this music makes me so calm and content in an otherwise crazy life.
I know you like the outdoors, how about a bonfire drinking playlist?
We have a great cozy backyard that we spend a lot of time in by the fire pit.  Friends are over all the time for fire pit cocktails and guitar…..and our current favorite playlists by the fire consist of Kings of Leon, Black Keys, Chris Stapleton, Eagles, and Stevie Wonder.
How does food play a part when touring or being in new places?
Being on the road makes it difficult to have a consistent diet, and obviously very hard to cook.  I spend a lot of time at truck stops, so we have to really work hard to eat relatively healthy!  I try to book us at hotels that have better options than fast food around them.  We always look for the local eateries, and try new things that are native to each city we are in.  Luckily, I travel with like-minded people so we are constantly checking Yelp to find out where to eat and what to order.  When are not flying and are in the tour van, I always bring lots of snacks and stock up from Costco!  I am known for bringing summer sausage, different kinds of cheese, crackers, veggies, and peanut butter chocolate cookies along for the ride.  Feeding my band is my maternal outlet! 🙂

Tell us about one memorable meal you’ve had during your travels.

One of our favorite little gems we discovered out on the road was the Firefly Grille in Effingham, IL.  My fiddle player had eaten there before and encouraged us to take a slight detour off the beaten path to try this spot for brunch.  It was amazing, and in the middle of nowhere.  The outside looks like a huge old barn, and it sits on a pond with huge colorful fish.  The inside is lit up bright and has an upscale country vibe.  We started with flash fried calamari and crispy crab purses, which had hoisin cremates, king crab, and sweet chili.  They have wonderful brick oven pizzas, fish tacos, huevos rancheros, and chicken and waffles for brunch.  Obviously we toasted with mimosas as well for my drummer’s birthday. It was a beautiful setting, with awesome food, and a “make you feel at home” vibe that we hope to go back to!  And on a side note, one of our other very favorite spots while traveling is Founding Farmers in Washington D.C. Their skillet cornerback with honey butter, devil-ish eggs, and chicken and waffles with mac and cheese (followed by a nap) are just the start of this awesome farm to table menu.  And their drinks with all ingredients are made in house by their own master distiller and drink specialist.  Try the Farm Daisy with gin, green chartreuse, lemon and lemongrass!

If you could pick one food to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would that be?
I would be as big as a house, but if I could eat one food every day forever and always, it would be macaroni and cheese.  The creamy kind….not the baked kind.  Like really creamy.  And basic.  It doesn’t need bacon, chives, and added ingredients.  Just good ole creamy macaroni and cheese.  Like a bathtub full of it.  Ok, you get it.
After playing a late show, what is your guilty pleasure food?
I honestly try not to eat late at night.  But on those off times when we didn’t get to have dinner before a show, or we ran around on stage enough to warrant another meal….I would have to say pizza.  I’m pretty simple when it comes to food.  My palette is pretty close to a five year old.  Pizza and macaroni and cheese.  It’s a wonder I am not 1,000 pounds!
What about a funny kitchen incident?
I can’t think of a particular funny instance in the kitchen, BUT I will say, I often times (ok, almost always) mess up the timing of meals because I tend to dance in the kitchen and forget what I’m doing.  My husband has a very hard time keeping me focused and on track….but he always ends up laughing at me most of the time (my goal!) and if dinner is burnt or late, well at least we had fun 🙂
You have played at the Capital in DC a few times, what is that like? Any favorite restaurants in DC?
I have gotten to sing at the Capitol in DC as well as Arlington Cemetery for Wreaths Across America for the past several years.  These are truly some of the most amazing experiences of my life.  Four years ago, when we played the Capitol for the first time, it was also my first time to DC.  My producer, Chris Roberts and I, wrote a song that was chosen for the official lighting of the tree called “Standing Tall” so we were flown to sing it at the Capitol Christmas Tree lighting.  It also happened to fall on my birthday.  So on December 4, 2011, I found myself being escorted by secret service to the Capitol lawn, sang live on CSPAN to  the Speaker of the House John Boehner and various Senate and Congress members, while staring at the Washington Monument.  John Boehner and his wife sang happy birthday to me afterwards.  It was all pretty surreal!  And then two weeks later sang “God Bless America” at Arlington Cemetery along with a military band and Black Hawk One flyover.  I am honored to sing at that event every December and spend time with families who have lost their loved ones fighting for our freedom.  I encourage everyone to check out the Wreaths Across America program and volunteer to lay wreaths at Arlington.

And as I mentioned above, Founding Farmers is my favorite restaurant in DC!!!
Could you give us a secret killer drink recipe?
My husband is from Cape Cod and they have a fun summer drink I was introduced to that we make for the lake now!  It is called a “Skip and Go Naked” and the name really says it all.  We make a huge pitcher of it and the rest is history!  It consists of: 6 pack of Budweiser, 2 cans of frozen lemonade concentrate, a liter of vodka, and a bag of ice.  Happy summer!!!  And night night! 🙂
Since you are the National Spokesperson for the Highway Angel program, what is the best truck stop food?

I travel and sing at truck stops across the country, and it is always funny to see the stereotypes from each one based on what state they are in.  We are currently traveling and singing at ceremonies at various locations, and have recently had lobster rolls and fried clams in New Hampshire, steak in Texas, and BBQ in Tennessee.  All so cliché right?!

Do you have a favorite wine?
I am a Pinot Noir drinker for the most part (and as for whites, I drink Sauvignon Blanc).  My current favorite Pinot is one called Lincourt.  I had dinner with dear friends of ours last year, right after we had to say goodbye to our beloved pug Bono.  We went to dinner to toast him and noticed the “Lindsay’s” Lincourt on the menu.  My name is Lindsay and the couple we were with has the last name of Courtney.  So Lincourt was perfect at that moment and now our local wine store (Main Street Liquors, who we love!) carries it for us!

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Finally for Battered and Brewed, if you could have a drink with anyone, who would it be and what would you drink?

If I could have a drink with anyone……my initial response would be Louis CK.  I’d like to drink whiskey with him and just have zero filter.  Say anything, ask anything, and get real answers, no matter how inappropriate the conversation may be!

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Born and raised in Texas, Lindsay Lawler spent several years performing in Los Angeles before making her way to Nashville, Tennessee in 2007. After performing at the 2010 Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas, she formed a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association and has since been named the official spokeswoman of their Highway Angel program. Her single, Highway Angel, has given her exposure as an artist and become an anthem for truck drivers everywhere. She also wrote and recorded Long Haul, a salute to female truck drivers. Lawlercontinues to support the truck driving community through her performances around the country on the Highway Angel Truck Stop Tour and through her radio show, On The Road To Nashville.  For more info, please visit www.lindsaylawler.com and www.facebook.com/lindsaylawlerfans.

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