Don’t you hate when you have a bad caramel day? Each attempt either seizes up or burns. And then to add injury to insult, the ruined caramel has the audacity to burn you! It’s worse than a bad hair day. Seriously. Way worse. Maybe these things only happen to me…
Fortunately yesterday was not one of those days!
(Mine usually occur only when my husband is lurking around the kitchen to bear witness to my failure.)
Because yesterday I made the most delicious salted caramel sauce that I have ever had! I made two batches just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke. Continue reading →
I’ve been eating this Grapefruit, Kale, Chicken and Avocado Power Salad everyday for over a week, so I figured if I love it so much, I should share it with you! It’s filling and flavorful!
It’s packed full of healthy fats from the avocado, walnuts and olive oil; a simple grilled rosemary chicken provides even more protein to power you through the day; baby spinach and kale, which have too many health benefits to fit here (if you want to read more about the power of kale, you can here); and a tiny sprinkling of goat’s milk feta, because EVERYTHING is better with cheese. Continue reading →
Several weeks ago, like millions of others, I was scouring the Internet for the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert. My friend, Kayle, over at The Cooking Actress, suggested I bake this Flourless Chocolate Decadence Cake for Valentine’s Day. When she said, “It’s one of my faves!”, well, I just knew I had to try it. Search = Over!
This Flourless Chocolate Decadence Cake is sensational: it is rich with an eye-opening chocolate flavor; it is dense and moist like a good flourless chocolate cake should be; and it has this amazing crust that forms on top.
So the other day I Googled “Explain Twitter to me” and the amount of information explaining Twitter is almost as confusing as Twitter itself. I figured it was high time I joined the rest of the World in the 21st Century, because apparently everyone and their mother (well, at least my Mother and, even more embarrassing, my Grandfather) are on Twitter.
Mastering the Twitterverse (can you say that?!) is one of my goals for 2014. I’m sure you are all rolling your eyes out there but this is a serious issue. I’ve thought about creating an account numerous times but then I get overwhelmed by all those hashtags, which I still want to call “pound symbols”, and @’s.
The whole site may as well be written in Wingdings.
But all those articles “explaining Twitter” just made my head ache and my stomach rumble for something not complex yet comforting. Tomato Chicken Bake to the rescue! I have been making some variation of this dish for over two years. It is still one of my Husband’s favorites. Continue reading →
In 50 years when people ask where my obsession with Bourbon started, I can point to this Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Tart as the culprit. Apparently I’m a little late to the party, but I don’t care how long it took for me to show up, I’m just super happy to be here!
This Southern Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Tart seemed to cry out for a Country music soundtrack. We all deserve a personal theme song, right?
In this Roast Beef Swiss Melt crusty bread surrounds juicy roast beef au jus with a perfectly melted layer of Swiss cheese. Coarse grained Dijon mustard and horseradish perfectly compliment the roast beef.
Perfection if I do say so myself.
When I proposed this sandwich using the left over roast beef from this Pot Roast my Husband got really excited. I’ve never seen my husband get so excited about a sandwich! Continue reading →
Brace yourselves. These Reese’s Peanut Butter Blondies are insanely good.
It’s my favorite brown butter blondie recipe with mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, Reese’s peanut butter chips, and Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips folded into the batter. And because that just wasn’t enough, I slathered a thick layer of Reese’s peanut butter icing on top.
Lemon Bars are my culinary way of letting Mother Nature know that I am over this winter. So over it. I needed something bright and zingy to cheer me up and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about lemons this entire week. Something about their bright color (contrasting with the shades of grey outside) and tart flavor kept calling my name.
So…I bought double my usual amount of lemons at the farmer’s market with no plan for what to do with them. Generally my motto is “No plan is a bad plan”, which is totally true unless the lack of plan ends in Lemon Bars!
I know that beef stock is a really strange Valentine’s Day post, but I can totally explain. Starting at the beginning of this week all anyone could talk about was how it was how it is going to snow in Atlanta again and how there were going to be massive power outages and, essentially, life as we know it would be temporarily over. In light of the impending Atlanta Wintergate 2.0 I felt it would be foolish to bake cupcakes (what I really wanted to post today) when we could potentially be without power for several days. Wouldn’t it be more prudent to make beef stock and some hearty dishes that we could survive on when the insane weather struck? Indeed.
So here we are with Homemade Beef Stock. Happy Valentine’s Day!
I don’t watch too many cooking shows (shocking, right?!), but recently I started watching Martha Stewart’s Cooking School. There is something about Martha that makes me want to do everything better. And more beautifully.
In one recent show on onions she made French Onion Soup with homemade beef stock. My Husband and I will drive 45 minutes to eat our favorite French Onion Soup in Atlanta. No, seriously. It’s that good! Well that got me thinking, if I am so in love with homemade chicken stock, wouldn’t homemade beef stock be just as good!
After that I couldn’t get it out of my mind and I started thinking of all the yummy dinners I could make with this rich, luscious beef broth. Continue reading →