Rosemary Watermelon Frozen Margarita

Friday, July 3, 2015

Hello from New York! I hope you've all had a fantastic week! I know I have! I can't believe today is my last full day in NYC. Sad face. I love it up here. I honestly feel right at home. Every time I come here I get the undeniable urge to leave everything but my dogs and husband in Atlanta and move into a tiny studio apartment in the east village. But alas, that's not in the star for me at this point in my life.

Salty Popcorn and White Chocolate Bark

Monday, June 29, 2015

I think if I had to choose any fictional character to compare myself to, it would have to be Remy from Ratatouille. At least when it comes to food. I love trying combinations of food that shouldn't work together but do. I think we should give medals to the first people that tried fruit on salad and potato chips in chocolate. I love all the possibilities of flavor profiles out there: sweet and salty, hot and cold, crunchy and creamy. It makes being in the kitchen fun. Today I have a recipe for something that is definitely not new. I can't take credit for white chocolate popcorn, but if you've never heard of it I highly recommend it. Someone gave me some for Christmas a very long time ago, and I absolutely loved it. I'm not usually a fan of white chocolate. For me, the darker my chocolate the better, but the added sweetness in the white chocolate really pairs well with the salty popcorn. And of course it's 4th of July weekend so I had to add some red, white, and blue. You can omit the sprinkles or change the colors to match your occasion. Oh, and I made real popcorn for the first time ever for this post! Every kernel popped and none were burnt! Oh yeah! But you can certainly make this from a bag. As usual with most of my recipes, you can make this as simple or as complicated as you'd like!

Thirsty Thursday: Pomegranate Hibiscus Cosmo

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Well guys, I'm off for a New York City vacation tomorrow! I absolutely love it there, and I can hardly wait! This will be my third visit, and this time my mom and little younger sister will be going with us. I guess I can't call her my little sister anymore considering we are taking her for her graduation gift. This is mind blowing for me. I joke around that it will be her wedding day, and I'll be asking her how she got there. In my mind, she's still not old enough to drive. But hey, if I can't slow down time, I might as well celebrate with her. This will be her first time in NYC, and I am so happy that I get to take her!

Baked Goat Cheese Dip

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

You may remember me mentioning that I had gone to Chicago a couple months ago. My best friend and her husband were going, and because her husband was there for work and would be in meetings most of the time, I decided to tag along. It was totally random, totally unexpected, and so much fun! At the recommendation of my husband and a friend, we decided to go to Piece which is a brewery and pizzeria in Wicker Park. Man am I glad we got that recommendation. The beer was amazing, and the pizza was delicious. However, the star of the meal and quite possibly our whole day was this baked goat cheese dip that we ordered as an appetizer. It was pretty simple, just goat cheese baked in their marinara sauce and served with warm bread, but it didn't taste simple. There was something about it that just stuck with me so I decided to try to recreate it. Here's the great thing about this dip. It takes three ingredients including the bread! Sure you can make your own marinara, and I would encourage you to do so! That would take this already fantastic dish to the next level! But you don't have to. It's still amazing with store bought sauce. The next time I make it I plan to stop by my favorite local pizza shop and pick up some of their marinara to use. I highly recommend this for your next dinner party. Serving something warm over typical cold appetizers (which I still love and serve) can make it seem like you put a lot more effort in, when in reality, this dip is easier than most cold appetizers!

Vanilla Bean Frappuccino Pops (Vegan!)

Monday, June 22, 2015

I'd just like to go ahead and apologize for the amount of popsicle recipes that go up on the blog this summer. I'm quite obsessed with my popsicle molds as of late, and I don't see it going away any time soon. I keep catching myself dreaming up new recipes with a vengeance. I can't be stopped. Hopefully you love popsicles too and can benefit from this. Another obsession I have right now is Wanderlust Coffee. Wanderlust Coffee is a company here in Atlanta that does small batch, cold brewed coffee. It is the coffee that dreams are made of. Recently they've been setting up stands at artist and farmer's markets around the city and selling their cold coffee ON TAP. Yes, like a delicious frothy beer, but it's coffee. Amazing coffee. Because I am a connoisseur of artist and farmer's markets and unique things to do in Atlanta in general, I have had the pleasure of ending up at the same place as a Wanderlust stand several times, and it's safe to say, I am now a Wanderlust stalker. That's where these coffee popsicles come in. Luckily for me, you don't have to wait for an event to enjoy their coffee. They sell it in a lot of the little markets I frequent here so I was able to get a bottle for my frappuccino popsicles. Now, you can obviously use any coffee you want for these pops, but I would recommend something high in quality. You can brew it yourself and let it cool, or you can head out to your favorite market or grocery store and see what they have in the way of cold brewed coffee. Either way, I think these coffee pops are going to make your summer a lot more enjoyable! And if you're in the Atlanta area, do yourself a favor, and check out Wanderlust!

Thirsty Thursday- The Savannah
Bourbon Cocktail

Thursday, June 18, 2015

 Remember a couple weeks ago when I, the non-bourbon drinker, found a bourbon drink that I actually liked? Well guess what! I did it again! And this time, I created it myself! Being from Georgia, I wait for the arrival of peach season every year, and now that it's finally summer here, I wanted to create a cocktail featuring that flavor. I named it after the town of Savannah because it is sweet and sophisticated, but it still has a little bite to it. See if you can take a sip of it without uttering in your best southern accent, "I do declare!" Maybe that's just me. I really like this drink y'all, and I think you will too. I dare say it may be the only bourbon recipe you need this summer!

Grilled Fig, Caramelized Onion, and Goat Cheese Flatbreads
with Rosemary Infused Olive Oil

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Guys. I don't even know what to say about these flatbreads besides "make them". No seriously. You have to make these. These grilled flatbreads are going to be a huge hit at your next dinner party! They're simple, beautiful, and delicious! I love serving crostini as an appetizer at parties, but if you want to take your hors d'oeuvre game to a whole new level, give these a try. I don't eat pork, but I'm sure they'd be equally delish topped with some bacon or pancetta. And although I'm a sucker for goat cheese, blue cheese crumbles would be delicious too!