Monday, July 28, 2014

SRC: Cocolocos

Just the other day my sister-in-law and I were having a discussion about cookies.  She prefers her cookies thin, almost flat, slightly crispy on the bottom and chewy.  So this got me to thinking about how many conversations I've had with people about cookies and the texture and consistency they prefer.  EVERYONE has a preference and they are adamant about they way they want their cookies.

I, however, prefer my cookies thicker with a light crispy outside and a gooey, stick-to-your-teeth center. How do you prefer your cookies; crunchy, crispy, chewy, cakey?

No matter how you prefer your cookies, I think there is one thing everyone can agree on.  Chocolate chips. I think almost everyone loves a good ol' chocolate chip cookie.  And chocolate chips make pretty much everything better.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chewin' Tuesday: Pan Fried Chicken with Browned Butter Caper Sauce

By now you know I'm totally infatuated with The Chew.  The co-hosts, special guests, and of course the food.  Another thing I'm obsessed with is, you guessed it, brown butter.  If butter makes everything better, then brown butter takes it to a whole new level.

If there was ever one dish that takes several of my favorite things and combines them all in one mouthwatering concoction it would be this chicken.  When I watched Clinton Kelly make this, I thought this dish was made personally for me.
Golden juicy pan fried chicken topped with a nutty brown butter that is combined with tangy, fresh squeezed orange juice, salty capers and sweet onion.  All of that is topped with an orange parsley salad.  The chicken pairs perfectly with the sauce; it's light, full of flavor and the fresh orange slices add another burst of flavor and texture with each bite.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Tea Glaze

When thinking of tea, there are probably several things that come to mind; iced tea, a tall glass of sweet tea, hot tea, tea and lemonade just to name a few.  The thing that all of these have in common is...they are all served in a glass or cup.  I think most of us think of tea as something to drink and nothing else.

But tea, just like coffee, is much more than just something to drink.  It can be the star in a dessert where it truly is the center of attention.  Or it can also take on a roll of flavoring simple desserts or adding a twist on a classic.

In this dessert it takes on a co-staring roll.  The flavor of tea is utilized in each element of this truly amazing cake.  Although it's in the cake, brushed on top, and in the glaze the tea flavor it truly subtle.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Southern Sweet Tea and Bourbon Cocktails

Summer in the south.  It's a different kind of heat.  A different kind of hot.  On top of being hot, it's humid which amplifies the heat oh, about 100 times making it incredibly unbearable.   On a truly hot day it may be 100, but feels like 110 and when you walk out the doors it feels like you've just walked into a sauna.

Despite the heat, we still enjoy pool parties, backyard cookouts, and outdoor get togethers.  But, in order to survive those hot summer days and nights beverages are must be in abundance and cocktails, of some sort, are definitely preferred!

So what better beverage to use as a base of a cocktail than tea.  Not just any tea though, southern style sweet tea.  But when it comes down to it, is there really anything other than southern style sweet tea?  I didn't think so!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Honey Cookies with Mint Sweet Tea Frosting

When the idea came to me to do a whole week dedicated to sweet tea I was ecstatic.  Then I started telling Spencer and a few others about it and they were skeptical and not nearly as enthused I was about an entire week dedicated to the drink of the south.  The most popular response I got was, how many different drinks can you make using tea?

While I did (and still do) have several drink ideas, my thought was not only to share beverages but to also incorporate the beverage in actual recipes too!  Once I elaborated on the subject and the ideas I had everyone was on board and so excited to see what I actually decided to share this week!

I don't think I could possibly go a week without sharing at least one dessert with you.  Since desserts are my weakness it just wouldn't be right, I'd be doing you an injustice by not sharing something sweet.  My only issue with this was what baked good I should share first.  Then it hit me, cookies.  Of course!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tea and Lemonade (A.K.A.- Arnold Palmer)

My MaMaw was a true southern woman and a real life June Cleaver.  Every morning she would wake up, "put her face on" as she would call it, brush her teeth and then get dressed.  It didn't matter if she didn't have anywhere to go, she was ALWAYS presentable.  It was customary, especially for her generation, to always be ready and be presentable.  Oh, and leave the house (even to go to the mailbox) without lipstick, well that was a no no. 
I remember one time my mom was running incredibly late.  You know, having one of those mornings where you start running from the time your feet hit the floor just trying to catch up?  Yes, one of those.  So she got ready and then ran me up to my MaMaw's and popped her head in long enough to say hi, gotta go, bye.  But, it wasn't so quick that my MaMaw didn't notice she didn't have on her lipstick.  So she immediately stopped my mom and asked, "Dear One, are you okay?  Are you not feeling well?"  To this my mom replied, I'm fine why do you ask?  My MaMaw, without a beat said your lips are naked and I just knew that something had to be wrong if you left your house without lipstick.  So after going back to the car mom quickly put on her lips, and carries those words with her to this day. 
My MaMaw always looked like she had stepped off the cover of a magazine.  Her ensemble complete with a big strand of pearls, large "ear bobs" (earrings), hose and shoes.  My MaMaw, typically left the outside work to my Papaw and her sons but we do have an infamous picture of her mowing the yard.  But she wasn't wearing working clothes, she was wearing slacks, a blouse, ear bobs, pearls and flats.  Yes, I believe even she put June Cleaver to shame with that move!
I know it's a little blurry, but this is the infamous picture!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sweet Tea and Mint Granita

This week we're talking, eating and drinking all things tea.  Tea is the delicious drink of choice for southerners.  And it doesn't get much better than a tall glass of ice cold tea on a hot summer day.  So, being from the south myself and growing up on the stuff I decided to see what all could be done with tea.  From refreshing drinks, tasty cocktails and even delicious desserts; there's more to tea than just sipping.
When I think of hot summer days and ways to cool off, one of the things that pops into my head is a cold dessert.  Ice cream, a slush, ice box pie, snow cone; you name, it if it's cold I think it fits the bill.  A granita is another treat that pops in my head.
Have you heard of a granita before?  If not let me fill you in.  It's a semi-frozen dessert that originated from Sicily, the birth place of the feisty Sophia Petrillo.  Don't you just love her?  I love her and her quotes and snarky remarks that only she can get away with!  Anyway...sorry for the detour.  Back to the granita.  It's a combination water, sugar, and other various flavorings.  They are all combined to create a variation of Italian frozen ice.  In other words, it's like a snow cone for adults!

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